EMO Western States Championship Set for 2016

The Arizona and Pacific Coast Quarter Horse associations announce their inaugural championship set for July 5-10, 2016, in Las Vegas.

From Western States Affiliates (AzQHA and PCQHA)

Qualifying for the inaugural EMO Western States Championship begins January 1, 2015, and ends December 31, 2015. (Credit: courtesy of EMO Western States Championship)

The Western States Affiliates, a nonprofit venture between the Arizona Quarter Horse Association and Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association, presents a new championship-style show planned for July 5-10, 2016, in the climate-controlled South Point Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Sponsored by the EMO Agency, the EMO Western States Championship offers registered American Quarter Horses and AQHA members from the western U.S. a stepping stone between AQHA Level 1 Novice championships and the AQHA open, amateur, Select and AQHYA world shows. Qualifying begins January 1, 2015, and ends December 31, 2015. Rules for qualification and eligibility can be found at www.WesternStatesChampionship.org.

At the EMO Western States Championship, exhibitors will compete for championship trophies and money in open, amateur (including Select) and youth western and English rail classes, trail, western riding, reining, working cow horse, roping, speed events and halter classes. For a complete list of classes, go to www.WesternStatesChampionship.org.

Eligibility is based on two items. First, horse and exhibitor must live west of the Mississippi River, and secondly, horses or youth and amateur exhibitors must not have placed in the top three in the same class at the AQHA World Championship Show, the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show or the Adequan Select World Championship Show or certain other breed championship shows in recent years. However, such horses and amateur and youth exhibitors can qualify for the EMO Western States Championship in other classes.

Owners and exhibitors can receive an invitation to EMO Western States Championship by either qualifying nationally or through a state affiliate. To qualify nationally a horse, a youth or amateur exhibitor must show at 10 AQHA-approved shows, by show number, in the respective class. Open horses will qualify no matter the exhibitor, qualification for youth and amateur classes will be on a one-horse, one-rider basis. Qualification is by class for either the open horse or the youth or amateur and horse combination. Exhibitors wishing to show in more than one class at the Championship show must qualify in each class.

Do you have news about your weekend show or circuit event? Contact AQHA Internet Editor Tara Matsler at tmatsler@aqha.org to have your show highlighted on AQHA.com's Showing page.

For competitors interested in qualifying through their state, AQHA affiliates have until June 30, 2015, to submit qualifying methods, which will be posted on www.WesternStatesChampionship.org. Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association (California) has already submitted a state qualifying plan. If your affiliate does not submit a qualifying method, you must qualify through another affiliate or nationally qualify.

In addition to the championship classes, four sets of AQHA open, amateur (including Select) and youth classes will be offered in conjunction with the EMO Western States Championship. You do not need to qualify to show in the AQHA classes. For information about the AQHA shows being held in conjunction with the EMO Western States Championship, see www.WesternStatesChampionship.org.

As the proud sponsor of the EMO Western States Championship trophy to be awarded in performance and halter classes, the EMO Agency has been providing the highest quality of equine and farm insurance coverage through the best rated insurance companies for over 30 years. Dedicated to the industry that it serves, the EMO Agency has also supported the horse industry through sponsorships and special programs.