bear the colors for Six Flags Over Texas
Flags Over Texas 'Wild West' adventure turns spotlight on
American Paint Horses
WORTH, Texas-An 1890s outfit of brave Texas Rangers will saddle
up again this year on American Paint Horses at Six Flags Over Texas
in Arlington during the Rangers and Outlaws Wild West show. The
live-action adventure is sponsored by the American Paint Horse Association
talented American Paint Horses star in the Rangers and Outlaws
Wild West show at Six Flags Over Texas. The show, sponsored
by the American Paint Horse Association, is part of an outreach
program to help educate people about Paint Horses.
than 2 million people will have the opportunity this summer to see
colorful and highly talented American Paint Horses in action at
the show, which will run June 14-Aug. 10 in the theme park's Texas
20-minute adventure, which continues for 58 straight days, brings
to life a true story of how the Texas Rangers fought outlaws and
brought justice to the silver-mining town of Shafter, Texas, in
1892. American Paint Horses are used exclusively in the Western
adventure. To kick off each show, the Paint Horses will be used
in a dramatic entry, during which they carry cowboys and cowgirls
bearing the colors for Spain, France, Mexico, Texas, the Confederacy
and the United States of America- the six flags that have flown
Paint Horses are used throughout the show, which includes gunfights,
dramatic stunts, a daring escape from a blazing hotel, and even
a giant water tower explosion and silver mine calamity at the finale.
Ten actors specializing in horsemanship and stunts are involved
in the show. They are led by Robert Keith, of Live Action Productions,
who serves as the show's director and stunt coordinator.
a special feature of the Rangers and Outlaws show, members of the
audience are invited to leave their seats after the performance
to talk with the actors and get a close-up view of the horses. This
"meet and greet" event is popular, especially with the
younger members in attendance. The actors, who have developed a
close bond with the horses, field numerous questions, many of which
center on the beautiful American Paint Horses.
partnership with Six Flags Over Texas on the project enables the
theme park to add high-caliber horses to the show and allows the
association to showcase the American Paint Horse, which continues
to be one of the most popular and fastest-growing breeds in the
world. This is the second consecutive year Six Flags has asked APHA
to supply horses for the Wild West adventure.
are constantly striving for opportunities to showcase the American
Paint Horse breed," said APHA Executive Secretary Jim Kelley.
more than 2 million people - half under the age of 18 - able to
see these horses in action, this has become a tremendous educational
outreach program for us. And, with the meet-and-greet segment of
the show, people get to see and touch horses, as well as learn more
about them. We certainly value this partnership with Six Flags Over
Texas," said Kelley.
delighted to be working with the American Paint Horse Association
again this year," said Steve Calloway, vice president and general
manager of Six Flags Over Texas. "The partnership has been
a win-win situation for all involved. We're certainly proud to be
associated with these beautiful horses."
Buehler, director of human resources and administration for Six
Flags Over Texas, added, "We have found that American Paint
Horses attract a lot of attention. From the moment these horses
are ridden into the arena, we have the audience's attention."
long-time breeder and trainer, Buehler said the Paint Horses were
selected for their excellent conformation and athletic ability.
Buehler is a Paint Horse owner herself.
Since its founding 41 years ago, APHA has registered more than 720,000
horses. Currently, American Paint Horses are being registered at
APHA's Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters at a rate of about 60,000
horses each year. The association serves approximately 104,000 members,
who are located in every U.S. state, throughout Canada and in 39
other nations around the world.
employs 150 people and has an annual operating budget of $15 million
for activities worldwide. Among the many qualities that make Paint
Horses desirable are their sound conformation, versatile athletic
ability, intelligence, calm temperament, willing disposition and
beautiful coat color patterns.
more information about the American Paint Horse and APHA, visit
http://www.apha.com , or call (817) 834-2742, extension 788.
about Six Flags
Six Flags Inc. is the world's largest regional theme park company.
The company owns and operates 38 parks throughout North America,
Latin America and Europe. Six Flags theme parks serve 40 of the
50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The parks annually
host more than 50 million guests worldwide. For more information,
visit the Six Flags Web site at http://www.sixflags.com.