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The Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships kicked off March 23 in Houston; the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals follow on March 26.

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The American Quarter Horse Journal will provide online coverage of all of the events at www.aqha.com/versatility.

The 2016 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships kicked off the first day of competition on March 23 in Houston. The Zoetis VRH World classes began at 7:30 a.m. in Arena 3 with open ranch trail and cowboy ranch riding in the NRG Arena. The AQHA CMS World classes kick off at 6:30 p.m. with stage one in youth, amateur, Select amateur, open and rifle, also in the NRG Arena.

This year, there are 920 Versatility Ranch Horse entries, a record for the event. The Zoetis VRH World saw 71 percent of qualifiers entering the show and a 43 percent increase in VRH all-around entries. The additional arena is expected to help the flow of the event. 

“The previous warm up arenas will be converted into show areas,” said Charlie Hemphill, AQHA director of shows and new events. “When you look at the schedule, you'll notice the additional arenas are Arenas 2 and 3. In the past, these were used as warm-up arenas and will be converted to show arenas this year.”

This year’s event runs March 23-25 in Houston in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The event is referred to as the 2016 Zoetis VRH and AQHA CMS World Championships because the qualifying period was January 1 - December 31, 2016.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is providing a free live webcast of the events in the NRG Arena at this year’s event. Watch all the action in the NRG Arena. Due to logistical and technological issues, the additional arenas will not be featured on the webcast. However, The American Quarter Horse Journal will provide online coverage of all of the events at www.aqha.com/versatility.

“We want to congratulate all the exhibitors competing at this year’s Zoetis VRH and AQHA CMS World Championships,” said Pete Kyle, AQHA chief show officer. “These exhibitors and American Quarter Horses worked hard all year long to qualify for the honor to compete at this year’s event, and we wish everyone the best of luck.”

Following the Zoetis VRH and AQHA CMS World Championships, the inaugural Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges Finals will be held March 26, and will also be available via free live webcast from the NRG Arena. The Zoetis RHC Finals highlights the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of American Quarter Horses that are bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.

View the tentative schedule of events at www.aqha.com/versatility.

About the Event
The Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships are for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors from around the world, who must qualify by earning a predetermined number of points to compete. The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals competitors qualified for the finals by competing at any one of the six Ranching Heritage Challenges held in 2016. More than 1,165 entries from 29 states, as well as Canada and Costa Rica, are competing for a purse of nearly $450,000 in cash and awards at all three events this year.

Stay up to date on all the happenings at the Zoetis VRH and AQHA CMS World Championships and the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, with online coverage provided by the Journal, at www.aqha.com/versatility and follow @AQHAJournal on Twitter for updates as the shows progress.

Zoetis is the proud sponsor of the Zoetis VRH World and Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals. AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis cares about the well-being of your horse and understands the serious consequences of disease. In addition to being the official equine vaccine, Zoetis is pleased to offer the Equine Immunization Support Guarantee. Learn more about the Equine Immunization Guarantee.  

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