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The Cha-Ching Factor: 2022 APHA World Championship Show

Reflecting on the 2022 APHA World Championship Show, a slew of stats prove the event was a resounding success—with a ton of substantial payouts that kept exhibitors talking. Here are a few noteworthy numbers about the competition, which took place June 24-July 10 in Fort Worth, Texas:

2022 APHA World Show Facts & Figures

  • 1,094 horses
  • 4,500+ entries
  • $1.35 million awarded in cash & prizes
  • 22 all-around saddle awards

New Classes, New Faces

  • 36 new classes offered
  • PBRIP Barrel Racing Sweepstakes was the largest class with 88 entries
  • 354 total classes offered, of which 256 were world championship classes.
  • 248 different horses were recognized as champions at the show
  • 407 different horses were recognized as champions or reserve champions at the show

Impressive Gains

  • 38% increase in added-money event entries
  • 70% increase or more across Youth, Amateur and Open Solid Paint-Bred divisions
  • 44% increase in reining challenge entries
  • 50% increase in ranch class entries

Payout Palooza

  • $102,400 total Youth scholarships awarded, with 127 Youth winning 299 scholarships
  • 35% increase in PBRIP Sweepstakes payouts, totaling $52,620
  • Breeders’ Trust Pleasure Stakes classes paid out $76,780
  • $8,000 in Tobiano Incentive bonus payouts
  • $246,971 paid in pleasure/all-around purses
  • $176,975 paid in ranch event purses (including the Ranch Horse Triple Crown Challenge)
  • $132,084 paid in reining event purses

The Gold Standard

  • Gold Breeders’ Futurity performance class payouts totaled $88,011
  • $8,000 increase in total payouts
  • 4 new Non-Pro Gold Breeders’ Futurity classes were offered
  • Gold Breeders’ Futurity Yearling Longe Line was split into two classes this year: Hunter and Western
    • Gold Breeders’ Futurity Yearling Western Longe Line had the largest Gold class purse at $16,078
    • Gold Breeders’ Futurity Yearling Hunter Longe Line was the second-largest Gold class purse at $11,001


The 2022 APHA World Championship Show figures don’t yet include numbers and payouts from most halter events—those take place at the APHA/WCHA Halter Million, September 24-October 2 in Fort Worth, Texas. Learn more about that event at apha.com/haltermillion.



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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.