The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is soliciting host-site bids for the 2017 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse (VRH) and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting (CMS) world championships and the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, which will be held in 2018. The inaugural Zoetis VRH World was held in 2008 in Denver during the National Western Stock Show. In 2011, the show was relocated to Houston, Texas, during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
The qualifying period for the Zoetis VRH, AQHA CMS world championships and Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals is Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year. The show has been held in mid-March for the past three years. According to a recent survey, exhibitors would prefer the event to be held in May or June. The event typically lasts for four days, but the AQHA would like to expand it to a minimum of five days. It is the AQHA’s preference that the Zoetis VRH and AQHA CMS world championships, along with the Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, keep these same qualifying dates, with the event dates moved to May or June in 2018.
Interested organizations or facilities must complete this form to submit a bid. Please be sure to include information you would like the AQHA executive committee to consider when reviewing the proposal. Please return bids to AQHA by Sept. 23. Completed bids can be mailed to: AQHA, c/o Pete Kyle and Valerie Smith, 1600 Quarter Horse Drive, Amarillo, TX 79104, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com.
The AQHA is also looking into the addition of events to this show’s existing format. More details will be released at a later date. For information on the Zoetis VRH and AQHA CMS world championships, visit www.aqha.com/versatility.