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Challenge Hair Testing

Beginning in 2020, all Challenge regional finalists will be required to pass hair testing as a condition of entry.

Jay Number 7 2019 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship

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Beginning in 2020, all horses entering regional final races in the Bank of America Racing Challenge program will be required to pass a hair test as a condition of entry. 

All horses competing in the Bank of America Challenge Championships have been required to pass a hair test as condition of entry for the championship races since 2016, and a committee suggestion approved by the AQHA Executive Committee expanded the rule. 

“Our Association is run by its members, and I am proud of those who have stepped up and demanded the expansion of this requirement,” said AQHA Chief Racing Officer Janet VanBebber. “Our membership is dedicated to protecting our American Quarter Horse athletes as they compete in Challenge races around the world.” 

The full Bank of America Racing Challenge regional schedule is available at www.aqha.com/racing. The season begins February 23 with the Hipodromo Distaff, and will conclude on October 9 with the Derby, Juvenile, Distaff and Distance at Will Rogers Downs.

The 2020 Bank of America Challenge Championships will return to The Downs at Albuquerque on October 24. 

Review the Bank of America Racing Challenge Condition Book for full rules and policies. 

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