western states championship

The Celebration
June 28 - July 8, 2018

South Point Arena & Equestrian Center, Las Vegas

Climate Controlled Facility - Air-Conditioned Stalls!!


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Two Gerat Shows Together in Vegas

Get ready for another exciting year at the EMO Western States Championship and The Celebration with 10 AQHA shows (combined between the two events). Dates are confirmed for June 28 – July 8, 2018, at the extraordinary South Point Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. For 2018, an estimated $10,000 will be paid to the winners of the championship classes in addition to the gold, silver and bronze trophies.

The EMO Western States Championship is a prestigious championship-style event that exhibitors qualify for by attending Quarter Horse shows January 1 – December 31, 2017. Qualifying is available via state or nationally. To check on state/national qualifying rules, go to: westernstateschampionship.org/qualifying.html

Championship classes include open, amateur, amateur select and youth Western and English rail classes, trail, western riding, reining, working cow horse, speed events and performance halter.

In addition to the EMO Western States Championship, the 10-judge Celebration Quarter Horse division runs in conjunction with the EMO Western States Championship Show. AQHA open, amateur, amateur Select, youth and Level 1 classes are offered. You do not need to qualify to show in the AQHA Celebration classes.

For information on the EMO Western States Championship show or The Celebration AQHA show, go to WesternStatesChampionship.org.


South Point Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada | June 29 – July 9, 2017

It’s a sure bet that savvy Quarter Horse exhibitors will head to Vegas June 30-July 9 for “The Celebration’ and EMO Western States Championship. “With two AQHA circuits (including a day off to explore Las Vegas), totaling 10 total judges, all AQHA/AzQHA/PCQHA approved and run in conjunction with the EMO Western States Championship, exhibitors hunting competition and points will head to the climate controlled state-of-the-art facilities at South Point Arena in Las Vegas over the 4th of July”, shared Doug Huls, show manager.

The second annual EMO Western States Championship will again offer open, amateur, select amateur and youth championship classes for exhibitors and horses which have qualified through their state affiliate or nationally. Gold, silver and bronze trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each championship class.

The qualifying period for the EMO Western States Championship classes ends on March 31. For a complete list of championship classes and qualifying rules, go to WesternStatesChampionship.org

The AQHA division of The Celebration offers a full slate of Western, English, and cattle classes. “There is no qualifying to show in the AQHA approved show circuits at The Celebration, so everyone is welcome to show”, says Doug Huls, “which makes this a show that all the top Quarter Horse barns will find enticing for all levels of riders”. This year Level 1 (novice) amateur and Level 1 (novice) youth classes have been added to the AQHA division of The Celebration.

If you have any questions about The Celebration, including the EMO Western States Championship or the Quarter Horse division, call Doug Huls at (408) 390-5857. The tentative schedule for the EMO Western States Championship classes and the AQHA division of The Celebration should be posted by mid-February at WesternStatesChampionship.org.