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Ranch Horse Classes Post Gains at APHA World Show

A division frequently showcasing Western performance-bred bloodstock, ranch horse classes, saw significant increases in participation at the recent American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Show, the association reported.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based registry announced Novice Amateur ranch classes saw a 77% increase from the 2019 World Show. Amateur Ranch class entries remained steady while Open ranch horse classes saw a 22% increase. Open Solid Paint-Bred ranch classes increased by 50% over last year.

A number of horses in this year’s ranch horse classes were sired by reining or cutting-bred stallions, with offspring by reining stallions Gunners Special Nite and the late Colonels Lil Gun bringing home multiple world championships.

Officials with the APHA said the 2020 World Show as a whole saw big increases across the board.. Overall, APHA World Show entries were up 12% across all disciplines with 1,536 horses competing at the event—an increase of 18.7% over the (combined) total horses in 2019.

Cutting classes in particular saw a very large increase in participation, an upsurge that officials attribute in part to the Chrome Cash incentive program.