Numbers Way Up for 2015 APHA World Championship Show
The American Paint Horse Association has another successful show under its belt with the close of the 51st annual APHA World Championship Show, which took place November 4–14 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Nearly 1,050 Paint Horses descended upon Will Rogers Memorial Center this year, generating a six percent increase in horse attendance from 2014. Class entries were up for the third consecutive year, with this year’s show boasting a 13 percent increase in entries from 2014. Owners and exhibitors representing 42 U.S. states and five countries participated in this year’s event.
Championship honors were up for grabs in 282 classes, including 185 world champion events, and APHA paid out nearly $600,000 in cash and prizes. Quality was deep, and a total of 316 different horses and 285 individual exhibitors brought home champion or reserve titles at this year’s show.
“The 2015 World Show was bigger and better than it has ever been—we saw an increase in horse attendance and entries this year by expanding prize money, improving awards and increasing class offerings,” APHA Executive Director Billy Smith said. “The show ignited an exciting spark that we plan to expand and grow upon for years to come.”