Select NRHA shows make World Show qualification a breeze!

If you have a Paint reining horse and dreams of competing for the title of APHA world champion, make sure you put the following National Reining Horse Association events on your show calendar—these NRHA shows are approved to count toward the qualification requirements for the 2018 APHA World Championship Show.

Qualifying for the APHA World Show isn’t hard—simply compete at a minimum of two approved events (or pay $1,000 buy-in per show), and your horse is qualified to compete in ANY class and eligible division at the APHA World Show; the 2018 World Show takes place September 19 – 30, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. Special qualification exceptions apply to certain classes, but most events require qualification by participation. The qualification period for the 2018 Open/Amateur World Show is June 1, 2017 through July 4, 2018; no qualification is required for the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show, which takes place June 25 – July 7, 2018.

Any APHA-approved show counts toward qualification for the APHA Open/Amateur World Show, but we’ve made it easier for reiners by including the following NRHA events.

2017–2018 NRHA Shows Approved for 2018 APHA World Show Qualifying Purposes
(June 1, 2017–June 4, 2018)

Each one of these shows count for a minimum of one show towards qualification. Unless otherwise noted on the APHA show calendar, these shows are approved only for APHA World Show qualification, not APHA points.


  • June 24-July 2, 2017 NRHA Derby Oklahoma City, OK
  • July 23–30, 2017 RMRHA Summer Slide Denver, CO
  • July 17-23, 2017 Reining By The Bay Woodside, CA
  • July 21-23, 2017 Clayton Classic Frankfort, KY
  • August 28-September 3, 2017 Tulsa Reining Classic Tulsa, OK
  • September 7-10, 2017 NRHA East Central Regional Affiliate Finals Springfield, OH
  • September 8–16, 2017 High Roller Reining Classic Las Vegas, NV
  • September 21-24, 2017 NRHA Mountain Regional Affiliate Finals Denver, CO
  • September 22-24, 2017 SERHA Summers End Show Williamston, NC
  • October 19-22, 2017 WCRHA Best of the West Year End Show Rancho Murieta, CA
  • October 24-29, 2017 Southwest Reining Horse Association Show Ardmore, OK
  • October 25-29, 2017 The Challenge Burbank, CA
  • October 20-22, 2017 CNYRHA Fall Classic Syracuse, NY
  • October 27–29, 2017 NRHA North Central Regional Affiliate Finals Winona, MN
  • February 2-4, 2018 Winter Slide Ardmore, OK
  • March, 2018 Cactus Reining Classic Scottsdale, AZ
  • April, 2018 National Reining Breeders Classic Katy, TX
  • May, 2018 Rein For The Roses Elk Grove, CA
  • May, 2018 Carolina Classic Williamston, NC
  • May, 2018 Columbine Classic Pueblo, CO


  • July 6-12, 2017 Swedish Championship Axvall, Sweden
  • July 13-16, 2017 3-Nation Show Mooslargue, France
  • August 17-20, 2017 Belgium Power Reining Destelbergen, Belgium
  • September 5-10, 2017 Americana Augsburg, Germany
  • September 22-24, 2017 OBBO/ORHA 30th Grand Finale Show Waterford, Canada
  • October 31-November 5, 2017 European Derby Chassieu, France
  • November 11-19, 2017 IRHA Futurity Cremona, Italy
  • April 12-16, 2018 Sherwood Spring Show Collingham, Great Britain

To print a list of shows, click HERE

Unless otherwise noted on the APHA Show Calendar, these shows only count toward APHA World Show qualification, not APHA points. Each show counts for at least one show and two judges toward qualification requirements.

For complete qualifying guidelines, click HERE.


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