Regional Championship Program

APHA Regional Championship Program

The APHA Regional Championship program is a series of classes held in conjunction with select APHA-approved shows or predetermined set of APHA-approved shows, referred to as a “circuit”. The program was designed to increase amateur and youth participation and provide national recognition to exhibitors who primarily show regionally.

Who is Eligible to Participate in the Regional Championship Program

  • The exhibitor must meet the eligibility criteria set forth to be eligible to compete in the APHA Regional Championship classes.
    • Amateur and Youth exhibitors must be enrolled in the APHA Amateur or AjPHA Youth Program and meet the ownership/lease requirements asper Rule AM-020 and YP-015 respectively
  • Both the exhibitor and the horse owner/lessee must be current APHA members to be eligible to compete
  • Both exhibitor and horse owner/lessee must be residents of the Zone in which the show or circuit is held
  • Horses much be registered with the APHA and shown in their respective APHA Regional Championship breed registry class – Regular Registry or Solid Paint-Bred
    • Exhibitors are not required to compete in APHA classes held by the hosting APHA approved show to be eligible for the championship classes.
  • Exhibitor must reside in the Zone in which the show or circuit is held per APHA records and be a current member of APHA
    • Exception: For zone’s 1 & 10, if an exhibitor is declared for a zone, they can only participate in the Regional Championship taking place in the zone in which they are declared for
  • Halter classes: An exhibitor who has placed in the Top 5 in a halter class at an APHA Amateur or AjPHA Youth World Championship Show WITHIN THE LASTFIVE (5) YEARS is NOT eligible to compete in that APHA Regional Championship halter class. In addition, an exhibitor who has won a Regional Champion halter class the previous year is ineligible to compete in that class for one year, but may compete in any others.
    • Example: Susie placed 5th at the 2017 AjPHA Youth World Championship Show in Youth Geldings. Susie is NOT eligible to compete in that APHA Regional Championship program Amateur or Youth halter classes.
  • Performance classes: An exhibitor who has placed in the Top 5 in a performance class at an APHA Amateur or AjPHA Youth World Championship Show WITHINTHE LAST FIVE (5) YEARS is NOT eligible to compete in that APHA Regional Championship performance class. In addition, an exhibitor who has won a Regional Champion performance class the previous year is ineligible to compete in that class for one year, but may compete in any others.
    • Example: John was the Reserve World Champion at the 2019 APHA World Championship Show in Amateur Horsemanship. John is NOT eligible to compete in an Amateur Horsemanship Regional Champion performance class.
    • EXCEPTIONS:
      • Amateur/Youth Walk-Trot, Novice Amateur/Novice Youth and Intermediate Exhibitor World Show placings and placings in non-pointed World Show classes such as Sweepstakes, Challenge and Futurities DO NOT impact eligibility in regular Amateur or Youth APHA Regional Championship classes.
      • Amateur/Youth Walk-Trot World Show placings DO count towards exhibitor eligibility criteria in Amateur/Youth Walk-Trot Regional Champion classes
      • Novice Amateur/Novice Youth World Show placings DO count towards exhibitor eligibility criteria in Novice Amateur/Novice Youth Regional Champion classes

How to host Regional Championship Program Classes

Show/Circuit Eligibility

  • Each Zone will be given the opportunity to offer one APHA Regional Championship program annually
  • Each Zone Coordinating Committee will be responsible for selecting the APHA- approved show or circuit within their Zone in which to offer the APHA Regional Championship program.
  • Each Zone Coordinating Committee shall accept bids annually from interested APHA Regional Club sponsored one-, two-, three- or four-judge shows or circuits within their Zone that wish to hold the APHA Regional Championship program and be responsible for selecting the show or circuit to recommend to the APHA. Final approval by APHA Performance Department required.
  • The APHA Regional Championship program shall not be held in conjunction with an APHA Zone Show. Exception: Zone 10, 11 or 12.

Show Management Guidelines

  • Approval
    • The show that was chosen to host the Regional Championship Program must submit the online Regional Championship Program Application. Applications need to be submitted and approved 8-10 weeks prior to the start date of the show to ensure that the buckles can be delivered on time.
    • To receive approval, the submitted showbill must show the Regional Championship classes as they will be held during the show and the host show must be approved. Applications submitted late or by host shows that have not received their approval may not guarantee that the buckles will deliver on time.
    • Once the Regional Championship is approved, their buckles will be ordered, the show will be sent their Regional Championship logo for promotion, and they will be added to the Regional Championship Schedule below.
  •  Classes
    • It is up to show management’s discretion to determine the specific Amateur and Youth classes to offer with approval by APHA
    • If the Regional Championship Program is to be held at a circuit, the circuit sponsors are in charge of tabulating the Regional Champion to beawarded
  • Scheduling
    • Classes may be run concurrently with other APHA-approved classes. Awards presentations must be held in the arena at the completion of the class or the class of the last show in the circuit
    • APHA Regional Championship classes may not be held back-to-back with corresponding APHA class
  • Judges
    • Classes may be judged by one, two, three or four judges
  • Program Fees
    • It is up to show management to determine the entry fee to help offset costs; however, the class entry fee must not be more than$20/class.
    • A $2 Awards Fee is due to the APHA per entry per class. If the program is held in a circuit, exhibitors will be charged the $2 fee once during the circuit. This fee should be included with the rest of your show results processing fees. When results are submitted to the Program Coordinator it should be specified that fees were included with the show results processing fees. If it is not included with the show results processing fees, a balance due will have to be created and sent to the appropriate party for payment via the Credit Card Payment Form.
  • Results
    • Results of the Regional Championship classes must be submitted to the Program Coordinator in a timely manor so that champions can be recognized throughout the year. Champions will be posted in the results section below. Results must be submitted according to the template provided.

Awards

APHA will sponsor awards for up to 10 classes per Regional Championship Program in a zone annually. This will consist of a championship buckle for each class. If a show or circuit wants to offer additional classes, the show or circuit can purchase the additional awards for these classes.
ONLINE APHA Regional Championship Application 
2021 APHA Regional Championship Program Criteria PDF
APHA Regional Championship Program Results Submission Template

For more information about the Regional Championship Program, please view this webinar presented by the Director of Performance Development Elizabeth Lawhorn

2022 APHA Regional Championship Schedule

Zone 1 Southwest Regional Championship

SWWPHC Colorpaloosa, Ridgefield, WA, May 21-22, 2022

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Status: Approved

Zone 5 Midwest Regional Championship

IPHC Zone 5 Midwest Regional Championship Show, Cedar Rapids, IA, September 17-18, 2022

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Status: Approved

Zone 7 Northeast Regional Championship

PPHA & DPHC Mason Dixon Color Classic, Bloomsburg, PA, May 14-15, 2022

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Status: Approved

Zone 8 Great Lakes Regional Championship

MPHC Back 2 Basics Show Cassopolis, MI, August 27-28, 2022

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Status: Approved

Zone 9 Southeast Regional Championship

Palmetto Paint Horse Club  April Extravaganza Camden, SC, April 16-17, 2022

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Status: Approved

Zone 10 Western Canadian Regional Championship

Saskatchewan Paint Horse Club Bridge City Classic Saskatoon, SK Canada, September 15-18, 2022

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Status: Approved

Zone 11 Eastern Canadian Regional Championship

Ontario Paint Horse Club Fall Fling and Championship Show Grassie, ON Canada, October 1-2, 2022

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Status: Approved

2022 APHA Regional Champions

Class
Horse
Exhibitor
Owner
Amateur Hunter Under SaddleCompany AppointmentCarlina ProginCarlina Progin
Amateur Ranch Rail PleasureSugar Get Your GunAlison UmbergerAlison Umberger
Amateur Ranch RidingSugar Get Your GunAlison UmbergerAlison Umberger
Amateur ShowmanshipInvited SensationMannetta McAvaddyMannetta McAvaddy
Amateur Walk/Trot ShowmanshipPretty MachineAndrea MelloAndrea Mello
Amateur Walk/Trot Western HorsemanshipBatt Girl LopinBetsy LeagerBetsy Leager
Amateur Western PleasureInvited SensationMannetta McAvaddyMannetta McAvaddy
Novice Amateur Hunt Seat EquitationRapt in AssetsKatie RidgwayKatie Ridgway
Novice Amateur ShowmanshipKrymsun HighAshley Bolen WeibleyAshley Bolen Weibley
Novice Youth Hunt Seat EquitationEntirely Smooth MovinAva StankerAva Stanker
Novice Youth ShowmanshipEntirely Smooth MovinAva StankerAva Stanker
Youth 18 & Under ShowmanshipEntirely Smooth MovinAva StankerAva Stanker
Youth 18 & Under Western PleasureVS Got A RhythmLyla McCormickLyla McCormick
Youth Walk/Trot 11-18 Western HorsemanshipGood Lovin MachineSophie MolloKara Powell
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 ShowmanshipInvitation to RideAliyah AttarAliyah Attar
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Class
Horse
Exhibitor
Owner
Novice Youth Western PleasureSimon Says Im HotAddison HindmanAddison Hindman
Novice Amateur Western PleasureCadbury Painted MeEmily EaquintaEmily Eaquinta
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 ShowmanshipReady to Ante UpAvery HallettChris Hallett
Amateur Walk/Trot ShowmanshipJMD Isle Be MightyKatie MooreKatie & Terrance Moore
Novice Youth ShowmanshipSimon Says Im HotAddison HindmanAddison Hindman
Novice Amateur ShowmanshipColor Me InvitedTeresa IrvinTeresa Irvin
Youth Color ClassSimon Says Im HotAddison HindmanAddison Hindman
Amateur Color ClassPRF Finally ShamelessTasha DunnTasha Dunn
Youth 18 & Under Hunter Under SaddleSimon Says Im HotAddison HindmanAddison Hindman
Amateur Hunter Under SaddleBrighton My DayMiranda MaldonadoMiranda Maldonado

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Class
Horse
Exhibitor
Owner
Amateur ColorSensationally GoldenWendy AdamsWendy Adams
Amateur Halter MaresLet Your Light ShineLori SearchLori Search
Amateur Hunt Seat EquitationJusta Lazy TroubadorSara Jeanne TorresSara Jeanne Torres
Amateur Hunter Under SaddleAllways Has A DateLindsay McKnightLindsay McKnight
Amateur Masters ShowmanshipOBG Grace S VitalLynn HurstLynn Hurst
Amateur Performance GeldingsAllways Has A DateLindsay McKnightLindsay McKnight
Amateur Performance MaresGirls Love MoneySusan CampbellSusan Campbell
Amateur Ranch PleasureBig N BulletproofNancy HannahNancy Hannah
Amateur Ranch Rail PleasureBig N BulletproofNancy HannahNancy Hannah
Amateur ShowmanshipIma Fancy MachineBree Stack-CookeBree Stack-Cooke
Amateur Solid Paint Bred Walk/Trot Western PleasureDouble Shot of LazyKristin BrasseurKristin Brasseur
Amateur TrailDocs TrouchofpleasureRebekah StrunkRebekah Strunk
Amateur Walk/Trot Hunter Under SaddleRockin My StetsonVicki Lynn MoletteireVicki Lynn Moletteire
Amateur Walk/Trot ShowmanshipGirls Love MoneySusan CampbellSusan Campbell
Amateur Walk/Trot TrailFreedom Four AllEric MorrisMarissa Morris
Amateur Walk/Trot Western HorsemanshipSensational ChipperMary BarnettMary Barnett
Amateur Walk/Trot Western PleasureMiss MezmerizedBrandy KellerKinley Keller
Amateur Western HorsemanshipWicked CromeKristin RomanKristin Roman
Amateur Western PleasureFreakin LazyMarian ParishMarian Parish
Amateur Yearling In-Hand TrailRock ZannaJaime FouttyJaime Foutty
Novice Amateur Hunter Under SaddleClassy and FabulousGavin WrightGavin Wright
Novice Amateur Ranch RidingMr Prairie JudgeAmy GeeAmy Gee
Novice Amateur ShowmanshipPleesedtameetchaJaenelle KuehneJaenelle Kuehne
Novice Youth Hunt Seat EquitationOne Hot ArtistMaggie HemingwayLindsay Hemingway
Novice Youth Hunter Under SaddleBlackmagics BlueprintDelaney FosterJanet Kennedy
Youth 18 & Under Hunter Under SaddleBlackmagics BlueprintDelaney FosterJanet Kennedy
Youth 18 & Under ShowmanshipRum PointHannah BrockAnn Brock
Youth 18 & Under TrailBlackmagics BlueprintDelaney FosterJanet Kennedy
Youth 18 & Under Western PleasureOne Hot ArtistMaggie HemingwayLindsay Hemingway
Youth ColorKausing KhaosJana McConnellJana McConnell
Youth Performance GeldingsRum PointHannah BrockAnn Brock
Youth Performance MaresSheza Perfect JewelMarissa MorrisHarry Johnson
Youth Walk/Trot 11-18 Western PleasureAll About LopenGannon EnglishVicki Lynn Moletteire
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 Hunt Seat EquitationIma Fancy MachineCate CookeBree Stack-Cooke
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 ShowmanshipIma Fancy MachineCate CookeBree Stack-Cooke
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 Western HorsemanshipSheza Perfect JewelMarissa MorrisHarry Johnson
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 Western PleasureMiss MezmerizedKinley KellerKinley Keller
Youth Walk/Trot Hunter Under SaddleMiss MezmerizedKinley KellerKinley Keller
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2021 APHA Regional Champions

Class
Horse
Exhibitor
Owner
Amateur Hunt Seat EquitationGotta Luva CowgirlNancy HollenwegerNancy Hollenweger
Amateur Walk/Trot ShowmanshipAll B A SensationSamantha MasonSamantha Mason
Amateur Walk/Trot TrailIma Rio Big DealLindsey BixlerLindsey Bixler
Amateur Western PleasureBig DrillerJohn GillJohn Gill
Amateur Yearling In-Hand TrailQuarantinedLindsey BixlerLindsey Bixler
Novice Amateur Hunter Under SaddleTo Lazy to DanceKatrina VazquezKatrina Vazquez
Novice Amateur Ranch PleasureSonnys Music ManDawn EdmondsDawn Edmonds
Novice Youth Hunter Under SaddleVS Too Die ForTaylor McDonoughSheila McDonough
Novice Youth ShowmanshipHot for an InviteNevaeh Smeeton-CormierNevaeh Smeeton-Cormier
Novice Youth Western HorsemanshipThe American GigoloAngelica ZizzaAngelica Zizza
Youth 18 & Under Hunt Seat EquitationAllThat GoldReese YatesReese Yates
Youth 18 & Under Western PleasureThe American GigoloAngelica ZizzaAngelica Zizza
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Class
Horse
Exhibitor
Owner
Amateur Hunter Under SaddleTotall DarknessCarrie L AverillCarrie L Averill
Amateur Walk/Trot Western HorsemanshipNorfleets Lil ShadowEsperanza Tervalon-GarrettEsperanza Tervalon-Garrett
Masters Amateur Hunter Under SaddleImpulsive AllThe TimeApril E MehlsApril E Mehls
Novice Amateur ShowmanshipTooGoodForTheBluesJessica ThorndycraftJessica Thorndycraft
Novice Amateur Western HorsemanshipHF Dr FeelgoodLauren BraswellLauren Braswell
Novice Youth Hunt Seat EquitationYou C Me LopinMarley HalseMarley Halse
Novice Youth Hunter Under SaddleHotroddin N The USALayla K PerrineLayla K Perrine
Youth 13 & Under ShowmanshipGood DirectionsKaci AverillCarrie L Averill
Youth 18 & Under Western PleasureInvitation OnlyCody DulinEarlynn M Chase
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Class
Horse
Exhibitor
Owner
Amateur Halter GeldingsThats So ThatCharles SelfLori Search
Amateur Halter MaresFE VoluptuousMary JacksonMary Jackson
Amateur Hunter Under SaddleShade Tree MechanicSuann IllgenSuann Illgen
Amateur Overo ColorPF Special InvitationAmanda PalmerAmanda Palmer
Amateur Performance GeldingsLoaded MachineJanet KennedyJanet Kennedy
Amateur Performance MaresWicked ChromeKristin RomanKristin Roman
Amateur Ranch RidingWhite Hot Spot LightKatie KorsackKatie Korsack
Amateur ReiningPretty Classic DreamKelly MariottiAva Mariotti
Amateur Tobiano ColorHes a Very Cool KidJennifer A JohnsonJennifer A Johnson
Amateur TrailIm Good to the MaxElizabeth WitcherElizabeth Witcher
Amateur Walk/Trot Hunt Seat EquitationGlocked N LoadedJennifer SeppaJennifer Seppa
Amateur Walk/Trot Hunter Under SaddleGlocked N LoadedJennifer SeppaJennifer Sepp
Amateur Walk/Trot ShowmanshipTalkinaboutmymachineBeate SchueppelBeate Schueppel
Amateur Walk/Trot TrailHeza PepperjackJesse VaughnSara torres
Amateur Walk/Trot Western HorsemanshipMiss MesmerizedBrandy KellerKinley Keller
Amateur Walk/Trot Western PleasureJoan SimonRachel HenshawRachel Henshaw
Amateur Western PleasureSexy LuvahIsabel SchueppelBeate Schueppel
Classic Amateur Hunt Seat EquitationJDG Vested CareerCassidy ScottCassidy Scott
Classic Amateur ShowmanshipSexy LuvahIsabel SchueppelBeate Schueppel
Classic Amateur Western HorsemanshipSexy LuvahIsabel SchueppelBeate Schueppel
Masters Amateur Hunt Seat EquitationZippin on A ScotchLara ParkerLara Parker
Masters Amateur ShowmanshipIm Good to the MaxElizabeth WitcherElizabeth Witcher
Masters Amateur Western HorsemanshipZippin on A ScotchLara ParkerLara Parker
Novice Amateur Hunt Seat EquitationAll Be AppointedLisette AriasLisette Arias
Novice Amateur ShowmanshipRoyal GuaranteeCrystal McLainCrystal McLain
Novice Amateur TrailOtto Be IllegalAugusta NanneyAugusta & Mike Nanney
Novice Amateur Western PleasureSexy LuvahIsabel SchueppelBeate Schueppel
Novice Youth Hunt Seat EquitationBlacksmagics BlueprintDelaney FosterDelaney Foster
Novice Youth Hunter Under SaddleBig IronsMyah YeomansTelek C. Kozlowski
Novice Youth ShowmanshipA Sensational CowgirlSawyer CofieldShannon Cofield
Novice Youth Western HorsemanshipA Sensational CowgirlSawyer CofieldShannon Cofield
Youth 18 & Under Hunt Seat EquitationRum PointHannah BrockAnn Brock
Youth 18 & Under ShowmanshipAl Be Your AssetMaci CerasaleJennifer Fischback
Youth 18 & Under Western HorsemanshipRum PointHannah BrockAnn Brock
Youth 18 & Under Western PleasureA Sensational CowgirlSawyer CofieldShannon Cofield
Youth Halter MaresPF A Vested ImpulseGracie SilverGracie Silver
Youth Hunter Under SaddleBig IronsMyah YeomansTelek C. Kozlowski
Youth Overo ColorKidd Im All ThatAddison MinahanSuzette Minahan
Youth Performance GeldingsDestined to Be GreatHunter FraccicaBrittney Fraccica
Youth Performance MaresMiss MesmerizedKinley KellerKinley Keller
Youth Tobiano ColorKokomo DreamLillian MinahanSuzette Minahan
Youth Walk/Trot 11-18 ShowmanshipKTR Elegant by EightCaroline IngramKeri Davidson
Youth Walk/Trot 11-18 Western HorsemanshipIm Gonna Rock YouAva MariottiAva Mariotti
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 Hunter Under SaddleDressed On ImpulseKaydence SpanglerKeri Davidson
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 ShowmanshipMiss MesmerizedKinley KellerKinley Keller
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 Western HorsemanshipDressed On ImpulseKaydence SpanglerKeri Davidson
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 Western PleasureDressed on ImpulseKaydence SpanglerKeri Davidson
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Class
Horse
Exhibitor
Owner
Amateur TrailChipalicious InviteScott CooperScott Cooper
Amateur Walk/Trot Hunt Seat EquitationI Put A Spell On YouAshley HurlesAshley Hurles
Amateur Walk/Trot Western HorsemanshipJZA Im SpotlessJohn NicholsJohn Nichols
Amateur Yearling GeldingsBabymacDiane AlvesBrian & Diane Alves
Amateur Yearling Longe LineMSH The Queens GamitCindy PolleyCrystal McBride
Amateur Yearling MaresCNC Sachay N StyleCindy PolleyCraig & Cindy Polley
Novice Amateur ShowmanshipStill ScenicAmber E HarmonAmber E Harmon
Novice Youth ShowmanshipFancy CutieAllison KaneAllsion Kane
Youth 13 & Under Western PleasureAntonio BandudosAryha CarterAryha Carter
Youth 18 & Under Hunter Under SaddleBorntobesensationalRiley SupertinoRiley Supertino
Youth 18 & Under TrailBorntobesensationalRiley SupertinoRiley Supertino
Youth Walk/Trot 11-18 Western HorsemanshipNo ComparisonCynthia MillerCynthia Miller
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 Western PleasureMake Me A PropositionAsta OelsnerKarla Oelsner
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Class
Horse
Exhibitor
Owner
Amateur MaresHCF Baby DarlingShayla JohansonMaddie Barry
Amateur ShowmanshipGonna Be SomebodyLieke PoierLieke Poier
Amateur Walk/Trot Western PleasurePP Shez Invited InShayla JohansonSandra Johansson
Amateur Western HorsemanshipSimply EncounteredDevon SmithCathy Glover
Novice Amateur Hunt Seat EquitationMachined FancyMalyk, CaitlynMalyk, Laura
Novice Amateur TrailZips Silky LaceDebra TooleyDebra Tooley
Novice Youth Hunter Under SaddlePP Dressed In BlackRae-Lynn DixonRae-Lynn Dixon
Youth 18 & Under Western PleasureSpotless GentlemanTeaira TracksellTeaira Tracksell
Youth GeldingsGQ ZensationalKalley HawgKalley Hawg
Youth Walk/Trot 5-10 ShowmanshipPP Shez Invited InMaddie BarrySandra Johansson
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