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14 NRCHA shows make 2016 APHA World Show qualifying a snap

Reined cow horse exhibitors—listen up: qualify your Paint Horse for the 2016 APHA World Championship Show quickly and easily by competing at National Reined Cow Horse Association events you already know and love. APHA recently approved 14 NRCHA events from 2015 and 2016 to count toward qualification requirements for the 2016 APHA World Championship Show. The APHA World Show— home to all Open and Amateur events, along with tons of great added-money classes—takes place November 2–13 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Qualifying for the APHA World Show is easy—it’s based on participation only, and reined cow horses only have to compete in two approved events with no minimum judges. A few qualification exemptions apply—details on the 2016 APHA World Show qualification requirements can be found at apha.com/oawcs/qualifiers.

The qualification period for the 2016 Open/Amateur World Show is August 1, 2015, through July 31, 2016; no qualification is required for the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show, which takes place June 27–July 9 in Fort Worth, Texas. More than $165,000 in Youth scholarships are up for grabs at the 2016 Youth World Show, including cow horse world championship classes.

In 2015, more than $18,000 was earmarked specifically for cow-horse purse payouts in events like the Open & Non-Pro 4- & 5-Year-Old Working Cow Horse Challenge classes and the Non-Pro Limited Working Cow Horse Challenge. That’s in addition to Open and Amateur world championship working cow horse classes.

Any APHA-approved show counts toward qualification for the APHA Open/Amateur World Show, but we’ve made it extra-easy for reined cow horses by including the following events thanks to APHA’s partnership with NRCHA. Eleven are 2016 events, and three are events from 2015.
NRCHA-approved competitions for 2016 APHA World Show qualification include:

  • August 17–16, 2015—Southwest RCHA Rode To Reno, Fort Worth, Texas
  • September 21–October 3, 2015—NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, Reno, Nevada
  • October 22–25, 2015—SRCHA Fall Festival, Stephenville, Texas
  • February 12–20, 2016—NRCHA Celebration of Champions, Fort Worth, Texas
  • March 27–April 2, 2016—NRCHA Stakes, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 13–15, 2016—Twisted Wire Derby & Horse Shows 1, 2 & 3, Great Falls, Montana
  • May 20–22, 2016—Southwest RCHA May Shindig Derby, Fort Worth, Texas
  • June 13–19, 2016—NRCHA Derby, Paso Robles, California
  • June 15–19, 2016—Colorado RCA Mountain High Horse Show & Bridle Spectacular, Estes Park, Colorado
  • June 2016—North Central RCHA Slide Into Summer Horse Show, North Branch, Minnesota
  • July 2–4, 2016 —Colorado RCHA Firecracker Special, Castle Rock, Colorado
  • July 2016—East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • July 2016—Northwest RCHA WOW Cow Horse Spectacular, Moses Lake, Washington
  • July 2016—Arizona RCHA Tall Pines Extravaganza, Flagstaff, Arizona

Unless otherwise noted on the APHA Show Calendar, these shows only count toward APHA World Show qualification, not APHA points. Each show counts for at least one show toward qualification requirements. Don’t forget, a number of NRHA- and NCHA/ACHA-approved shows have also been approved for APHA World Show qualification—click on the links below this story for details.

For the complete scoop about the APHA World Show and how to get qualified, visit apha.com/oawcs.


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About APHA
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.