Ranch horse exhibitors helped kick off the 2020 APHA World Championship Show with a showing as solid as the well-broke, dependable horses they rode in on. These fast-growing classes are taking the show world by storm, and the sport’s popularity was evident at this year’s event.
Combined Novice Amateur ranch classes saw a 77% increase from the 2019 World Show. Amateur ranch class entries remained steady while Open ranch classes saw a 22% increase. Open Solid Paint-Bred ranch classes increased by 50% over 2019.
Even in a challenging year, the APHA World Show as a whole saw big increases across the board. Champions were crowned, dreams became a reality and there were lots of reasons to celebrate. Overall, APHA World Show entries were up 12% across all disciplines with 1,536 horses competing at the event—an increase of 18.7% over the (combined) total horses in 2019.
APHA thanks everyone who believed in this show and worked together to make it a success in such an uncertain year.
Start making plans now for the 2021 APHA World Show.
June 25 – July 11, 2021
Open/Amateur/Youth World Championship classes
September 25-October 3, 2021
APHA Weanling & Yearling Halter World Championship classes
APHA Breeders’ Futurity Halter Classes
WCHA Breeders’ Championship & Big Money Halter Futurities
No qualifying required!
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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 in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves, and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.