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Youngsters shine in inaugural APHA World Show Youth Yearling Futurity Project

By Josie Fladager

[Edited 10/19/22 following World Show result revisions by APHA]


Reese Byers of Wichita, Kansas, and CC Blameless prevailed as overall Youth Yearling Futurity Project champions at the 2022 APHA World Championship Show. CC Blameless is a 2021 sorrel overo gelding by Vituous and out of My Madamoiselle; she was bred by Kellie Nihiser and is owned by Byers and Truesdell of Maize, Kansas.

Exclusively for AjPHA members, the project featured Youth who worked with yearlings to prepare them for up to three different show classes: halter, longe line and showmanship. Each competitor kept a record book as they trained and cared for their yearlings, and only to the Youth member was permitted to handle and train their horses after April 1 of this year.

Each of the three classes counted for 30 percent of exhibitors’ overall scores; their record book accounted for the remaining 10 percent. The project was open to yearlings of any breed, with extra incentives for those showing Paint Horses. Nine Youth participated in the inaugural competition.


1st Place: Reese Byers & CC Blameless (pictured above, left)

2nd Place: Avery Lynn Maxwell & VS Fancy Heartthrob (pictured above, right)

3rd Place: Angelica Zizza & Certified V Eye P

Showmanship Class Winner: Madison Peters & You Had Me At Cowgirl

Halter Class Winner: Reese Byers & CC Blameless

Longe Line Class Winner: Angelica Zizza & Certified V Eye P


Full Results: apha.com/worldshow/results

More information on the Youth Yearling Futurity Project: apha.com/youthfuturityproject


[Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal and a link provided back to apha.com.]


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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.