Listen up, Zone 8 residents—the Great Lakes Paint Horse Championship takes place June 16–18 at the two-judge MPHC Summer Mixer in Hastings, Michigan. Also included is a ranch riding clinic with Jim Dudley, special events on Friday evening and a split-combined show schedule.
Class winners receive beautiful Gist Silversmiths buckles, and medallions are presented to second–sixth place; awards are courtesy APHA, and the show can earn up to $3,500 in additional award incentives. Zone 8 includes Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
2017 Great Lakes Paint Horse Championship events include:
- Open Ranch Riding
- Open Halter Geldings
- Open Halter Mares
- Yearling Longe Line
- Novice Youth Showmanship
- Amateur Showmanship
- Youth Hunter Under Saddle
- Open Hunter Under Saddle
- Novice Amateur Hunt-Seat Equitation
- Amateur Hunt-Seat Equitation
- Youth Western Pleasure
- Open Western Pleasure
- Solid Paint-Bred Western Pleasure
- Novice Youth Horsemanship
- Novice Amateur Horsemanship
Don’t forget! The Paint Horse Championships eligibility received a makeover in 2017:
The eligibility criteria for Paint Horse Championship classes largely stays the same. Top 10 APHA World Show placings in Yearling Longe Line and Yearling In-Hand Trail do not impact a horse’s eligibility in any other performance class, and championship classes—selected at the discretion of show management—may be judged by one or two judges. Read the full eligibility requirements here.
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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.