guests make this year's show historic
World Championship Paint Horse Show tops 1,800
horses for fourth straight year
WORTH, Texas-The World Championship Paint Horse Show continued its
pattern of success with another eventful 14-day run of spotlighting
the talents of some of the most outstanding horses in the American
Paint Horse Association (APHA) registry.
For the fourth consecutive year, more than 1,800 horses competed
in the show, held June 22 through July 5 in the Will Rogers Memorial
Center, Fort Worth, Texas. There were actually 1,850 horses competing
in the show this year. Entries in the show totaled 4,700, with 1,482
in open, 1,475 in youth, 1,037 in amateur and 446 in novice amateur
classes, along with 260 in futurity and specialty classes.
Peterson and Walt Disney's "Hidalgo" were special
guests recently at the World Championship Paint Horse Show in
Fort Worth, Texas. (APHA photo/Jerry Circelli).
The first week of the show was dedicated to youth activities, including
the world's largest comprehensive judging contest for youngsters.
Approximately 400 youth participated. Other activities included
a youth team tournament during which American Junior Paint Horse
Association (AjPHA) members competed both on and off their horses.
The Team Tournament featured four team-oriented events: Hippology,
Parade of Teams, Talent Contest and Performance Classes.
second week included exciting open, novice amateur and amateur competition.
enjoyed the unique opportunity to meet renowned Hollywood horse
trainer Rex Peterson and Disney's American Paint Horse movie
star "Hidalgo," at the recent World Championship Paint
Horse Show in Fort Worth. Peterson signed autographs and performed
on the horse. (APHA photo/Rebecca Overton)
annual non-qualifying event open to all APHA Regular Registry horses
and Breeding Stock halter mares, the World Championship Paint Horse
Show included 168 classes, five challenge series classes, three
sweepstakes events, three select sales, a trade show and many other
special activities. Exhibitors demonstrated their skills in halter,
Western, English, cattle, driving and speed classes.
were held in the three major arenas and in other areas throughout
the sprawling 85-acre Will Rogers Memorial Center, which is located
in the heart of Fort Worth's cultural district.
World Championship Paint Horse Show is the largest single-breed
horse show held in the Lone Star State, based on the number of horses
exhibited. In addition, it attracts thousands of contestants and
spectators each year who are fascinated by the talent and beauty
of the American Paint Horse. It is estimated that the show attracted
more than 144,000 visitors this year.
takes a bow as APHA President Forrest Nelson awards Rex Peterson
the "Legendary Achievement Award," which the trainer
also accepted on behalf of Walt Disney Studios, Director Joe
Johnston, Producer Casey Silver, Actor Viggo Mortensen and "Hidalgo."
(APHA photo/Rebecca Overton)
through the show, APHA sponsored a World Showcase Sale, featuring
some of the best yearlings, mares, geldings and stallions on the
Zippin topped this year's World Showcase Sale record, as well as
last year's record, during the Stallion and Mare session, with a
sale price of $32,500.
Also during a special demonstration, Tim McQuay, the National Reining
Horse Association's (NRHA) leading open lifetime money earner, demonstrated
reining skills on RR Star. McQuay couldn't have taken a better or
more popular Paint reining horse to the World Show. RR Star made
reining history in May at the NRHA Open Derby Finals in Oklahoma
City, Okla., when he became the first horse ever to win the open
derby after capturing the open futurity two years earlier. In 2001,
when the sorrel overo won the open futurity, he was the first American
Paint Horse to accomplish that feat.
Paint Horse and trainer visit, receive award
Another special guest who made the World Championship Paint Horse
Show popular this year included a horse portraying "Hidalgo"
in an upcoming Walt Disney Pictures movie by the same name. Renowned
trainer Rex Peterson and his assistant, Kevin Manning, traveled
with "Hidalgo" 1,400 miles from Hollywood, Calif., to
appear at the show in Fort Worth. Peterson signed autographs for
an overflow crowd, while children and adults of all ages got the
chance to meet, pet and learn more about the horse.
was instrumental in finding a total of five registered American
Paint Horses to star in the film. He has trained horses for several
popular films, including "Black Beauty" "The Horse
Whisperer," "The Black Stallion," "Return of
Black Stallion," and "The Electric Horseman" to name
world's largest comprehensive judging contest for youth continues
to be well-attended at the World Show, with approximately 400
youngsters participating this year. (APHA photo/Jerry Circelli).
Show attendees also got a first look at a "Hidalgo" movie
clip preview that was played in the John Justin Arena throughout
the show. At the end of the show, Peterson showcased "Hidalgo's"
talents to a loud and receptive crowd.
presented a special "Legendary Achievement Award" to Peterson,
who accepted on behalf of himself, Walt Disney Studios, Director
Joe Johnston, Producer Casey Silver, Actor Viggo Mortensen and "Hidalgo."
They were credited for their brilliant and outstanding work in showcasing
the beauty, talent and versatility of the American Paint Horse breed
in the epic action-adventure.
of the West Trade Show
Always a popular attraction, the Colors of the West Trade Show added
another interesting dimension to the World Show. More than 100 vendors
selling a wide variety of products related to the horse industry
exhibited at this shopper's paradise that offered all things equestrian.
partners add value to the World Show
APHA partnered this year with a select group of companies who offered
contestants a total cash and product package valued at more than
$400,000. Those sponsoring partners included the following.
sponsors: BMB Tack; Barnmaster, Inc.; Bank One; Circle Y of Yoakum;
Gist Silversmiths; Hart Trailer Manufacturing; Markel Insurance
Company; Pfizer Animal Health and The Kent Group.
Show sponsors: Boulet Western Boots, Buz Post, Metro Golf Cars,
Pro Stepps, Charlotte's Saddlery, Western Horseman magazine and
Associate sponsor: Hodges Badge Company, Inc.
McQuay and RR Star made the Horse & Rider horsemanship clinic
at this year's World Show extra special with their visit to
Fort Worth on June 29. (APHA photo/Jerry Circelli).
history of show success
APHA has hosted a World Championship Paint Horse Show with youth,
amateur and open events continuously since 1989. That year, 866
horses participated. The total number of horses competing at the
2003 show represents a 114 percent increase over total horses involved
at the 1989 show. That year, APHA logged 1,720 entries. For 2003,
the 4,700 entries represented a 173 percent increase over the 15-year
about the World Show and complete results
For more information on the World Show, including features, highlights
and complete results, visit http://www.aphaworldshow.com.
information about APHA and American Paint Horses
Of the more than 730,000 horses registered by APHA since 1962, 498,000
of them - about 66 percent - have received their registration certificates
in the last 10 years alone. The Paint Horse enthusiasts who drive
those numbers live in 43 nations and have helped make APHA one of
the fastest-growing horse breed registries in the world. The Association
has approximately 104,000 members.
Visit www.apha.com for more information.