Global competition is about to get punchier, thanks to the addition of ranch riding classes at the 2018 AjPHA Youth World Games.
Taking place biennially, the AjPHA Youth World Games brings Paint-loving riders from across the globe together to represent their countries and compete in select classes. Teams are comprised of five exhibitors, who compete with randomly drawn horses. Classes in 2018 are showmanship, horsemanship, hunt-seat equitation, trail and ranch riding.
The 2018 Youth World Games take place June 25–July 3 in Fort Worth, Texas, in conjunction with the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show. A final schedule (including competition days) will be released at a later date.
Each country may enter one team consisting of five exhibitors, an alternate exhibitor and a coach. All team members must be AjPHA members in a good standing and citizens of the country they are representing. Teams are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.
In the event a country cannot assemble a full team, adjacent countries may combine to form a team.
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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded in 1962. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.