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APHA Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) program expansion adds youth-specific category designations and overall versatility champion title

Thirteen new categories provide youth opportunities for achievement and recognition

FORT WORTH—The Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) program offers Paint Horse owners opportunities to establish permanent performance records for their horses at events outside of traditional APHA-approved shows. PAC is open to almost any type of activity as long as the competition is sponsored by an organization that keeps official records on the performance of all horses entered in the event. In addition to potentially increasing the value of their horses, PAC participants are also eligible for year-end awards and titles from the American Paint Horse Association (APHA).

Beginning January 1, 2014, an exciting expansion of the popular program adds 13 youth-specific categories. For the first time, youth (18 & under) will be able to compete amongst their peers.

“Our Executive Committee understands the importance of allowing a larger spectrum of participants with an opportunity to receive recognition for their hard work,” said PAC Coordinator Karen Utecht of the program changes approved by the Executive Committee.

Existing Categories
English Equitation
Barrel Racing
Timed Events
Western Pleasure

New Categories Added for 2014
Youth Halter
4-H Halter
Youth Dressage
4-H Dressage
Youth English Pleasure
Youth Equitation
Youth Barrel Racing
Youth Games
Youth Showmanship
Youth Timed Events
Youth Trail
Youth Walk-Trot
Youth Western Pleasure

Additionally, the committee approved a new PAC lifetime achievement award. The PAC Versatility Champion title will be awarded to any horse that has earned a PAC Certificate of Achievement in 5 different categories.

PAC enrollment is easy and rewarding. Get started building a permanent performance record for your Paint Horse at apha.com/programs/pac

About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest 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.

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For more information, contact:
Amy Stapleton
Director of Marketing & Promotional Content
(817) 834-2742 ext. 447  •  marketing@apha.com