Region Nine Championship Is Set

The first of five 2016 Merial AQHA regional championships kicks off June 3 in Jackson, Mississippi.

American Quarter Horse Association

Your American Quarter Horse gives you great opportunities at a Merial AQHA Regional Championship near you.

AQHA Region Nine exhibitors are preparing for the 2016 Merial AQHA Region Nine Championship Show. The show, slated for June 3-5 at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson, Mississippi, provides American Quarter Horse enthusiasts a chance to test their horse-showing skills.

This regional championship features three days packed with a variety of classes, starting with trail at noon on June 3. AQHA judges Tina Anderson, Jim Dudley, Matt Howell and Mark Sheridian will judge the event. Exhibitors at this regional championship have the opportunity to win great products from AQHA partners Montana Silversmiths, Professional’s Choice and Noble Outfitters.

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

Level 1-eligible exhibitors who place in the top 10 in any amateur/Select/youth regional championship class will earn an invitation on that horse to compete at the 2017 AQHA Level 1 Championships. Visit for more details.

For a full show itinerary, visit

Regions 2, 6, 5 and 8 will also hold 2016 Merial AQHA Regional Championship shows. Region 1 will not offer the same awards as the other regional championships, however Level 1 exhibitors placing in the top 10 at the Region One Regional Championship Show will also qualify for the 2017 AQHA Level 1 Championships. 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.

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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