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Special awards for top Paints on tap at the 2016 SWRHA Futurity

APHA is partnering with the Southwest Reining Horse Association, giving exhibitors riding registered Paint Horses the opportunity to earn extra awards along with 2017 APHA World Championship Show qualification credit.

Top-finishing Paint Horse exhibitors at the 2016 SWRHA Futurity will be awarded custom Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles in the following six classes:

  • Open Futurity
  • Non-Pro Futurity
  • Open
  • Non-Pro
  • Rookie
  • Youth

“We’re so pleased to welcome the American Paint Horse Association back, but this time for the Southwest Futurity,” Cheryl Magoteaux Cody of the SWRHA Futurity management team said.

The event, presented by Billingsley Ford, is scheduled for October 20–30 at Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The show features more than $114,000 added money in the futurity classes, as well as a brand-new Rookie Challenge sponsored by Lucas Oil and Protect the Harvest.

All Paints that compete at this year’s SWRHA Futurity are eligible to use the show as qualification for the 2017 APHA World Championship Show. In 2017, the World Show takes place September 20–30.

This November, more than $40,000 is up for grabs in reining events alone at the 2016 APHA World Show, which takes place November 2­–12 in Fort Worth, Texas; that includes world championship classes for Open (Junior & Senior), Amateurs and Novice Amateurs, as well as added-money classes for 3-year-olds (Open & Non-Pro) and 4-, 5- & 6-year-old horses (Open & Non-Pro).

“I hope Paint Horses, owners and exhibitors join us in Fort Worth in November for even more great prizes, cash and recognition at the APHA World Show,” Director of Youth and Awards Christine Henry said. “To get the whole scoop, visit apha.com/oawcs.”

The SWRHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse, including breeding, training and exhibition. For more information, visit swrha.com


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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. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.