The 2015 Zoetis American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Versatility Ranch Horse and John Deere AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships are March 17-20 in Houston as part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This year’s event is referred to as the 2015 Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse and John Deere Cowboy Mounted Shooting world shows because the qualifying period was Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2015.
At the John Deere Cowboy Mounted Shooting World, the following classes will be offered:
- Rifle (Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association-approved, not AQHA-approved)
New at the Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse World this year, competitors will vie to win championship titles in each of the following classes:
- Youth ranch trail, amateur ranch trail, open ranch trail, cowboy ranch trail
- Youth ranch riding, amateur ranch riding, open ranch riding, cowboy ranch riding
- Youth ranch cow work, amateur ranch cow work, limited amateur ranch boxing, open ranch cow work, cowboy ranch cow work
- Youth ranch cutting, amateur ranch cutting, open ranch cutting, cowboy ranch cutting
- Youth ranch conformation, amateur ranch conformation, open ranch conformation, cowboy ranch conformation
World championship titles will be awarded to the all-around winners in each division: Youth, Amateur, Limited Amateur, Open and Cowboy. To be eligible, exhibitors must compete in at least one cattle class (Ranch Cow Work/Boxing or Ranch Cutting), as well as Conformation, plus at least one of the additional classes (Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail or Ranch Reining).