About the Nutrena AQHA World

The Nutrena AQHA World Championship Show is for the world's best American Quarter Horses shown by amateur and open exhibitors.

AQHA world champion trophy (Credit: Journal)

The Nutrena AQHA World Championship Show is the premier event in the equine industry. Competitors must reach a predetermined number of points to secure a spot in each of the classes. Competitors and their American Quarter Horses compete all year long to qualify for the honor of participating in this annual event and represent the disciplines of English, western and halter. The show brings together exhibitors, owners and breeders of the American Quarter Horse from around the world for three weeks of exciting competition, educational opportunities, and a bountiful trade show.

Nearly 5,000 entries from around the world gather annually in November for the Nutrena AQHA World at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City to compete for 99 Nutrena AQHA world championships, 44 Adequan® Select World championships, 85 Adequan® Level 2 championships, 22 AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals championships and 40 Nutrena Level 1 Championships.

In addition to world champion, Adequan® Level 2 champion titles and the Nutrena Level 1 championships, the Nutrena AQHA World also recognizes:

  • AQHA Superhorse, awarded to the horse that earns the most points in three or more Level 3 open classes in three categories during the show.

  • AQHA All-Around Amateur Award, presented to the exhibitor and horse team that earned the most points in three or more Level 3 amateur events in three categories during the show.

  • AQHA Select All-Around Amateur, presented to the exhibitor and horse team that earned the most points in three or more Select amateur events in three categories. The exhibitor must be 50 years of age or older to be considered eligible.

  • Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau Leading Owner, awarded to the owner who has the highest number of points accumulated for their horses entered at the Nutrena AQHA World in both the Level 3 classes and Adequan® Level 2 classes. The owner must have three horses entered at the show to be eligible.

  • Adequan® Level 2 high-point amateur and Adequan® Level 2 high-point open halter exhibitors.

  • Nutrena Level 1 amateur and Select all-around winners.

  • Top AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses, $250 presented to the owners and breeders in both the amateur, Select and open divisions. 

The Nutrena AQHA World hosts a variety of events and activities for trainers and exhibitors, including free Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics taught by AQHA Professional Horsemen. 

Take a break from the action in the arenas to enjoy the free Nutrena Trade Show in Barn 3 and the Sales Pavilion. The Nutrena Trade Show features more than 100 vendors from across the United States, selling home décor, jewelry, tack, western attire, trailers and more.

In 2023, Nutrena was named the title sponsor of the Nutrena AQHA World Championship Show. Additional sponsors include Adequan®, Bank of America,  Ford, John Deere, Justin Boots, Nutrena, SmartPak, Wrangler, The American Quarter Horse Journal, American Quarter Horse Foundation, Sundowner Trailers, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, OKC Fairgrounds, Four Sixes Ranch, Elite Stall Mat Rentals and Metro Golf Cars.