Show management may choose to run Novice boxing classes concurrently with the corresponding amateur or youth classes. (Journal photo)
Exhibitors 50 years and older who have previously competed in working cow horse classes will have the option to fall back and only compete in boxing classes. Also, show management may choose to run Novice boxing classes concurrently with the corresponding amateur or youth classes.
For 2012, the American Quarter Horse Association added boxing to the list of classes available for youth, amateur and Select amateur competitors. A youth rider is eligible for 13 and under, 14-18, all ages youth and Novice youth boxing classes if they have never been a finalist in working cow horse at any AQHA world championship show or down the fence at a National Reined Cow Horse Association major event, and if they have earned less than 10 points in working cow horse. Additionally, a rider is eligible for Select amateur, amateur and Novice amateur boxing classes if they have never been a finalist in working cow horse at any AQHA world championship show or down the fence at an NRCHA major event, and if they have earned less than 10 points in working cow horse in the last three years.
The AQHA Executive Committee recently approved riders age 50 years and older, who do not meet the above criteria, to have the option to elect to compete in amateur or Select amateur boxing, or Novice amateur if they are eligible. If the exhibitor chooses to compete in boxing, he or she will not be eligible for working cow horse competition. If he or she should compete down the fence one time after competing in a boxing class, the exhibitor will forfeit his or her eligibility to compete in boxing.
For all other riders, if a rider is eligible to compete in boxing at the beginning of that calendar year, the rider will lose his or her eligibility to enter boxing if he or she shows three or more times down the fence in any judged class. Being entered in a class that includes the fence work will be counted as going down the fence, regardless if the rider boxed the cow and pulled up before the run was completed. Also, there will be no cross entering, meaning if you enter boxing, then you cannot enter the corresponding working cow horse class.
Show management may choose to offer Novice boxing classes concurrently with the corresponding amateur or youth classes. Novice boxing exhibitors will declare in advance to have their run count for a placing, if eligible, in both the Novice and corresponding youth, amateur or Select amateur placing. Exhibitors will only pay one cattle charge, but will pay the corresponding drug, office and class entry fees for each boxing class they enter.
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