Important Health Protocol Information

Important Health Protocol Information

AQHA and the OKC Fairgrounds have implemented mandatory guidelines and procedures to protect the health and safety of exhibitors, attendees and staff, while hosting the Farnam AQHA World Championship Show.

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The American Quarter Horse Association previously released the AQHA World Show Health Protocols. Additional enhancements have been made to further protect the safety of exhibitors, attendees and staff. It is imperative to recognize there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any setting where people are present.

COVID-19 Resources:

COVID-19 Wristbands and Health Waiver
Even though the event is closed to the general public, those in attendance are required to wear a wristband for the duration of the show. To receive a wristband, attendees must submit a completed health acknowledgement and liability waiver to the Show Office or AQHA Booth in the Trade Show. To access the AQHA Booth, you must have a completed waiver in-hand to enter the Jim Norick Arena concourse. View the wavier.

Security Officers and AQHA Staff
AQHA has hired security officers to ensure protocols are being adhered to for the duration of the show. In the event an attendee is not following the protocols, you will be required to leave the arena and/or potentially the fairgrounds to ensure the safety of the event and protect others in attendance.

You will also see AQHA staff in the barns confirming attendees have wristbands on and are wearing facial protection properly. Additional staff will be on hand to answer any COVID-19-related questions.

Entry and Exit Protocols
There are specific entry and exit protocols for the Jim Norick, Adequan® Performance and Barn 8 arenas. These changes may affect the time it takes for you to enter the arena to watch some classes. Please make sure you are giving yourself ample amount of time to enter the arena stands before a class.

  • A security officer will be stationed at the entrance of the Show Office and each of the arenas, along with temperature scan stations. If an individual has a temperature rating of red or 100.4º or higher, they may retest after a few minutes. If they do not pass the second time, they will not be allowed in the Show Office or arenas. 

  • Separate entrance/exit doors are marked for the AQHA Show Office. Show Office capacity is limited to one person per actively staffed front desk computer, plus one person in the waiting area for the next in line. Read more about the Show Office protocols.

  • Modifications have been made to the entrance and exit structure of each arena to have one entrance in and one exit out for attendees. 

  • In order to enter an arena, you must have a wristband and wear your mask properly, in addition to the temperature scan. If you do not follow these protocols, you will not be allowed to enter the stands and will be required to leave the OKC Fairgrounds. If you are not wearing your mask properly in the stands, you will be advised to wear it properly. If you refuse to follow the protocols or are seen not wearing your mask properly a second time, you will be required to leave the OKC Fairgrounds to protect the health and safety of attendees.

  • If an arena experiences a challenge or delay in getting attendees into the stands, additional staff will be equipped with portable temperature scanners to assist the security officers.

It is imperative for attendees to adhere to the protocols and guidelines to host this year’s history-making event. Don’t forget to subscribe to AQHA’s Text Alert System for the most up-to-date information by texting “AQHA” to 806-576-0913.

AQHA is continuing to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, and additional modifications may be made onsite. Our priority is to protect the health and welfare of our members, staff and American Quarter Horses worldwide. More updates will be available as the situation evolves at

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