in incentive money to be awarded this year
American Paint Horse Association awards $20,000
in first Gelding Plus payout for 2002
WORTH--The first $20,000 of a total $60,000 in Gelding Plus incentives
for 2002 was paid out by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA)
at the Southern Belle Invitation, held recently in Tunica, Miss.
horses, Slick Sensation and Rugged Zipper, each earned $10,000 for
their owners in the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) sanctioned
Sensation earned $10,000 for his owners, Frank and Sandra Vaughn
of Marine On Saint Croix, Minn., as the highest-advancing Paint
Horse in both the 3-year-old open and the non-pro hunter under saddle
competitions. In addition to being the highest-placing Paint in
the classes, the gelding won the non-pro class overall, with the
Vaughn's daughter Melanie exhibiting. Julie Suggs of Tomball, Texas,
rode the horse in the open class.
Zipper's owner, Sara Zell of Casstown, Ohio, picked up $10,000,
when her horse became the highest-advancing Paint in the 3-year-old
open Western pleasure and 3-year-old non-pro Western pleasure classes.
Zell rode the horse in non-pro competition, while Jon Barry of Advance,
Mo., rode him in the open class.
payouts were part of APHA's innovative Gelding Plus incentive. Open
to both Regular and Breeding Stock Registry horses, the program
gives Paint gelding owners and breeders added opportunities to earn
cash and increase the market value of their horses. APHA paid out
$60,000 in prize money last year at select events and has earmarked
another $60,000 for top-placing geldings at designated futurities
around the country this year.
payouts and resulting participation in APHA's Gelding Plus program
have given The Southern Belle Invitation, "a real shot in the
arm," said show manager Connie Hill. "We have seen an
increase in the overall number of horses participating in the show."
She said 324 horses participated this year, up from 290 last year.
Hachtel of Helenville, Wis., who trained both Slick Sensation and
Rugged Zipper, agreed that the Gelding Plus incentive is increasing
participation at the show. "You can read it on people's lips
in the stands," he said. "They're saying 'five thousand
dollars,' and talking about bringing a Paint gelding next year so
they can try to win the money. . . . Gelding Plus is a very impressive
program. I'm hooked."
was the second year The Southern Belle Invitation was held in Tunica.
Located about 40 miles south of Memphis, Tenn., the city is home
to 10 casino resorts and the newly constructed, air-conditioned
Paul Battle Arena and Expo Center.
Gelding Plus money to be awarded this year
In addition to the Gelding Plus payouts at the NSBA-approved Southern
Belle Invitation, APHA will award $5,000 to the owners of the highest-advancing
Paint geldings in the open and non-pro divisions at the following
National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Futurity, Reno, Nev.,
Sept. 25-Oct. 6. For 3-year-olds.
-- National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, Oklahoma
City, Okla., Nov. 29-Dec. 7. For 3-year-olds.
-- National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, Fort Worth,
Texas, Nov. 27-Dec. 15. For 3-year-olds.
-- Barrel Futurities of America (BFA) World Barrel Futurity, Oklahoma
City, Okla., Dec. 8--14. For 4-year-olds.
enter this year's Gelding Plus events, a horse must have been registered
as a gelding prior to his 3-year-old year, or gelded and his status
change reported to APHA prior to his 3-year-old year. In addition,
owners of the horses must be current APHA members and their horses
must meet futurity age requirements.
now for 2003 Gelding Plus payouts
Don't miss out on the chance to earn Gelding Plus prize money in
2003 at the NSBA, NRCHA, NRHA, BFA and NCHA futurities. It's easy
to participate in the Gelding Plus program, and enrollment is automatic
and free, and applies to horses in both the Regular and Breeding
Stock registries. To qualify for Gelding Plus payouts in 2003:
The horse must be registered as a gelding prior to his 3-year-old
year, or gelded and his status change reported to APHA prior to
his 3-year-old year. Owners of horses foaled in 2000 must submit
the status change to APHA in writing by the deadline date of Dec.
-- Owners of the horses must be current APHA members.
more information on the Gelding Plus program, visit APHA's Gelding
Plus Web site at http://www.apha.com/geldingplus.
learn more about the American Paint Horse Association, visit the
association's Web site at www.apha.com
or call (817) 834-2742, extension 788.