AQHA World Show – Oklahoma City, OK

The AQHA World Championship Show, each November in Oklahoma City, is truly a pinacle event featuring the best American Quarter Horses in the World.

Each November, thousands of competitors and their American Quarter Horses convene at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City for the AQHA Open and Bank of America Amateur World Championship Show.

The AQHA World Show is the pinnacle event for for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the globe. Competitors and their Quarter Horses compete yearlong to qualify for the honor of competing at this annual event.

When is the AQHA World Show?

2013 World Show tentative dates are November 8-23, 2013.

Future Dates:

November 8-22, 2014
November 7-21, 2015

Where is the AQHA World Show?

The AQHA World Show is at the spacious and accommodating State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Get directions and a State Fair Park Guide.

Is the event webcast?

Yes, you can watch the entire event online at

Where can I find coverage of the event?

The American Quarter Horse Journal provides a video interview and statistics on each AQHA world champion, plus behind-the-scenes coverage and photos, at

Is this really a “world” championship show?

More than 3,500 entries from the United States, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands competed for 97 world championships at the 2012 event. Stay tuned for facts from the 2013 World Show.

How do you qualify?

Exhibitors must qualify for the AQHA World Show by earning a predetermined number of points throughout the qualifying period to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. Here is the breakdown of qualifying points for each class.

What are some of the most popular events?

Those who love the American Quarter Horse know that “excellence that shows” is not some empty phrase – it’s a fact.  Perhaps nowhere else is the breed’s versatility, heritage and work ethic more apparent than in the show arena.

Show events or classes are divided into three basic categories: western, English and halter. Western and English classes feature performance competition: a wide variety of athletic contests ranging from jumping to western pleasure and pleasure driving to team roping. Halter classes provide competition for horses based on conformation which reward excellence in balance, structural correctness, breed and sex characteristics and degree of muscling.

Learn more about AQHA events with our handy class descriptions page on



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