The 2023 AQHA World Championship Show is in full swing at the Oklahoma State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. Nearly 5,000 entries from around the world are in attendance to compete for 99 Nutrena AQHA World Championships, 44 Adequan Select World Championships, 85 Adequan Level 2 Championships, and 40 Nutrena Level 1 Championships.
GoHorseShow’s Media Manager, Keagan Phillips is there to cover all the exciting sights and sounds from this pinnacle event. Unfortunately, we can’t mention all the winners from every class, but here are some highlights from each day.
Be sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages for more coverage throughout the event and stay tuned during the show for daily recaps from OKC. Good luck and congratulations to everyone!
FINAL RECAP – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
- AQHA Superhorse – Blake Weis & Hot Lopin Lily for Caroline Cavallo (featured video)
- L3 Senior Western Riding – Deanna Searles & KM Flat Out The Best for Susan Johns – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
- L3 Senior Hunter Under Saddle – Keith Miller & Im Willy Good Today for Madeleine Bayless
- L3 Junior Trail – Nick Mayabb & Acrobatt for Nancy Chapman – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
DAY 17 RECAP – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Kenny Lakins got an emotional win in the Junior Western Pleasure on Tuesday with Made Like No Other for Mike & Lisa Wilkes.
- L3 Junior Western Pleasure – Kenny Lakins & Made Like No Other for Mr & Mrs William Wilkes (featured video)
- L2 Select Hunter Under Saddle – Lisa Wilkes & Up N The Ante
- L2 Senior Western Riding – Jesse Jones & Justa Machine for Emme Graves
DAY 16 RECAP – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Laina Banks & Strawberri Wine ‘got that globe’ in a deep Select Western Riding class on Monday.
- L3 Select Western Riding – Laina Banks & Strawberri Wine (featured video)
- L1 Select Western Pleasure Champion of Champions – Patrica Lennon & Butch Cassidie
- 3-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stakes – Aaron Moses & When N Where for JVM Partnership
- L2 Select Horsemanship – Penni Himes & Essentially Good
DAY 15 RECAP – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Blake Weis topped a really tough L3 Senior Trail class with Hot Lopin Lily for Caroline Cavallo on Sunday.
- L3 Senior Trail – Blake Weis & Hot Lopin Lily for Caroline Cavallo (featured video)
- L2 Select Western Pleasure – Tammy Raak & Batmans Loping Lady
- L2 Junior Trail – Adam Winter & Blessed With Thebest for Joline Humbert
- L2 Junior Western Pleasure – Gaven Young & After A Few for Elisabet Teagan
DAY 14 RECAP – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Gil Galyean put it all together to take home the highly coveted Pleasure Versatility Challenge Championship with Queen Ov Hearts on Saturday.
- Pleasure Versatility Challenge – Gil Galyean & Queen Ov Hearts for Cory Seebach and Candice Hall (featured video)
- L3 Select Horsemanship – April Gentry & Hez Simply Western – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
DAY 13 RECAP – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Dawn Baker had a very luxurious Friday at the World Show, winning a tough L3 Junior Hunter Under Saddle class with The Luxury Line.
- L3 Junior Hunter Under Saddle – Dawn Baker & The Luxury Line for Beth Hartman (featured video)
- L3 Select Hunter Under Saddle – Sandra Morgan & Always Goodtobe Best – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
DAY 12 RECAP – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Tears of joy and a 26-year-old horse! Thursday brought all the World Show feels in the L2 Senior Trail and the L1 Select Horsemanship.
- L2 Senior Trail – Valerie Kearns & Firstoneinlastoneout for Patricia Bogosh (featured image left)
- L1 Select Horsemanship Champion of Champions – Rhonda Williams & 26-year-old Cinimer Jae (featured image right)
DAY 11 RECAP – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Kyra Ley continued her Western Riding winning streak taking home the L1 Western Riding Stakes Championship on Wednesday.
- L1 Western Riding Stakes – Kyra Ley & Exxtreme for Heidi Rasor (featured image)
- L1 Select Trail Champion of Champions – Christine Harrison & Moonlight Potential
- L3 Select Trail – Heidi Rasor & Get Radical In My RV – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
DAY 10 RECAP – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Kyra Ley took Junior Western Riding to the Exxtreme at the AQHA World Show on Tuesday, winning both the L2 and L3 divisions.
- L3 & L2 Junior Western Riding – Kyra Ley & Exxtreme for Heidi Rasor (featured video)
- L1 Trail Stakes – Blake Weis & He’s N Like Flynn for Megan Gieringer
- 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure Stakes – Courtney Moses & Login Hottie Tottie
- 3-Year-Old Open Hunter Under Saddle Stakes – Carly Veldman Parks & Up N The Ante for Mr and Mrs William Wilkes
- L1 Horse Non-Pro Horsemanship – Lauren Crivelli & One Hot Chilly Willy
- L3 Select Showmanship – Shelley Otness & Cool Coasting Machine – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
DAY 9 RECAP – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Mallory Vroegh and Cool Made Machine were crowned with the coveted World Show All-Around Amateur title on Monday.
- All-Around Amateur – Mallory Vroegh & Cool Made Machine (featured video)
- L3 Senior Western Pleasure – Sara Simons & Air Ryde for Anita Wiescamp – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
- L2 Amateur Horsemanship – Parris Rice & Its Southern Blues
- L3 Amateur Western Riding – Jeffrey Johns & KM Flat Out The Best – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
- L2 Select Trail – Rhonda LaVelle & Dont Doubt Im Cool
DAY 8 RECAP – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Deanna Willis was happy to ‘get that globe’ with The Lopin Illusion in L3 Amateur Western Pleasure on Sunday.
- L3 Amateur Western Pleasure – Deanna Willis & The Lopin Illusion (featured video)
- L3 Amateur Horsemanship – Giorgia Medows & Son Of A Sudden – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
- L1 Select Showmanship Champion of Champions – Kelly Maciejewski & Flat Out Cheating
- L2 Select Showmanship – Rhonda Lavelle & Dont Doubt Im Cool
- L1 Amateur Showmanship Champion of Champions – Amanda Jacobson & Heavensent Hotrod
DAY 7 RECAP – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Angela Wade topped a tough L3 Amateur Trail class aboard A Soxy Dream on Saturday.
- L3 Amateur Trail – Angela Wade & A Soxy Dream (featured video)
- L2 Amateur Western Riding – Alysia Nielson & Theonlykisstoenvy
- 3-Year Old Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle Stakes – Rebecca Edward & Hot Dig It
- L3 Select Hunt Seat Equitation – Jo Ann Niffengger & Real Good Reason – VIEW VIDEO RECAP
- L2 Select Hunt Seat Equitation – April Gentry & Hez Simply Western
DAY 6 RECAP – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Beth Case made it look Easy Peazy in the L1 Hunter Under Saddle Stakes for Flentje Enterprises on Friday.
- L1 Hunter Under Saddle Stakes – Beth Case & Easy Peazy for Flentje Enterprises LLC (featured image)
- L1 Western Pleasure Stakes – Aaron Moses & When N Where for JVM Partnership
- L2 Amateur Western Pleasure – Linda Berwick & Deja Who
- L1 Amateur Horsemanship Champion of Champions – Loni Brewster & Willy Worth It
DAY 5 RECAP – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Makin Me Happy made a lot of people happy with a big win in the Amateur Hunter Under Saddle for Angela Fox on Thursday.
- L3 Amateur Hunter Under Saddle – Angela Fox & Makin Me Happy (featured video)
- L1 Amateur Trail Champion of Champions – Madison Maciejewski & Flat Out Cheating
- L2 Amateur Trail – Cassidy Jensen-Fowler & Chocolatey Special K
DAY 4 RECAP – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Parris Rice conquered a tough, iron-less pattern aboard Its Southern Blues in the Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation on Wednesday.
- L3 Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation – Parris Rice & Its Southern Blues (featured video)
- L1 Amateur Western Pleasure Champion of Champions – Morgan Miller & Made It In Time
- L2 Junior Hunter Under Saddle – Myles McLean-Foss & Pretty Dang Good for Eric Mendrysa
DAY 3 RECAP – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31
Eric Mendrysa had a Happy Halloween, continuing his winning streak in the Amateur Showmanship with Never Sudden on Tuesday.
- L3 Amateur Showmanship – Eric Mendrysa & Never Sudden (featured video)
- L1 Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation Champion of Champions – Kristi Perea & Cprealsureshestheone
- L2 Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation – Paige Rogers & Ima Savvy Investment
DAY 2 RECAP – MONDAY, OCTOBER 30
Ty Paris Dougherty had something to celebrate, winning the L2 Amateur Showmanship with Best To Be Zippin on Monday.
- L2 Amateur Showmanship – Ty Paris Dougherty & Best To Be Zippin (featured image)
- L1 Amateur Hunter Under Saddle Champion of Champions – Madeleine Bayless & Im Willy Good Today
- L2 Amateur Hunter Under Saddle – Morgan Miller & Hows That For Ya
DAY 1 RECAP – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
- L2 Senior Hunter Under Saddle – Carmen Mayabb & A Hot Summer Detail for Beverly Stewart