Open Division

If you have a current AQHA or AQHYA membership, you are eligible to show your American Quarter Horse in open competition. Open competition is usually for the most experienced exhibitors, trainers and professional horsemen but many amateur and youth members can be tough competitors as well.

Open Division Levels

Levels include Rookie, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. These are based on the horse’s achievements. For open division halter and cattle events, classes are leveled by the exhibitor’s record. Those levels are: Rookie, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. To learn more about these levels, determine your specific level and find out how the levels group horses and riders with similar skill and experience levels for competition, visit


If you are a paid professional and you are ready for a higher level of competition, then the AQHA open division is for you!

Open Division Rules

OQHA Bylaws

OQHA State Championship Rules


President – Stacey Roberson
President Elect – Leonard Berryhill
1st Vice President – Russell Mueller
2nd Vice President – Tim Lindsey
Immediate Past President – Larry Sanchez
Elected Member – Luke Castle
Elected Member – Rick Chayer
Elected Member – Dr. Calvin White


Affiliate – Chair, Russell Mueller – Alice Holmes, Dr. Bob Story

Amateur – Chair, Russell Mueller – Alice Holmes, Karen Torrice

Budget & Finance – Chair, Tim Lindsey – Wayne Halvorson, Mike Keller, Jackie Krshka, Russell Mueller

Building – Chair, Tim Lindsey – Jackie Krshka, Larry Sanchez, Karen Torrice

Constitution & Bylaws – Chair, Cindy Chilton-Moore – Dolly Chayer, Dr. Calvin White

Convention – Chair, Vicki Tebow – Nova Boyd, Cindy Chilton-Moore, Dr. Bob Story, Betty Wells

Hall of Fame – Chair, Cindy Chilton-Moore – Nova Boyd, Sharon Breeding, Vicki Tebow

Media Services – Chair, Alice Holmes – Katy Krshka, Bobbie Jo Stanton

Membership – Chair, Leonard Berryhill – Rick Chayer, Jake Walker

OSU – Chair, Larry Sanchez – Dolly Chayer

Public Policy – Chair, Dr. Calvin White – Jimmy Seago

Recreational Riding – Chair, Sharon Breeding – Jack Bogart, Jake Walker, Kirt Wingate

State Championship – Chair, Rebecca Halvorson – Katy Krshka, Monica Parduhn, Heather Van Hooser

Youth – Chair, Monica Parduhn – Rebecca Halvorson, Bobbie Jo Stanton

Ad Hoc Committee

Horse Show Assessment – Chair, Jackie Krshka – Leigh Berryhill, Luke Castle, Rick Chayer, Mike Keller, Stacey Roberson