American Paint Horse Association (APHA) amateur competitor Cheryl Vasi, of Gowen, Mich., captured a World Championship title recently at the 2010 Fall World Championship Paint Horse Show. The show, which was held November 4–13 in Fort Worth, Texas, is one APHA’s premier events.
Vasi claimed the championship in Amateur Yearling Stallions showing Xtreme Ambition, a 2009 stallion owned by Danielle Vasi and C. Vasi-Koeberle of Staten Island, NY. In the class, horses are shown in-hand and judged on their physical qualities.
Amateurs are competitors aged 19 and over. They are required to show a self- or family-owned horse and cannot show, ride, judge or train horses for payment.
The World Championship Paint Horse Show features the finest gathering of Paint Horses from around the globe. APHA hosts two annual world-class competitions to showcase the talents of American Paint Horses and their owners. The second in the 2010 series, the Fall World Championship Show was held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth’s cultural district. With 956 talented Paint Horses and more than 2,000 entries, exhibitors competed for prizes and cash payouts totaling $450,000.
APHA, a non-profit organization, works to preserve bloodlines, to educate the public about the beauty and talent of the breed and to maintain the outstanding characteristics of Paint Horses.