AQHA Announces Racing Challenge Barrel Bonus Side Pot at Lance Graves International
The Bank of America Racing Challenge is an AQHA program that focuses on horses 3 years old and older. Horses enrolled in the Racing Challenge program are eligible to participate in any Racing Challenge race offered.
New for 2023, the program is expanding to support horses that are retired from the track and encourage them as they move on to second careers with the AQHA Racing Challenge Barrel Bonus Side Pot. The initial side pot will be offered at the 2023 Lance Graves International Barrel Race August 24-27 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
“With their speed, athleticism and a gentle demeanor, off-the-track American Quarter Horses are uniquely suited for second careers in barrel racing,” said Janet VanBebber, AQHA chief racing officer. “Our goal is to recognize those horses that have gone from the track to the barrel pen.”
The side pot offers $5,000 added money and will be added to the 4D open. To be eligible, horses must be registered with AQHA and enrolled in the AQHA Racing Challenge. Riders must be current AQHA members.
"With thousands of Challenge enrolled horses racing for money, this is the perfect opportunity for racing breeders to have a second chance for their enrolled foals to find success and incentive after their racing career is finished," said Lance Graves of Lance Graves International.
Seventy-five percent of the $100 entry fee and 100 percent of the added money will be paid back. Three and one-half percent of the total pot will go to the person who enrolled the horse in the AQHA Racing Challenge. Payout will be on a progressive 4D scale.
Find pre-entry and on site entry details, as well as event rules and schedule at www.twistedsistersproductions.com.
To verify if your horse is AQHA Racing Challenge enrolled, check your AQHA registration papers for the AQHA Racing Challenge logo or call the AQHA Challenge hotline at 877-222-7223.
For more information on the AQHA Bank of America Racing Challenge, visit www.aqha.com/bank-of-america-racing-challenge.