A Great Horse-Showing Opportunity

Learn more about the AQHA Regional Championships.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

In 2005, AQHA launched some new shows – the AQHA Regional Experiences, which offered hands-on clinics, educational seminars and fun competition in each of the Association’s 10 regions. AQHA leaders developed these shows to lure in new-to-AQHA exhibitors, lighten up the showing atmosphere and to create a regional championship-like experience for exhibitors who might never make it to one of the AQHA world championship shows.

The unique environment brought many new faces to the arena that year, including 131 first-time exhibitors and 183 horses showing in AQHA for the first time, for a total of 7,500 entries at nine events.

Four years ago, the coordinates of the now 11 regional events – one was added in Germany – voted to change the name to AQHA Regional Championships to better reflect the feel of the shows that are still going strong as they head into their ninth year.

Top-10 finishers in Regional Championship Novice classes that fall between May 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, will qualify for the 2013 AQHA Novice championship shows in any class for which they are Novice-eligible.

The 2013 Regional Championship calendar is filling up fast. As of right now regions one,

two, three, six, seven, eight, nine and ten have set dates. Currently, Region Four is postponed for 2013 and Region Eleven is tentative.

With The American Quarter Horse Journal, you can read about all the Regional Championships, as well as many other Quarter Horse shows that take place across the country.

“Due to the lack of available dates, the Region Four Steering Committee made the decision not to hold the Region Four Championship this year,” said OQHA Executive Director Dr. Scott Myers. “The previous site of the Region Four Championship – the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio – did not have any available dates that did not conflict with other shows throughout the region. Additionally, the steering committee explored the option of moving the show to another facility, but again there were conflicts on all available dates.”

Dates for Region Five will be posted soon at

If Region Four competitors have questions about showing in a different region, they are urged to contact AQHA at (806) 376-4811.

AQHA Regional Championship FAQ

Who can compete at an AQHA Regional Championship?

Regional championships are open to exhibitors and owners residing in the states or provinces comprising the region. Each exhibitor must be a current AQHA member, and all horses must be AQHA registered. You or you horse cannot show the same class in any division (Novice youth, youth, Novice amateur, amateur, amateur Select or open) at a Regional Championship that you placed in the top 10 in any of AQHA’s world championship shows in the preceding calendar year. Additionally, horses or people who might advance to another class because of age or sex
and have placed in the top 10 at one of AQHA’s world shows cannot enter the same class at the regional level.

I placed in the top 10 at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show in western pleasure. Am I eligible to show at next year’s regional championship?

Yes, you are eligible to show at the regional championship in any class except western pleasure. If an exhibitor finishes in the top 10 in any of AQHA’s world championship shows in the previous year, neither the exhibitor nor the horse are eligible to enter that class in any division (Novice youth, youth, Novice amateur, amateur, amateur Select or open) at a regional championship but can enter all other classes.

Can I apply for a Novice permit for the regional championship show?

As of July 2010, permits are no longer required to compete in a Novice

class as long as Novice eligibility requirements are met. Please refer to the new Novice permit regulations at for more information.

I live in New York but I am a member and I show with the New Jersey affiliate. Do I need to also be a member of New York’s affiliate to compete in a Regional Championship?

No. You are definitely encouraged to join the affiliate in your place of residence, but you are only required to be a member of an affiliate (state or provincial) in your region to participate in a regional championship. Proof of your residency may be required to verify that you are a resident of that region.

As the voice of the American Quarter Horse industry, The American Quarter Horse Journal, provides its readers with coverage of shows and events while giving tips on riding, training, racing, management, health and showing.

Do not miss out on the chance to compete in a fun and rewarding environment in addition to attending exhibitor parties, learning at clinics taught by AQHA Professional Horsemen, earning prizes and much more.

To learn more about Regional Championship eligibility rules, find your region and see dates and locations of upcoming events, visit The American Quarter Horse Association.