Showing & Riding

AjPHA has something to offer every Paint Horse enthusiast and rider! Almost all APHA-approved shows include a wide range of classes that are exclusively for Youth competitors.

Youth Divisions:

  • Leadline
  • Novice Youth*
  • Youth Walk-Trot 5-10
  • Youth Walk-Trot 11-18*
  • Youth 13 & Under
  • Youth 18 & Under

This allows Youth exhibitors to compete with their peers for Hi-Points and Year-End awards. You can check the Year-End award standings using your APHA Online account.

*If you plan on showing in the Novice Youth or Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 division, don’t forget to purchase your eligibility card by completing the Novice Youth & Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 Eligibility Card Application. Make sure to apply early, these cards can take 5-10 days to process.

QUESTIONS? Please contact APHA’s Director of Youth Activities at heichman@apha.com.

Become a part of the PAC

We know that your riding and driving activities are as diverse as the color patterns on the Paints we register. Through the Paint Alternative Competition Program, you can get recognition for accomplishments in competitive events outside of APHA approved shows or for just spending time in the saddle with your Paint. Your community likely offers plenty of competitive events for horses and riders such as 4-H shows, team pennings, open shows, ropings, horse trials, and other activities that fall outside the category of “APHA-approved events”. Even though APHA is not officially associated with these events, the association does want to recognize your efforts with your American Paint Horse.

Did you know? PAC credits will be awarded for all hours spent riding! We know that you spend countless hours exploring trails, taking lessons, training your promising next show horse, all for those few minutes in the show pen. You can earn PAC credits for those hours by logging and submitting them monthly. These hours count towards perpetual and year end recreational riding PAC awards.

QUESTIONS? For more information on PAC, email pac@apha.com.