60th National Show Approaches

Less than a month remains for Appaloosa fans to make travel plans for attending the 60th National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show in Oklahoma City. Although pre-entries closed May 10, post entries still are being accepted, and those who’ll attend the show as spectators only will want to book flights and/or lodging soon.

This year’s show will be an anniversary celebration of the longest-running single-breed horse show in the United States. Now spread around the world, the Appaloosa breed was rescued from obscurity by a handful of pioneer breeders whose first National Show, two years after the end of World War II, drew 50 horses to a small fairgrounds in Lewiston, Idaho. The colorfully spotted Appaloosa is now consistently one of the top-10 favorite horse breeds in the country, and the National Show draws over 1,200 horses to the event’s host city.

The 2007 National Show will wrap up a multi-year run in Oklahoma City. Next year, the show moves to Jackson, Mississippi.

This year, the show’s first six days will be centered around competition and social events for contestants 18 years of age and under. A 60th-anniversary reception, honoring breed icons, past champions, Appaloosa Hall of Fame members, and other VIPs, will be held July 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., just prior to the annual ApHC membership meeting. Open and adult non-pro competition will round out the show’s second week.

Throughout the show’s run, the Best of the West Gift Expo will feature thousands of items, including tack, fine jewelry, furniture, home décor, apparel, trucks, and horse trailers.

For more information, click on the National Show link at, or call the ApHC Show Department at (208) 882-5578, ext. 400.

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