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APHA joins forces with National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance (NRSHA). With the popularity of ranch horse events continuing to grow, the alliance will be a win-win for both organizations. APHA has offered ranch horse classes for several years and is a natural fit to join forces with NRSHA.

As a partner in NRSHA, APHA members will have the opportunity to qualify for the NRSHA National Championship Show by competing at APHA-approved shows that offer all of the four core ranch classes: ranch trail, ranch reining, ranch cow work and ranch riding or ranch pleasure.

“Because Paint Horses are so important to the ranching community, I am incredibly excited for APHA to be a part of a great group of associations dedicated to the ranch horse,” said APHA Senior Director of Judges Dave Dellin. “APHA looks forward to the continued support and expansion of our ranch competitions.”

Qualifying for the 2022 NRSHA National Championship Show is underway. To earn an invitation, riders must compete at three NRSHA-partner events between March 1, 2021, and February 28, 2022. Any APHA-approved event offering the four core ranch classes during the qualifying period counts toward NRSHA qualification. For more details about qualifying requirements for the NRSHA National Championship Show please visit https://ranchhorse.net/national_show.asp.

“Ranch horse events are one of the fastest growing aspects of the equine industry,” said NRSHA President Charles Pellham. “We are pleased APHA is joining forces with the Alliance and look forward to APHA members competing at the NRSHA National Championship Show.”


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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 in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves, and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.


The National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance was founded by six partnering associations in an effort to work together with like-minded ranch and stock horse groups across the country. NRSHA was developed to preserve and promote ranching traditions and heritage through competitive ranch and stock horse events on a national level. More information about NRSHA can be found at www.ranchhorse.net.