2016 APHA Open/Amateur World Show

2016 APHA Open/Amateur World Show Successfully Concludes With Increases In Key Areas

Courtesy of APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is celebrating the successful conclusion of its 2016 World Championship Show, which was held November 2-13 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

In addition to naming 181 world champions over the course of 12 days, APHA held a total of 289 classes and paid out more than $600,000 in cash and prizes.

The show saw an increase in entries in several key areas over the 2015 Open/Amateur World Show including Amateur Halter classes (up 6%), Amateur Solid Paint-Bred performance classes (up 21%), Open Solid Paint-Bred performance classes (up 30%) and added money classes (up 4%).

When the dust settled and the final champion was named, the show had 925 horses with a total of 2,703 entries. Forty states as well as Australia, Denmark, Canada and Mexico were represented.

Farnam’s 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddles Stakes classes and the Farnam Non-Pro 3- and 4-Year-Old Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle Stakes paid out more than $70,000 to horses that had been consigned to the 2015 Stakes Session of the Farnam/APHA Breeders’ Trust Select Sale.

APHA once again hosted the American Cutting Horse Association’s (ACHA) Cowtown Cutting November 12 and 13, an all-breed cutting event attracting 70 horses and 187 entries. The Cowtown Cutting consisted of 20 classes and paid out $24,660.

In addition, held in conjunction with the APHA World Show, APHA and the United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) co-hosted the USTRC Cowtown ShootOut team roping at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum November 11-13 offering an extra $5,000 cash bonus for the high-money earning registered Paint horses in addition to the regular prize line.


“This year’s show was particularly positive,” said APHA Executive Director Billy Smith. “And seeing increases in several areas is always a bonus. A huge thanks goes out to all exhibitors and show staff for making this year’s event a success. Now, we turn our attention to the new show dates in September 2017 and making the next APHA World Show better and more exciting than ever.”

Watch for more World Show wrap-up information in the January 2017 issue of APHA’s Paint Horse Journal.