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Breeders’ Trust Stakes enrollment modification gives more Paints a shot at big cash prizes

APHA’s premier Breeders’ Trust Stakes classes are now available to more 3-year-old Western pleasure and hunter under saddle horses, thanks to a program enrollment date modification recently approved by the Board of Directors.

The former Breeders’ Trust Stakes enrollment deadline has been eliminated. Now, horses can be enrolled in the program up to 5 p.m. the day before Breeders’ Trust Stakes classes take place at the APHA World Championship Show. A late fee will be assessed for horses enrolling after December 31 of their 2-year-old year.

“When the Breeders’ Trust Stakes was modified from a sale graduate program to an enrollment program back in 2017, no horses were permitted to enroll after December 31 of their 2-year-old year. That greatly limited the number of horses eligible to show in the Breeders’ Trust Stakes classes,” said Matt Arias, program director. “Starting with 2023, a new Breeders’ Trust Stakes enrollment late fee will allow people to make their horses eligible for Breeders’ Trust Stakes opportunities and their significant guaranteed purses at any time, though a higher fee applies for late enrollments. This makes more horses eligible for the program and will help generate larger purses for participants.”

Enrollment fees are separate from class entry fees. They help support the total purses awarded in the classes.

The 2022 APHA World Show’s Open Breeders’ Trust Stakes classes awarded a combined payout of $64,000—that included purses for maiden horses and limited exhibitors, as well. Horses enrolled in the Breeders’ Trust Stakes program are also eligible for two Non-Pro 3-year-old classes as well (additional entry fees apply).

For the lowest enrollment fees, submit by November 15 of your horse’s 2-year-old year. Forms, conditions and other details can be found here: https://apha.com/worldshow/breeders-trust-pleasure-stakes/

Questions? Email Matt Arias at marias@apha.com

[Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal and a link provided back to apha.com.]

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