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Executive Committee approves changes to 
APHA World Show Qualification requirements for 2013 shows

Fort Worth, TX—The Executive Committee of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) recently approved changes to qualification requirements for their World Shows. The association hosts two World Show competitions annually: the AjPHA Youth World Show in the summer, and the APHA World Show for Open and Amateur exhibitors in the fall.

 APHA’s qualifying requirements are strictly participation-based on the horse, rather than on points earned. In 2012, the first year of World Show qualification for the APHA World Show series, horses were to have been shown at four different APHA-approved events, with a minimum of eight judges total during the qualifying period. Exceptions were made for young halter and performance horses, in addition to those whose discipline-specific classes were not offered in their area.

 With one full qualification cycle now complete, APHA’s governing body was able to determine changes needed in the qualification requirements in the best interest of the exhibitors and the association. Dramatically fewer variance requests will be approved going forward now that the concept is no longer in its infancy.

 Qualification requirements remain the same for the majority of horses. Changes are listed in bold type below.

 Horses being shown only in the following classes are not required to qualify due to time constraints and age of horse:

·      Weanling halter

·      Yearling halter

·      Broodmares (must meet broodmare eligibility as outlined in Rule SC-175.L.f.)

·      Yearling Longe Line and Yearling In-Hand Trail

·      Two-year-old performance horses

·      Three-year-old performance horses

 Horses being shown only in the designated specialty disciplines listed below (Regular Registry and Solid Paint-Bred) must compete at two (2) different APHA-approved show events, with a minimum of four (4) judges total during the qualifying period. Horses may be shown in any state, regardless of residence, to qualify – participation is the key.

·      Cutting

·      Working Cow Horse

·      Ranch Sorting

·      Roping

·      Goat Tying

·      Speed Events

·      Over Fences (except Hunter Hack)

A limited number of exemptions will be granted to horses based on classes not offered during the qualifying year in the owner’s zone.  Exemption will be granted to horses whose owners reside in that zone only in the classes that were not held. If a horse is qualified by the exemption, the horse must be entered in that class to be eligible to compete at the World Show.

 Read the complete World Show qualifying requirements on APHA’s website in the “Qualifiers” section at or, or at

 In 2012, some 2,476 horses successfully qualified for the Youth World Show by participation, while another 2,743 qualified for the Open/Amateur World Show in the fall.

 “We hope that adjusting the participation requirements for those horses with specialized skills will make it more realistic for them to compete at the World Show level in the coming year,” said Holly Slaughter, APHA Senior Director 

APHA Board of Directors Approve Rule Changes at 2012 Convention
Significant rule changes and actions were taken at the 2012 APHA Convention October 4–6 at the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. During the Board of Directors meeting, 18 rule changes were voted upon; two rule change proposals were defeated and 16 passed.
Four of the passed rule changes are profiled below. For complete information regarding all the rule changes approved for implementation, visit
· The Board of Directors approved a resolution that would provide that APHA business be conducted in one annual business meeting in the first quarter of the year. In 2013, the APHA Workshop will still be held in the second quarter; however, there will be no APHA Convention in 2013. Beginning in 2014, the APHA Convention will be held in the first quarter and it will be the sole annual business meeting going forward. The exact 2014 date and necessary adjustments to the Official APHA Rule Book will be determined after careful consideration by the Executive Committee, Rules Committee and staff.
· Rule RG-070-1 was passed adding a provision for horses with both sire and dam registered with AQHA, Jockey Club or the combination of these two registries. Effective January 1, 2013 (applications must be postmarked after January 1, 2013), horses eligible for registration with the American Quarter Horse Association or the Jockey Club will be eligible for registration with APHA if they meet the specific registration requirements which includes new color specifications. The qualifying area must be a minimum of four inches of solid white hair visible from a direct side view. Excessive white on the head or lower legs will not qualify the horse, nor will white areas located on the lower portion of the horse’s abdomen.
· Rule SC-060 was passed adjusting the point tabulation schedule. In the event a class only has two entries, the first place horse will be awarded ½ point. In classes of three to five entries, the first place horse will receive 1 point, and the second place horse will receive ½ point.
· Rule AM-205 was passed allowing an individual to re-qualify as a Novice Amateur in a category if they have not earned any performance points, money, or a World Champion or Reserve World Champion title in any recognized equine association in that category within the previous 10 years.
“We enjoyed a terrific Convention,” APHA Executive Director Billy Smith said. “We celebrated our 50th anniversary in style, hosted a big reception at our headquarters and welcomed our inaugural class of the APHA Hall of Fame.”
“Two rule changes will be very significant to our future operations,” Smith continued. “The move to one annual business meeting per year delivers important benefits. We’ll be conducting our preparations and the business of the association more efficiently and at less expense to the organization and the members who travel to attend. We feel combining the two meetings also will promote even better attendance.”
Commenting on the new registration rule Smith said, “This creates the opportunity to welcome new members—and the timing is really good for them because those completing registrations by February 28, 2013, can take advantage of our special 50th anniversary membership promotion.”
All approved rules will go into effect on January 1, 2013.
Download the Official APHA Rule Book today. Learn more about the rule change process at; any APHA member, standing committee, the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee or the APHA staff may propose a change to the Official APHA Rule Book. Rule change proposals are due January 15, 2013.
About the American Paint Horse Association
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is the world’s second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its global mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members' experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves over 64,000 active youth and adult members around the world. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at or on Twitter @APHANews and @WorldShow.

APHA Regional Clubs Secure SponsorshipsAPHA awards $1,000 sponsorships
to 30 regional clubs. Good things come to those who ride Paints. For 30
American Paint Horse Association regional clubs, this modified proverb
rang true at the annual APHA Workshop May 31–June 2. The funds are for
use at a regional club sponsored show or for a one or two judge show
hosted by the club in 2012. Each sponsorship recipients received $1,000
from APHA; they include: ·      Arizona Paint Horse Club·      Arkansas
Paint Horse Club·      Ark-La-Tex Paint Horse Club·      British
Columbia Paint Horse Club·      Carolina Paint Horse
Club·      Delmarva Paint Horse Club·      Dixie Paint Horse
Club·      Eastern Idaho Paint Horse Club·      Garden State Paint
Horse Club·      Iowa Paint Horse Club·      Minnesota North Star Paint
Horse Club·      Missouri Paint Horse Club·      Montana Paint Horse
Club·      Nebraska Paint Horse Club·      Nevada Paint Horse
Club·      New England Paint Horse Club·      New Mexico Paint Horse
Club·      North Dakota Paint Horse Club·      Northern Michigan Paint
Horse Club·      Ohio Paint Horse Club·      Ontario Paint Horse
Club·      Pacific Northwest Paint Horse Club·      Pennsylvania Paint
Horse Club·      Rainier Paint Horse Club·      Southeastern
Oregon·      Southwest Paint Horse Club·      Tennessee Paint Horse
Club·      Utah Paint Horse Club·      Virginia Paint Horse
Club·      Washington State Paint Horse Club “I think it is a great way
for APHA to get funds down to struggling clubs and has been received
well by club members,” said former APHA President Linda Vance, a
Washington State Paint Horse Club affiliate member. Sponsorships are
allocated every other year. To be considered, clubs apply through APHA
Awards Coordinator Julie Haney; contact her at (817) 834-2742, ext.
404, or Application requirements and rules can be
found at