The American Paint Horse Association has selected a number of NRHA events for this year's buckle incentive. • Photo by Molly Montag

Select NRHA Events Part of 2018 Paint Reining Buckle Incentive

The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) will once again offer its reining buckle incentive program at select National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) events.

Beautiful custom Gist Silversmith trophy buckles will be awarded to the highest-placing Paint Horses in select classes at the following events:

  • National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas
  • Carolina Reining Classic in Tryon, North Carolina
  • Rocky Mountain Summer Slide in Denver, Colorado
  • Low Roller Reining Classic in Nampa, Idaho
  • Southwest Reining Horse Futurity in Ardmore, Oklahoma

Classes have been selected by APHA and will vary from show to show, but they’ll include Open and Non-Pro aged events as well as ancillary classes like Non-Pro, Green Reiner, Rookie and/or Youth in an effort to reach a wide variety of competitors.

For aged events, the award will go to the highest-scoring Paint Horse from the finals, beginning with the highest level. For ancillary classes, the Paint Horse must be shown in both days of the ancillary classes, and scores will be added together to determine the award winner.

To be eligible for the buckles, the exhibitor must be a current APHA member and the horse must be registered with APHA (or have registration paperwork submitted on site). Participants must sign up for the incentive program with on-site APHA representatives by 5 p.m. the day before the event’s first go begins.

Staff from the APHA will be at the five events to assist those participating with membership, registration and transfer paperwork. To sign up, locate the onsite APHA representative and fill out an entry form. Ask the event’s show office for more details.

The five shows included in the buckle program are also part of a group of NRHA events that are approved for APHA World Show qualification.

The 2018 World Show, held Sept. 17-30, features more than $40,000 added money for reiners in leveled challenge classes (no qualifying required) in addition to world championship events.

For details, contact APHA Director of Shows Amanda Cormack at [email protected] or (817) 222-6416.

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