Ride a punchy Paint? It’s time to saddle up and start getting ready for September! A slew of new ranch horse classes are now on the books for the 2018 APHA World Championship Show, which takes place September 17–30 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
All-around exhibitors can get in on new classes, too, as new longe line divisions, performance halter and aged sweepstakes will debut at the show as well. In all, more than $800,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the World Show.
All classes listed below require standard World Show qualification in order to enter. Qualification rules changed for 2018; horses must compete in two APHA-approved shows during the qualifying period to participate—the qualifying period is June 1, 2017 – June 4, 2018—or pay a per-show qualifying fee. Learn more about current qualification rules here.
New Classes for 2018 APHA World Championship Show
Ranch Cow Work
Amateur Ranch Reining
Amateur Ranch Cow Work
Amateur Limited Ranch Cow Work (Box, Drive, Box, Drive)
Amateur Ranch Pleasure
Novice Amateur Ranch Reining
Novice Amateur Limited Ranch Cow Work (Boxing)
Novice Amateur Ranch Pleasure
Novice Amateur Ranch Riding
Novice Amateur Ranch Trail
3-Year-Old Trail Sweepstakes (Open/Non-Pro held concurrently)
4- & 5-Year-Old Trail Sweepstakes (Open/Non-Pro held concurrently)
4-Year-Old & Older Western Pleasure Sweepstakes
Non-Pro 4-Year-Old & Older Western Pleasure Sweepstakes
4-Year-Old & Older Hunter Under Saddle Sweepstakes
Non-Pro 4-Year-Old & Older Hunter Under Saddle Sweepstakes
Western Yearling Longe Line
English Yearling Longe Line
Amateur Western Yearling Longe Line
Amateur English Yearling Longe Line
Amateur Performance Halter Mares
Amateur Performance Halter Geldings
Amateur Performance Halter Stallions
These added classes are in addition to other exciting World Show changes, such as new solid Paint-bred opportunities; Solid Paint-bred horses are now invited to compete with Regular Registry Paints in most other non-world championship, non-pointed classes (if eligible per all other class requirements). Sweepstakes and Challenge classes (unless held concurrently with a World Championship class) are exempt from qualifying requirements.
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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 promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.