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Scholarships Galore: 150,000 reasons to attend the 2015 AjPHA Youth World Show

Need a little motivation to attend the 2015 AjPHA Youth World Championship Show? How about more than 150,000 reasons why you should make plans to attend the world’s premier Youth Paint Horse show?
Approximately $163,000 in scholarships for Youth exhibitors will be up for grabs at the 2015 AjPHA Youth World Championship Show, which takes place June 23–July 4 in Fort Worth, Texas. Building upon the work of generous members who have raised $45,000 for scholarships awarded in Youth World Show halter classes plus rookie exhibitor awards, the American Paint Horse Foundation will add another $113,000 for scholarships awarded throughout the show’s world championship halter and performance classes.

Additional groups and individuals have also pledged scholarship funds for special awards, and private donors are invited to pledge $1,000 earmarked for extra scholarships awarded for a class of their choice. Several APHA members have already signed on as scholarship sponsors for their favorite events, so don’t delay. Funds are being collected and distributed by the APHF. To pledge $1,000 for your favorite class or to donate to the general Youth World Show scholarship fund, visitywcs.apha.com/awards/scholarships.

“The secret to increasing youth participation isn’t a secret at all,” APHA Executive Director Billy Smith said. “Stock shows have known this for years—children need money to go to college. We can’t just pay lip service to increasing our participation, however; we have to put our money where our mouth is.”


The 2015 Youth World Show scholarship awards breakdown follows:
Additional Special Award Scholarships
All-Around Youth 14–18, 13 & Under and Novice Youth: $1,000 scholarships (each)
• Power Performance High-Point Award: $1,000 scholarships (champion and reserve champion), courtesy of the Permian Basin and Cross Timbers Paint Horse Clubs
Robyn Hanna Sportsmanship Award: $1,000 scholarship
AjPHA/ApHC Horse Judging Contest: $500 scholarships to the Junior and Senior High-Point Individuals
Rebecca Baker Memorial Scholarship: $1,800 in scholarships awarded in Reining 14–18, Reining 13 & Under and Novice Youth Reining
ywsscholarship-performanceWorld Championship Classes
A total of 81 halter and performance classes at the Youth World Show will include scholarships awarded to first– through third-place winners, as well as a randomly drawn exhibitor. Scholarships will range between $1,300 and $2,300 per world championship class.
Halter Classes
On top of the APHF class scholarships, more than $45,000 in additional scholarships will be presented to exhibitors in the show’s 10 halter classes, awarded for first–sixth place, as well as rookie exhibitor awards. Funds for these scholarships have been donated by generous APHA members in an effort spearheaded by Judy Ford—click here for a list of halter scholarship donors. Each class will feature to total of $5,800 in total scholarships; the breakdown is as follows:
1st Place: $1,750 scholarship
2nd Place: $1,400 scholarship
3rd Place: $1,000 scholarship
4th Place: $600 scholarship
5th Place: $500 scholarship
6th Place: $400 scholarship
Random Exhibitor: $150
Qualifying is NOT required to participate in the Youth World Show. Find more information about the event online at ywcs.apha.com—check out the Premium Book and the schedule, and online entries are coming soon. Remember to make plans to participate in the APHA/NSBA Color of Money show immediately preceding the Youth World Show June 23–25, featuring 90 percent payback in all classes for Youth, Amateurs and Open riders aboard approved color breeds. Enter by May 15 to get the best rates, but entries are accepted for any class up to 5 p.m. the day before it takes place.
Feeling generous? Donate to the APHF scholarship fund or earmark a $1,000 gift for your favorite Youth World Show class by visiting ywcs.apha.com/awards/scholarships or contacting APHF Director Laura Jesberg at (817) 222-6412 or [email protected].
 [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.