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Not fully qualified for the 2017 APHA World Show? Modified qualification for select events might let you play

More than $600,000 in cash and prizes is on tap for the 2017 APHA Open/Amateur World Championship Show, taking place September 20-October 1 in Fort Worth, Texas. Not fully qualified for the show based on participation? It might not be a problem—several select groups of participants require only minimal qualification or no qualification at all!

Participation criteria for qualification typically require a horse to be shown at a minimum of four APHA shows to a total of eight judges during the qualifying period. The qualifying period was from June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017.

The following disciplines only require a horse to compete at two different APHA-approved events (no judge minimum) during the qualifying period:

  • Cutting
  • Ranch sorting
  • Goat tying
  • Working cow horse
  • Roping
  • Speed events
  • Over fences (except hunter hack)

Horses competing in the following new classes only require a horse to compete at two different APHA-approved events (minimum of four judges) during the qualifying period:

  • Solid Paint-Bred Ranch Riding
  • Solid Paint-Bred Ranch Trail

Horses that are not required to qualify for the World Show are:

  • Weanling halter horses
  • Yearling halter horses
  • Yearling longe-line and yearling in-hand trail horses
  • 2-year-old performance horses
  • 3-year-old performance horses
  • 4-year-old speed event horses
  • Broodmares (SC-175.L.f)

In addition, most Challenge, Sweepstakes and Futurity classes do not require qualification, with a few exceptions. If world championship classes will be entered as well, the horse must be qualified.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for you and your Paint to be a part of a lucrative World Show. Visit apha.com/oawcs for show schedule, premium book and all entry forms.

Reminder: Youth World Show Horses

Any horse shown at the Youth World Show will not be eligible to show at the APHA Open/Amateur World Show (in the same year) by the immediate previous owner/lessor as described in AM-020 and YP-015.


[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 to apha.com.]


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.