Ropers, get ready to break fast and swing a big loop to score your share of nearly $50,000 offered exclusively for rope horses at the APHA World Championship Show and its concurrent American Rope Horse Futurity Association Cowtown Classic Rope Horse Futurity.
Paints are invited to compete in APHA World Championship classes and Chrome Cash jackpots, but bring all your roping buddies because the ARHFA Cowtown Classic is open to all breeds—and it’s your No. 1 opportunity to get in the John Justin Arena before the ARHFA World Championships in October.
APHA World Championship roping classes take place July 7, along with the Timed Team Roping Sweepstakes and the ARHFA 4-Year-Old Heading Pre-Futurity; then we’re back on July 8 & 9 with the ARHFA Team Roping events: the 4-Year-Old Heeling Pre-Futurity; the 4-, 5- & 6-Year-Old Heading & Heeling Futurities; and the Non-Pro Heading & Heeling. ARHFA events combine judged and timed criteria to identify the world’s most talented young rope horses. It’s designed to showcase the ability of 4-, 5- and 6-year-old rope horses to make runs executed with the precision of a show horse and the smooth speed of top timed-event contenders.
Online entries for APHA classes and added-money events open in April at apha.com/worldshow. Entries are accepted until 5 p.m. the day before classes take place, but get the best rates by pre-entering by May 15. Cowtown Classic entries will open in mid-June.
Roping: Total Added Money $49,500
APHA Added-Money Roping Events
Events designated (RR & SPB) are open to Regular Registry and Solid Paint-Bred horses; events designated as (RR) are only open to Regular Registry horses.
- Timed Team Roping Sweepstakes (RR & SPB) – $2,500 added
- Heading World Championship (RR) + $1,000 added Sidepot (RR & SPB)
- Amateur Heading World Championship (RR) + $1,000 added Sidepot (RR & SPB)
- Heeling World Championship (RR) + $1,000 added Sidepot (RR & SPB)
- Amateur Heeling World Championship (RR) + $1,000 added Sidepot (RR & SPB)
- Steer Stopping World Championship (RR) + $1,000 added Sidepot (RR & SPB)
- Amateur Steer Stopping World Championship (RR) + $1,000 added Sidepot (RR & SPB)
- Tie-Down Roping World Championship (RR) + $1,000 added Sidepot (RR & SPB)
- Amateur Tie-Down Roping World Championship (RR) + $1,000 added Sidepot (RR & SPB)
- Amateur Breakaway Roping World Championship (RR) + $1,000 added Sidepot (RR & SPB)
Sponsored by APHA & Texas Paint Horse Breeders Association
ARHFA Cowtown Classic Rope Horse Futurity
All-Breed – Open & Non-Pro Divisions
- $35,000 Added Guaranteed
- Plus, $3,000 Added in Chrome Cash Sidepots
- Chrome Cash Open Heading – $1,000 Added
- Chrome Cash Open Heeling – $1,000 Added
- Chrome Cash Non-Pro Heading – $500 Added
- Chrome Cash Non-Pro Heeling – $500 Added
Cowtown Classic All-Breed Team Roping
- July 8-9
- Produced by Daren Peterson
- All-breed roping
And don’t forget the world championship classes for ropers riding APHA-registered horses: Amateur and Open events, including breakaway roping, tie-down, heading, heeling and steer stopping. More than $1.4 million in cash and prizes will be awarded throughout the 2023 APHA World Championship Show.
More info: apha.com/worldshow
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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 in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.