A new national championship is coming to the Virginia Horse Center.
Two American Paint Horse Association National Championship shows will debut this year, featuring an Eastern and Western championship event. The Eastern championship will take place in Lexington, Virginia, on March 21-24, 2019.
Sponsored by the American Paint Horse Association, the APHA National Championships will each be four-judge shows offering APHA points and national championship titles. Qualifying is not required. The Western event will be held in Las Vegas in October. Exhibitors may compete at both championships.
The Eastern championship will be managed by Kathy Avolt and An Equine Production. An Equine Production is one of the country’s leading horse show management groups, managing approximately 125,000 entries annually.
Classes available at the Eastern National Championship include halter, all-around events, 2-year-old longe line, ranch, reining and speed events.
“We are excited to present this new slate of shows for APHA members and provide more top-level competition opportunities for Paint lovers in different areas of the country,” Senior Director of APHA Events Holly Slaughter said. “Just like our APHA World Shows, our National Championships are designed to be exhibitor-friendly, fun and full of prizes; these shows are sure to be can’t-miss events of the year.”
The two national championships show are in addition to the APHA World Show, which will be held Sept. 16-29, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas