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Youngsters shine in inaugural APHA World Show Youth Yearling Futurity Project

By Josie Fladager

Madison Peters of Vail, Arizona, and You Had Me At Cowgirl prevailed as overall Youth Yearling Futurity Project champions June 28 at the APHA World Championship Show. Madison usually shows in Youth 11-18 Walk-Trot classes, but since those aren’t offered at the World Show, she was excited to try training a yearling for the new event.  “Prada,” a 2021 bay overo filly by The Original Cowboy and out of Suddenly Chexy (QH), was exactly the challenge she needed, and Madison says she was excited to present the filly at the 2022 World Show.

“She is just so willing and she loves her job. She’s always willing to try new things, no matter what I ask of her,” Madison said.

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: Madison Peters & You Had Me At Cowgirl (pictured above, center)

2nd Place: Reese Byers & CC Blameless (pictured above, left)

3rd Place: Avery Lynn Maxwell & VS Fancy Heartthrob (pictured above, right)

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


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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.