September 5, 2013
For additional information about the Southern Belle Breeders Program, visit www.oqha.com. (Journal photo)
The American Quarter Horse Association will once again partner with the Southern Belle Breeders to run Southern Belle Breeders Program classes concurrently with the appropriate 2013 AQHA World Championship Show classes. Southern Belle Breeders Program classes were held at the AQHA World Show for the first time in 2011.
To compete in a Southern Belle Breeders class at the AQHA World Show, a horse must first qualify for that specific AQHA World Show class. The horse must also be enrolled in the Southern Belle Breeders Program. In addition to their normal World Show entry fee, participants in the Southern Belle Breeders classes pay a separate entry fee. The class entry fees will be used to generate the purse money for the Southern Belle Breeders classes.
This partnership offers eligible horses the chance to win additional trophies and ribbons. The Southern Belle Breeders Program will provide trophies to the eligible champion and reserve champion of each of the Southern Belle Breeders classes, and eligible finalists in each of the classes will receive Southern Belle Breeders ribbons and medallions.
Earlier this year, the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and Connie Hill, founder of the Southern Belle Invitation, transitioned the administration of the Southern Belle Breeders Program to the Ohio Quarter Horse Association.
The Southern Belle Invitation, which began in 1994 as a futurity show and later added a breeder incentive program held during one event, has grown to include classes at major shows including the Arizona Sun Circuit, Tom Powers Triple Challenge, the Big A, the Reichert Celebration, the AQHA World Championship Show, the American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show and the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
For additional information about the Southern Belle Breeders Program, visit www.oqha.com.