than 4,500 entries logged for 2002 event
Championship Paint Horse Show featured 14 days of exciting
youth, amateur, open competition
WORTH, Texas - The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) logged
4,536 entries at its 2002 World Championship Paint Horse Show, which
concluded July 6 after a 14-day run at the Will Rogers Memorial
Center in Fort Worth, Texas. A total of 1,857 American Paint Horses
from throughout the United States and Canada participated in the
annual event. Horses owned by residents of Australia, Italy and
The Netherlands also competed.
Reddys Review, owned by Shawnee Wayman, of Salt Lake City, Utah,
was the 2002 World Champion All Around Horse. The versatile Paint
is shown here jumping to victory as a World Champion in Senior Working
Hunter with Ryan Painter of Bosworth, Mo.
The first week of the show was dedicated to youth competition, while
the second week included exciting amateur, open and special challenge
has been hosting a World Championship Paint Horse Show with youth
competition, followed by amateur and open events, since 1989. That
year, 866 horses participated. The total number of horses competing
at the 2002 show represents a 114 percent increase over total horses
involved at the 1989 show. That year, APHA logged 1,720 entries.
For 2002, entries logged totaled 4,536, representing a 164 percent
increase over the 13-year period.
World Championship Paint Horse Show is an annual non-qualifying
event open to all APHA Regular Registry horses and Breeding Stock
halter mares. This year, the show included 166 classes, five challenge
series classes, three sweepstakes events, three select sales, a
trade show and many other special activities. Youth, amateur and
professional horsemen and horsewomen exhibited their horses during
the two-week show and demonstrated their skills in halter, Western,
English, cattle, driving and speed classes. They competed for more
than $200,000 in prize money and prestigious World Championship
The 2002 World Championship Paint Horse Show featured a variety
of exciting action. Here, Ascencion Banuelos of Jacksboro, Texas,
rides Diamond Bud to victory in the 3-Year-Old Cutting Challenge.
The horse is owned by Mishawum Farm Inc., of Freedom, N.H.
World Show activities for youth and amateurs provided additional
opportunities for Paint enthusiasts to get together. Highlights
included the American Junior Paint Horse Association (AJPHA) World
Championship Show judging contest, in which 332 youth from across
the country participated, a youth team tournament, and a variety
of social events. A total of 1,196 youth entries were logged for
members also highlighted some of the work they have done the past
year while assisting at therapeutic riding centers around the nation.
In cooperation with Rocky Top Ranch in Keller, Texas, AJPHA sponsored
a demonstration during which eight children with physical and emotional
disabilities displayed their horsemanship skills. Some of the children
had suffered spinal chord and brain injuries. Through "therapeutic
riding," they have been able to rehabilitate themselves, regain
their self-confidence, improve their fine motor skills, and have
demonstration not only highlighted the results of AJPHA members'
efforts, but spotlighted the important role horses are now playing
in the physical and mental therapy of people with disabilities.
addition to the many activities involving youth, the World Show
featured three special clinics for people of all ages. Sponsored
by APHA and Horse & Rider magazine, the clinics were free to
the public. They included top horse trainers from around the country
working with horses in the show ring to help those in attendance
improve their horsemanship skills. Topics ranged from starting a
young horse under saddle to refining a rider's skills in working
cow horse events.
special Original Gold Reining Horse Clinic was also conducted at
the show. At this clinic, members of the Nation's Cup Gold Medal
Reining Team demonstrated their personal reining techniques and
gave tips for all levels of riders.
with offering clinics, APHA took the opportunity to introduce its
new "Legacy of Color" bronze sculpture during an open
house at its Fort Worth headquarters. The bronze was erected earlier
this year in commemoration of APHA's 40th anniversary. The 125-percent-life-size
piece, at the entrance of APHA headquarters, depicts a stallion,
two mares and a foal loping through a field. Marrita McMillian of
Gainesville, Texas, was also on hand during the open house. At the
World Show, she also displayed 1/3- and 1/8-lifesize maquettes of
the sculpture. Proceeds from the donations for those pieces are
being used to support the APHA Heritage Foundation, which is dedicated
to promoting and preserving the history of the association and Paint
Colors of the West trade show continued to be a popular attraction
at the World Championship Paint Horse Show. Visitors were able to
see and purchase the horse industry's latest fashions and innovative
products. Large-equipment exhibitors displayed their products along
the sidewalks throughout the Will Rogers Memorial Center, and more
than 100 commercial enterprises sold Western and English apparel,
tack, art, equine products, furniture, barns, trucks and trailers,
to name only a few of the items featured.
add value to World Show
To further ensure a successful World Show, APHA partnered this year
with a select group of companies to offer a total cash and product
package valued at more than $400,000 for contestants. Those sponsoring
partners include the following - Corporate sponsors: BMB Tack, Barnmaster
Inc., Gist Silversmiths, First USA, Hart Trailer Manufacturing,
Markel Insurance Company and Pfizer Animal Health. World Show sponsors
included: Atwood Hat Company, Inc.; Boulet Western Boots; Circle
Y of Yoakum; Metro Golf Cars; Pro Stepps; Stubben, North America;
and Texas Motors Ford. Associate sponsors were: Hodges Badge Company,
Inc.; Cowboys & Indians magazine; and Russell Feed.
about the World Championship Paint Horse Show
For a list of World Champions, as well as other results and highlights
from the World Championship Paint Horse Show, visit aphaworldshow.com.
information about APHA and American Paint Horses
Of the more than 670,000 horses registered in 43 nations by APHA
since 1962, 450,000 of them, about 67 percent, have received their
registration certificates in the last 10 years alone. The Paint
Horse enthusiasts who drive those numbers have helped make APHA
one of the fastest-growing horse breed registries in the world.
American Paint Horses are being registered at APHA's Fort Worth,
Texas, headquarters at a rate of about 57,000 horses each year.
The association serves more than 100,000 members, who are located
in 36 nations and every U.S. state.
the many qualities that make Paint Horses desirable to so many people
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
www.apha.com, or call (817) 834-2742,