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Teams selected for The American Performance Horseman on March 10

Edited press release


Debuting during The American Western Weekend at Globe Life Field, The American Performance Horseman groundbreaking event will feature the top professionals from the National Reined Cow Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association on Friday, March 10, 2023.

The unprecedented team concept will see five teams of three athletes, partnered with some of the most well-known and respected Paint and Quarter Horses in the world. Each team consists of a reiner, reined cow horse professional and cutting professional. Team lineups for the inaugural 2023 event will be:

Burnt Orange Team

  1. Austin Shepherd – Cutting
  2. Matt Mills – Reining
  3. Lee Deacon – Reined Cow Horse

Racing Green Team

  1. Lindy Thorn – Cutting
  2. Casey Deary – Reining
  3. Chris Dawson – Reined Cow Horse

Royal Blue Team

  1. Adan Banuelos – Cutting
  2. Fernando Salgado – Reining
  3. Sarah Dawson – Reined Cow Horse

Imperial Purple Team

  1. Wesley Galyean – Cutting
  2. Andrea Fappani – Reining
  3. Corey Cushing – Reined Cow Horse

Regal Red Team

  1. Lloyd Cox – Cutting
  2. Shawn Flarida – Reining
  3. Justin Wright – Reined Cow Horse

For the first time ever, the top five year-end money earning professionals from NRCHA, NCHA and NRHA will come together at the 42,000-seat Globe Life Field competing for $1 million in prize money. The competitive exhibition format will fuse the elements of history and competition in an ode to the past, present and future of Western performance horse sports.

The evening’s fast-paced exhibition competition will begin with the cutting, then move into the reining pattern and close out with the reined cow horse athletes.

For fans wanting to make this one-of-a-kind weekend even more memorable, a variety of VIP and premium offerings are available for both The American Performance Horseman on March 10 and The American Rodeo on March 11. Guests can enjoy exclusive dining and cocktail options, field-side VIP seating, commemorative credentials, floor access during concerts, exclusive photo opportunities and much more throughout the weekend.

For more information or to purchase VIP and premium experiences for The American Rodeo, visit www.americanrodeo.com/tickets. Those interested in purchasing a table for The American Performance Horseman or learning more about the unique offerings available, can email [email protected].


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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.