APHA Eastern National Championship coming to Virginia Horse Center in March

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

View the tentative show schedule

 

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Local teen named AJPHA Youth Member of the Year

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Madison Martin

Madison Martin, 15, of Evington, Virginia, is the definition of a well-rounded individual, excelling in academics, the community and the horse show industry.

Martin was recently named the 2017 AJPHA (American Junior Paint Horse Association) Youth Member of the Year and has been named secretary of the AjPHA Executive Committee.

“I was not expecting to win [the Youth Member of the Year] and was very surprised,” Madison said. “I know a lot of great people applied for it, so it’s an honor to be member of the year. I actually got the call I had won it on my birthday, which was a great present.”

Youth Member of the Year is presented annually at the Youth World Show to an AjPHA member who exemplifies commitment to service and their community, scholastic achievement and leadership. The award is not given based on show-ring merits, but rather to a person who embodies the spirit of AjPHA and has a deep love for and involvement with Paint Horses. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship and a custom Gist Silversmiths trophy buckle.

“I got into horses because my neighbor let me ride her horse, which is now mine,” Madison said. “I have been involved with horses for quite a while now, and I absolutely love it and love Paints.”

Beyond her involvement with the Paint Horse industry, she is also a leader in her local 4-H and Pony Club where she has been actively involved for five years.

Outside of equine activities, Madison is a member of French Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and plays basketball. Going into her junior year of high school, she will begin to take dual-enrollment courses and earn college credits. She aspires to attend law school and is on the fast-track to that goal by taking an Introduction to U.S. Law class this summer at the College of William & Mary Law School.

Volunteer work is very important to Madison. In 2016, she served as Senate Page for the Commonwealth of Virginia and volunteers in Sen. Steve Newton’s office. She gives back to her community by participating in trash pick-up days and is a volunteer for her children’s ministry at her local church.