2018 NRHA Futurity News

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12-2-18: NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Results

12-1-18: A Smoking Run leads to the 2018 NRHA Open Futurity Champion

11-30-18: Cool As Ice – Fappani Wins 2018 NRHA Cinch Non Pro Futurity

11-28-18: NRHA Open Futurity Finalists are Determined

11-28-18: 2018 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships – Vol 1

11-27-18: Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya Lead Open Semifinal / Morgan and Tracy Tinseltown Win Non Pro Go-Round

11-26-18: 2018 NRHA Futurity in Full Swing

11-25-18: 2018 NRHA Non Pro Futurity Underway

11-24-18: 2018 NRHA Open Futurity First Go Complete

11-23-19: Second Day of 2018 NRHA Futurity Complete

11-22-19: 2018 NRHA Futurity Underway

11-21-18: Freestyle Reining Returns to NRHA Futurity

11-21-18: The NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion’s Ring

12-15-18: NRHA Futurity Entries on the Uptick

NRHA Futurity Entries on the Uptick

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – As reiners from across the globe pack to make the trek to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for the largest reining horse show in the world, they should be pleased with preliminary entry tallies. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show promises to be buzzing with significant increases in this year’s aged event entries.

Overall, total NRHA Futurity entries in both the open and non pro divisions (levels 1-4) are up nearly 11% over final 2017 numbers. In the open, 398 horses will vie for the championship title (versus 370 in 2017), and 200 horses will come through the gate in the non pro (versus 192 in 2017). The following chart breaks down the entries in each level and lists the respective percentage increase.

OPEN – Entries (as of 11/15/18)

  • Level 4 = 398 (up 8%)
  • Level 3 = 305 (up 10%)
  • Level 2 = 234 (up 12%)
  • Level 1 = 176 (up 33%)
  • TOTAL = 1,113 (up 13%)

NON PRO – Entries (as of 11/15/18)

  • Level 4 = 200 (up 4%)
  • Level 3 = 169 (up 6%)
  • Level 2 = 137 (even)
  • Level 1 = 118 (up 26%)
  • TOTAL = 624 (up 7%)

Late entries and transfers between the open and non pro divisions are still possible, so these numbers may change prior to the event.

During the NRHA Futurity, the world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors, and more, visit nrhafuturity.com.

Photo by Waltenberry

Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity

Fernando Salgado Wins SWRHA Billingsley Ford Open Futurity on Stars And Sparks 

The Southwest Reining Horse Association Billingsley Ford Open Futurity was held Saturday, October 27, at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This year, the Futurity featured a record number of entries – 112! That’s up from 75 in 2017.

“We were thrilled to see the increase in Open entries this year,” said Cheryl Cody, President of Pro Management, Inc., which manages the event. “We know there are many places for our exhibitors to compete, and we’re glad they joined us here in Ardmore.”

Billingsley Ford has been a sponsor of the SWRHA Futurity for several years. “Billingsley Ford has been an important part of this event for many years, and that’s why I, along with many other reiners, choose to buy vehicles there,” Cody said.

With top riders from across the country converging in southern Oklahoma for a last-chance run through before the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma City, it was Fernando Salgado of Aubrey, Texas, who topped the leaderboard.

Salgado was riding Stars And Sparks, by A Sparkling Vintage out of Belle Starr Dun It, owned by Oldenburg Farm LLC. Salgado, who works for Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, had his eye on the talented mare long before he ever got to ride her. “I always saw Tom riding her and she looked really nice, and one day he came to me and said he thought I should ride her since I’m in the Level 3, and they wanted to put some earnings on her to be a broodmare one day. I was very, very happy,” he recalled.

Stars And Sparks lost some time near the beginning of the year, but was able to show at the Tulsa Reining Classic. “She was ok, but still showing some green spots. At the beginning of this week I schooled her, and didn’t plan to show her here, but Mandy said I was going to. She thought I was ready and that it was best or the mare and me to get ready for Oklahoma City. She entered us without me knowing it.” He added, “It ended up working. I love that mare. She fits me really well!”

Salgado actually won the SWRHA Futurity two years ago with the same score, and then went to Oklahoma City and made the Level 4 finals. “I hope I can do it again this year! This show is really important. It’s our test drive for the futurity and it pays so well. It lets us know where we need to work more,” he said. “I had a bad show in Arizona and my confidence level was low, but this was great.”

Salgado has worked for the McCutcheons since the beginning of 2018. “It has been perfect. They take care of me, support me, and I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I thank them for the opportunity, and the whole team. Thank you to my wife Sabrina who is with me good and bad.”

In addition to checks totaling $25,988, the win (and the win of the Level 3 Open) came with an SWRHA Golf Cart and a saddle sponsored by Scottsdale Western World.

Yonathan Baruch finished in second with Ready N Willing (Walla Walla Whiz x Dainty Dunit), owned by Rodion Cantacuzene. They also finished Reserve in Level 3, for earnings totaling $10416.

Ann Salmon and Tinseltown Joe Win Billingsley Ford Open Level 2 

Former SWRHA President Ann Salmon piloted Tinseltown Joe to win the Open Level 2 with a 220, earning $3,695. The pair also placed in the Level 3, worth an additional $3,280. It was a special win for Salmon, who raised the young stallion. “We raised him, my husband started him, and I have been riding him ever since. A very good friend of ours, Dr. John McCarroll, owns him, so it’s a real family project,” she said with a laugh.

Salmon noted that Tinseltown Joe, by Hollywoodstinseltown out of Joe Cat Jac, was a little bit of a late bloomer, but that changed around August. “He didn’t know if he really wanted to be a reiner, but one day he just woke up and said, ‘This is easy!’ and he’s been a dream ever since. This is our third show, and he just keeps getting better. He’s actually better in the show pen than the warm up. I don’t know how he knows, but he just gets focused,” she said.

With the Futurity a month away, Salmon explained her plan to make things smoother. “We’ll get it a little cleaner, easier, and dynamic, because it’s tough in Oklahoma City,” she said.

Although she resigned from the board a few years ago, Salmon still loves the SWRHA Futurity. “This show has been going on a long time. We’re so happy that it continues to be successful. It’s fun to win a little piece of it. It is a lot of fun to be able to just come and enjoy it, especially with a horse like this,” she said. She added, “Thank you to John for letting me show this horse, believing in us, and being a wonderful customer to be a partner with.”

Max Fontana and Wimpysred Gaylena Win Billingsley Ford Open Level 1 

With a score of 216.5, Max Fontana and Wimpysred Gaylena held on to win the Open Level 1 Championship and the reserve title for the Level 2. It was the first big win for the pair, who won $4,126. “I’m very happy. I was a little nervous, but she was really good today. It was our second to to show, and she was very comfortable through all the maneuvers,” Fontana said.

Wimpysred Gaylena, a mare by CFR Centenario Wimpy out of Baby Red Gaylena, is owned by Mary Scott Brown of San Angelo, Texas. Fontana began riding her in May of 2017. “We started training and felt she had a good disposition and ability and a good feel. She’s very smart and that helped me. She’s very talented and steps up every day,” he said.

Originally from Italy, Fontana now works at XCS Ranch. “I worked with him a long time ago. He helped me very much on all the horses. I think I have a very good opportunity to ride with him,” Fontana said.

There was a three-way tie for third in the Level 1 between Lee Deacon and Benz Special Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Best By Benz), Joe Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya (Lil Joe Cash x Gunners Blonde Chic), and Marie Kleiner and Xtra Voodoo Shine (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Xtra Vintage Step). All marked a 216 to win $911.

Mandy McCutcheon and Whizzenintothenite Win OE Nutraceuticals Non Pro Futurity 

The OE Nutraceuticals Non Pro Futurity was held Friday, October 26, at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The one go-round event provides reiners looking towards Oklahoma City a chance to compete for big money and last-minute experience. It was the first year that OE Nutraceuticals has sponsored the event, and representative Lisa Stafford was on-hand to discuss the products and present awards.

Mandy McCutcheon and Ms Whiz Dunit won the SWRHA Level 4 Non Pro Futurity in 2013. This year, McCutcheon returned on Ms Whiz Dunit’s foal Whizzenintothenite to win this year’s championship with a 220.

“He’s by Gunners Special Nite and we raised him. There are definitely a lot of similarities between him and his dam – they both have a lot of personality,” McCutcheon recalled. “He was good everywhere. I think I had a little turn penalty one way, but other than that he was really pretty solid the whole way.”

McCutcheon has only shown Whizzenintothenite one other time, and the result was less than stellar. “It didn’t go great. I feel better about the (NRHA) futurity after this,” she said. The Championship came with a check for $5,411. The McCutcheon’s also accepted the SWRHA Golf Cart for Turnabout Farm, owner of Gunners Special Nite.

McCutcheon, her son Cade and daughter Carlee, will all compete at this year’s NRHA Futurity, but there’s still a question about who will show what horse in Oklahoma City. “We’re still trying to decide who’s showing what, so the good news about this one is that he’s too little for anyone but me and Carlee,” Mandy said with a laugh. “Cade has been riding five so he has to decide which ones he wanted to give up.”

Mandy actually rode one of Cade’s horses, Cody Vintage, for the first time at the SWRHA Futurity, and won the Reserve title with him. “Cade’s been showing him all year and doing all the training on him. He did a great job getting him ready. He’s very broke, and really easy and fun to show,” she said. The Reserve Championship was worth an additional $3,293.

As always, McCutcheon credited her team for her success. “It takes a village to get us ready. Debbie Brown has done a lot of work on the horse, and Fernando Salgado has ridden that horse a little for me. When I got here, Dell Hendricks gave me a few pointers circling. I try to pick everyone’s brain,” she said. “Tom, Debbie, Fernando, Cade – they’re all amazing.”

Lawrence, Brown, and Russell Tie for OE Nutraceuticals Non Pro Levels 3-1 Championships! 

There was a three way tie for the Championship of the OE Nutraceuticals Non Pro Levels 3-1 with all exhibitors scoring a 215.5. George Lawrence, Stoney Russell, and Jillane Brown all also tied for third in the Non Pro Level 4. Lawrence won $4,815.37, while Russell and Brown, who also tied for the Prime Time title, took home $5,512.

Lawrence was riding his horse Time For The Gunshow, by Gunners Special Nite out of Miss Timed To Shine. “He was really pure in there. He turned really well. We could have stopped better, so we’ll work on that, but he was good. He was about as honest as it gets,” Lawrence said. “I didn’t have a game plan for today. We just winged it and he was fun.”

George and his wife Chloe purchased the gelding as a yearling. While Luke Gagnon rode the colt for half of his two year old year, George and Chloe have been the main ones training and riding him with help from Casey Deary. “The horse is good. I just need to make fewer mistakes as a rider. The fewer I make, the better he’s going to be,” Lawrence said.

The OE Nutraceuticals Futurity was the colt’s second event, having won a little over $1,000 at the Tulsa Reining Classic. Lawrence’s mother, a fan of the show Vikings, named the colt, by Gunners Special Nite out o Miss Times To Shine, after the show’s protagonist Ragnar. It’s an unlikely moniker for a horse that Lawrence said, “Like’s cookies. He’ll drag you to a cookie jar!”

Jillane Brown purchased her mare KR Ima Dream from Casey Hinton. “I bought her from him at the Denver show where he did well with her. I’ve had her a couple weeks. She’s with Sam Smith now, and I love her,” Brown said. “We were just wanting to go in and have a nice quiet run. I knew she’d be there in my circles for me, so I ran here harder there. I wanted to be quiet in my turnarounds, and knew she’d be there in my stops. She nailed every stop.”

KR Ima Dream is by Magnum Chic Dream out of KR Ima Tejon. “She’s sweet, quiet and curious, and very good-minded,” Brown said. The next stop for the pair is the NRHA Futurity, and Brown noted that the win in Ardmore was a big confidence booster. “Thank you to Sam for all his work, and to Casey for selling her to me.”

Stoney Russell of Longview, Texas, didn’t expect his score with Whata Special Nite to hold, so after competing he went back to work. “I went early in the draw. Mathieu called me before the end and said it was still holding, but I couldn’t get back for the awards in time,” Russell said.

Stoney and his wife Stuart purchased Whata Special Nite, by Gunners Special Nite out of SLJ Sweet N Juicy, from Lindy Longfellow. “We went and rode him. He was actually for my wife, and for some reason they didn’t fit, so we swapped horses,” Stoney said. “He’s a really nice horse. He’s good-minded and when you walk into the pen there is nothing that bothers him.”

Stoney showed “Big John” at the Tulsa Reining Classic, and marked a 215.5, placing in the top five. Unfortunately, he hadn’t entered the Level 4 because it was the pair’s first event. “I should have. This time Stuart put us in everything and it worked well,” he said.

Stoney noted that Mathieu Buton has been riding Big John to get him prepared for the upcoming events. “I feel a lot better about Oklahoma City after this. Mathieu has been riding him for me and is catching him up because he was just a little behind,” he said. “I thank my wife Stuart, and Mathieu who has done a wonderful job. Thank you also the SWRHA who has put on a really good show.”

2018 German Breeders Futurity Results

2018 German Breeders Futurity Results
October 6-13 – Kreuth, Germany

Gennaro Lendi and Colonels Dancing Gun Outshine and Conquer the Open Breeders Futurity Championship 

Carlo Ambrosini and Saturdaynight Tag top the Non Pro Futurity

Kreuth, Germany – Provided by Simona Diale / NRHA Germany – The NRHA Germany Breeders 4-year-old Open and Non Pro Futurity finals matched the weather in Kreuth: Beautiful.

Gennaro Lendi & Colonels Dancing Gun

A repeat of the 3-year-old Snaffle Bit Futurity, the 4-year-old Open Bit Futurity kept the [over 3,000] spectators glued to their seats until the very last horse-rider-combination: Gennaro Lendi and Colonels Dancing Gun. Aboard the stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Dance Little Spook, owned and bred by Quarter Dream Srl, the Italian professional, with a 228 score to beat, performed all the maneuvers outstandingly and, once he closed his run, a 231 appeared on the score board.

“I truly felt the pressure when I walked in the arena but tried to leave that feeling in the warm up pen,” said Lendi who in April also conquered the 2018 NRHA European Futurity Open Championship with his mount. “This is a great horse with a lot of potential. I tried to concentrate completely and when we concluded with his last incredible stop, I knew we had marked what we needed to top the competition. I would like to thank all my team and Pietro [Marseglia] for being such a phenomenal owner. In this moment, my thoughts go to the amazing horses who lost their lives on the road at the end of September. This victory is dedicated to them and to their owners.”

Reserve honors went to German Dominik Reminder who posted the 228 to beat riding Call Me Mr Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Arc Sassy Snapper), a stallion owned and bred by Elisabetta Zoccorato. “My horse was incredible tonight and I cannot hide the fact that although I am truly happy with this result and with the way he showed … I would have been happier had we won — it’s the name of the game!” said Reminder with a smile.

Rudi Kronsteiner & HA Handsome Harry

L3 – HA Handsome Harry and Kronsteiner

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner conquered the highest spot of the podium in the L3 division with HA Handsome Harry between the reins. The stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Chic Peas, owned by Bernice Engel and bred by Hillis Akin Family Partnership, and the Austrian rider in the saddle performed to a 226.5. “I got this horse in training at the beginning of the year and he’s been good from day one. Winning this title is great but what makes the outcome of this show even sweeter is the fact that Carlo [Ambrosini] took home both the level 4 and 3 Non Pro championships,” said Kronsteiner, head trainer for Ambrosini Quarter Horses, Italy. “We came here with 12 futurity horses and made the finals with 10 … I’m really happy!”

Oliver Stein & Shine Lil Whiz

L2 – Shine Lil Whiz and Oliver Stein

Taking the L3 reserve championship as well as the L2 championship with a 218.5 was German Oliver Stein who rode Shine Lil Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Lil Wanda), a stallion owned and bred by Silke Stein. “I’m really happy with the way this horse my wife and I bred went here tonight,” said Stein. “In the qualifier he stumbled but we managed to make the finals and this result is great; I trained and rode his mother, who was really an easy horse to show, and he has taken quite a few traits from her which is great!”

Fellow country man Alexander Ripper closed his ride a half-a-point behind aboard Will Work For Guns (Gunner x Fabulous Footwork). He took home the reserve championship aboard the stallion owned by Dalila Okbani-Machs and bred by David Silva Jr.

Petra Van Ede & Cee U In Tinseltown

L1 – Cee U In Tinseltown and Petra Van Ede

Dutch Petra Van Ede rode Cee U In Tinseltown (Hollywoodtinseltown x Miss Wimpy Hollywood) to the L1 Championship for owner and breeder Gisela Haas with an outstanding run worth 221. “I love this mare so much and, considering the fact that a bobble in the qualifier kept us out of the other levels, winning the level 1 is just great,” said Van Ede. “This is the last show of the year for us so closing with this results is special.” The reserve championship, with a 213, went to Elias Ernst of Germany riding Painted Star Partners’ Valentine Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Mi Mega), a mare bred by John Covington.

Carlo Ambrosini and Saturdaynight Tag top the Non Pro Futurity

Carlo Ambrosini and Saturdaynight Tag (Saturdaynight Custom x Kachina Tag), last to enter the Ostbayernhalle arena in the Non Pro Futurity seeded finals, captured both the L4 and L3 NRHA Germany 4-year-old Futurity Championships with an amazing run worth a 221 score. The gelding, bred by Ambrosini Quarter Horses, and his rid

Carlo Ambrosini & Saturdaynight Tag

er also have the 2018 NRHA European Futurity L4 and L3 Championship under their belts. “My parents gave this horse we bred for my 17th birthday so bringing home this second important title this year is pretty amazing,” said Ambrosini. “I really wanted to go in and win because I knew we could do it — when I heard our score I was thrilled. A special thank you goes to all the Ambrosini team, my girlfriend Francesca, my best friend Andrea Pedrotti, to my parents and to my trainer, Rudi Kronsteiner. I could not have done this without them all.”


Stephanie Blessing-Kuenzli & RB Lil Ruf Two

L2 & L1 – Stephanie Blessing-Kuenzli and RB Lil Ruf Two

Ambrosini had a score to beat; the 217 posted by Stephanie Blessing-Kuenzli aboard her RB Lil Ruf Two (Lil Ruf Poco Peppy x GP Amelia Pocodo), a stallion bred by Thomas Kühnel. The Swiss rider settled for reserve honors in both the L4 and L3 and celebrated her win in both the L2 and L1 divisions. “This is a pretty cool and special horse that I’ve had since the beginning of the year,” she said. “I came here with the goal of trying to bring home a championship because I knew he could do it. I am thrilled with these titles.”

Tying for reserve honors in the L2 with a 213.5 score were Germans Pia Borgwald and Sharpshiner (Sharp Dressed Shiner x Walla Wanda Whiz), a gelding bred by Pia Kalle, and Andreas Dick riding A Shining Gun (Shine My Gun x Lady Buena Freckles), a stallion bred by Maile/Ludwig. The latter also took reserve honors in the L1 division.

Youth – Georgia Wilk and ND Kit Kat Spark

Claiming the NRHA Germany Bit Futurity Youth Championship with a 210.5 was 16-year-old Georgia Wilk of Germany aboard her ND Kit Kat Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x ND Miss Sailor Jac), a mare bred by Nathalie Derua. The young rider purchased the mare as a yearling and broke and trained her herself. A few months prior to the Futurity, Wilk and her mount rode under the guidance of Guy Zemah, head trainer for La Mesa Performance Horses LLC. Reserve honors went to Julia Boppelar, also of Germany, who reined Helga Boppeler’s Hollywood Shiningboy (Sharp Dressed Shiner x Dun Spun Around), a gelding bred by La Mesa Performance Horses LLC., to a 205.5.

Bernard Fonck soars and reins Spook Sunburst to the NRHA Germany 3-year-old Open Breeders Snaffle Bit Futurity; 

Anita Ernst sweeps the Levels 4, 3and 2 Non Pro Championships

Bernard Fonck & Spook Sunburst

With a whopping 228 score, Bernard Fonck and Spook Sunburst (Great Sun Burst x All About Spook), a gelding owned by Koen Symoens, claimed the Level (L)4 Open NRHA Germany Breeders Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship. Last to enter the Ostbayernhalle arena, the NRHA Million Dollar Rider had to beat the 225.5 scored by Cira Baeck aboard David Perneel’s NF Shining Whiz (Colonels Shining Gun x Whowhizthispeppychic).

“My intention was not to lay down that kind of run, but he was there for me, he’s an incredible athlete, and I knew that I could ask and he would deliver,” said Fonck about the gelding bred by Manuel Bonzano. “He reminds me so much of his sire [Great Sun Burst] who I won so much on, and I know exactly what buttons to push!” Just as enthusiastic was owner, Symoens, who has been involved in Belgian western riding first, and then reining, since 1985.

Emanuel Ernst & I Am Charlie

Baeck, who qualified all three of her mounts for the finals, was enthusiastic about her evening. “I’m so happy with the way all three of my horses performed tonight,” she said. “They are all great and did so well for me. The level of competition here was really high and it’s great for our sport.”


L3 – I Am Charlie and Emanuel Ernst

In the L3 division Emanuel Ernst riding I Am Charlie (Gun Chic Nic x DP Nicatrash) took top honors after performing to a 224 score for owner Jacqueline Seger.

Levin Ludwig & Einsteins Resolve

L2 & L1 – Einsteins Resolve and Levin Ludwig

Winning the L2 and L1 divisions with a 221 was Levin Ludwig aboard Hans Isler’s Einsteins Resolve (Einsteins Revolution x Charlys Smart Miss).

Anita Ernst & BH Salin Withatwist

Non Pro Snaffle Bit Futurity – Anita Ernst BH Salin Withatwist

Anita Ernst and her own BH Salin Withatwist (Sailin Playboy x BH With A Twist) took top honors in the Levels 4, 3 and 2 NRHA Germany 3-year-old Snaffle Bit Breeders Futurity Championships. Draw 28 in a field of 29 finalists, the German rider thrilled the crowd and the judges with her run worth a 219. “Winning on a mare that we bred is the best thing that could ever happen. It was a tough final and I could not be any happier,” said Anita. Making the win even sweeter was the L3 Open Snaffle Bit Championship her husband, Emanuel Ernst, claimed in the Open the same day. Tying for the reserve championship in the L4 were Andrea Pedrotti riding Saturday Big (Saturday Night Custom x Kachina Tag) and Maria Otten aboard The Spook Coop (Best Spook x Kaliz Golden Happily). Both riders closed their run with a 213.

Kerstin Müller & Voodoowhiztictrick

L1 – Kerstin Müller and Voodoowhiztictrick

The Level 1 Championship, as well as the L3 and L2 reserve championships, went to Kerstin Müller and Voodoowhiztictrick (Shiners Voodoo Dr x MP Huggamuggawhiz), a stallion bred by Susanne Duiker.

The NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity offers a 3-year-old Snaffle Bit Futurity and a 4-year-old Open Futurity. Over 300 horses made their way to compete in the prestigious Futurity as well as the full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes, German Equestrian Federation (FN) Senior, Junior and Young Riders, and NRHA Germany Championship classes.

Media contact: Simona Diale, International Horse Press
Cell: +39 340 5454629
Photos courtesy Tom Hautmann • Photo & Design


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Paint Horse exhibitors walk away with more than $900,000 in cash and prizes at 2018 APHA World Show

More cash, more entries, more horses, more fun events spell success at #PaintWorld

FORT WORTH—The American Paint Horse Association is celebrating the successful conclusion of its 2018 World Championship Show, which was held September 17-30 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Over 1,120 horses were on display generating more than 16,000 entries, all vying for more than $900,000 in cash and prizes. The show saw an increase in both entries and horses over the 2017 World Show.

APHA named 205 world champions over the course of 14 days, and held a total of 299 classes. Forty-four U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, Denmark, Mexico and Sweden were represented.

The show saw an increase in several key areas over the 2017 Open/Amateur World Show including Amateur Walk-Trot classes (up 40%), Novice Amateur classes (up 8%), Amateur Solid Paint-Bred performance classes (up 15%), Amateur halter classes (up 47%), Breeders’ Futurity classes (up 12%) and added-money classes (up 42%).

The Breeders’ Trust Pleasure Stakes classes saw impressive payout increases with a total payout of $78,360—a 15.8% increase over 2017. The 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stakes alone paid over $35,000 with the winner taking home $10,526. The Breeders’ Trust Pleasure Stakes consist of Western pleasure and hunter under saddle classes in two age categories each—2-year-olds and 3- and 4-year-olds.

APHA once again welcomed cutters to Fort Worth for the American Cutting Horse Association (ACHA) Cowtown Cutting. The event drew 211 entries and 81 horses came from all around to compete for more than $23,000 in prize money.

In addition, APHA partnered with the World Conformation Horse Association (WCHA) to offer big money to halter enthusiasts through two premier halter events: the APHA World Championship Show and the (all-breed) WCHA Breeder’s Championship and Big Money Futurities. All in all, more than $500,000 was up for grabs for halter horses—that included more than $118,000 in APHA Platinum Breeders’ Futurity classes, over $31,000 in Gold Breeders’ Futurity payouts, $20,000 in the Breeders Halter Futurity bonus payouts, $18,750 from the Lynn Simons Memorial Halter Futurity and $314,000 in the WCHA Breeder’s Championship and Big Money Futurities. The WCHA events alone drew 705 entries.

All in all, APHA show entries totaled 15,215 (3,043 x five judges) bringing the total entries for all combined events to 16,131.

In addition, the knowledge and skills of young judges were put to the test September 20 during the APHA HorseIQ World Championship Judging Contest, held in conjunction with the APHA World Show. Featuring both collegiate (junior and senior) and youth (18 & under) divisions, the contest presented both team and individual awards in halter, performance, reasons and overall. Black Hawk College Team A took home the top spot in collegiate teams overall while Hunt County 4-H captured the overall top youth team victory.

With the help of some dedicated APHA sponsors, two lucky Amateur competitors walked away with incredible prizes September 25 at the 2018 APHA World Championship Show, just by entering Amateur classes at the event. Through a random drawing of entrants in select Amateur classes, Scott Woodall of Edmond, Oklahoma, took home a custom APHA Western performance saddle with an estimated value of $15,000. The saddle was provided by APHA World Show sponsor Harris Leather & Silverworks. In addition, every entry into all Amateur classes at the show qualified exhibitors for a random drawing for a three-horse slant gooseneck trailer with an estimated value of $20,000. The trailer was provided by Platinum Trailers in conjunction with APHA corporate partner Cowboy Trailer Sales. Denise Vick of Taylorsville, North Carolina, was the lucky winner.

The American Paint Horse Foundation also held the inaugural Marked For Greatness Gala on September 26 in conjunction with the World Show. This free event—held at Whiskey Ranch just 15 minutes from the show grounds—drew over 150 attendees ranging from World Show exhibitors to business partners, and offered food, fun and spirits while educating guests on the association’s upcoming move to the world-famous Fort Worth Stockyards.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s show,” said APHA Executive Director Billy Smith. “The increase in participation has been outstanding, but the increase in prize money back to the competitors has been unbelievable to watch. All of this combined confirms our members like what we are doing and that is what it’s all about.”

Watch for more World Show wrap-up information in the December 2018 issue of APHA’s official publication, the Paint Horse Journal.

About APHA and the Open/Amateur World Championship Show

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded in 1962. Its mission is to promote, preserve and provide meaningful experiences with Paint Horses. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit apha.com or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at facebook.com/americanpainthorse or on Twitter @APHANews.

The World Championship Paint Horse Show features the finest gathering of Paint Horses from around the globe. APHA hosts two annual world-class competitions to showcase the talents of American Paint Horses and their owners. The second in the series, the Open/Amateur World Championship Show takes place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth’s cultural district.

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