History Making Event: 2021 AQHA VRH World

History Making Event: 2021 AQHA VRH World

Exhibitors at 2021 AQHA VRH World; RHC Finals; AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships, presented by the Four Sixes Ranch; and NRSHA National Championship Show took home championship titles and prizes from four premier shows.

A man on a sorrel horse jumps over a log

text size

That’s a wrap on the 2021 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, the largest in Association history. Exhibitors from 36 states competed for nine VRH world championship titles, 42 VRH class championships, seven NRSHA all-around championships, eight Level 1 youth and eight Level 1 amateur championships, and 18 Ranching Heritage Challenge championships. Plus, AQHA Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horse Awards were presented to the overall highest-placing horses in the youth and amateur divisions of the Cattle Level 1 Championships and the overall highest-placing horse at the AQHA VRH World. The AQHA VRH World ran June 22-26 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Between the 2021 AQHA VRH World, RHC Finals, Cattle Level 1 Championships and NRSHA National Championship Show, over 450 horses and more than 400 exhibitors competed in a variety of events, including ranch cutting, trail, conformation, reining, team roping, barrel racing, ranch riding and cow horse. There were more than 3,500 entries in the show and the purse exceeded $250,000.

“Our Association’s rich ranching heritage was honored by tough competition and camaraderie among the exhibitors over the past week. The true versatility of our ranching members and their American Quarter Horses was on full display,” said Justin Billings, AQHA Chief Show Officer. “Congratulations to all who took part in this history making event and hit personal bests at the 2021 AQHA VRH World.”

View the official results and score sheets at www.aqha.com/versatility.

“This show is the epitome of what the American Quarter Horse can do,” said Karen McCuistion, senior director of member programs. “To be able to perform in five performance classes and then go on to compete in a conformation class, this is the true testament of versatility and the prime example of what we want to see in ranching bred horses.”

Due to the pandemic and unfortunate cancellation of last year’s event, AQHA offered the $20,000 John Deere VRH Double-Qualifying Incentive, a special side pot available only to Versatility Ranch Horse competitors who qualified for the 2020 AQHA VRH World and who also reached the same qualifying threshold for the 2021 AQHA VRH World. Eligible exhibitors were awarded at the show.  

If you were unable to join us in Guthrie, be sure to check out results at www.aqha.com/versatility. You can also visit the AQHA Facebook page and YoutTube page to watch the action from the show including the Gold Globe Report.

Event Partners and Sponsors
AQHA championship shows would not be possible without our generous sponsors. The 2021 AQHA VRH World, AQHA RHC Finals, Cattle Level 1 Championships and NRSHA National Championships partners and sponsors include Adequan®, American Hat Company, Bank of America, Boehringer Ingelheim, Classic Equine, Cashel, Don Rich Saddles, Ford, Four Sixes Ranch, John Deere, Justin, Markel, Nutrena, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, SmartPak, Sundowner and Wrangler.

Learn more about AQHA corporate partners and event sponsors at www.aqha.com/partners.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA on Twitter, watch the AQHA Newscast and visit www.aqha.com/news.