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Paint Horse Championships a hit in Canada

APHA’s new Paint Horse championship show series headed north to Canada for the inaugural Western Canadian Paint Horse Championship, which took place July 30–August 2 in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada.

The championships were held in conjunction with the Zone 10 Show; though Zone classes are available for any APHA exhibitor, the Paint Horse Championship classes are restricted to those residing within Zone 10, which consists of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Additionally, horses and exhibitors could not have placed in the Top Five or Top 10 of the same discipline at the APHA or AjPHA World Championship Shows in the past three years. For more information on eligibility requirements, click here.

Zone 10 Committee President Ronni Nordal of Bulyea, Saskatchewan, Canada, reported from the show:

This prestigious 6 judge show had a great turnout with more than 100 horses and more than 500 class entries. Results and pictures from the show can be found at www.zone10zoneorama.ca. Plans for the 2016 show are soon underway—it is no secret that we hope 2016 will be even bigger and better and we hope you will join us. There are a few highlights we want to share.

A huge part of the 2015 show’s success was the APHA Championship Classes. We were honored to have APHA Past President Mary Parrott at the show handing out the prestigious and beautiful buckles and medallions provided by APHA. What a great addition to the Show!

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With awards that included Gist Silversmith championship belt buckles and medallions for second- through tenth-place sponsored by APHA, the Western Canadian Paint Horse Championship celebrated exhibitors in a variety of events.

Western Canadian Paint Horse Championship results:
Youth Trail 14-18: Exclusively Invited, owned by Cia Crawford-Malcolm, exhibited by Hallie Malcom
Amateur Trail: One Big Chip, owned and exhibited by Connie Webb
Senior Trail: Sensational Wow, owned by Brooklyn Moch
Amateur Walk-Trot Western Pleasure: Only For The Boys, owned and exhibited by Laura Bouchard
Novice Amateur Western Pleasure: PP Won Hot Chip, owned and exhibited by Jessica Sage
Youth Western Pleasure 13 & Under: Aneasterpaintedzippo, owned and exhibited by Cassidy Boxall
Solid Paint Bred Western Pleasure: BMQ I Came To Dance, owned by Carley Manz
Youth Walk-Trot Showmanship: Ima White Sensation, owned by Mindy Kallay, exhibited by Ady Kallay
Junior Hunter Under Saddle: Hot Chips Ablazin, owned by Jordanna Nellis
Amateur Geldings: Dreamt U Were Mine, owned by Elizabeth and Maurice Sabourin, exhibited by Elizabeth Sabourin
Youth Geldings: PRR Fancy Paintings, owned and exhibited by Shealyn Fehr
Amateur Mares: A Naughty Tribute, owned by Hyde Show Horses, exhibited by Glenn Hyde
Youth Mares: Exclusively Invited, owned by Cia Crawford-Malcolm, exhibited by Hallie Malcolm

pic-yearling-challenge-winnerThe Zone 10 Yearling Challenge was held for a second year and once again had $4,000.00 in added money. With 22 yearlings paid in and 20 showing, this three-part futurity was a huge success, paying out more than $13,000. Scores from in-hand trail and longeline were combined with placings in a yearling challenge halter class to determine the overall winners. Fellas Sirtain Lily and exhibitor Samantha Dewitt took home more than $4,300 for their win.

Four additional futurities were held, Yearling Halter, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure and Non-Pro Showmanship.

pic-supreme-halter-winnerThe Supreme Halter Horse was chosen by the 6 APHA judges, as were the high-point stallion, high-point gelding and high-point mare. Each winner was awarded a beautiful etched vase. The 2015 Supreme Halter Horse was Bronze Statue. Owned by Becky & Brad Ratzlaff and shown by Rich Zenner-Miller.

Saving the best for last – they say our future is in our youth….if that is true, Zone 10 is in good hands, thanks to our up-and-coming young riders. pic-leadline


[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.