The second installment of the American Paint Horse Association’s (APHA) Fall World Championship Show is now complete. Thanks in part to adding new classes and to being able to repeat the split format introduced last year, entry numbers for the Open & Amateur show were up to 2,013 with 956 horses. Forty-two states plus Canada, Australia and Mexico were represented during the course of the show, held November 4-13 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
APHA added thirteen Amateur Solid Paint-Bred classes to the Fall World Show lineup, which created momentum for increased participation in those classes going forward. Other new classes included 3-Year-Old Western Pleasure and 3-Year-Old Hunter Under Saddle. The Breeders’ Futurity program added 15 classes for 2010, and APHA offered a jackpot for all entries in the barrel racing classes that was well supported and paid out $2,025.
Over 10 days, APHA named 139 World Champions and awarded over $450,000 in cash and prizes. Large payouts drew entries in the slot and Breeders’ Futurity classes. Sixty-five entries competed for $134,000 in 13 slot classes; 75 entries competed for $36,500 in the Sweepstakes and Challenge classes; while 101 entries vied for $95,400 in the 29 Breeders’ Futurity classes. In total, APHA paid out $267,925 in cash at the Fall World Championship Show.
Amateur All-Around awards were presented on the evening of November 9th following the second annual Hart Non-Pro Versatility Challenge sponsored by Hart Trailers.
· All-Around Classic (19-44) Amateur
Chelsea Bain of Scottsdale, Arizona, showing
Sensational Blonde—8-year-old sorrel overo mare (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
· Reserve All-Around Classic (19-44) Amateur
Heather Lynn Meyer of Tucson, Arizona, showing
Real Fancy Footwork—7-year-old bay overo mare (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
· All-Around Masters (45+) Amateur
Kelli Foster of Mount Pleasant, Utah, showing
Fleets Serenity—12-year-old sorrel overo gelding
· Reserve All-Around Masters (45+) Amateur
Jo Ann Niffenegger of San Dimas, California, showing
Loots Encore—13-year-old sorrel overo gelding
· All-Around Novice Amateur
Jennifer Schexnayder of New Roads, Louisiana, showing
Sexy And Sensational—4-year-old sorrel overo mare (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
· Reserve All-Around Novice Amateur
Lisa Seccomb of Ferndale, Washington, showing
Hot Zippity Spot—5-year-old bay tovero gelding (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
· Hart Non-Pro Versatility Challenge
Heather Lynn Meyer of Tucson, Arizona, showing Im Original
The Open awards ceremony, held November 13th, marked the conclusion of World Championship classes at the Fall World Show.
· All-Around Open Horse & High-Point English Horse
The Big Sensation—7-year-old sorrel overo stallion (Breeders’ Trust nominated & subscribed)
Owned by Merritt Equine Ventures LLC of Kilgore, Texas
· Reserve All-Around Open Horse & Super Gelding
The Sensational Copy—3-year-old sorrel overo gelding (Breeders’ Trust nominated)
Owned by Sharnai Thompson of Pilot Point, Texas
· High-Point Western Horse
Calicos Top Gun Star—6-year-old bay tobiano mare
Owned by Woody & Madeline Hickman of Dallas, Texas
· High-Point Exhibitor
Sara Beth Simons of Aubrey, Texas
Socials, Shopping & Sponsors
Exhibitors at the Fall World Show were treated to complimentary food and beverages by four groups during the course of the show: the Amateur Welcome Reception was sponsored by Ron & JoAnna Shelly; and exhibitor socials were sponsored by corporate sponsor Purina Mills; World Show sponsor Platinum Performance; and Rodrock Ranches, home of A Scenic Impulse. The socials, which were held on the John Justin Arena concourse, were fun for everyone in attendance and offered a variety of food selections prepared by Coburn’s Catering.
The Colors of the Season Gift Show was open daily in the Brown-Lupton exhibit hall with approximately 50 vendors and a wide assortment of items ranging from art to tack to jewelry and as large as tractors and trailers.
The Fall World Championship Show was made possible in large part from the support of APHA sponsors. Corporate: Gist Silversmiths, Hart Trailers, Markel Insurance Company, New Holland, Purina Mills and Superpages.com. Event: Alliance by Lynn Palm Saddles, Arena Werks, Big D, Blue Ribbon Custom Tack, Hodges Badge Company, Metro Golf Cars, Montgomery Photographics, Paint Horse Journal, Paint Horse Racing, Platinum Performance, and Western Horseman Magazine.
Overall, the 2010 World Championship Paint Horse Show series hosted 4,048 entries by 1,535 registered American Paint Horses. The APHA World Shows are non-qualifying events through 2011. All registered American Paint Horses are welcome. In 2011, the Summer World Championship Show will become the Youth World Championship Show; and all Open & Amateur classes will take place during the Fall World Championship Show.
Full results, class entry listings, daily news highlights, and winner photos can be found at aphaworldshow.com/fall/.