World Show Qualifying in Barrel Racing

Dreaming About Bringing a Gold Globe Home?

Get qualified for the Farnam AQHA and Adequan® Select World Championship Shows and make that dream a reality.

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AQHA has announced $50,000 will be added to barrel racing classes at the Farnam AQHA and Adequan® Select World Championship Shows. Get qualified to compete and write your name in the AQHA history books alongside barrel racing greats like Flos Heiress – aka “BabyFlo,” the 2018 senior barrel racing world champion – and Slick By Design – the 2012 junior barrel racing world champion – when you qualify for and compete at the Farnam AQHA and Adequan® Select World Championship Shows.

Qualified exhibitors will compete for $50,000 in added money, 100% payback of the jackpot and the title of World Champion. The qualifying period is from August 1, 2021, to July 31, 2022.

Three Ways to Qualify

Get qualified through one of three options offered by AQHA:

  • Earn the required number of qualifying points at AQHA-approved events. Bonus: Qualifying this way gets added to your horse’s permanent record! Points to qualify:
    • Junior Barrel Racing: 3 open points for Level 3 | 1.5 open points for Level 2
       
    • Senior Barrel Racing: 5 open points for Level 3 | 2.5 open points for Level 2
       
    • Amateur Barrel Racing: 4 amateur points for Level 3 | 2 amateur points for Level 2
       
    • Select Amateur Barrel Racing: 2 points age 50-69 | 1 point age 70 or older

      Not sure which division you are eligible for? Check out this blog to learn more about divisions and levels.
       
  • Participate in six AQHA-approved events during the qualifying period. AQHA events encompass all judge numbers for a particular show or circuit. For example, the Arizona Sun Circuit is considered one event, even though it includes eight sets of points. This qualifying method will not be added to the horse’s permanent AQHA record.
     
  • Pay a higher entry fee to enter. Open classes will require a $7,500 nomination fee per class, while amateur and Select amateur will require a $5,000 nomination fee per class. That money will be added back to the purse in the respective class.

World Show Details 

Any added money will be split as follows:

  • 40% to Level 3 Senior Barrel Racing 
  • 20% to Level 3 Junior Barrel Racing 
  • 20% to Level 3 Amateur Barrel Racing 
  • 20% to Level 3 Select Barrel Racing 

The entry fee is $275. There is a jackpot fee of $375 that will be paid out at 100% in each class. 

Find AQHA-approved barrel racing classes near you now and get qualified!

Looking for events near you? Encourage the producers in your area to add AQHA barrel racing classes to their events!