Year-End Statistics, Leaders List

Learn more about the annual race to the AQHA year-end high-point awards.

It’s no easy feat to stand at the top of the heap at the end of a long show season. That’s exactly why every year AQHA recognizes hard-hauling individuals and their American Quarter Horses.

To keep owners and riders abreast of their standings in the AQHA year-end race, The American Quarter Horse Journal tracks performance statistics mined from the AQHA database. Every month, the latest standings are tabulated and presented in the Journal.

2018 AQHA Awards Celebration 
The annual American Quarter Horse Association Awards Celebration is slated for November 11, 2018, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships. The AQHA Awards Celebration honors the 2017 AQHA All-Around Amateur; AQHA All-Around Junior Horse; AQHA All-Around Senior Horse; Markel All-Around Youth; the top Level 3 open, amateur and Equestrians With Disabilities year-end high-point winners; Justin Boots Intermediates of the Year (30-&-Under, 31 to 49 and Select); exhibitor of the year; Don Burt Professional Horseman of the Year; AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year; and Most Valuable Professional awards.

Each award winner will receive one free ticket for the Awards Celebration. Award winners were mailed and emailed additional information about their complimentary ticket and how to purchase more tickets. If you did not receive this communication and you are an award winner, please contact highpoint@aqha.org to ensure the Association has the correct contact information for you.

Award Winner Registration Form

Attendees of the AQHA Awards Celebration will have the opportunity to enjoy hors d’oeuvre and beverages, courtesy of Oklahoma Convention and Visitors Bureau and State Fair Park; watch the “Oscar-style” awards presentation; and listen to live entertainment, presented by Michael Murphy's Dualing Pianos. This is sure to be a night you won’t want to miss!

Purchase your tickets today.

  • Tickets purchased prior to November 1 - $50
  • Tickets purchased after November 1 - $75

Send your completed form via email to highpoint@aqha.org, fax to 806-349-6409 or mail to AQHA Awards Celebration, ATTN: Lee Stribling, P.O. Box 200, Amarillo, TX 79168. 

The Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show schedule is being modified to allow exhibitors and their connections time away from the show for the celebration on November 11. The show’s scheduled start time on Monday, November 12, is also being adjusted to accommodate for the celebration the evening before.

Awards Celebration Information 
Host Hotels
Awards List

Additional information, including the evening’s agenda and attire for the evening, will be shared as that information becomes available.

AQHYA Year-End High-Point Presentation 
The 2017 youth year-end high-point winners will continue to be recognized during the Parade of Teams at the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.

Show Leaders List

Get the latest standings in each showing division, plus learn who is in the running for Limited Rider awards and Justin Intermediate of the Year awards

Year-End High-Point Awards

Annually, AQHA recognizes the top point earners in each division of every AQHA-approved event. Horses are recognized in the open division, while youth and amateurs with any one horse are recognized in their respective division.

The year-end awards are awarded according to AQHA's leveling program. Awards are recognized in each event for open, amateur, and youth divisions.

  • Rookie level high-point earners will be recognized, in each event. The top-10 exhibitors and top-10 horses will receive a certificate of accomplishment along with the opportunity to purchase an official AQHA Top-10 Year-End award.
  • Level 1 high-point earners will be recognized, in each event. The top-10 earners will receive a certificate of accomplishment along with the opportunity to purchase an official AQHA Top-10 Year-End award.
  • Adequan® Level 2 (Intermediate & Progressive) high-point earners who have earned points in Level 2 classes will be recognized, in each event. The points must have been earned in Level 2 classes. The top-10 earners will receive a certificate of accomplishment along with the opportunity to purchase an official AQHA Top-10 Year-End award.
  • Level 3 high-point earners who have earned points in Level 3 classes will be recognized, in each event. The points must have been earned in Level 3 classes. Points earned in Level 2 are not included in the point counts. First-place winners will receive a certificate of accomplishment, AQHA year-end high-point trophy and personalized award buckle. Second through 10th will receive a certificate of accomplishment along with the opportunity to purchase an official AQHA Top-10 Year-End award.
  • Open junior & senior high-point horses will be recognized, in each event. The top-10 earners will receive a certificate of accomplishment along with the opportunity to purchase an official AQHA Top-10 Year-End award.
  • Open high-point stallion/mare/gelding will be recognized, in each event. The top-10 horses will receive a certificate of accomplishment along with the opportunity to purchase an official AQHA Top-10 Year-End award.
  • Select amateur exhibitors will be recognized, in each amateur event. The top-10 earners will receive a certificate of accomplishment along with the opportunity to purchase an official AQHA Top-10 Year-End award.

Year-End All-Around High-Points

Several year-end all-around awards are presented each year:

  • Markel Insurance All-Around Youth
  • AQHA All-Around Amateur
  • AQHA All-Around Junior Horse
  • AQHA All-Around Senior Horse
  • AQHA World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse
  • All-Around High-Point Exhibitor

For eligibility in the year-end all-around high-point award, points must be earned the same Level and include halter or performance halter, plus at least two of the performance categories listed in Rule SHW803.5(c) of the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations, with a minimum of five points earned in the lowest category.

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