New AQHA Classes Available

New AQHA Classes Available Photo by © AQHA

Six new classes, designed to enhance the member experience, are now available and will be offered at upcoming AQHA-approved shows.

The American Quarter Horse Association launches six new classes, which were member-driven initiatives voted on at past AQHA conventions and on hold pending computer programming. Each class was designed to enhance the showing experience by providing more opportunities for skill development and to build on other classes already offered at shows.

The new classes are:
    •    Working hunter under saddle

    •    Western dressage

    •    Ranch trail

    •    Ranching Heritage Challenge ranch cutting

    •    Ranching Heritage Challenge working ranch horse 7-&-Up

    •    Timed trail (only available in China)

“We are excited to officially launch these six new classes that the AQHA Show, IT and Project Management departments worked diligently to complete for our members,” said Justin Billings, chief show officer. “The additional classes allow exhibitors from English, western and ranch-horse disciplines new options to compete with their American Quarter Horses. The classes are now available for show management to add to AQHA-sanctioned events, which will be held pending local, state and federal mandates.”
If you are interested in competing in one of the new classes at an upcoming show and the class isn’t on the show schedule, contact the show management of the AQHA-sanctioned event.

The six new classes will also be eligible for year-end high-point awards in 2021.
Class descriptions and rules are available at as a supplement to the 2020 Official AQHA Handbook of Rules and Regulations. The rules will be published in the 2021 AQHA rulebook.

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By AQHA Press Release