NWSS hosts Ranch Horse World Championship
National Western Stock Show and Rodeo
The National Western Stock Show will host the inaugural American Quarter Horse Association Fort Dodge Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships during the annual exhibition Jan. 16-17, 2008. The event will crown the first open and amateur world champions of versatility ranch horse competition.
The ranch horse competition demonstrates the versatility of the working ranch horse in five categories – ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, working ranch horse and ranch conformation. The competition promotes the athletic ability and versatility of the American Quarter Horse.
To qualify for the Fort Dodge Championships, a horse must have earned four points in open AQHA ranch horse versatility competition and amateurs must have earned one point in their division.
“The National Western Stock Show is thrilled to be selected as the home of the inaugural AQHA Fort Dodge Ranch Horse Championships,” National Western Horse Show manager Brad Ettleman said. “With a century-old history steeped in ranching and western heritage, the partnership could not be more perfect. We look forward to hosting this prestigious event.”
“The American Quarter Horse is the world’s most versatile breed, and the versatility ranch horse competition highlights the breed’s all-around ability,” AQHA executive vice president Bill Brewer said. “The AQHA Fort Dodge Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships will showcase the multiple talents of American Quarter Horses.”
One of the largest horse shows in the world, the National Western Horse Show hosts nearly 18,000 entries annually. The show runs concurrent with the 102nd anniversary of the National Western Stock Show Jan. 12-27, 2008.
For schedules and ticket information, visit our website at http://www.nationalwestern.com or call 1-888-551-5004.
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From June through September, John Etchart spends most of the day driving a tractor through hayfields below the mountains near Meeker in northwestern Colorado.