Fall Championship Season Awards Millions to American Quarter Horse Owners

American Quarter Horses have the opportunity to earn part of a $51 million payout in some of the industry’s largest and most prestigious competitions this fall.

The American Quarter Horse Association

Many people know how much fun it is to show an American Quarter Horse, but what you might not know is that each fall is championship season for owners whose passion is showing, racing and rodeo competition. (Journal photo)

Many people know how much fun it is to show an American Quarter Horse, but what you might not know is that each fall is championship season for owners whose passion is showing, racing and rodeo competition. In addition to seeing the world’s best American Quarter Horses in action, the fall championship events also award more than $51 million to owners, making this time of the year a lucrative one for the breed. 

Championship season typically kicks off each August with the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. There, hundreds of the world’s toughest AQHYA members from five countries competed for the chance to earn one of 35 coveted AQHA world championship titles.

Following the Ford Youth World, AQHA’s top amateur exhibitors who are age 50 or over, converged in Amarillo for the AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), and the opportunity to grab a share of the more than $440,000 in cash and prizes and 44 world championship titles. 

For racing owners and fans, Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico is the place to be for Labor Day Weekend, where the All American Futurity and the All American Derby brought the opportunity for payouts of $3 million and $1.5 million, respectively.
 
The European Championship of American Quarter Horses is also an annual stop during championship season, giving European owners the chance to grab a continental title at the event held in Kreuth, Germany, just outside Munich. 

The next big-money championship events are:   

  • All American Quarter Horse Congress, October 3-29 in Columbus, Ohio – $3 million
  • Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Wrangler World Championship, October 18-21 in Amarillo – $15,000 in added money
  • Bank of America Challenge Championships, October 14 at Prairie Meadows in Iowa – $330,000
  • Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Finals, October 19-22 in Waco, Texas – estimated over $100,000
  • United States Team Roping Championships National Finals of Team Roping, October 22-28 in Oklahoma City – estimated more than $7 million
  • Clem McSpadden Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Final Steer Roping, November 10-11, Kansas Star Arena, Mulvane, Kansas, $425,000 
  • Golden State Million Futurity, November 5, in Los Alamitos, California – $1 million
  • Los Alamitos Super Derby, November 12 in Los Alamitos, California – $1 million
  • Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo, November 9-12 in Amarillo – estimated more than $170,000
  • Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show and Adequan® Level 2 Championships, November 2-18 in Oklahoma City – nearly $2.3 million
  • Texas Classic Futurity and Derby, November 11 in Grand Prairie, Texas – $1.4 million
  • National Reining Horse Association Futurity, November 23 - December 2 in Oklahoma City – more than $2.85 million 
  • National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity, November 15 - December 10 in Fort Worth, Texas – almost $4 million
  • World Series of Team Roping, December 10-16, South Point Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas – estimated purse of $10 million
  • Barrel Futurities of America World Championships, December 4-9 in Oklahoma City – estimated $70,000
  • Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, December 7-16 in Las Vegas – $10 million
  • Champion of Champions, December 16 in Los Alamitos, California – $750,000
  • Los Alamitos $2 Million Futurity, December 17 in Los Alamitos, California – $2 million 

The All American Quarter Horse Congress, the world’s largest gathering of American Quarter Horses, will award more than $3 million in cash prizes to the top exhibitors who compete in Columbus, Ohio. 

The Bank of America Challenge Championships offers owners of racing American Quarter Horses the chance to win $330,000 in a single championship night. The Bank of America Racing Challenge annually awards more than $5.5 million to owners of racing American Quarter Horses in the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America.

There’s no question the preferred equine breed of team ropers is an American Quarter Horse, and each year, American Quarter Horses are piloted by ropers in the United States Team Roping Championships National Finals of Team Roping to their chance to earn a share of more than $7 million in purses and prizes. 

Other disciplines may have a world event, but there is only one world championship show for American Quarter Horses showing in the amateur and open divisions – the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. Of course, the dream of many who own American Quarter Horses is the chance to earn an AQHA world championship title. The 2017 Lucas Oil World will crown 99 new world champions and 90 Adequan® Level 2 championships, plus offer nearly $2.3 million in cash and prizes.

The National Reining Horse Association and National Cutting Horse Association futurities bring the opportunity for horses and riders in specialized events to take home top honors as well as prize money in November and December. The NRHA Futurity is November 23 - December 2 in Oklahoma City and will offer up more than $2 million. The NCHA World Championship Futurity is slated for November 15 - December 10 in Fort Worth, Texas, and will bring the opportunity to win almost $4 million.  
    
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. American Quarter Horses carry cowboys and cowgirls to championship titles in steer wrestling, team roping (headers and heelers), tie-down roping and barrel racing. The event also features bull riding, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding. The event is expected to offer more than $10 million in prize money. 
 
Los Alamitos Race Course is the place to be the weekend of December 9-11 when the Southern California oval brings together the finest racing American Quarter Horses for the annual Champion of Champions and the Los Alamitos $2 Million Futurity, which together pay out more than $2.6 million. 

Stay up to date with the news and results from these championship events at www.aqha.com and follow AQHA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat for updates as the championships progress throughout the remainder of the year.

AQHA will provide AQHA Member Services at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Wrangler World Championship, Lucas Oil World, National Reining Horse Association Futurity and World Series of Team Roping. This is your chance to get questions answered in person and paperwork completed all in one trip. Even if you don’t need assistance regarding paperwork, stop by to say hi!       

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