Paint Horse lovers from across the heartland made their bids for the coveted Midwest Paint Horse Championship awards during the Zone 5 show, which took place September 24–25 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is the second year the Midwest Paint Horse Championships have been held in conjunction with the Zone 5 show, and the new rewards continue to draw excited entries eager for some extra time in the spotlight.
To be eligible for the Midwest Paint Horse Championship classes, exhibitors and horse owners must reside in Zone 5—Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin—and meet other eligibility requirements. APHA sponsored awards for up to 15 Paint Horse Championship classes, with the show selecting the specific events to offer.
Zone 5 Show Manager Cindy McGinnis says excitement for the Paint Horse Championship helped grow local interest in the Zone show.
“We were really pleased to see how much the championship classes grew this year,” she said. “Our exhibitors were more familiar with the program this year and excited to see it return so they could compete for the beautiful championship buckles. The excitement generated by this program has brought renewed interest in our Zone show and helped to increase attendance this year.”
Congratulations to the following Paints and their connections:
- Youth Geldings: Allocution, exhibited by Madison Brown
- Amateur Geldings: RH Six Pack, exhibited by JoAnn Howerton
- Open Geldings: RH Six Pack, exhibited by JoAnn Howerton
- Youth Mares: Tees Cool Scotch, exhibited by Kloie Huffman-Heins
- Amateur Mares: All Spicey, exhibited by Michelle Terpening
- Open Mares: All Spicey, exhibited by Michelle Terpening
- Youth Showmanship: Clearly Contagious, exhibited by Raigen Furness
- Amateur Showmanship: Zips Baby Doll, exhibited by Allie Aldrich
- Open Trail: Dun N Country, exhibited by Hannah Lind
- Youth Hunter Under Saddle: Patches McKrymsun, exhibited by Leah M. Johnson
- Amateur Hunter Under Saddle: Four The Glory, exhibited by Emma Goffard
- Open Hunter Under Saddle: As Seen On TV, exhibited by Erica Day
- Youth Western Pleasure: Five Oclock Sumwhere, exhibited by Cassidy Jones
- Amateur Western Pleasure: Zippo Be Me, exhibited by Kristen A. Hager
- Open Western Pleasure: First N Only, exhibited by Jeff Fischer
Photos are courtesy Ruehle Photographix. Find more at ruehlephotographix.com.
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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.