25 Reasons to Go to the Arizona Fall Championship

Dubbed the show for all levels of exhibitors, the October 7-11 event in Scottsdale offers terrific prizes, added money and special events.

From the Arizona Fall Championship

The Arizona Fall Championship continues to build on its success and popularity with a fantastic and enticing line of prizes and awards. The allure of Scottsdale in the fall and the top-notch facilities offered by the West World venue are always huge draws for exhibitors. However, the AzFC is determined to make this show the destination for any level of AQHA competitor with a dazzling display of saddles, bronze trophies, custom hats, boots, clothing and gear, along with plenty of added money.

This is truly a show for everyone of any level. With many of the Level 3 riders headed to the All American Quarter Horse Congress, it opens the field for all riders to be seen and rewarded for their best efforts. There will be plenty of leveled classes offered as well. Large class sizes ensure that lots of points will be accumulated.

This year’s dates put the show right after the SmartPak AQHA Level 1 Championship and the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, both an easy haul from Scottsdale. The show will be offering a full set of cattle classes along with an open and amateur bridle spectacular and AQHA roping classes. Plans are in the works for a timed-event roping also. Details will be announced shortly. Reiners will appreciate Arizona Reining Horse Associations added money in the Best of the West NRHA Reining. Ranch riding fans will find plenty to love at the show, with classes, clinics, ranch riding trail class (non-AQHA) and the Ranch Riding Bonanza, a two-way composite score awards combining either ranch riding with reining or with ranch trail.

Owners, trainers, exhibitors and family love showing at West World for its convenience to all the spectacular restaurants, shopping venues, nice hotels and, for those who can get away during the day, its world renowned golf courses. There are very few show grounds that enjoy such a prime location. The show’s schedule takes that into account. Classes are predicted to finish early each evening, allowing time to enjoy all that Scottsdale has to offer.

Here is a sampling of the awards being offered:

Scottsdale Performance Saddle

  • Trophies. Winners of the championships will receive a one-of-a-kind Arizona Fall Championship trophy with a custom slate base. These are 9 inches tall trophies with a 6-inch-by-16-inch base. Check out the pictures at AzFallChampionship.com
  • Boots, hats and jeans. All-around champions will receive a pair of authentic Caiman boots from Rod Patrick Boots, a 20x Atwood Hatfrom Barbara’s Custom Hats and a shirt and jeans certificate from Cinch.
  • Bits or spurs. Reserve all-arounds receive a Professional’s Choice certificate for a bit or spurs from the Bob Avila Collection. 
  • Scottsdale Performance saddle. The high score Level 2 amateur or Select trail will be awarded a Scottsdale Performance Saddle.
  • Leson Classic saddle. The high score in the Ranch Riding Bonanza (combined non-pro ranch riding and ranch trail) will receive a Leson Classic saddle sponsored by Leson Saddles.
  • Jeff Smith saddle. The non-pro bridle spectacular champion will win a Jeff Smith saddle, as well as a piece of the $1,000 added money.
  • Full-page ad. The champions in the Equine Chronicle Open, Youth and Amateur Ranch Riding Trail will each receive a free full-page ad in the Equine Chronicle. 

(Check out criteria for the all-around championships and the championships on AzFallChampionship.com. Each of theses award saddles retail for more than $3,000!) 

You don’t have to be a champion to win big:

Rod Patrick Boots

Shortys Caboy Hattery will be randomly giving away one mens and one womens hat worth more than $900 each to lucky exhibitors in the ranch riding classes.

Second through through fifth places in the amateur and youth divisions in the Championships will win outerwear with the Az Fall Championship logo. (Criteria for winning the outerwear is posted on the AzFallChampionship.com.)

Each day, first through sixth places on each judges cards will receive Vendor Bucks to spend while shopping with the Fall Championship vendors.

Random giveaways including products from Weaver Leather, Kims Show Apparel and the Glassy Lady are also in the plans.

Added Money Classes

There are no additional entry fees to be eligible for added money in the following classes: 

  • $1000 added Level 1 Western Pleasure
  • $1000 added Level 1 Amateur Western Pleasure
  • $250 added NSBA 2 yr. old Western Pleasure
  • $250 added NSBA 3 yr. old Western Pleasure
  • NSBA 3 yr. old Non Pro Pleasure & Hunter Under Saddle, NSBA 2 & 3 yr. old Hunter under Saddle will be jackpot classes
  • $500 added Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle
  • $500 added Level 2 Amateur Horsemanship
  • $500 added Level 3 Amateur Horsemanship
  • $500 added 3 yr. old Trail Futurity
  • $500 added Level 2 Amateur Trail
  • $500 added Level 3 Amateur Trail
  • $500 added Level 2 Amateur Select Trail
  • $500 added Level 3 Amateur Select Trail
  • $1000 added Level 1 Jr. Trail
  • $1000 added Level 2 Jr. Trail
  • $1000 added Level 3 Jr. Trail
  • $500 added Level 1 Western Riding
  • $500 added Jr. Ranch Riding
  • $500 added Sr. Ranch Riding
  • $500 added Amateur Ranch Riding
  • $500 added Amateur Ranch Riding & Amateur Reining Composite High Score
  • $1000 added Amateur Bridle Spectacular
  • $1000 added Open Bridle Spectacular

Best of the West Reining

The Fall Championship is proud to be working with Arizona Reining Horse Association to produce the Best of the West NRHA Reining and Futurity. The following added money will be offered:


  • $5000 added Open Futurity                            
  • $2000 added Open 7 & up
  • $2000 added Intermediate Open L3               
  • $2000 added Non Pro 7 & up
  • $1000 added Limited Open L2
  • $500 added Open L1


  • $2000 added Non Pro Futurity L4                
  • $2000 added Non Pro
  • $1000 added Intermediate Non Pro L3         
  • $1000 added Intermediate Non Pro
  • $500 added Limited Non Pro L2                   
  • $500 added Limited Non Pro
  • $500 added Non Pro L1                                 
  • $500 added Primetime Non Pro
  • $500 added Prime Time Non Pro
  • $2000 added Open
  • $500 added Novice Horse Open L1
  • $1000 added Intermediate Open
  • $500 added Novice Horse Open L2
  • $500 added Limited Open
  • $500 added Novice Horse Non Pro L1
  • $500 added Primetime Open
  • $500 added Novice Horse Non Pro L2
  • $500 added Rookie Pro

Check out AzFallChampionship.com for all the information you may need and be sure to join the Arizona Fall Championship and Arizona Sun Circuit Facebook pages to keep up with all announcements.