APHA members are known for their love of chrome, but owners of registered Paint Horses at the National Reining Breeders Classic took home a lot of extra bling at this year’s show, which took place April 13–19 in Katy, Texas.
As part of APHA’s partnership with the reining world’s second-largest event, APHA awarded 13 Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles to the owners of the highest-placing registered Paints in Open, Non-Pro and Rookie events.
APHA Director of Business Development Kalyn Sanders says APHA was proud be a part of the NRBC this year.
“Paints are consistently among the top performers in reining competitions, and these Paint-specific awards are a great opportunity to showcase their accomplishments while giving owners and exhibitors another reason to become part of the APHA family,” she said.
In addition, the NRBC is one of nearly 30 approved NRHA shows that count toward 2015 APHA World Show qualification—that puts these horses one step closer to collecting their share of more than $40,000 in added money exclusively for reining events at this year’s World Show. For a complete list of NRHA events approved for APHA World Show qualification, visit apha.com/reining.
Congratulations to our APHA buckle winners:
NRHA Non-Pro: Julie Ridgeway riding Freckles Nu Lil Gun (Colonels Lil Gun x Nu Bar Freckles) – 212.5
Non-Pro Classic—Level 1, Limited Non-Pro (Level 2) & Intermediate Non Pro (Level 3): Julie Ridgeway riding Nu Pops (Nu Chex to Cash x Sugar Pop Gun 1998) – 217.5
Non-Pro Classic Challenge: Michael Garnett riding Arc Smokin Gun (Colonels Smokingun x Custom Mahogany) – 215.5
Non-Pro Classic—Level 4: Mandy McCutcheon riding Taris Little Gunner (Colonels Smokingun x Taris Modern Design) – 219
Open Classic—Level 1: Gun Whiz It (Colonels Smokingun x Roll Whiz It) ridden by Becky Sorrell for Stephanie Nelson – 206
Open Classic—Limited Open (Level 2), Intermediate Open (Level 3) & Open (Level 4): Gunner Dun It Again (Colonels Smokingun x Dun Its Déjà vu) ridden by Joao Felipe Lacerda for Paulo Tripoloni – 223
NRHA Open & Open Classic Challenge: Doc Bars Smokingun
(Colonels Smokingun x Docs Dunnit Star) ridden by Shane Brown for Glo Tazi – 208.5 (challenge); 144.5 (NRHA Open)
Rookie: Rae Stambuk riding Smugglin Diamonds (Like A Diamond x Smokin Angelita) – 138.5
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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. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.