Colorful horses helped riders shine in the pen during the inaugural Challenged Horsemen and American Paints Western pleasure classes June 29 at the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show.
Held in conjunction with the Appaloosa Horse Club’s Challenged Horsemen and Appaloosas program, CHAMPS offers an avenue for qualified riders to compete with the horses they love. Eight riders competed in either independent or supported walk-jog Western pleasure classes, exhibiting big smiles and flashy horses to the judges and supportive crowd, which included an AjPHA cheering section.
Created in January 2015, CHAMPS offers qualified riders an avenue to show their Paints and earn APHA points and year-end awards. Any breed of horse may participate in CHAMPS, however, only registered Paints are eligible to earn APHA points and year-end awards. Learn more about CHAMPS and contact the APHA Performance Department to learn more about hosting CHAMPS events.
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.