If it’s competition you crave, the APHA has developed programs for every level of interest and skill. Whether you are a youth, amateur, or professional, team up with a natural athlete and compete with your Paint in events ranging from regional shows to World Championships. If your goal is to reach new levels of performance, a Paint Horse can take you there.
NEW TO SHOWING? Follow these steps:
Youth Division—Unmarried individuals aged 18 & under as of January 1. Married individuals may apply for the Amateur or Novice Amateur Division.
Novice Youth Division— A Youth that has limited show experience in a particular category of classes. Novice Youth eligibility is based on a per category basis, with 25 different categories available. To be eligible for Novice status in a category, at the time of application, an individual cannot have earned any of the following in a recognized equine association:
To review your novice eligibility, check out the Exhibitor Novice Eligibility page of our APHA Online Services site!
Youth Walk-Trot 11-18— A youth that has no prior loping show record can compete in walk-trot classes for up to two consecutive years. To be eligible for the Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 division, an exhibitor cannot have earned ANY loping points or a World or Reserve World Championship title in a corresponding class.
Youth Walk-Trot 5-10— A youth that is ages 5-10 and only wants to compete in walk-trot classes. When an exhibitor enters these walk trot classes at a show, he or she may not enter any other classes at the show with the exception of halter and showmanship.
Lead Line— This class is for youth 3-8 years of age as of January 1. The horse is led by an individual 16 years of age or older and the contestant must exhibitor some knowledge of equitation.
Upon acquiring your American Paint Horse, you will need to transfer your horse’s ownership. A transfer report can usually be found on the back of your horse’s original registration papers, or you can submit a Transfer Report online. Exhibitors attending an upcoming event may need to submit a rush fee and have their transfer paperwork rushed. The recorded owner on the official APHA registration papers of a horse at the time of the show can affect the divisions in which the horse is eligible to show.
If you or an immediate family member will not be owning the horse you plan to show, you must submit a Show Lease to meet the Youth ownership requirements and be eligible for APHA points, titles, awards, and to compete at the World Show.
EXCEPTION: Youth, Novice Youth, Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 and Youth Walk-Trot 5-10 Division—The horse may be owned by any person or group of people. However, to be eligible for APHA points, titles, awards, and to compete at the World Show, the horse must be owned by the Youth exhibitor or the Youth exhibitor’s family. For a list of approved family relationships, please see rule YP-015 in the Official APHA Rulebook.
*No ownership requirements are needed for the lead line.
For a list of approved family relationships, please see rule AM-020 in the Official APHA Rulebook.
All exhibitors at an APHA-approved show must possess a current individual membership. Memberships may be purchased online, by phone, or using a membership application form.
Novice Youth Division
Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 Division
Youth Walk-Trot 5-10 Division
Are you new to showing with APHA? Follow these steps to ensure a successful first show experience:
Its time to load the trailer and head out to your first show. Here are some essential items that you need to pack: