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Inaugural APHA Fall Championship Show features young talent, exciting action and big cash

FORT WORTH, TEXAS— The American Paint Horse Association’s (APHA) much-anticipated inaugural APHA Fall Championship Show will be held Nov. 6–15 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center complex in Fort Worth, Texas. Formatted to allow a longer period of time for young horses to mature before competing on a world-class level, it will feature world championship title classes for weanling and yearling halter, yearling longe line and 2-year-old performance horses. It will also showcase new added-money and jackpot classes, slot classes and select Challenge and Sweepstakes classes. The show will pay out an estimated $500,000 in added money.

Owners can now take advantage of extended deadlines and sign up for all non-slot classes without penalty any time until 5 p.m. the evening before the class.

Big rewards

In addition to the world championship title classes being offered, exhibitors and owners have a lucrative opportunity to maximize their payouts with the available slot classes, where there is an estimated payout of $332,750.

There are several slot classes scheduled, including: weanling stallions and geldings, weanling mares, yearling longe line, yearling stallions, yearling geldings, yearling mares, 2-year-old novice horse hunter under saddle, 2-year-old novice horse Western pleasure, 3- and 4-year-old hunter under saddle and 3- and 4-year-old Western pleasure.

Dual-approved classes offered

Make your success count for more with the dual-approved classes that will be available. All Fall Show reining classes are also approved with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and several hunter under saddle and Western pleasure classes are also approved with the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA).

Reining classes include: 3-year-old reining challenge, non-pro reining sweepstakes, limited division reining sweepstakes and the freestyle reining. To be eligible, horses must hold NRHA competition licenses and both the owner and exhibitor must have current NRHA memberships. This is not mandatory in order to show in the class; just to get credit with NRHA.

Hunter under saddle and Western pleasure classes include: 3-year-old hunter under saddle challenge, 3-year-old Western pleasure challenge and other select classes. To be eligible, both the owner and exhibitor must be current NSBA members. This is not mandatory to show; just to get credit with NSBA.

For more information, visit the NRHA and/or NSBA Web site or contact Candy Cain at (817) 834-2742, extension 416 or ccain@apha.com.

Take home your future winnner

Be sure to check out some of the finest Paint Horses in the industry at the debut APHA Fall Championship Show Select Sale, managed Professional Auction Services and presented by Markel Insurance on November 8 at 2 p.m. in the W.R. Watt Arena. Download entry forms today at http://www.professionalauction.com or call (800) 240-7900.

Bid on this year’s fundraiser filly

Paint enthusiasts will have one last opportunity to take home Gay Bars Christi—the American Paint Horse Foundation’s fundraiser filly—during the inaugural APHA Fall Championship Show Select Sale. Originally donated by breeders Floyd and Maryann Moore of 6-J Paint Horses in Huntsville, Texas, the royally-bred yearling will be available this fall due to the kindness of the winning ticket-holder from this summer’s World Championship Paint Horse Show, Elka Daroga of Bayside, Wis., who donated the filly back to the Foundation. All proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s college scholarship program.

The sorrel tobiano has been trained by Amy Andreson of the Barn at Cedar Hill in Cedar Hill, Texas, for yearling longe line, in-hand trail and halter classes and is currently learning under-saddle and ground-driving skills in preparation for her 2-year-old year. The filly’s education was made possible by Phil and Susan Drawdy of C.S. Acres of Fort Pierce, Fla.

To learn more about Gay Bars Christi and the Foundation, visit http://aphfoundation.org/filly.html.

Fall Show sponsors add more

Several supporters are making the inaugural APHA Fall Championship Show a success, including: Barnmaster, Big D, Chase, Coors, Equine Sports Medicine, Gist Silversmiths, Hart Trailers LLC., Hodges Badge Company, Kiser, Markel Insurance Company, Metro Golf Cars, National Snaffle Bit Association, National Reining Horse Association, New Holland, Paint Horse Journal, Paint Racing News and Pfizer Animal Health.

For more information

APHA hosts more than 1,200 shows annually and is proud to add this new premiere event to the list. For details and updates about the inaugural Fall Championship Show, visit aphafallchampionship.com or call APHA at (817) 834-2742.


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