Over $375,000 in Purse and Prizes Awarded at AQHA Ranch Horse Championships

The 2023 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships and concurrent events hosted more than 3,100 entries.  

The 2023 American Quarter Horse Association Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships and concurrent ranch horse events concluded June 24 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The event hosted over 440 exhibitors; more than 480 horses; and over 3,100 entries between the AQHA VRH World; 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 purse and prizes of the four premier shows was over $375,000.

The show featured a variety of events, including ranch cutting, ranch trail, ranch conformation, ranch reining, team roping, barrel racing, ranch riding, ranch cow work, working ranch horse and, for the first time, steer stopping and breakaway roping.

“This show showcases exactly what we want to see in ranch-bred horses,” said Karen McCuistion, senior director of member programs. “Competing in five different performance classes then moving into conformation is the epitome of what the American Quarter Horse can do.”

In addition to the nine VRH world champion titles, 54 VRH class championships, seven NRSHA national all-around championships, 35 NRSHA class championships, seven Level 1 youth and seven amateur and one Select Level 1 championships, and 28 Ranching Heritage Challenge championships, the event also recognized the top AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses.

View the official results, score sheets, the Journal’s Champion Pages at www.aqha.com/vrhworld. You can also visit the AQHA Showing Facebook page and YouTube page to watch the action from the show, including the AQHA VRH World Highlights videos and interviews with the newly crowned world champions.

Qualifying has already started for 2024, so don’t miss the opportunity to earn your spot at next year’s event held at the Tri State Fair and Expo in Amarillo.


About the AQHA VRH World

The AQHA VRH World combines four premiere ranch horse events into one: the AQHA VRH World, AQHA RHC Finals, AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships and NRSHA National Championship Show. This prestigious event draws ranch-horse competitors from around the globe each June to crown nine AQHA VRH world champions along with champions in the AQHA RHC Finals, Cattle Level 1 and NRSHA championship shows in addition to awarding approximately $375,000 in purse and prizes.

For more information on the AQHA VRH World and corresponding events, visit www.aqha.com/versatility.

Learn more about the Four Sixes Ranch, the presenting sponsor of the 2023 AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships.

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