Health Requirements for 2012 AQHA World Shows Announced

All horses entering the grounds of a 2012 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) world championship shows must have current (within 30 days) original health certificates, as well as the original negative Coggins test certificate dated within the 12 months of the show. This includes horses that originate from the state where the show is being held. The health certificates and Coggins papers should indicate the horse's registered name.

Horses affected by or having been exposed to any contagious disease during the 30 days preceding the world championship show will be excluded from the grounds. All horses (whether entered in the competition or not) and livestock that enter the grounds are subject to examination by AQHA officials, designated representatives, and/or state officials (collectively "officials") for determining whether such animals are, have been infected or exposed, or are likely suffering from an infectious or contagious disease. If after such examination, such officials have reason to believe that an animal's health condition places other animals at risk, such officials, at their sole discretion, can quarantine such animal (and others that might have been infected or exposed) or, if appropriate, require that such animals be transported off the grounds.

AQHA is not requiring a negative blood test for equine piroplasmosis for the 2012 AQHA world championship shows. Should this change, health requirements by show will be announced at:

  • The 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, August 3-11 in Oklahoma City, Okla.;
  • The 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show, August 24-September 1 in Amarillo, Texas; and
  • The 2012 AQHA World Championship Shows, November 2-17 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

In addition to AQHA's health requirements, owners should be familiar with the health requirements of the state(s) through which their horse is traveling. A list of veterinary services area offices from across the United States can be found at

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