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The American Paint Horse Association will offer APHA buckles to horses at several big reining events in the United States as well as Europe. * Photo by John O'Hara.

APHA Buckles Offered At Select Reining Events

Riders of American Paint Horse Association (APHA)-registered horses will compete for APHA buckles in addition to the regular prizes at two big European reinings and several events in the United States. 

The hardware, offered through the Paint Reiner Buckle Incentive, will be offered at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity and the Italian Reining Horse Association Championship.

The Texas-based association announced it will be at the show Nov. 20-28 in Cremona, Italy, to distribute the rewards.

The buckle incentive program rewards APHA members riding registered Paint reiners—to qualify, participants must sign up in advance of their classes and must have a current APHA membership; participation is free. To sign up for the buckle incentive program, look for the representative on site: APHA Professional Horsewoman Helga Hommel. She also may be reached by phone (+49 160 95692458) or email (helga.hommel at gmx.net).

European Sites

At this event, APHA will award beautiful Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles to the high-placing Paint participant in four select classes:

  • NRHA European Futurity―Open Level 4
  • NRHA European Futurity―Non-Pro Level 4
  • Italian Championship― Para-Reining
  • Italian Championship­―Youth

Other Program Locations

APHA buckles were also awarded at:

  • Florida Reining Classic in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Summer Slide in Denver, Colorado
  • National Reining Breeders Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Low Roller Reining Classic Idaho in Nampa, Idaho

The APHA awards custom jackets at the incentive program’s sixth and final event of the year, the NRHA Futurity, November 26–December 5 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.