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Buckles galore up for grabs at 2016 Midwest Paint Horse Championship

If you live in Zone 5, you’ve got an extra special shot at recognition and great prizes at the 2016 Midwest Paint Horse Championship, taking place September 24–25 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in conjunction with the Zone 5 show.

Now in its second year, the Midwest Paint Horse Championship will have Gist Silversmith championship buckles and medallions for second–sixth places up for grabs in 15 show-selected events. These special classes are designed to give extra recognition to local exhibitors; participants must live in Zone 5—Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin—and meet other eligibility requirements, which include exhibitors and horses not having placed in the Top Five in halter or Top 10 in performance at the APHA World Show within the last five years. For full eligibility requirements, click here.

Midwest Paint Horse Championship classes for 2016 are:

  • Youth Halter Mares
  • Amateur Halter Mares
  • Open Halter Mares
  • Youth Halter Geldings
  • Amateur Halter Geldings
  • Open Halter Geldings
  • Youth Showmanship
  • Amateur Showmanship
  • Youth Hunter Under Saddle
  • Amateur Hunter Under Saddle
  • Open Hunter Under Saddle
  • Youth Western Pleasure
  • Amateur Western Pleasure
  • Open Western Pleasure
  • Open Trail


These classes are in addition to the Zone 5 show’s class lineup. For more information about the show or the Midwest Paint Horse Championship, visit the show’s website or contact show manager Cindy McGinnis at 608-279-3848 or via email.


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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. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.