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APHA and USTRC Team Up On New Team Roping Venture 2013 APHA Cowtown ShootOut

Contact: John Findlay – USTRC Marketing Director
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 June 13, 2013

The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) announced today a new joint venture team roping event to be held this Fall in Fort Worth, Texas, in conjunction with APHA Open/Amateur World Show (Nov 6-17, 2013). The event, the Cowtown ShootOut presented by the APHA will take place November 15-17, 2013 at the renowned Will Rogers Coliseum and will be produced by the USTRC. This great new event will now be included as one of the USTRC’s 2014 80+ fully sanctioned qualifier ropings held annually in the United States and will be open to all ropers, not just those riding Paint Horses.

A special feature of the event, however, will be directed at APHA members. A $5,000 cash bonus has been set aside and will be offered in addition to the regular USTRC payout and prize line. If the rider of a registered Paint Horse has a TRIAD Classification number of six (#6) or greater, and is high money winner with that classification, the owner of the horse will earn a $2,500 cash bonus. The same $2,500 incentive bonus will be awarded to the owner of the registered paint horse whose rider was the high money winner classified as an Elite #5 and below. The owners must be APHA members to receive the bonus.

“We are very pleased to join forces with the USTRC for this team roping and to be able to hold it in conjunction with our World Show,” said Billy Smith, APHA Executive Director. “It will be a great climax to our World Show, coming as it does on the final weekend.” Kirk Bray, USTRC President, added, “We appreciate the opportunity to team up with the APHA during its World Show to produce an event in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Will Rogers Coliseum. This event will benefit all ropers in the North Texas area and beyond, but for those competing on paint horses the APHA cash bonus will be a special attraction.”

Entry information will become available shortly in various roping oriented print publications, in SuperLooper Magazine, or by calling the USTRC – 254-968-0002. Horses must be registered for the incentive bonus at the roping.

UPDATE 9/4/13: APHA corporate partner Farnam Horse Products has increased the Paint incentive money for the USTRC Cowtown ShootOut by $3,000 — bringing the total payout for Paints to $8,000. 
About the American Paint Horse Association
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is the world’s second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its global mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves more than 55,000 active youth and adult members around the world. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit apha.com or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at facebook.com/americanpainthorse or on Twitter @APHANews and @WorldShow.


About the USTRC
The USTRC has continually been producing championship team roping events for team ropers of all skill levels since 1989. Based in Stephenville, Texas, USTRC represents more than 30,000 members worldwide who enjoy the sport of team roping. Currently, the USTRC offers more than 80 sanctioned events and 300 affiliate events nationwide, culminating in the USTRC National Finals of Team Roping held in Oklahoma City, annually the last week of October.

In 2012 the USTRC awarded more than $25 million in prize money through its many competitions. The USTRC has continued to make history and revolutionize the sport of team roping through fairness and a ‘roper first’ philosophy. For more information visit www.ustrc.com.