Region Eight Championship Set for June 18-21

The second of five 2015 Merial AQHA Regional Championship shows kicks off June 18 in Amarillo.

The American Quarter Horse Association

AQHA Region Eight exhibitors are preparing for the 2015 Merial AQHA Region Eight Championship Show, which is approaching quickly. The show, slated for June 18-21 at the Amarillo National Center in Amarillo, provides American Quarter Horse enthusiasts a chance to test their horse-showing skills.

This regional championship features four days packed with a variety of classes, starting with progressive working hunter at 7:30 a.m. on June 18 in the Amarillo National Center at the Tri-State Fairgrounds. AQHA judges David Avery, Scott A. Merritt and Scott Neman will judge the event.

“Our goal with the regional championships is to offer our members another opportunity to gain experience in the show ring with their American Quarter Horses,” said Charlie Hemphill, AQHA director of shows and new events. “This also gives our members a chance to network and ride with other talented riders across their regions.”  

Exhibitors at this regional championship have the opportunity to partake in more than typical show classes. Show attendees are invited to attend an exhibitor party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on June 19 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. AQHA’s cook team will be providing free hors d’oeuvres. Be sure to stop by the Hall of Fame to tour the museum and meet fellow exhibitors.
Additionally, placing in the top 10 as a Level 1 exhibitor in a regional championship level 1 class qualifies the rider and horse for the 2015 AQHA Level 1 championships. The exception to this is halter, where Level 1-eligible halter exhibitors may compete in corresponding youth and amateur classes in the regional championship classes to qualify for the Level 1 championships. See for more details.

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Regions Two, Six and Five will also hold 2015 Merial AQHA Regional Championship shows. Exhibitors from every region are invited to attend a regional championship show, but an exhibitor may only compete at one regional championship per year. Visit for more information on each show.

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