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Top 20 shows of 2018 announced

Twenty APHA shows proved they were the cream of the crop in 2018, and APHA—along with the Paint Horse Journal—is pleased to recognize these outstanding events. This annual list is compiled based on total entries per judge, and full results appear in the March/April 2019 Paint Horse Journal.
For the third year in a row, the Zone 12 European Championships claimed the No. 1 spot. Taking place August 29–September 4 in Kreuth, Germany, the event brought in 1,403 entries and 269 horses. Full details about these shows are included in the March/April 2019 Paint Horse Journal, along with APHA’s entire Year-End Performance Review, which highlights champions from 2018. Subscribe or renew to the Journal or order a copy of the March/April issue by visiting apha.com/phj/subscribe.

2018 Top 20 Shows by Entries Per Judge

Rank Show Location Date Entries
1 Zone 12 European Championships sponsored by Zone 12 Coordinating Committee Kreuth, Germany August 29-September 4 1403
2 Worldwide Paint Horse Congress sponsored by Kansas PHA Tulsa, OK August 1-5 1371
3 Western Regional Zone 2 Show sponsored by Zone 2 Coordinating Committee South Jordan, UT May 24-27 1024
4 Texas Wildflower Celebration POR sponsored by Gulf Coast PHC & Texas PHC Waco, TX March 16-18 989
5 Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show (Fort Worth Stock Show) co-sponsored by Texas PHC Fort Worth, TX January 18 – February 9 887
6 Paint the Future POR sponsored by Texas PHC Waco, TX April 13-15 871
7 IPHA Spring Fling POR sponsored by Illinois PHA Gifford, IL April 21-22 834
8 Indiana/Illinois Paint Partners POR sponsored by Indiana PHC & Illinois PHA Gifford, IL September 1-2 821
9 Zone 1 Show sponsored by Zone 1 Coordinating Committee Nampa, ID August 15-19 818
10 Texas Memorial Day Classic Zone 4 sponsored by Zone 4 Coordinating Committee Waco, TX May 25-28 814
11 Arizona Copper Country POR sponsored by Arizona PHC Scottsdale, AZ December 29-31 744
12 IPHA Fall Shootout & Futurity Show sponsored by Illinois PHA Gifford, IL October 6-7 733
13 Zone 5 Show sponsored by Zone 5 Coordinating Committee Cedar Rapids, IA April 28-29 711
14 Memorial Day Show sponsored by Iowa PHC Cedar Rapids, IA May 26-28 680
15 Fall Color Classic sponsored by Northern Michigan & Michigan PHC Lansing, MI October 26-28 678
16 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Houston, TX February 27-March 17 674
17 Arizona Copper Country POR sponsored by Arizona PHC Scottsdale, AZ January 1-3 663
18 German Paint Horse Championships sponsored by Paint Horse Club Germany Salzhausen, Germany July 12-15 662
19 Illinois/Missouri Partners Show sponsored by Missouri PHC & IL PHA Lake St. Louis, MO May 5-6 625
20 Buckeye Extravaganza & Premier Paint Sires sponsored by Ohio PHC Springfield, OH May 4-6 567


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