The Appaloosa community is in the mood to brag at least a little after documenting a 25 percent increase in entries at this year’s National Show and Youth World Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 4-16. Along with a 30 percent increase in the number of horses, the statistics indicate strong support for the move back to a central location. There may also be a glimmer of cautious optimism about economic conditions and a general sense of positive things happening in the equine world. Whatever the logic, exhibitors from across the continent were anxious to compete, renew friendships and enjoy one of the best youth events in years.
The 64th National Appaloosa Show and Youth World Championships included a few bonus opportunities such as the revival of a youth “champion of champions” competition, five sweepstakes classes with extra cash and prizes on the line and the inaugural Appaloosa National feature race at the adjacent Fair Meadows track. With an expanded trade show, a splashing good time at the water park for youth exhibitors and even an egg toss contest, the entertainment meter rose considerably.
We were delighted with all aspects of the show and we heard lots of positive comments from our exhibitors. There’s always something special about everyone working together to provide a proper stage for our great breed.