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AjPHA Offers Full-Week of Activities at 2007 World Championship Paint Horse Show

Special team roping highlights Youth fund-raiser at premier event

FORT WORTH, Texas—The American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) will debut a special team roping competition for the first time ever at the 2007 World Championship Paint Horse Show, taking place June 24- July 7, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Benefit Team Roping Competition

At the team roping competition, which will be held June 26, team

members will be on foot and attempt to rope a goat. Teams can

register the day of the competition and begin roping at 3 p.m. for

only $10 per team. All proceeds will benefit the association’s youth

and scholarships programs.

Since 1983, more than 170 students have been awarded with 450

American Paint Horse Foundation scholarships, worth more than $448,500.

The charitable roping will consist of separate divisions for Youth,

Amateur and Open competitors. Everyone who wishes to compete is

welcome, regardless of experience. The roping will be a timed event,

with three progressive go-rounds— meaning teams must make a legal

catch in order to move on to the next round. Each roper is eligible

to rope with the same partner in the same position twice. After roping with the same partner twice, competitors are then welcome to switch positions or partners to continue roping.

“We are excited to include this new fund-raising event at the World

Show,” said AjPHA Director of Youth Activities Betsy Francis. “It is

a creative way to get all ages involved and it benefits a good cause.”

Getting the Week Started

World Show Youth classes begin June 24 and continue through June 28, offering a variety of individual and team-oriented contests. Youth of

all ages are sure to take an interest in the largest display of Paint

Horses in the world. However, youngsters can start getting in the

action as early as June 22 when the AjPHA Year-End Banquet kicks off

the week’s festivities.

Youth will be recognized at the banquet for their outstanding

achievements on their horses and in their local communities during

the 2006 show season. Following the presentation, AjPHA members can relax with their friends from near and far at the AjPHA Party and

Dance. Admission is $1 to benefit the AjPHA Leadership Conference,

which is held annually in October.

All Youth are invited to attend the AjPHA National Convention and Ice

Cream Social on June 23, before any performance classes begin. This

important meeting addresses issues directly affecting AjPHA members, and the 2007 AjPHA Executive Committee will be elected at the annual meeting. This year, a motivational speaker will present an exciting, short seminar on the topic of leadership.

Youth Team Tournament

The Youth Team Tournament provides all AjPHA members with a fun way to get involved with or without Paint Horses. The Team Tournament

features four team-oriented events such as hippology, parade of teams

and knowledge relay, along with several performance classes.

The Team Tournament starts June 23, beginning with the hippology

contest. Youth teams from across the country will participate in several competitions over the course of two days in hopes of being named the 2007 Youth Team Tournament Champions. Each registered team

selects four team members to represent their state in the hippology

contest, where youth are tested on their comprehensive equine knowledge.

Another portion of the Team Tournament, the knowledge relay, will

entertain all who attend, beginning at 7 p.m. Teams of four are tied

together and required to complete obstacles often seen on a trail

course while answering horse-related questions. The team with the

fastest time wins.

The Team Tournament wraps up June 24 with the performance classes, parade of teams and presentation of awards. Team members compete in showmanship, horsemanship, walk-trot, barrel racing and hunt seat equitation while trying to garner the most points for their

respective teams.

At the conclusion of the performance classes, teams will change

costume and represent their state in the annual parade of teams. Each

team is given two minutes to prove to a panel of judges why it should

be the parade of teams champion, in a themed parade-style competition.

Directly following the parade of teams, the Youth Team Tournament

champions will be announced at the awards presentation. Results for

each Team Tournament category will be presented and prizes will be

awarded at this time.

For the Young in Age

Activities abound for those short in stature, including a stick horse

contest and belt buckle coloring contest. The stick horse contest,

sponsored by Gist Silversmiths, is open to all youth under the age of

seven. Entrants demonstrate how well they can show their stick horse

at a walk, trot and lope. Judges also consider the exhibitors’ show

attire.

Youngsters also have the opportunity to show off their artistic

skills in a belt buckle coloring contest. All entries are due by noon

on June 28.

Judging Contest

The annual AjPHA Judging Contest is scheduled to take place June 29,

with an awards breakfast on June 30. The well-known contest,

sponsored by Hart Trailers of Chickasha, Okla., is expected to draw

100 teams. Contestants evaluate four horses in several halter and

performance classes, followed by a presentation of oral reasons to a

panel of judges. Entry forms and full details are available online.

For more information about any of the AjPHA activities slated for the

2007 World Championship Paint Horse Show, contact the Director of

Youth Activities at (817) 834-2742, extension 248.

APHA sponsors continue to add support

APHA will pay out over $230,000 in cash and $170,000 in prizes at

this year’s event thanks to associate, corporate and World Show

sponsors. The list of corporate sponsors includes Barnmaster, Chase

Bank, Gist Silversmiths, Hart Trailers, HorseCity.com, Markel

Insurance, New Holland Tractors; and Pro Orthopedic.

The World Show sponsors are Blue Ribbon Saddlery, Metro Golf Cars,

Paint Horse Journal; and Paint Racing News.

Hodges Badge Company is a 2007 World Show association sponsors.



More about the largest Paint Horse show on Earth

An annual non-qualifying event for registered American Paint Horses,

the World Show feature 183 classes, including five challenge series

classes and four sweepstakes events. A select sale, a gift show and

many other special activities will also be offered.

All World Show activities take place at the Will Rogers Memorial

Center, an 85-acre equine complex with three air-conditioned arenas,

located in the heart of Fort Worth’s cultural district.

The World Show has experience steady and sustained growth throughout the years. Last year 4,524 entries, 1,400 of which were youth

competitors, competed at the world’s largest Paint Horse event. More

than 1,800 horses are expected to compete at the 2007 World Show.

Early class entries, as well as stall and RV reservations are due May

1, 2007. The World Show Premium Book will be available in March with

a complete schedule, forms and other pertinent information regarding

the show. A complete version can be downloaded in PDF format at

aphaworldshow.com.

For more information about the World Show, including a complete

schedule, list of accommodations, entry details and visitor

information, please visit aphaworldshow.com or call APHA at (817)

834-2742.



PHOTO: In addition to a special new team roping competition, Youth are

invited to get involved with the AjPHA's annual Youth Team Tournament contest at the 2007 World Championship Paint Horse Show, set for June 24–July 7. Won by the Utah Junior Paint Horse Club in 2006 (shown here), the event features four team-oriented events such as hippology, parade of teams and knowledge relay, along with several performance classes. Photo by Jessica Smith

 

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