The American Quarter Horse Association’s premiere show, the Farnam AQHA World Championship Show, is the most prestigious event in the equine industry. In an effort to improve the show, which also includes the Adequan® Select World Championship Show and encourages growth focusing on AQHA members, the Association is implementing changes to the 2023 show.
After discussions between AQHA and National Reining Horse Association leadership, an agreement was reached regarding modifying the dates of the Farnam AQHA World and NRHA Futurity, which follows the World Show, for 2023. This benefits both associations and their membership as both are held back to back at the OKC Fairgrounds. The Farnam AQHA World will now conclude on Thursday, November 16, and NRHA will begin its move-in to the facility on Friday, November 17.
“We value our long-time relationship with NRHA and leasing two days over to them during the Farnam AQHA World Championship Show made sense for both associations and our exhibitors,” said Karl Stressman, AQHA chief executive officer. “We are proud to support growth in the equine industry and opportunities for American Quarter Horse owners, especially, to exhibit their American Quarter Horses. In turn, we are optimizing our own Farnam World Show schedule and are excited about the improvements we are making to our pinnacle event.”
NRHA supports the Farnam AQHA World as a sponsor by enhancing added money to reining classes and AQHA is assisting in the tremendous growth seen in the sport of reining through added days to NRHA’s show. The ultimate goal is to promote growth and participation in equine sports and shows.
“The long line of AQHA/NRHA partnerships began with our founding,” said Gary Carpenter, NRHA commissioner. “This is a continuation of that rich history, which will benefit the members of both organizations. As we both become more creative and flexible, I see a brighter future of cooperation.”
More information about next steps to implement new changes is coming soon.