APHA’s Youth World Games lope back to Texas in 2024

It’s official! AjPHA’s international Youth World Games competition will take place in conjunction with APHA’s 2024 World Championship Show, June 21–July 7 in Fort Worth, Texas. Several countries have already started the selection process and are preparing their young riders for this unique opportunity to experience and compete at one of the association’s premier events.


What: 2024 APHA Youth World Games

Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas

When: June 21–July 7, 2024

Who: Each country can enter one team with three to five AJPHA members (18 & under as of January 1, 2024).

How: Each team enters one member in showmanship, Western horsemanship, hunt-seat equitation and ranch riding. Exhibitors randomly draw horses—donated by generous owners—to show. Schooling is limited to one 30-minute session the day prior to competition.

Why: Experience and compete at the APHA World Show, meet new friends from around the world, make great memories, visit APHA’s headquarters in Texas. Oh, and compete for custom Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles and lifelong bragging rights.


Stay tuned for complete details regarding team entries and applications for Team USA. To learn more about the Youth World Games, please contact APHA Director of Amateur & Youth Programs Sandy Jirkovsky or APHA Director of International Membership Irene Stamatelakys.

We Need You!

APHA’s Youth World Games wouldn’t be possible without the support of the entire Paint Horse community. Please consider helping:

  • To donate your Paint Horse for use in the event, please contact Sandy Jirkovsky.
  • To donate awards or to sponsor the event, please contact Kurt Crawford.


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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.