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Three AQHA World Shows -- including the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show -- will not require qualification this year. * Photo by Shane Rux Photography.

Qualification Waived For Three AQHA World Championship Shows

Riders will not have to qualify for three American Quarter horse Association (AQHA) World Championship this year. Officials made the move due to the number of coronavirus-related show cancellations.

The AQHA announced Wednesday afternoon that its Executive Committee decided to waive qualification for the following 2020 World championship shows:

* Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show: July 30 to August 8 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

* AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan®: Sept. 1-6 in Fort Worth, Texas

* Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show: Nov. 5-21 in Oklahoma City

“AQHA understands that during this unprecedented time, show management teams around the world are making difficult decisions to cancel AQHA sanctioned shows,” AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines said in a statement. “We appreciate their due diligence with following recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities to not risk the safety of our members.”

The move was similar to that made by the American Paint Horse Association, which on Monday announced it had eliminated qualifying for this year’s Open and Amateur APHA World Show due to the mass cancelation or postponement of events due to coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Quarter Horse News has compiled a list of show cancellations, as well as changes to association hours, services and programs.

The AQHA also released additional qualifying and entry information Wednesday about several of its large shows. 

Performance Halter

Horses competing in performance halter at the Ford Youth World, Adequan® Select World and Lucas Oil World must abide by AQHA SHW365.3 for performance halter eligibility regarding having earned a Register of Merit. With the exception of racehorses that have earned an ROM, all other performance halter-eligible horses are required to enter and legitimately compete in a performance class. When showing in the performance class, exhibitors must maintain the integrity of the performance class in which they are competing.

Judges will adhere to AQHA Rule SHW910.5 when judging the performance class, “eliminate any horse/exhibitor as an entry which he/she feels is in violation of the intent of AQHA’s prohibited conduct rules, or which he/she does not feel has legitimately attempted to exhibit the horse to the best of the horse’s ability.”

Ford Youth World

The entry process for the 2020 Ford Youth World will remain with the youth advisers as it has been in previous years. AQHYA exhibitors interested in competing at the Ford Youth World will continue to work through their adviser to enter and must meet affiliate requirements to compete. View the list of affiliate youth advisers. Contact your youth adviser for more details on the Ford Youth World requirements.


The AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships qualifying will continue to be managed by AQHA’s alliance partner, the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association. Visit for additional information.

AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships

The AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships and National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance National Championship Show are still proceeding as scheduled June 23-27 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Qualifying for this event ended February 29 and remains in place. AQHA is monitoring the situation and will share any updates with exhibitors and on

Entry information for each show will be released on at a later date. Visit for more information on AQHA world championship shows.

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