2023 Farnam AQHA World Championship Show Changes

2023 Farnam AQHA World Championship Show Changes

AQHA is implementing improvements for the 2023 Farnam AQHA World Championship Show by modifying the schedule.

close up of dirt flying as red roan reining horse performs a sliding stop (Credit: Alexis J. O'Boyle for Journal)

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The American Quarter Horse Association’s premiere show, the Farnam AQHA World Championship Show, is the most prestigious event in the equine industry. In an effort to improve the show, which also includes the Adequan® Select World Championship Show and encourages growth focusing on AQHA members, the Association is implementing changes to the 2023 show.

After discussions between AQHA and National Reining Horse Association leadership, an agreement was reached regarding modifying the dates of the Farnam AQHA World and NRHA Futurity, which follows the World Show, for 2023. This benefits both associations and their membership as both are held back to back at the OKC Fairgrounds. The Farnam AQHA World will now conclude on Thursday, November 16, and NRHA will begin its move-in to the facility on Friday, November 17.

“We value our long-time relationship with NRHA and leasing two days over to them during the Farnam AQHA World Championship Show made sense for both associations and our exhibitors,” said Karl Stressman, AQHA chief executive officer. “We are proud to support growth in the equine industry and opportunities for American Quarter Horse owners, especially, to exhibit their American Quarter Horses. In turn, we are optimizing our own Farnam World Show schedule and are excited about the improvements we are making to our pinnacle event.”

NRHA supports the Farnam AQHA World as a sponsor by enhancing added money to reining classes and AQHA is assisting in the tremendous growth seen in the sport of reining through added days to NRHA’s show. The ultimate goal is to promote growth and participation in equine sports and shows.

“The long line of AQHA/NRHA partnerships began with our founding,” said Gary Carpenter, NRHA commissioner. “This is a continuation of that rich history, which will benefit the members of both organizations. As we both become more creative and flexible, I see a brighter future of cooperation.”

More information about next steps to implement new changes is coming soon.

About NRHA

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse in a fun-filled, family atmosphere. NRHA’s mission is to promote the reining horse worldwide while celebrating and advancing the finest traditions of Western horsemanship. To learn more about NRHA, how to join, or to become a fan, visit nrha.com.

About the Sponsors
Founded in 1946, Farnam Companies Inc. has grown to become one of the most widely recognized names in the animal health products industry and has become one of the largest makers of equine products in the country. That’s why no one offers a more complete selection of horse care products. Farnam Horse Products serves both the pleasure horse and the performance horse markets with products for fly control, deworming, hoof and leg care, grooming, wound treatment and leather care, plus supplements.

Adequan®, the official equine joint therapy of AQHA, is the proud title sponsor of the Adequan® Select World and the Adequan® Level 2 Championships. When you choose a joint therapy for your horses, choose Adequan®

Nutrena feed isn’t just grown, it’s crafted. Real science goes into putting the nutrients animals need into each Nutrena® feed product. Nutrena is a proud supporter of AQHA programs including the Nutrena Level 1 Championships, Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics and AQHA Professional Horsemen. Learn more about AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena.

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