Qualify your reiner, cow horse or cutter for the 2019 APHA World Show

Dedicated to growing the Paint Horse presence in high performance events, APHA has made it easier than ever for premier reining, cow horse and cutting Paints to qualify for and compete at the 2019 APHA World Championship Show. APHA has approved 28 National Reining Horse Association and 20 National Reined Cow Horse Association events to count toward qualification requirements for the APHA World Show.

Reining and Cow Horse Qualification

Qualifying for the APHA World Show is easy: just attend two APHA-approved events (which can include the ones noted below) during the qualifying period, June 1, 2018–June 3, 2019. If an exhibitor doesn’t attend at least two events for qualification, they can pay a $1,000 fee per show (up to $2,000) as “pay to play” World Show qualification. Only participation in the events—never points earned—factors into qualification.

The 2019 APHA World Show takes place September 16–29 in Fort Worth, Texas—immediately before the renowned NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. The show also features  Open and Non-Pro challenge classes that pay out more than $14,000 in added money to reined cow horses and more than $40,000 in reining events; the challenge classes do not require horses to qualify to compete, but qualification will allow a horse to participate in any event at the World Show, including world championship classes in any discipline.

View 2018/2019 NRCHA Shows Approved for 2019 APHA World Show Qualifying 

View 2018/2019 NRHA Shows Approved for 2019 APHA World Show Qualifying

View all qualifying rules or check your horse’s qualification progress at apha.com/oawcs/qualifiers. 

APHA World Championship Show Cutting Events

Beginning in 2019, all APHA World Show cutting classes—Open, Amateur, Youth and Challenge events—will take place during the APHA Youth World Championship Show, held June 24–July 7 in Fort Worth, Texas. Qualifying is not required for 2019 World Show cutting events. Cutters will have additional opportunities to compete for cash in the ACHA Cowtown Cutting, which is held in conjunction with the Youth World Show and offers both all-breed opportunities and Paint-exclusive prizes.

Details about the APHA World Championship Show are found at apha.com/oawcs. Questions about the World Show or qualification? Contact APHA Director of Show & Contest Holly Slaughter at [email protected].


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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 in 1962. APHA’s mission is to inspire, nurture, promote and provide meaningful experiences to generations interested in preserving the versatile Paint Horse.