FORT WORTH—The American Paint Horse Association is celebrating the successful conclusion of its 2016 World Championship Show, which was held November 2-13 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
In addition to naming 181 world champions over the course of 12 days, APHA held a total of 289 classes and paid out more than $600,000 in cash and prizes.
The show saw an increase in entries in several key areas over the 2015 Open/Amateur World Show including Amateur Halter classes (up 6%), Amateur Solid Paint-Bred performance classes (up 21%), Open Solid Paint-Bred performance classes (up 30%) and added money classes (up 4%).
When the dust settled and the final champion was named, the show had 925 horses with a total of 2,703 entries. Forty states as well as Australia, Denmark, Canada and Mexico were represented.
Farnam’s 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddles Stakes classes and the Farnam Non-Pro 3- and 4-Year-Old Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle Stakes paid out more than $70,000 to horses that had been consigned to the 2015 Stakes Session of the Farnam/APHA Breeders’ Trust Select Sale.
APHA once again hosted the American Cutting Horse Association’s (ACHA) Cowtown Cutting November 12 and 13, an all-breed cutting event attracting 70 horses and 187 entries. The Cowtown Cutting consisted of 20 classes and paid out $24,660.
In addition, held in conjunction with the APHA World Show, APHA and the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) co-hosted the USTRC Cowtown ShootOut team roping at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum November 11-13 offering an extra $5,000 cash bonus for the high-money earning registered Paint horses in addition to the regular prize line.
“This year’s show was particularly positive,” said APHA Executive Director Billy Smith. “And seeing increases in several areas is always a bonus. A huge thanks goes out to all exhibitors and show staff for making this year’s event a success. Now, we turn our attention to the new show dates in September 2017 and making the next APHA World Show better and more exciting than ever.”
Watch for more World Show wrap-up information in the January 2017 issue of APHA’s Paint Horse Journal.
About APHA and the Open/Amateur World Championship Show
The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit apha.com or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at facebook.com/americanpainthorse or on Twitter @APHANews.
The World Championship Paint Horse Show features the finest gathering of Paint Horses from around the globe. APHA hosts two annual world-class competitions to showcase the talents of American Paint Horses and their owners. The second in the series, the Open/Amateur World Championship Show takes place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth’s cultural district. The Open/Amateur World Championship Show has taken place in November for the past eight years; however, 2017 marks an exciting transition to September. This means exhibitors will no longer have to choose between the APHA World Show and other major equine events in November. The 2017 APHA Open/Amateur World Show will take place September 20-30.
Visit apha.com/oawcs for more details.