10 Reasons to Attend the APHA World Show

September 24th, 2014 2:56 PM | No Comments
Image courtesy of the Paint Horse Journal.

Image courtesy of the Paint Horse Journal.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the APHA World Championship Show, and it’s just getting better with age. If you’re waffling about whether or not to attend the show, read on for some of our favorite things for the November 5–15 show, held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

1. New classes. APHA added tons of new classes for the 2014 show including the Amateur Walk-Trot division, PBRIP 4- & 5-Year-Old Barrel Racing Futurities, Ranch Horse Trail Sweepstakes, Amateur Solid Paint-Bred Yearling In-Hand Trail and more. See the show schedule for a full list of classes.

2. Cash. Lots and lots of cash. More than $500,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded during the show, included added money in almost 30 classes, Gist Silversmiths buckles in 168 classes, five Blue Ribbon custom trophy saddles and the use of Hart trailer for one year to the All-Around Horse.

3. The parties never end. From happy hours and welcome parties almost every night to the Jeffrey Steele concert on Friday, November 7, there’s much more to the World Show than just the arena classes. Hang out with all your favorite Paint Horse friends and meet new people, too.

4. Deeper prizes. Not everyone can win every class, but with prizes given out through 10th place in all Open, Amateur and Solid Paint-Bred approved world championship classes, you’re more likely to walk away with a souvenir from your trip into the arena.

5. Waived late fees and qualification requirements. Hold your horses, this is only for Amateur Ranch Horse Pleasure Sweepstakes, Ranch Horse Trail Sweepstakes, Non-Pro 3-Year-Old Sweepstakes, PBRIP futurity and new Amateur Solid Paint-Bred classes. Come and try out the World Show, even if you’ve never attended, and find out what it’s all about. In total, the APHA World Show offers 118 no-qualification-required classes—see the full list here

6. Expanded Farnam Stakes Classes. The wait is over. If you’ve loved the Farnam 2-year-old Western pleasure and hunter under saddle classes, you’ll really like the new 3- & 4-year-old classes designed just for non-pro riders. Want to own a Farnam stakes-eligible Paint of your own? Trot on over to the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Select Sale on November 9 to bid on a top yearling eligible for this exclusive slate of big-money classes.

To read the full article on APHA.com, click here.

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