Popularity is growing in the stock horse world for Ranch Horse Pleasure classes, and the American Paint Horse Association opted to include a new class for the discipline at the upcoming APHA Open/Amateur World Championship Paint Horse Show.
The second of two premier events hosted by the association annually, the Open/Amateur World Show is slated to take place Nov. 6-17 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.
A Ranch Horse Pleasure Sweepstakes with $1,750 added offers followers of this popular new discipline an opportunity to shine on the World stage. The sweepstakes format means qualifying is not required for participation. Additionally, the Association is waiving the late fee for Ranch Horse Pleasure entrants for the introductory year. Part of the added money for the class is sponsored by Farnam, while the remainder comes from APHA. At this time, the Ranch Horse Pleasure Sweepstakes class is open only to Regular Registry Paint Horses.
By the numbers, the 2013 APHA World Show has something for everyone —with 240 total classes. And while the majority of 168 World Championship classes require qualification in order to participate, 109 do not require qualification.
•240 total classes
•168 World Championship classes
•109 non-qualifying classes
•106 Open division classes
•90 Amateur & Novice Amateur division classes
•35 Solid Paint-Bred classes
•56 Breeders’ Futurity classes
•17 new classes
•$79,250 added money (excluding Breeders’ Futurity and Farnam Stakes payouts)
•99 opportunities for affiliate recognition
•18 Intermediate Exhibitor classes (class-within-a-class)
•8 Southern Belle Breeders’ classes (class-within-a-class)
•2 NSBA Stallion Incentive Fund classes (class-within-a-class)
Additional activities —Boot Camp, Ride the Pattern, Gift Show, Sale, Clinics
Besides the classes in the arena, APHA has added other activities for exhibitors and spectators to get more enjoyment out of their time at the World Show. The pre-show Amateur Boot Camp will offer a full day’s worth of honing skills and polish for Amateur and Novice Amateur exhibitors who are interested in getting help from industry professionals. Held on Nov. 5, Boot Camp will be followed immediately by APHA’s “Ride the Pattern” seminar. Ride the Pattern is a free opportunity for all exhibitors to hear from a World Show judge what the judges will be watching for — while the patterns are being demonstrated live.
The Farnam Breeders’ Trust Sale festivities kick off Nov. 9 with the Sale Preview Party. The following day, November 10, the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Sale Preview will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Sale will begin at 6:30 p.m. Two sessions will be held: the first for Breeders’ Trust horses of any age, or those in foal to a Breeders’ Trust stallion; the second for yearlings whose owners are making them eligible to compete in the 2014 Farnam Sale Stakes classes (with anticipated payout exceeding $50,000).
Two free clinics are scheduled, which are open to World Show attendees and the community at large. On Nov. 9, horse trainer and Chrome columnist Kalley Krickeburg will demonstrate her “pre-saddle training” methods in the Watt Arena. On Nov. 10, dog trainer and Chrome columnist Hilton Butler will share techniques he uses successfully in his work.
Shoppers will find a wide array of treasures and holiday gift items in the Colors of the Season Gift Show. Now with an expanded venue, the gift show will be open daily during the World Show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours the weekend of Nov. 8-11. Interested vendors may contact Shannon Rogers at 817-222-6433.
Full details, tentative class schedule, premium books and class entry forms are available online at www.aphaworldshow.com. Entries are accepted until 5 p.m. the day prior to the class. £