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Online Entry Forms Now Available For AQHA Ranch Horse Championships

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The American Quarter Horse Association returns to the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for four ranch-horse shows in one great event during the 2021 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships; AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals; AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships, presented by the Four Sixes Ranch; and National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance National Championship Show. The combined events are slated for June 22-27 and will be held according to local, state and federal mandates.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind celebration of the ranch horse – enter today online! The entry deadline is May 1; there is also a late-entry option available from May 2 through June 1. No entries will be taken after June 1.


“After an unprecedented year in 2020, AQHA is proud to once again host the ranch horse championship series in June at Lazy E,” said Justin Billings, AQHA chief show officer. “We along with so many members were disappointed when last year’s event was cancelled because we knew how much our exhibitors were looking forward to competing. We are excited to welcome all exhibitors back to this year’s show, since traditional qualifying requirements were waived as a result of the pandemic’s impact on qualifying opportunities. If you’ve ever wanted to compete at this ranch horse mega-show, now is your chance to give it a try and make a run at an estimated $250,000 in purse and prizes, along with the opportunity to take home the coveted gold globe.”

View the tentative schedule and judges list before you enter.

$20,000 John Deere VRH Double-Qualifying Incentive

Even though traditional qualifying requirements were waived, AQHA is still offering the $20,000 John Deere VRH Double-Qualifying Incentive, a special side pot available only to Versatility Ranch Horse competitors who qualified for the 2020 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships and who also reach the same qualifying threshold for the 2021 AQHA VRH World. The John Deere Double-Qualifying Incentive offers a total side pot of $20,000 to the highest-placing 2020 and 2021 qualifiers in each of six all-around divisions who compete at the 2021 AQHA VRH World. Rookie amateur and Rookie youth classes are not eligible for the John Deere VRH Double-Qualifying Incentive since those divisions are new in 2021. View the list of open, amateur and youth qualifiers who are eligible for the John Deere VRH Double-Qualifying Incentive.

Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horse Awards

AQHA Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horse Awards will also be presented to the owners of the overall highest-placing Ranching Heritage-bred horses at the AQHA VRH World, Cattle Level 1 Championships (amateur and youth) and NRSHA National Championship Show. Owners will receive $250 and a specially created ranch horse trophy, and the breeders of these winning horse also will receive $250.

AQHA RHC Finals Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2021 AQHA RHC Finals and $36,000 in additional added money, horses must be fully enrolled in the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge program. For more information about the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, visit

Cattle Level 1 Eligibility

The Cattle Level 1 Championships will offer cutting, boxing, working cow horse, heading, heeling, tie-down roping, breakaway roping and ranch riding. Ranch riding will also be offered at all Level 1 Championships in 2021; however, exhibitors can only compete in ranch riding at one of the Level 1 Championships. To be eligible to enter, an exhibitor must be Level 1-eligible in the class they wish to enter as of the previous year, January 1, 2020. Read more about leveling at

We want to know about you!

Once your entry form is submitted, fill out the AQHA VRH World and corresponding events exhibitor bio form. The information will be used by the AQHA Media Team and shared with additional media outlets during the show.

Event Health Protocols

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any setting where people are present. Attendees are required to abide by local, state and federal mandates. Attendees should also review the current CDC and WHO guidelines prior to the event. AQHA will continue to monitor the situation and potential effects on this year’s show. In the event a change is made to the show, AQHA will share additional information on

Need more information?

If exhibitors have additional questions, contact

For more information on the shows, visit

About the Sponsors

John Deere is driven by integrity, quality, commitment and innovation as it provides customers around the world with work equipment. John Deere has been a trusted supplier of equipment and service to the equine industry for generations. Now, as an AQHA member, you can get savings on select John Deere tractors, utility vehicles, mowers, commercial worksite equipment, implements and more. To redeem benefits, register at John Deere to receive an AQHA member discount.

Learn more about the presenting sponsor of the 2021 AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships, the Four Sixes Ranch.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA on Twitter and visit

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