Big money up for grabs in the equine world
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 season also awards some $29 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 9 countries compete not for money but the chance to earn one of 35 coveted world championship titles.
Following the Ford Youth World, AQHA’s top riders over 50 years old converged on Amarillo for AQHA’s Adequan Select World Championship Show and the opportunity grab a share of the more than $535,000 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 a $2.6 million and $2 million payout, 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.
This year, the eyes of the equine world focused sharply on Normandy, France, for the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games. The event, held every four years, brings the finest horses from 60 nations together to compete for world titles in eight disciplines. American Quarter Horses are featured predominantly on this world stage, taking home top honors in both team and individual reining competition. The 2018 World Equestrian Games will be held in the United States’ neighboring country when Bromont/Montreal, Canada, hosts the next renewal. F
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