FORT WORTH, Texas-Some of the highest-quality American Paint Horses on the market take center stage during the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Showcase Sales, to be held June 30 and July 1 in Fort Worth, Texas. Held in conjunction with the 2001 World Championship Paint Horse Show, the sale will include yearlings, geldings, stallions and mares.
The sales will take place in the Will Rogers Memorial Center West Sale Arena. Horses will be previewed in the John Justin Arena on the morning of their respective sale days.
Following are dates and highlights of the upcoming sales:
Gelding Session, June 30, Noon
Quality, performance-bred geldings of all ages will be featured during this session. The average gelding sold for $7,022 in 2000. Indigo Blue was the highest-selling gelding that year, bringing $35,000.
Horses may be previewed at 9 a.m.
Elite 25 Yearling Session, June 30, (immediately following the Gelding Session)
In response to the significant interest in yearlings at the 2000 World Showcase Sales, APHA will host a sale featuring 25 elite yearling colts and fillies. Last year, 18 yearlings averaged $7,028 at the sale, with Strait Texas Win the high seller at $30,750.
Prospective buyers may take an advance look at the yearlings following the gelding preview.
Mare and Stallion Session, July 1, 1 p.m.
High-quality performance and breeding horses will be the focus of attention for the Mare and Stallion Session. In 2000, sales averaged $9,519 for stallions and $6,818 for mares. The high seller was a mare, Awesome Sensation, who brought $33,000.
Horses may be previewed at 10 a.m.
The premier place to buy Paint Horses
APHA Assistant Executive Secretary Jim Kelley, who plans and coordinates the sales, said the sessions have traditionally attracted standing-room-only crowds of interested buyers.
"It is obvious that the sale has earned the reputation of being the premier place to buy Paint Horses," said Kelley. "The overall quality of the horses has improved every year, due in part to the rigid screening process these horses go through."
He said Paint Horses available at the sale are evaluated for performance, pedigree, conformation and marketability.
"We are committed to offering the best set of horses we can possibly put together for these sales," said Kelley. "People have come to count on us to do that, and we will continue to meet their expectations."
If you would like more information about the World Showcase Sales, call (817) 834-2742, extension 788.
For information about the 2001 World Championship Paint Horse Show, which runs from June 24 through July 7, visit www.aphaworldshow.com
. If you would like to speak to someone about the World Show, call (817) 834-2742, extension 773.