Zone 1 welcomes the Northwest Paint Horse Championship for the third year to Albany, Oregon. The Northwest Paint Horse Championship takes place in conjunction with the annual Zone 1 Show August 11–14 at the Linn County Fairgrounds.
Zone 1 will designate 15 classes as Northwest Paint Horse Championship events, in addition to a complete roster of regular Zone show classes. Exhibitors and horse owners wishing to enter Northwest Paint Horse Championship classes must reside in Zone 1: Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
APHA-sponsored awards for Northwest Paint Horse Championship classes include championship buckles by Gist Silversmith and medallions for second through sixth place.
The following Northwest Paint Horse Championship classes will be offered this year:
- Youth Halter Mares
- Youth Halter Geldings
- Amateur Halter Mares
- Amateur Halter Geldings
- Amateur Walk-Trot Horsemanship
- Amateur Walk-Trot Western Pleasure
- Classic Amateur Horsemanship
- Classic Amateur Hunter Under Saddle
- Classic Amateur Hunt-Seat Equitation
- Classic Amateur Showmanship
- Masters Amateur Showmanship
- Novice Amateur Showmanship
- Senior Western Riding
- Green Trail
- Senior Trail
In addition, exhibitors are encouraged to come early Aug. 10 for a valuable training opportunity.
“New this year, Robert Dehn is offering a trail clinic the day before our show starts,” Zone 1 Show Committee Member Shannon O’Dell said. “We’re excited about this opportunity for our Zone 1 exhibitors.”
Since its 2014 pilot program and full launch in 2015, APHA’s Paint Horse Championships have provided a competitive avenue for APHA members who have not placed in the Top Five in halter classes or the Top 10 in respective performance classes at the APHA World Championship Show within the past five years. The program was designed to foster local competition and participation for exhibitors and their Paints outside of the World Show.
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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.