The APHA World Show will host an invitational for high-point Western riders in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association. • Photo by Waltenberry.

APHA World Show to Host IHSA Western Invitational

An invitational class for the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) 2020 Western Regional Open division high-point riders will be held at the 2020 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Championship Show.

The APHA World Championship Show, scheduled for Sept. 21-Oct. 4 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, will offer Open, Amateur and Youth divisions. It also marks the first time IHSA will participate in the APHA event and kicks off a new partnership between the two organizations. Schedule details will be announced by APHA when they are confirmed.

“We are excited that the APHA has offered this class to our Western high-point riders,” IHSA Executive Director Peter Cashman said in a statement. “It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our members and our organization at a major event. We look forward to working with the APHA.”

The IHSA 2020 Western Regional high-point riders are invited to participate, and horses will be provided. Though the show is produced by APHA, the riders will randomly draw their mounts and the division will be run much like the IHSA classes. The invitational class will be a two-phase competition with a horsemanship and a reining phase.

The IHSA has showcased their Open level hunter seat riders at events like the Longines Masters New York and the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. The APHA World Championship Show will be the first-ever standalone feature class for IHSA Western Open riders at a world-class competition.

The class will be one of the only remaining show opportunities for riders in the IHSA, which earlier this year canceled its remaining competitions due to the coronavirus.

“APHA is very excited about the opportunity to host this event,” APHA Senior Director of Judges, Shows & Education David Dellin said. “This will be an awesome opportunity for young equestrians to experience the Paint Horse and the APHA World Show.”

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