AQHA Championship Shows
It is here that years of dedication, motivation and commitment come down to a remarkable two weeks of top-level competition. The Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show is the industry’s premier event – with good reason. It is the world’s largest and richest championship horse show with more than $1.6 million dollars in prize money and awards. It features 100 world championship titles to be earned in demanding classes for both amateur- and open-division competitors. Not just any horse can enter – he must have earned the right.
A horse is only eligible to compete in a class in which he has earned the minimum number of points assigned to that class at AQHA-approved shows. Invitations are sent only to those whose horses have qualified. The Lucas Oil World is more than just intense competition aboard the world’s most popular and versatile horse. It also involves people whose lifestyles exemplify dedication to the American Quarter Horse and the individual events which have enriched their lives.
For one week each summer, youth from virtually every corner of the globe vie to be named the world’s best among 2,500 participants vying for 35 world championship titles. The AQHYA World Championship Show is the payoff for months of preparation, hard work, and the “falling-off-and-getting-right-back-on-again” kind of determination it takes to earn the right to participate. Participants must have qualified through the state in which they reside or nationally with a specified number of points. It’s seven days of intense competition to be certain. But the AQHYA World Championship Show is much more than that.
In addition to show competition, there are other events and activities for members including judging contests and public speaking contests. All of this is designed so that each participant will bring home a lifetime of values and increased appreciation for the American Quarter Horse that will last a lifetime. After all, the youth are what future is about.
They Adequan Select World Championship Show is only for AQHA amateur members that are 50 years of age or over on or before August 1 of the qualifying year. Participants must have qualified to compete at the Adequan Select World Championship Show by earning the minimum number of points assigned to that class at AQHA-approved shows or earning an invite through the Amateur Invitational Program.
Every March, the world's best Versatility Ranch Horse and cowboy mounted shooters head to Houston for the world championship show celebrating those two events. In Versatility Ranch Horse, an amateur and an open world champion are crowned. For cowboy mounted shooting, world champions are crowned in the youth, amateur, Select amateur and open divisions. To earn an invitation, exhibitors and their horses must qualify by earning the designated amount of points during the qualifying period.
Level 1 (formerly Novice) competitors need not qualify but may choose which event to attend: either the AQHA West Level 1 Championships in Las Vegas, the AQHA Central Level 1 Championship in Oklahoma City or the Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships in Wilmington, Ohio. The shows are offered in the spring, and in addition to Level 1 classes, these events also host Rookie and Walk/Trot classes, none of which require qualification, but the exhibitor and horse must be eligible for the class and enter before the deadline.