A Combination of Colors: The 2013 Color Breed Congress
Tulsa, Okla. - Horses from four separate breed associations once again united and vied for Congress Champion titles at the Color Breed Congress, held Nov. 5-10, 2013.
The Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex in Tulsa, Okla. played host to over 1,000 exhibitors, almost 750 horses and nearly 3,400 class entries. Exhibitors and horses represented 34 states and two countries.
Presented by the Pinto Horse Association of America, Inc., the Color Breed Congress encompasses four separate breed shows running simultaneously. Participating breed associations included the Pinto Horse Association, the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, the Appaloosa Horse Club and the American Buckskin Registry Association.
In addition to the breed shows, PtHA was proud to host the first ever Western Dressage World Show, as well as the Ranch Sorting National Championships. These events were held in conjunction with the Color Breed Congress, Nov. 2-3. Exhibitors from all over helped make both of these events a success.
Presenting over $60,000 in awards during the show, sample items include medallions from MTM Recognition for 1st-6th place exhibitors in each class and jackets from Tioga Territory to class winners in classes with three or more entries. Trophies were presented to winners of National Snaffle Bit Association dual-approved classes. Jackets were presented to grand and reserve champions in addition to Kensington saddle/halter bags and Gist Silversmith belt buckles for high points and reserves. In addition to the buckles, the overall high point youth in each breed received a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarships, in addition to Cash Challenge classes and NSBA classes, brought the total payouts from the show to nearly $15,000.
“The numerous high quality awards make this show the fall destination for color breeds,” said Darrell Bilke, PtHA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We strive to ensure that as many exhibitors as possible can get a piece of the action and have fun while competing.”
Keeping with the Color Breed Congress tradition, classes were chosen each day to compete in the Equine Chronicle Hula Hoop Hoe Down. Prize packs were given to the exhibitor who could hula hoop the longest.
“People come for the equine competition,” Bilke said, “But it is great to see fun and camaraderie among exhibitors, as well.”
The Champion of Champion classes are one of the unique aspects of the show. Exhibitors who place in the top three of select classes in each breed are invited back to compete against each other for Champion of Champion.
“It is exciting to see each breed showcased at one time,” Bilke said. “You never know which one will take home the title.”
The Color Breed Congress will return in 2014. Tentative dates are set for November 4-9, 2014, at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex in Tulsa, Okla. The Ranch Horse Sorting National Championships will be held in conjunction, as well.
Incorporated in 1956, the Pinto Horse Association of America was formed to encourage the promotion of quality horses, ponies and miniatures with color and to establish a registry for maintaining their show records and pedigrees. Currently, the association serves approximately 12,000 members and boasts more than 145,000 registered Pintos.
For more information about the 2013 Color Breed Congress and for complete results, please visit www.colorbreedcongress.com. To learn more about the Association, visit www.pinto.org or call the PtHA headquarters (405) 491-0111.