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Guide to Showing

Get your horse showing experience started on the right foot with help from AQHA.

Showing American Quarter Horses is fun for the entire family, and we want to help you get the most out of your showing experience. Showing is about much more than prizes and the thrill of competition. Whether it’s your profession or your pastime, showing is also very rewarding -- the best rewards you’ll carry in your heart for a lifetime. You’ll make lifelong friends who share your passion, and you’ll feel the satisfaction of a job well done. Most importantly, you’ll do it all with the most loyal, responsive, hardworking and willing teammate you’ll ever have – the American Quarter Horse.

We've collected some valuable resources for you to learn more about showing American Quarter Horses.  When you're ready to go to a show, contact your affiliate for a list of AQHA-approved shows in your state or find one near you today!

Valuable Resources
Here you'll find links to AQHA's Professional Horsemen, the AQHA Breeder Referral Program and much more.  

Showing Glossary
Learn the meaning of words and phrases commonly heard at an AQHA show.

Preparing for the Show
We've compiled some great resources to help get you and your horse ready for the show before you leave home!

Accounting for the Arena (pdf)
We've compiled some of your greatest hints and tips to saving money while you show!  Download the brochure (pdf) or track your own expenses (xls) with our Excel worksheet!

AQHA Handbook
Here you can download or request your copy of the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.  

Beginners Guide to Showing
Brought to you by America's Horse Daily, this report helps you prepare for your first show, find a trainer, get the latest fashion trends and more.

Borrow a Trainer
Brought to you by America's Horse Daily, this report gives you the basics you need to know for improving your chances at success in the show ring.

Classes
Here's a description of all the English, western and halter classes approved by AQHA.  

Show Formats
Here's all the different types of AQHA-Approved shows that you can enter.

Divisions
Find the division that's most comfortable for you to show. 

Resources
Any form required by AQHA to make your showing experience better can be found here.

Awards
Learn about all the year-end and lifetime awards you can earn showing your American Quarter Horse.  

AQHA Incentive Fund
Here you can learn how to earn nearly $30 per point at AQHA shows!

Therapeutic Medications
Learn about AQHA's rules about using therapeutic medications during an approved show.  WORLD

Championship Shows
Learn about qualifying and entering AQHA's family of World Championship Shows.

AQHA Show Management Workshops
If you manage AQHA shows, take advantage of these great seminars to maximize your AQHA show!