In just a few short days, we’ll head to Amarillo, Texas, for the 12th annual Adequan Select AQHA World Championship Show. You’ll be able to #WalkInOurBoots yet again August 30 through September 2 at this year’s event, thanks to Soft-Ride Comfort Boots. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram to watch exclusive videos with competitors, trainers, judges, and personnel; to follow along with class scores and leaders; and take advantage of exclusive giveaways.
We’re excited to be part of this year’s show, not just because the event’s held in AQHA’s headquarters location, but also because there’s something special about the vibe at the Select World Show. Holly Hover, a past judge at the event, describes the exhibitors as a “good core group.” She says, “The atmosphere is positive, there’s camaraderie amongst the competitors, and exhibitors show aggressively. Select riders want to be there, and it’s reflected in the arena. They come into the event prepared to compete and leave it all in the show pen; it’s fun to watch and be a part of.”
For those who don’t know, the AQHA Select World Show is exclusively for amateur competitors ages 50 and older. Valerie Smith, Competition Coordinator and Projects Administrator at AQHA, says the age eligibility is what creates such a vibrant show environment. “Exhibitors love it because they get to compete against their peers. There’s also special events throughout the nine-day show and an exhibitor party at the Hall of Fame.” More information on qualification and eligibility requirements can be found online. An additional rule allows showmen ages 70 and older to qualify to compete with half the number of required points.
Each year the number of entries grows, and it’s especially the case as additional classes—such as the popular ranch-riding event—are added to the lineup. We look forward to taking you behind the scenes to bring you the stories of these cheerful competitors and to hear from top trainers as they share their insights on preparing amateurs for the event.
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