Team 10 brought home the win at this year’s annual AjPHA Youth Team Tournament, which took place on June 23 on the precipice of the 2023 APHA World Show. The new-and-improved tournament attracted 105 Youth participants from across the country. Participants were divided into 18 teams who faced off in events such as the Knowledge Relay and Video Challenge.
This year’s Youth Team Tournament was designed to encourage all Paint-loving Youth to participate, centering around a variety of fun, no-horse-required activities.
“We wanted to provide a way for all Youth—whether they are AjPHA Youth members or not, have a horse or not, or are showing at the World Show—to have the opportunity to come to this event, enjoy themselves and meet other Youth from across the country,” said APHA President-Elect Kelly Chapman, who organized the event along with APHA judge Rebecca Halvorson.
The Top Six point-earning teams faced off in a thrilling, surprise relay-race finale, in which members from each team sped across the arena on donkeys. After much bucking, braying and runaway-rides, Team 10 cinched their victory.
Congratulations to the 2023 Youth Team Tournament winners:
Champion Team Overall – Team 10
- Reagan Strange
- Izzy Hostetler
- Lainey Knight
- Brianna Massie
- Peytyn Goodin
- Brady Hattan
Reserve Champion Team Overall – Team 12
- Leah’Anna Lloyd
- Hannah Stallings
- Samantha Johnson
- Sierra Pace
- Hannah Janssen
3rd Place Overall – Team 15
4th Place Overall – Team 4
5th Place Overall – Team 2
6th Place Overall – Team 11
View full results here.
Thank you to the incredible sponsors whose generosity made this year’s tournament possible:
- Anchor Graphics
- The Herman Family/Superior Care Management
- The Cook Family
- English Quarter Horses, home of Sno Day
- Finkenbinder Ranch
- Tarpan Construction
- Jason Smith Show Horses
- Tony Bladen/Maple Hill Quarter Horses
- The Dr. Byers Family
The following sponsors also provided awards and giveaway prizes:
- Boo Yah Custom Clothing
- BSB Quarter Horses
- VQH Heart Stoppin/Voge Quarter Horses
- Farnam Horse Care Products
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