The focus is on the youth at The AjPHA Youth World Show will showcase the talent of both the Paint Horse breed and the young people who exhibit them with 73 world-title classes in a full array of disciplines, in addition to a handful of assorted other classes specifically for the youth competitors.
The fun begins as youth from across the country converge to compete for world championship titles, share in common experiences, and make memories with nine full days of horse show classes and a large array of other youth activities. The Association has received 1,284 class entries to date.
World championship titles will be awarded in a full gamut of classes: leadline, walk-trot, halter, showmanship, English performance classes, Western performance classes, speed events and cattle events. APHA has added Novice Youth Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences to the lineup and reining classes are dual-approved by the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). The only youth class that will not be held at the summer event is youth cutting, which will be held in conjunction with the remainder of the cutting classes this fall at the Open & Amateur World Championship Paint Horse Show, November 2-12.
The Youth World Show is more than a horse show – with dozens of activities planned that don’t require a horse to be involved.
- Youth Boot Camp
Designed to give those youth competing at the World Show who don’t have the opportunity to work with a trainer a chance to receive hands-on instruction from industry professionals in preparation for the World Show experience. APHA professionals will assist the youth with feedback and helpful hints for horsemanship, equitation and showmanship.
- AjPHA Year-End Awards Banquet
Before World Show classes begin, AjPHA recognizes the top youth competitors for their 2010 year-end achievements at the AjPHA Year-End Banquet & Dinner on Friday, June 24. Advance tickets required.
- Paint For A Day Youth Open All-Breed Show
We “zing the bling” and make it fun at Paint For A Day on Saturday, June 25. All breeds of horses are welcome, and each entrant receives a free AjPHA membership. All will have a great day of learning about the Paint Horse industry, making new friends and being able to show their horse. Plus, you’ll get a chance to take in the sights and sounds of a World Championship Paint Horse Show.
- Hart Youth Horse Judging Contest
One of the largest competitions of its kind, the AjPHA Judging Contest will be held on Sunday, June 26. Individuals and teams can compete in two age divisions (13 & Under or 14-19) as well as two categories (Open and AjPHA/APHA Regional Club). Top individuals and teams take home great awards. The high-point individual in each age division will receive a special $500 award presented by the event’s presenting sponsor Hart Trailers. High-point teams in each age division and category will receive Gist buckles.
- AjPHA National Convention
The largest meeting of the year for all “j” members, and a prime opportunity to help shape the future of the youth Association. Youth will vote on their national directors, hear about rule changes, vote on by-law changes and elect the AjPHA Executive Committee on June 28.