April 2, 2015--Nearly $80,000 has been added to reining, cutting and working cow horse classes at the 2015 APHA World Championship Show. When added to the existing $50,000 Farnam Pleasure Stakes payouts and more than $500,000 in additional cash and prizes, there are more reasons than ever to saddle up for the world’s premier Paint Horse show.
Taking place November 4–14 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, the APHA World Show features the largest single gathering of Paint Horses competing in more than 275 classes during the 10-day show. The additional $77,000 in added money represents an investment by the association to help magnetize reining, cutting and cow horse exhibitors to the show, segments of the industry that represent areas of potential growth for APHA.
“We want to do for the cattle and reining events what our Farnam stakes program has done for young pleasure horses and our Breeders’ Futurity program has accomplished for the halter industry,” APHA Executive Director Billy Smith said.
Following is a breakdown of the added money for these events:
• $15,000 4-, 5- & 6-Year-Old Reining Challenge*
• $15,000 Non-Pro 4-, 5- & 6-Year-Old Reining Challenge*
• $5,000 3-Year-Old Reining Challenge
• $5,000 Non-Pro 3-Year-Old Reining Challenge*
Working Cow Horse—$18,000
• $7,500 4- & 5-Year-Old Working Cow Horse Challenge*
• $7,500 Non-Pro 4- & 5-Year-Old Working Cow Horse Challenge*
• $3,000 Non-Pro Limited Working Cow Horse Challenge*
• $3,500 Non-Pro Cutting Challenge, All Ages*
• $3,500 3-Year-Old Cutting Challenge
• $3,500 4-Year-Old Cutting Challenge
• $3,500 5- & 6-Year-Old Cutting Challenge
• $1,500 NCHA Open Cutting **
• $1,500 NCHA Non-Pro Cutting **
• $1,000 NCHA Amateur Cutting **
• $1,000 NCHA $2,000-Limit Rider Cutting **
* New for 2015
** New NCHA-approved all age, all breed class
All Challenge classes as noted above are open to Regular Registry Paints only; the NCHA-approved classes, however, are all age, all breed classes that take place in conjunction with the APHA World Show.
Qualification for the APHA World Show is based solely on participation at events during a designated period—for 2015, that’s August 1, 2014–July 31, 2015. Requirements vary based on the horse’s age and events in which they’ll compete, so visit oawcs.apha.com/qualifiers for details. Select NRHA, NRCHA, NCHA and ACHA events are approved for qualification for the 2015 APHA World Show—details are on apha.com.
Is your horse eligible for APHA registration, but the paperwork hasn’t been completed? It’s not too late to register your Paint and take advantage of these great opportunities. Registering your Regular Registry, Solid Paint-Bred or cropout Paint Horse is easy—visit apha.com or click on the links above for more information or contact our MemberCare Team at (817) 222-6423 to learn more.
The APHA World Show features several other added-money opportunities, along with more than 180 world championship titles. They include:
• $50,000+ Farnam Pleasure Stakes—select added-money classes for 2-, 3- and 4-year-old Paints, made eligible by their participation in the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Select Sale. In 2014, these four Western pleasure and hunter under saddle classes paid out $65,000.
• Breeders’ Futurity—a prestigious competition that showcases the offspring of Breeders’ Trust stallions and the mares bred to these stallions as they compete for approximately $156,000 in classes that span halter, Western pleasure, hunter under saddle, barrel racing, reining, longe line and in-hand trail.
• Challenge & Sweepstakes Classes—added-money events that offer horses an opportunity to earn more than $100,000 in events that include Western pleasure, hunter under saddle, cutting, reining, ranch sorting, ranch riding and barrel racing.
• USTRC Cowtown ShootOut—a U.S. Team Roping Championship-produced all-breed roping that takes place concurrently with the APHA World Show, in which APHA awards $5,000 in bonus payouts to riders aboard registered American Paint Horses.
National Snaffle Bit Association, Southern Belle Breeders’ program and speed-event jackpots also featured added money, taking place during designated classes on the schedule.
For more information about the APHA World Show, visit oawcs.apha.com—the show schedule and forms are usually posted in late July—or call (817) 222-8455.