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Latin American Championships

The Latin American Championships, slated for April 15-21, will return to Avaré, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

American Quarter Horse Association
April 9, 2013

2013 Latin American Championships logo

AQHA has 11 Latin American international affiliates: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The American Quarter Horse Association will host its second Latin American Championships April 15-21 in Avaré, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event is open to all AQHA members in good standing who reside in or are citizens of Latin America. Horses exhibited must be registered American Quarter Horses, and special arrangements will be allowed for leased horses to compete.

The event came out of recommendations put together at the Latin America Summit held two years ago in Panama City, Panama. The AQHA Latin American affiliates suggested that more show opportunities were needed for American Quarter Horses in Latin America, and thus began the stages of a championship event. The event’s theme Por Tu Honor, Por Tu Patria, Por Tu Campeonato, meaning, For Your Honor, Your Country, Your Championship, highlights the importance of why AQHA Hispanic members like to compete.

In the Latin American Championships, the riders compete in barrel racing, pole bending, ranch sorting, team penning, reining, tie-down roping, heading, heeling, cutting and halter. As the championships grow in the upcoming years, AQHA plans to add more classes.

The Latin American champions, reserve champions and top-10 placings will be recognized on the permanent records of horses exhibited. Exhibitor awards include buckles for the champions, silver medals for reserve champions and bronze medals for third place. Ribbons will be awarded for first through 10th place.

“Our goal is to stimulate the activity of AQHA events in Latin America,” said Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of competition and breed integrity. “We want to develop a program in which Latin-American exhibitors can be recognized for their achievements at these events.”

AQHA has 11 Latin American international affiliates: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

View the event schedule at www.portalabqm.com.br and stay tuned to www.aqha.com/showing for coverage from the 2013 Latin American Championships.

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