Open to both Regular and Breeding Stock Registry horses, the program gives Paint gelding owners and breeders added opportunities to earn cash and increase the market value of their horses. APHA paid out $45,000 in prize money last year at select shows, and earmarked $60,000 for top-placing geldings at several futurities around the country this year.
Along with winning the Non-Pro Futurity on Plan To Win, Jo Anne Carollo's good fortune at the Snaffle Bit Futurity got even better when she earned $5,000 in Gelding Plus money on her other futurity entry, A Rainy Day Plan. With Carollo in the saddle, A Rainy Day Plan was the highest-advancing Paint Horse gelding in Open competition.
The two horses, which are half-brothers, are both geldings. Plan To Win, however, wasn't gelded until three months prior to the futurity, making him ineligible for the award because he was already 3 years old when he was gelded.
Carollo bred, raised and trained the two geldings and owns their sire and dams. They are sons of A Master Plan, who, as a 3-year-old, earned an APHA Amateur Working Cow Horse World Championship with Carollo in 1995. Later, trainer Ron Emmons earned two Working Cow Horse World Championships with him in the Open competition.
Although she earned her championship on Plan To Win, Carollo said it could have gone to either horse.
"A Rainy Day Plan's as good a fence horse as I've ever been on," Carollo said. "We've shown the horses two times and both times I showed A Rainy Day Plan first and learned from my mistakes on him. So, I think if I had shown Plan To Win first, it might have been turned around because I think [A Rainy Day Plan] is as good of a horse."
Carollo and her husband, Jim, live in Atascadero, Calif., and both are active competitors in the NRCHA.
In the Non-Pro competition, Carol Roberts of Ojai, Calif., earned a $5,000 Non-Pro Gelding Plus award on Will He Boogie, a breeding stock son of Like A Diamond. The pair missed making the finals of the Non-Pro by falling one slot below the cutoff.
Gelding Plus money to be awarded this year
The program awarded $20,000 during the National Snaffle Bit Association-approved event, The Southern Belle Invitation, held July 27-29, where APHA awarded money in four classes. The highest-advancing Paint Horse geldings in the 3-Year-Old Open and Non-Pro divisions of Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle classes were each awarded $5,000.
To enter this year's Gelding Plus events a horse must be foaled in 1998 or later and registered as a gelding prior to his 3-year-old year, or gelded and his status change reported to APHA prior to his 3-year-old year. In addition, owners of the horses must be current APHA members and their horses must meet futurity age requirements.
Prepare now for 2002
Gelding Plus payouts
Enrollment is automatic
and applies to horses in the Regular or Breeding Stock registries. To
qualify for Gelding Plus payouts in 2002:
Note: Because the BFA World Barrel Futurity is for 4-year-olds, horses foaled in 1999 and meeting the reporting requirements are eligible to compete in that event in 2003.
For more information on the Gelding Plus Program, visit APHA's Gelding Plus Web site at apha.com/geldingplus.
To learn more about the American Paint Horse Association, visit the association's Web site at apha.com or call (817) 834-2742, extension 788.