One of the largest gatherings of Appaloosa horses in country will be assembled in Fort Worth, Texas June 22-July 4 for the 68th National Appaloosa Show and 2015 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show.
The 13-day competition will feature the nation’s most talented Appaloosa horses and their riders competing for trophies, ribbons, belt buckles, prize money and National and Youth World Championship titles. Highlights during the 68th National Appaloosa Show include the ApHC Breed of Choice Incentive classes, National Snaffle Bit Association Dual-Approved classes, and new to this year's event, the Challenged Horseman's Competition classes (CHAPS). The prestigious Texas Equine Mercantile (TEM) Sweepstakes, generously sponsored by TEM will be held on Monday, June 22, and Tuesday, June 23. The eligible sweepstakes classes are Yearling Halter, Junior & Senior Hunter Under Saddle, and Junior & Senior Western Pleasure; all exhibitors will be contending for multiple awards, including cash prizes. On Friday, June 26, the ApHC will host the Dennard’s Western Wear Egg toss, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.
At the completion of the non-pro and open events, some of the toughest youth competitors in the country will take center stage to compete at the 2015 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show. Disciplines including Western, English, Halter and the one-of-a-kind horse-against-horse speed events will all be showcased. In addition to the horse and rider competition, youth can take part in several extracurricular activities while in Fort Worth. Some of the many exciting events available to attending youth are the Youth Judging Contest, the Appaloosa Youth Association Speech Contest, the Team Tournament Challenge, the Champion of Champions Competition and the Youth World Show Boot Camp, where skilled trainers donate their expertise for the day.
In addition to the exciting competition and activities offered at the show, shoppers can find all of their western lifestyle needs at the World of Color Gift Expo. The World of Color Gift Expo will have everything from custom Appaloosa apparel to home décor. Visit vendors daily from 9 am to 6 pm in the Brown Lupton South, John Justin Lobby and John Justin Concourse.
The ApHC would like to thank the many sponsors who made this year’s show a possibility. To find out more about the National Appaloosa Show and 2015 World Championship Youth Appaloosa Show, visit www.appaloosa.com and click on the link to the National Show. For those who would like to watch from home, 3-2-1 Action Video will be offering web cam coverage throughout the course of the show. Updates and results will be posted regularly on the ApHC website and Facebook page.
The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was established in 1938 with a mission of preserving, promoting and enhancing the Appaloosa breed. The ApHC has since registered more than 700,000 Appaloosas, which are known for their distinctive color, intelligence and even temperament. True to their reputation as an extremely versatile breed, Appaloosas can be found in nearly every discipline including racing, endurance riding and serving as reliable family horses. The international breed registry is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, the heart of the Palouse region—the Appaloosa breed’s namesake and point of origin.