Travel and Biosecurity

Travel and Biosecurity

View these resources when traveling to AQHA-approved events, including the upcoming AQHA world championship shows.

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Biosecurity is a top priority of show personnel when planning and hosting an AQHA championship show. Horse owners should take precautions when traveling with animals that may comingle with other animals at events.

Visit the Equine Disease Communication Center for updates on current disease outbreaks at

Biosecurity at AQHA Championship Shows

For more information on health requirements for the AQHA championship shows, visit the show resources page for the AQHA championship show at which you plan to compete.

The welfare of the horse is the Association’s No. 1 priority. Exhibitors are still responsible for monitoring their horses’ behavior and vital signs to be vigilant of illness that could occur. Early diagnosis prevents further transmission of diseases and increases the chances of a fast and full recovery for the horse.

Traveling to competitions can compromise a horse’s immune system by exposing it to new germs, which increases the risk of contracting infectious disease. Vaccinations and other health precautions help prevent the transmission of disease.

There are other precautions outside of vaccination that help horse owners protect their equine athletes on the road and during competition. Sanitizing stalls, tack and equipment before and after each use, as well as limiting direct contact with horses and communal spaces, such as pastures, also decrease the risk of disease transmission. 

For more information on AQHA championship shows, visit

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