AQHA Releases Dates of 2016 Merial AQHA Regional Championships

The dates and locations have been announced for the 2016 Merial AQHA Regional Championships.

The American Quarter Horse Association

Six Merial AQHA Regional Championships will be held in 2016.

Find the closest 2016 Merial AQHA Regional Championship to you and bring your American Quarter Horse to experience an event that will test your skills in a rewarding environment. The Regional Championships are a series of shows that allow you to compete for a chance to win great prizes from AQHA’s team of corporate partners and sponsors.

“Merial is proud to continue to be a part of the Merial AQHA Regional Championships,” said Beckie Peskin, Merial associate director equine marketing. “We know that AQHA competitors across the country love these events – as they are a wonderful way for them to get involved.  We wish the best of luck to all competitors and encourage you all to visit for some inspiration along the way.”

Awards will be provided by AQHA for first through third place in each of the eight core classes in Level 1 youth 13-&-under, Level 1 youth 14-18, Level 1 amateur and for either Rookie or Select amateur. Winners in each class will receive a Montana Silversmiths buckle. Second-place winners will receive Professional’s Choice SMB boots and third-place winners will receive Noble Outfitters product. Buckles from Montana Silversmiths will also be awarded to the Farnam all-around winner in each division.

Exhibitors can compete in any Regional Championship; however, competitors may only compete in one Regional Championship each year.

“These shows are the best way for exhibitors to get their feet wet in AQHA championship shows,” said Charlie Hemphill, AQHA senior director of shows and new events. “The shows also give Level 1 exhibitors who place in the top 10 in a Level 1 class the opportunity to qualify for the AQHA Level 1 Championships in 2017.”

All dates for the Merial AQHA Regional Championships are tentative and regions may impose entry deadlines.

Region Two
September 15-18
Rapid City, South Dakota

Region Five
June 22
Logan Township, New Jersey

Region Six
July 15-17
Springfield, Massachusetts

Region Eight
June 15-19
Amarillo, Texas

Region Nine
June 3-5
Jackson, Mississippi

Region One
August 19-21
Monroe, Washington
This show will not offer the same awards as listed above. Level 1 exhibitors placing in the top 10 at this show will qualify for the 2017 AQHA Level 1 championships.

To see the show schedules and find out more about each Regional Championship, visit

About the Sponsors
The Regional Championships would not be possible without title sponsor Merial. As an official AQHA animal health care partner, Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Whether you care for pleasure horses, racehorses, performance horses or working horses, Merial offers you products to protect them. Learn more about Merial’s official AQHA products.

The shows also wouldn’t be possible without the help of AQHA corporate partners Farnam, Montana Silversmiths, Professional’s Choice and AQHA event sponsor Noble Outfitters.

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