FORT WORTH, Texas — The National Appaloosa Show, an annual event that first started in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1948, is the nation’s oldest single-breed championship event. The show has grown from its first show of 47 entries to over 2,000 entries this year.

There was no shortage of Appaloosa versatility exhibited as open and non-pros participated in over 160 classes during the first week in Fort Worth. The show kicked off with cattle events, and over the course of the show, horses and exhibitors competed in everything from ranch to halter to hunter under saddle classes, all vying for coveted National Championship titles.

The World Championship Appaloosa Youth classes began on Monday, July 1st commencing a busy week ahead for 18 & under competitors. Youth exhibitors not only competed with their horses for World Championship titles, but also in the Team Tournament, AYA Speech Contest, Boot Scramble, Scavenger Hunt, and Wheelbarrow Race, and the Dennards Western Wear Egg Toss. The first ever AYA movie night was held on Friday, where youth and their families gathered to watch Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

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The Champion of Champions competition was a highlight of the show, taking place prior to the Team Tournament Parade and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 6. Equitation exhibitors from across disciplines competed for the coveted trophy, buckle, neck sash, roses, and (new this year) a $1,000 scholarship. This unique competition encourages individuality and creativity as riders perform a self-choreographed pattern to music of their choice.

Many exhibitors and spectators will gather again in Fort Worth to compete and take part in the athleticism, versatility and color of the historical Appaloosa breed for the World Championship Appaloosa Show to be held Oct. 25 to Nov. 2, 2019.

Grand Champion Mare: Shes Got Guns owned by Gregory Baldwin of Erie, Pa.

High-Point Masters Non-Pro: Dr. Ted Zajac, III of Coopersburg, Pa.

Champion Non-Pro Showmanship/ Equitation Exhibitor: Elizabeth Horn of Bath, Pa.

Reserve High-Point Youth Walk/ Trot Exhibitor, 10 & Under: Evelyn Pearl Bitner of Columbus, N.J.

Zippos Sensation High-Point Youth Over Fences Award: Alexus Hartman of McClure, Pa.

To find out more about the 72nd National Championship Appaloosa Show & 2019 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, or other ApHC events, visit www.appaloosa.com.

The Appaloosa Youth Association (AYA) is the youth affiliate of the Appaloosa Horse Club. Officially approved in 1981, the AYA was the first youth program developed to complement an equine breed association.

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was established in 1938 with a mission of honoring the heritage and promoting the future of the Appaloosa horse. 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.

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