AQHA Novice Championships schedule spread over 5 days

Western Riding will be held Wednesday at the AQHA Novice Championships East.

The AQHA Novice Championships East is only a few weeks away at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia. Horses can begin moving in on Monday, Sept. 28, and the competition gets under way on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 8 a.m. With 1,562 total entries in the championship in 2013 and 2,726 entries in 2014, the 2015 horse show is estimated to draw between 700 to 1,000 horses and several thousand people. Here’s what you can expect to see if you are headed to the show to catch some of the action:

Over fences classes will be held Wednesday.


Wiley Arena will host several classes during the show.

Anderson Coliseum (8 a.m.)

  • Reining
  • Western Riding
  • Amateur Hunter under Saddle

Wiley Arena (8 a.m.)

  • Working Hunter
  • Equitation over Fences
  • Hunter Hack

East Complex (upon completion of Hunter Hack in Wiley)

  • Rookie Hunt Seat Equitation 


Hunter under Saddle will be held Thursday.

Anderson Coliseum (8 a.m.)

  • Youth Hunt Seat Equitation
  • Youth Hunter under Saddle

East Complex (8:30 a.m.)

  • Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation
  • Amateur Hunter under Saddle


Anderson Coliseum (8 a.m.)

  • Trail 
  • Ranch Riding

East Complex (upon completion of Trail)

  • Barrels
  • Poles
  • Stake Race 


Western Pleasure will be held Sunday.

Anderson Coliseum (8 a.m.)

  • Halter
  • Showmanship


Anderson Coliseum (8 a.m.)

  • Amateur Horsemanship
  • Western Pleasure 

East Complex (8:30 a.m.)

  • Youth Horsemanship

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