APHA’s newest venture in showing made its second debut at the inaugural Northwest Paint Horse Championship August 14–17.
The championship, held in conjunction with the Zone 1 Zone-O-Rama in Albany, Oregon, was designed to attract new exhibitors to the area’s APHA events by offering incentives and limited-eligibility classes. The Northwest Championship offered 13 Amateur and Youth classes, which were selected based on class popularity and participation within the zone.
To be eligible for the Northwest Paint Horse Championship classes, exhibitors were required to live in Zone 1—Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia—and be current APHA members. Classes were limited to exhibitors attending the Zone 1 show for the first time.
Northwest champions received custom Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles, and medallions were awarded to second- through tenth-place exhibitors. Awards were sponsored by APHA.
Lacey Goldsby brought her A-game to the show to compete in the championship and clinched a win in Youth Showmanship.
“This was actually my very first APHA show, so I wasn’t really sure about what to expect,” she said. “I was happy with my pattern, but I also saw everyone else have great runs—I was shocked to win!”
Unofficial results of the inaugural Northwest Paint Horse Championship are as follows:
Youth Showmanship—Lacey Goldsby, Olympia, Washington
Youth Geldings—Emma Schellenberg, Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Youth Mares—Chloe Anderson, Shelton, Washington
Amateur Showmanship—Tori White, Chehalis, Washington
Amateur Mares—Tori White, Chehalis, Washington
Amateur Geldings—Linda Sanders, Idaho
Youth Barrel Racing—Kaitlynn Street, Oregon
Amateur Barrel Racing—Christina Frost, Issaquah, Washington
Youth Hunter Under Saddle—Emma Schellenberg, Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Amateur Hunter Under Saddle—Jessica Thorndycraft, Seattle, Washington
Youth Western Pleasure—Josephine Mootz, Cottage Grove, Oregon
Amateur Western Pleasure—Kory Thorp, Lacey, Washington
Amateur Solid Paint-Bred Western Pleasure—Brandy McCaleb, Creswell, Oregon
Congratulations to all these APHA members and their Paints who competed at the Northwest Paint Horse Championship.
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.