APHA partners with Junior American Rodeo to expand opportunities for youth aboard Paints

FORT WORTH—The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and the Junior American Rodeo (Jr American) have partnered to bring even more excitement to youth equestrians at the 2019 Jr American Semi-Finals taking place February 27 – March 3, APHA will offer a $2,500 bonus to the highest placing Paint Horse. In addition, there will be a $2,500 bonus to the highest advancing Paint Horse to the American Semi-Finals.APHA will also host a Super Jr American qualifier event during the APHA Youth World Show in Fort Worth in July. “We are excited to join forces with the American Paint Horse Association,” said Kevin Hall of the Jr American. “This is an exciting time for our youth and the equine industry and we can’t wait to grow the sport with the APHA. In addition, it is wonderful to partner with a business that has been in the Fort Worth community for over 55 years!”

APHA Executive Director Billy Smith shares the enthusiasm about the partnership.“APHA is always looking for ways to grow the equine industry and support our youth. We are excited to be involved with the Jr American and the Patriot event and look forward to introducing more young equestrians to the versatility of the Paint Horse,” he said.

Stay tuned to all the APHA channels for the latest on how this collaboration will be bringing you some of the best youth competition in the country.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.

About APHA The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.

About the Jr American - The Jr American will offer the next generation the chance to compete at the richest weekend in Western sports! The event will be held in conjunction with The Patriot Event and RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo, from February 27 – March 1, 2019, at the historic Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth and include barrel racing, team roping, calf roping, breakaway roping and steer wrestling for athletes that are 19 years or younger on the day of qualification. For more information visit americanpatriotevent.com and click on the Jr American tab.