The Western Paint Horse Championship returned to the Zone 2 show May 27–30 in South Jordan, Utah. Now in its second year, the Western Paint Horse Championship was larger than ever before and offered exciting new opportunities for exhibitors at the nation’s largest APHA-approved show.
To be eligible for the Western Paint Horse Championship, exhibitors and horse owners must reside in Zone 2—which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah—and meet other eligibility requirements. APHA sponsored awards for up to 15 Paint Horse Championship classes, with the show selecting the specific events to offer.
Show Manager Terri Wirthlin saw new enthusiasm for the championship classes this year.
“This year our numbers were up in the championship classes. People are starting to get excited about it and figure out the program and how it works,” Terri said. “All in all, it’s a great program and we’re starting to see more people get into the championship classes we offer.”
Congratulations to the following Paints and their connections:
- Youth Hunter Under Saddle: This Is Pure Pleasure, exhibited by Lauren McNabb
- Novice Amateur Hunt-Seat Equitation: All About Timing, exhibited by Sydni Childers
- Youth Horsemanship: This Is Pure Pleasure, exhibited by Lauren McNabb
- Amateur Western Riding: Haz To Be Time, exhibited by Brenna Lyn DeYoung
- Classic Amateur Hunter Under Saddle: All About Timing, exhibited by Sydni Childers
- Novice Youth Hunt-Seat Equitation: Invest In Tats Rhythm, exhibited by Megan Rottenborn
- Open Ranch Riding: Extra Charisma, exhibited by Sammy Barbour
- Walk-Trot Western Pleasure: Hot Roddin Johnnie, exhibited by Jona Bowen Smith
- Novice Amateur Western Pleasure: Tramps Invitation, exhibited by Shirley Kafesjian
- Amateur Mares: Only To Be Admired, exhibited by Cindy Polley
- Youth Geldings: LS Hezasoutherndesign, exhibited by Lexi Ellis
- Amateur Walk-Trot Showmanship: A Cowboy Casanova, exhibited by Nicole Paulsen
- Novice Youth Showmanship: Invest In Tats Rhythm, exhibited by Megan Rottenborn
- Masters Amateur Showmanship: Tramps Invitation, exhibited by Shirley Kafesjian
- Novice Amateur Trail: Tramps Invitation, exhibited by Shirley Kafesjian
- Green Trail: Invest In Tats Rhythm, exhibited by Melissa Sachs
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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. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.