2023 AQHA VRH World Qualifying

2023 AQHA VRH World Qualifying

Qualifying information has been announced for the 2023 AQHA VRH World; AQHA RHC Finals; AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships; and NRSHA National Championships.

Maisen Avent and Ellie May Rey won a championship in VRH youth ranch reining at the 2022 Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships. (Shane Rux Photography)

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Following review and approval from the AQHA Executive Committee, the requirements to qualify for the 2023 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show have been announced.

The 2023 AQHA VRH World is tentatively scheduled for June 20-24, 2023, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.


The qualifying period for the 2023 VRH World began March 1 and runs through February 28, 2023. View the VRH World qualifying requirements.

To qualify for the 2023 AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, horses must compete at one of the 2022 AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge events in the class they wish to enter. The qualifying period for the 2023 RHC Finals is January 1 – December 31, 2022. View the upcoming RHC events. New for this year only - any Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals qualifiers can enter RHC breakaway roping, steer roping and/or team roping at the 2023 AQHA VRH World Championships.

AQHA Cattle Level 1
To be eligible to enter the 2023 AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships, presented by the Four Sixes Ranch, an exhibitor need only be Level 1 eligible in the class they wish to enter as of January 1, 2022. Read more about leveling at www.aqha.com/leveling.  

NRSHA National Championships
To be eligible to compete in the 2023 NRSHA National Championship Show, a rider must show in at least three events hosted by an NRSHA alliance partner between March 1, 2022, and February 28, 2023. Riders can show with the same alliance partner three times, or any combination of alliance partners three times. View more information.

New for 2023

AQHA has added two new RHC classes for 2023, breakaway roping and steer stopping. These classes will be available during the 2023 AQHA RHC Finals and exhibitors will not be required to qualify in the classes’ inaugural year. 

About the AQHA VRH World
The AQHA VRH World combines four premiere ranch horse events into one: the AQHA VRH World, AQHA RHC Finals, AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships and NRSHA National Championship Show. This prestigious show draws ranch horse competitors from around the globe to the Lazy E Arena each June to crown nine AQHA VRH world champions among other top AQHA RHC Finals, Cattle Level 1 and NRSHA National Championship Show ranch horse champions in addition to awarding over $250,000 in purse and prizes.

For more information on the AQHA VRH World and corresponding events, visit www.aqha.com/versatility.

Learn more about the Four Sixes Ranch, the presenting sponsor of the 2023 AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships.

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