Youth World Show Qualifying Requirement Eliminated for 2014

July 11th, 2013 11:00 AM | No Comments

press release

Photo courtesy of Paige Benson

FORT WORTH—The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Executive Committee announced the elimination of the qualifying requirements for horses beginning for the 2014 AjPHA Youth World Championship Paint Horse Show.
Introduced in 2011 to encourage entries to shows produced by APHA Regional Clubs, qualifying for APHA World Shows is achieved strictly through participation.
The change in policy came in response to input from leadership committees and member feedback after two years’ worth of evaluation. Since the Youth World Show is held in June, the April 1 – March 31 qualifying period for the Youth meant that many young exhibitors who acquired horses over the winter months were unable to attend enough events to meet the participation requirements.
“We anticipate that eliminating qualifying beginning at our 2014 Youth World Show will have a positive effect on entry numbers,” said APHA Executive Director Billy Smith.
The 2014 Youth World Show is scheduled for June 28 through July 5 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Paid entries for the 2013 Youth World Show remained stable compared to 2012, while entries into the AjPHA/ApHC World Championship Judging Contest were the largest since 2009 with 234 youth judgers and 56 teams.
This policy reversal is effective only for the Youth World Show. Qualifying by participation is still required for the Open/Amateur World Championship Show. You can view full details about APHA’s qualifying requirements and verify a horse’s eligibility online at
About the American Paint Horse Association
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is the world’s second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its global mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves more than 55,000 active youth and adult members around the world. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at or on Twitter @APHANews and @WorldShow.

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