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World’s Championship Horse Show Adds New Classes and Additional Prize Money



The Kentucky State Fair Board, owner and operator of the World’s Championship Horse Show, announced today the addition of two new classes and changes to 16 classes for the 2024 show. The Kentucky State Fair Board fully funded these new classes, and winners will be bestowed World’s Champion titles.

These changes enable exhibitors to continue to show at the event following recent decisions by the American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association to relocate their sweepstakes and futurity classes.

“The World's Championship Horse Show is stepping into a new era that enhances the show and adds to the prestige of this iconic event,” said David S. Beck, President & CEO of Kentucky Venues. “With the recent announcement of ASHBA relocating its futurity and sweepstakes classes, the Kentucky State Fair Board announced a significant increase in prize money and class additions to the show. Our team is confident this year’s show will be an outstanding experience for the entire Saddlebred community.”

The full list of changes is available below, which includes class name changes, new classes, and class removals. The prize list for the 2024 World’s Championship Horse Show will be released in May.

The following class names and prize money will be updated to the following:


Class 1  From:   ASHBA National Futurity – Weanlings
To: WCHS Futurity – Weanlings
Prize Money: $40,500.00
 
Class 5  From: ASHBA National Futurity – Yearlings
To: WCHS Futurity – Yearlings
Prize Money: $40,500.00
           
Class 29 From: Bill Wise ASHBA Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Fine Harness
To: Bill Wise WCHS Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Fine Harness
Prize Money: $12,000.00
 
Class 33 From: Bill Wise ASHBA Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Three-Gaited Park Pleasure
To: Bill Wise WCHS Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Three-Gaited Park Pleasure
Prize Money:     $12,000.00
 
Class 38 From: Bill Wise ASHBA Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Three-Gaited
To: Bill Wise WCHS Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Three-Gaited
Prize Money:     $12,000.00
 
Class 43 From: Bill Wise ASHBA Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Five-Gaited
To: Bill Wise WCHS Sweepstakes Four-Year-Old Five-Gaited
Prize Money: $12,000.00
 
Class 63 From: ASHBA National Futurity - Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Park Pleasure
To: WCHS Futurity - Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Park Pleasure
Prize Money: $17,000.00
 
Class 111 From:   ASHBA National Futurity - Two-Year-Old Fine Harness
To: WCHS Futurity - Two-Year-Old Fine Harness
Prize Money:     $40,500.00
 
Class 115 From: ASHBA National Three-Year-Old Futurity – Five Gaited
To: WCHS Futurity - Three-Year-Old – Five Gaited
Prize Money: $17,000.00
 
Class 118 From: ASHBA National Three-Year-Old Futurity - Fine Harness
To: WCHS Futurity - Three-Year-Old - Fine Harness
Prize Money: $17,000.00
 
Class 121 From: ASHBA National Three-Year-Old Futurity – Three Gaited
To: WCHS Futurity - Three-Year-Old– Three Gaited
Prize Money: $17,000.00
 
Class 124 From: ASHBA National Futurity – Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited
To: WCHS Futurity - Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited
Prize Money: $40,500.00
 
Class 131 From: ASHBA National Three-Year-Old Futurity – Three Gaited Park
To: WCHS Futurity - Three-Year-Old - Three Gaited Park
Prize Money: $17,000.00
 
Class 192 From: ASHBA National Futurity - Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Finals - Class 111
(if necessary)
To: WCHS Futurity - Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Finals – Class 111 (if necessary)
 
Class 202 From:   ASHBA National Three-Year-Old Futurity - Fine Harness Finals - Class 118
(if necessary)
To: WCHS Futurity Three-Year-Old - Fine Harness Finals - Class 118 (if necessary)
 
Class 208 From:   ASHBA National Three-Year-Old Futurity – Five-Gaited Finals – Class 115
(if necessary)
To: WCHS Futurity Three-Year-Old – Five-Gaited Finals – Class 115 (if necessary)
 
The following classes will be added to the 2024 World’s Championship Horse Show
 
ASB Walk-Trot, Rider 12 Years Old & Under Show Pleasure
Entry Fee: $120.00
Prize Money: $1,500.00
 
ASB Walk-Trot, Rider 12 Years Old & Under Show Pleasure Championship
Entry Fee: $40.00 nom
Prize Money: $2,500.00
 
The following classes will not be held at the 2024 World’s Championship Horse Show
 
Class 107 Breeder’s Challenge Stake
Class 127 ASHBA National Amateur Futurity – Weanlings
Class 135 ASHBA National Amateur Futurity – Yearlings
Class 142 ASHBA National Amateur Three-Year-Old Futurity – Three-Gaited Park Pleasure
Class 144 ASHBA National Amateur Futurity – Two-Year-Old In-Hand
Class 198 Breeder’s Challenge Stake Class 107 (if necessary)

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