Paint Horse show on earth expected to feature nearly 2,000
Championship Paint Horse Show set for June 22July 5
in Fort Worth, Texas
WORTH, Texas-Approximately 2,000 horses will compete for some of
the highest honors awarded by the American Paint Horse Association
(APHA) at the World Championship Paint Horse Show, to be held June
22-July 5 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
2,000 horses are expected to compete in the World Championship
Paint Horse Show for prestigious World Championship titles.
World Championship Paint Horse Show is an annual non-qualifying
event open to all APHA Regular Registry horses and Breeding Stock
halter mares. This year, the show will include 168 classes, five
challenge series classes, three sweepstakes events, three select
sales, a trade show and many other special activities. Youth, amateur
and professional horsemen and horsewomen will exhibit their horses
during the two-week show, demonstrating their skills in halter,
Western, English, cattle, driving and speed classes.
are held in the three major arenas and in other facilities throughout
the sprawling 85-acre Will Rogers Memorial Center, which is located
in the heart of Fort Worth's cultural district.
World Championship Paint Horse Show is the largest single-breed
horse show held in the Lone Star State, based on the number of horses
exhibited. In addition, it attracts thousands of contestants and
spectators each year who are fascinated by the talent and beauty
of the American Paint Horse. Last year's World Show attracted more
than 144,000 visitors.
is a special time we all look forward to, since it is the premier
event that highlights the versatility and athleticism of American
Paint Horses," said Jim Kelley, APHA executive secretary. "We
invite people from throughout the world to join us for 14 straight
days of excitement.
is no charge for parking and admission is free," Kelley added.
"For family entertainment, you can't beat what our World Show
has to offer."
In addition to competition for World Championship titles, some highlights
of the show this year include:
Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) Horse Judging Contest
One of the most popular events for youth, the AjPHA Judging Contest
is expected to draw 100 teams. Judging takes place in the Will Rogers
Arena on Friday, June 27, at 8:30 a.m., with an awards breakfast
to be held at the Roundup Inn on Saturday, June 28, at 7 a.m. Youth
entered in this event judge four halter and four performance classes.
For the third year, Hart Trailers of Chickasha, Okla., is sponsoring
the competition. According to the National Horse Judging Team Coaches
Association, the AjPHA event is the largest horse-judging contest
for youth in the nation.
A creative and fun way for AjPHA youth to compete both on and off
their horses, the Team Tournament features four team-oriented events:
a hippology contest that tests youngsters' knowledge of horses,
a parade of teams participating in the show, a talent contest and
performance class competition.
& Rider seminars
APHA and Horse & Rider magazine have teamed up to present their
sixth annual seminar series. These horsemanship clinics will be
held in the Will Rogers Memorial Center's W.R. Watt Arena. On Saturday,
June 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, clinician Chris Cox will present "Horsemanship
101." He will teach novice riders how to build confidence and
to cue their horses gently and effectively. On Sunday June 29, from
9 to 10:30 a.m., Tim McQuay will present "Troubleshooting Your
Reining Pattern." He will describe common reining problems
and offer world-class advice during his demonstration. Also on Sunday,
from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Cleve Wells will offer a clinic named,
"Finesse Your Cues." Wells will demonstrate how to finesse
reining cues and leg aids to enhance a horse's Western pleasure
performance. The Horse & Rider seminar series is sponsored,
in part, by the Kent Group.
One Challenge Series
This competition will include the 3-Year-Old Western Pleasure Challenge,
3-Year-Old Hunter Under Saddle Challenge, 3-Year-Old Reining Challenge,
3-Year-Old Cutting Challenge and 4-Year-Old Cutting Challenge. Winners
receive trophies from the National Snaffle Bit Association, the
National Cutting Horse Association and the National Reining Horse
Back by popular demand is the Team Penning Sweepstakes. In addition,
the 2003 World Championship Paint Horse Show will feature the Winnebago
Freestyle Reining Sweepstakes, as well as the Bridleless Western
These sales, to be held in the West Sale Arena, will showcase some
of the finest Paint Horses on the market today. Performance and
pleasure geldings will be offered Saturday, June 28, at noon. Following
that sale, 25 elite yearlings will be sold. The mare and stallion
session begins Sunday, June 29, at 1 p.m. Preview sessions will
be held prior to every sale.
of the West Trade Show
Always a popular attraction during the World Championship Paint
Horse Show is the Colors of the West Trade Show, which will be held
every day during the show from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Amon
Carter Exhibit Hall. More than 100 vendors selling a wide variety
of products related to the horse industry will be exhibiting at
the Trade Show. For those interested in all things equestrian, this
is a shopper's paradise.
Freestyle Reining competition
At the conclusion of the World Championship Paint Horse Show on
Saturday, July 5, the lights go down and freestyle reiners take
center stage in the John Justin arena. As part of this competition,
both riders and horses are in costume and perform reining patterns
set to music. Riders are in control of both the pattern and the
theme. Previous themes have included reining skits from the musical
Grease, to a horse and rider in Spiderman costumes performing to
songs from that movie. Spectators who arrive late for this competition
will have to settle for standing-room-only, as this entertaining
finalé always draws a large crowd.
partners add value to the World Show
APHA has partnered with a select group of companies who offer World
Show contestants a total cash and product package valued at more
than $400,000. Those sponsoring partners include the following.
sponsors: BMB Tack; Barnmaster, Inc.; Bank One; Circle Y of Yoakum;
Gist Silversmiths; Hart Trailer Manufacturing; Markel Insurance
Company; Pfizer Animal Health and The Kent Group.
Show sponsors: Boulet Western Boots, Metro Golf Cars, Pro Stepps,
Charlotte's Saddlery, Western Horseman magazine and Winnebago Industries.
sponsor: Hodges Badge Company, Inc.
history of show success
APHA has hosted a World Championship Paint Horse Show with youth,
amateur and open events continuously since 1989. That year, 866
horses participated. The total number of horses competing at the
2002 show represents a 114 percent increase over total horses involved
at the 1989 show. That year, APHA logged 1,720 entries. For 2002,
entries totaled 4,536, representing a 164 percent increase over
the 13-year period. In 2003, APHA expects another strong year for
about the World Championship Paint Horse Show
For more information on the World Show, including a complete schedule,
a list of accommodations offering special rates, entry details and
more, please visit http://www.aphaworldshow.com.
information about APHA and American Paint Horses
Of the more than 720,000 horses registered by APHA since 1962, 498,000
of them - about 66 percent - have received their registration certificates
in the last 10 years alone. The Paint Horse enthusiasts who drive
those numbers live in 43 nations and have helped make APHA one of
the fastest-growing horse breed registries in the world. The Association
has approximately 104,000 members.
http://www.apha.com for more information.