Arizona Fall Championship Unveils Major Changes

New dates, lower costs, plus added cattle and ranch riding events have exhibitors excited to be in Scottsdale October 6-11.

From the Arizona Fall Championship

Look for a $500-added amateur ranch riding, $500-added junior ranch riding and $500 added senior ranch riding at the 2015 Arizona Fall Championship. (Credit: courtesy of AzQHA)

After listening to our exhibitor feedback, the Arizona Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce new dates for the Arizona Fall Championship – October 6-11 at West World in Scottsdale. 

By delaying the show for two weeks, the show will hopefully provide cooler weather (the average Scottsdale temperature is in the 80s at that time), plus an alternative show option for those who are not traveling to the All American Quarter Horse Congress.

Other highlights of the 2015 Arizona Fall Championship include:

  • A cost-effective fee structure with an all-show option or pay-per-entry
  • Six judges and six sets of AQHA points
  • Many avenues for points and prizes for all levels of exhibitors by offering Levels 1, 2 and 3 in many classes 
  • Open, youth, amateur and Select classes

AQHA Cutting, Cow Horse and Roping 
Cattle classes are also being added to this year’s show. Cow horses will get the opportunity to work out of the herd and receive a score to be tallied with their reined work and fence work for the amateur and open bridle spectaculars. To keep the cost of entries low, bridle spectacular exhibitors will work out of the herd in the AQHA cutting only one time. 

Show management is currently in negotiations with a roping producer to add a timed-event roping to go along with the AQHA roping already scheduled.

Best of the West Reining and Futurity
The Arizona Reining Horse and the Arizona Quarter Horse associations are working cooperatively to produce this year’s Best of the West Reining at the Fall Championship. This event will offer a full slate of National Reining Horse Association classes along with the futurity. Watch for special offerings for non-pros as well as all of the added monies coming soon.

Ranch Riding Bonanza
Look for a $500-added amateur ranch riding (formerly ranch horse pleasure), $500-added junior ranch riding and $500 added senior ranch riding. 

Two-way awards will also be presented: $500-added amateur ranch riding and amateur reining horse; amateur ranch riding and amateur ranch trail (non-AQHA), open ranch riding and open ranch trail (non-AQHA).

Arizona Fall Championship Format
Exhibitors show to two judges the first time. The second time, exhibitors show will be a championship round with four judges, for a total of six AQHA shows. All awards and added money will be paid on the championship round. An overall champion will be named and presented the championship award (embroidered leather bomber jacket) and title. All-around champions will each receive one pair Rod Patrick boots, one Cinch shirt and one Cinch jean certificate. All exhibitors entered in the respective AQHA class will be eligible for the added money in selected classes. Added money will be divided evenly among the four judges and paid on the placings of each judge. No additional entry fees or deadlines necessary to be eligible for added money.

Learn more at www.azfallchampionship.com

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