Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown March 7, Will Rogers Memorial Center, Ft Worth, Texas

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The American Quarter Horse Association, January 20, 2015 - The American Quarter Horse Association invites you to celebrate its 75th anniversary by attending the Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, presented by the City of Fort Worth, during the 2015 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth. The Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, which will start at 5 p.m. on March 7 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, showcases the American Quarter Horse and top professionals in the equine industry. General admission tickets can be purchased for $7.50 at Kids under 12 can attend for free. Attendees of the 2015 AQHA Convention will receive one open box seat for the event and transportation from the Omni Hotel Fort Worth with the purchase of a convention registration. A limited number of box seats are available.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. for the pre-show event, where you can meet past AQHA Professional Horsemen and - women of the Year, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees and legends of our industry.

AQHA has invited alliance partners the National Cutting Horse, National Reining Horse and National Reined Cow Horse associations, along with 75-year AQHA ranching breeders and AQHA Professional Horsemen to send their top competitors to the showdown.

Representing NCHA
Johnny Mitchell
Clay Johnson
James Payne
Lloyd Cox
Representing NRHA
Lyle Lovett
Shawn Flarida
Dell Hendricks
Tim McQuay
Representing NRCHA
Todd Crawford
Todd Bergen
Jake Telford
Boyd Rice

Ranches that are 75-year consecutive breeders will compete in a ranch horse competition. The first of those ranches to enter are R.A. Brown Ranch, Burnett Ranches, WT Waggoner Estate, Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. with other historic ranches expected.

The evening will also include special performances by Grammy-award winner Lyle Lovett and champion freestyle reiner and entertainer Dan James.

Not only will attendees have the chance to watch top performances, but they will also have the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind, elite AQHA 75th Anniversary commemorative items at the Cowtown Showdown Auction.

  • A limited-edition AQHA 75th Anniversary sporting rifle by Cimarron Firearms Co.
  • A custom-made Double J saddle signed by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees
  • A one-of-a-kind Montana Silversmiths AQHA 75th Anniversary commemorative buckle
  • An AQHA 75th Anniversary John Deere Gator
  • An all-expense-paid trip to the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas

Proceeds from the auction go to the American Quarter Horse Foundation to preserve and improve the future of our industry.
This is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss. Purchase your tickets today at

About AQHA Convention
AQHA is an organization that works for its members. Each spring, AQHA holds an annual convention to review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA directors, induct new members into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and present year-end awards. The 2015 AQHA Convention is March 6-9 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

For a tentative schedule of all the events taking place during the convention or to register, visit

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