THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION — JAN. 4, 2013 – Recently, an announcement was made that the American Quarter Horse Association’s Adequan Select World Championship Show will stay in Amarillo for another three years. Watch this video as AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. explains exactly what all goes into a major decision like selecting a venue for an AQHA world championship event.
For the last 10 years, Amarillo has been home to the Select World after AQHA created this new world championship event exclusively for amateur exhibitors 50 and older. In that inaugural year, 307 entries comprised the entire show. In 2012, that figure had ballooned by more than 300 hundred percent, with 1,273 entries vying for one of more than 43 coveted world champion titles and more than $500,000 in cash and awards. Amarillo’s contract expired in 2012 and bids were accepted from nearly 20 venues with interest in hosting the Adequan Select Show.
In the video, Treadway explains some of the improvements made by the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds for the 2012 Adequan Select World, ranging from new bathrooms to footing. The Fairgrounds has agreed to continue making improvements that will benefit all shows that use the facility, including additional covered riding areas, new stalls and improved ventilation in the barns. In future years, AQHA and the fairgrounds will work together to add a video board and other improvements.
About the Adequan Select World
The Adequan Select World offers exciting competition for AQHA Select amateur members. The Adequan Select World is the world���s largest, single-breed championship horse show open exclusively to amateur exhibitors age 50 and older. This is the pinnacle event for Select amateur competitors around the world who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to secure a spot in each of the classes, representing English, over fences, western, speed, cattle and halter events.