My favorite kind of people…

…are the ones I get to meet at their first-ever ApHC Youth World Championship Show! Alexis Steele is from Discovery Bay, California, and will be busy during the coming week in Tulsa. She’s entered in six classes that I know of and is anxious for things to get underway.

It’s a busy Saturday as most of the trade show vendors are moving in and finishing the set-up process. Horses are getting used to their temporary homes and exhibitors, especially the youth, are putting in some riding and practice time. Some of us are just happy that the ice cream stand is open for business!

Categories: Youth /Youth World Show

They’re here…in Tulsa

Exhibitors from across the continent began arriving this morning at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today and Saturday are big move-in days for anyone involved with the Appaloosa Youth World Championship Show. Several Appaloosa Youth Association activities are scheduled for Sunday the 3rd, with the evening highlight being the annual awards banquet. Classes start on Monday the 4th.

Numbers are looking good. We may have mentioned somewhere that pre-entries for the youth, non-pro and open shows combined were 17% above last year. We’re also glad to report that three of our barns are sporting brand new stalls. The facility is ready to go and so are we. Stay tuned for updates.

Tulsa update

National Show confirmation letters are in the mail. The packet includes biosecurity measures for the show, forms that you’ll need to fill out to help us document accommodations/hotel nights, an instructional letter and W-9’s and/or membership applications.

For those of you on our email list, you’ll be getting more details. We can announce that we’ve been able to add an extra move-in day (Friday 7/1). You’ll have access to stalls, but not the indoor arenas.

Another reminder: you can check your entries online and find all the other information you should need. And, in case you hadn’t heard, we will be accepting post entries at $25 per class (as opposed to the 1 1/2 fee) and late stall fee of an additional $25.

2011 National/World Youth Show Hotels

This is one show you don’t want to miss! New youth activities! Big money sweepstakes classes! Fierce but friendly competition! Beautiful Appaloosa horses!

And since we know you like to plan ahead, we want to remind you to make your room reservations by May 31 in order to get the best available rates. Visit and click on the National Show link. You can find the Tulsa CVB housing bureau link and book your rooms on-line or by fax. Don’t forget that you must provide proof of lodging accommodations in order to pick up your exhibitor packet when you arrive at the show!

The Tulsa Convention & Visitors Bureau has offered a financial incentive package to assist the ApHC with costs associated with producing the show in Tulsa. In order to sustain their level of financial support, we must certify the number of hotel rooms used in the city during the show. The housing bureau that is staffed by the Tulsa CVB can not only help show attendees select hotels and book rooms during the show but will track hotel room usage in order to sustain the financial support they offer. That’s why it’s important to let them do the work for you!

And most importantly, incentive money offered by the host city helps the ApHC pay show-related costs, and helps avoid passing some of those costs on to exhibitors.

We have a wide variety of properties that offer rates starting at $49.99 per night and an impressive array of ammenities and award programs too! But to receive these great rates, you have to book through the housing bureau on the ApHC web site.

Click the link on the National Show page to review available hotel options in Tulsa. There’s sure to be one that will meet your needs! For best rates, book by May 31!

For more information about the 2011 National/World Youth Show please contact the ApHC at (208) 882-5578 or visit us online at

Tulsa conversation

We realize that exhibitors coming to Tulsa are curious and concerned about what the ApHC has in mind regarding EHV “biosecurity” guidelines for the show. Part of our planning process has included frequent conversations with the State Veterinarian in Oklahoma, the Expo Square facility and many others. Our intent is to publicize some recommendations at a point when we feel that the landscape might not change drastically and folks can have the latest and best advice. Of course, we also want to provide exhibitors with enough time to make appropriate preparations with their local vet and to help with their travel plans. Stay tuned.

National Show – World Youth Show Pre-Entry Deadline Extended to Friday, May 20th

Neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night will keep premium books for the 64th National Championship Appaloosa Show / World Championship Youth Show from arriving on your doorstep! But because of mail delivery delays, we’ve extended the pre-entry deadline until Friday, May 20, 2011. All pre-entries in the ApHC office by May 20, 2011 will qualify for pre-entry fee prices and will be included in the Official Show Program. Entries will be accepted after May 20th at the post entry fee (1½ times the pre-entry fee).

The premium book, all entry forms and current information on the show can all be accessed from the ApHC Web site. It’s your best source for up-to-date information on the show! If you haven’t received your premium book yet, please go to and click on the National Show logo on the front page to access all show information and download the forms you need.

Don’t forget, non-pro and youth exhibitors may enter 9 classes at regular price and may enter a 10th class for FREE! This option is available for pre-entries only! Non-pro and youth exhibitors may take advantage of this special regardless of the number of different horses they exhibit as it is based solely on the number of classes in which that non-pro or youth exhibitor enters. Entries for multiple horses MUST BE RECEIVED TOGETHER in order to credit the exhibitor for the free class. Once entries have been received, classes can not be substituted, scratched, added or changed in order to qualify for a class. After the pre-entry deadline, regular post-entry processes and fees apply to any changes or added classes. Equipment, cattle and NSBA charges must still be paid on all classes even if these are assessed in the class in which the non-pro or youth exhibitor does not have to pay the entry fee.

Stall reservations and payment must be received in the ApHC office on or before May 24th to request a preferred location.

You don’t want to miss this show! We have a great line-up of classes, sweepstakes events, youth activities and special performances that will make this an event to remember!

What are you waiting for? Download entry forms and stall reservation forms online at by clicking on the National Show icon at the bottom of the page. Or, contact the ApHC Performance Department at (208) 882-5578 ext. 400 for more information.

See you in Tulsa!

Tulsa show info

There are several items on the National Show page of the website that have recently been activated. Among the downloadable forms is a facility map with extensive information about each stall barn such as stall dimensions, type of surface, water and electric locations, etc. Very cool.

Other forms include the advance bedding order and stall reservation form. And, of course, entry forms for ApHC open and youth classes, cutting and reining association classes, sweepstakes and NSBA. And, oh yes, the entire Premimum Book is also available for online viewing.

Attention Youth!

Don’t miss the Youth World Show in Tulsa! We’ve added a youth CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS competition to take place on Saturday, July 9 at the conclusion of the youth show classes. It’s a mash-up of Freestyle Reining with equitation and horsemanship!

The first place winners of the following classes will be invited to compete in the Champion of Champions competition: bareback horsemanship (13 & under, 14-18), western horsemanship (12 & under, 13-15, 16-18), hunt seat equitation (12 & under, 13-15, 16-18) and saddle seat equitation (18 & under).

Contestants will have a maximum of 3 minutes to complete their self-designed pattern to music.
Judges will score maneuvers, degree of difficulty and artistic impression. Spectators get to participate by showing their appreciation and an applause meter score will be given to each exhibitor. All that added together determines the winner!

Awesome awards will be given to the overall winner and are sponsored by The Behind the Barn Gang!

See the premium book, Appaloosa Journal and for more information!
Start practicing! We’d love to see you there.


ApHC directors and several members who made it to Tulsa last week for the board meeting also got a guided tour of Expo Square, site of the 2011 National Show. In this photo, the group is visiting Ford Truck Arena. The facility staff and the community of Tulsa are excited to be hosting our shows. We also learned that we’ll have a total of three barns with new stalls available this year! In addition to the information that’s already posted on the National Show pages of this Web site, we’ll be providing updates and details regarding such things as the sweepstakes classes, local business connections, traffic flow on the grounds, etc.

National Show & Youth World schedule

Just to let you know that the complete schedule for the 64th National Appaloosa Show, July 4-16, is available on the Web site. Activities in Tulsa begin with the World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show. Don’t forget to make plans for the Year-End Youth Awards Banquet on Sunday July 3rd and the separate banquet for Open, Non-Pro, Race, Trail/Distance and Hall of Fame on Sunday July 10th.

Some other items for your to-do list: Encourage participation in the Youth Horse Judging Contest, plan your advertising (Journal, Yearbook, etc.), and set aside some cash for a buckle or class sponsorship. Information about Tulsa hotels can also be found by clicking on the National Show icon on the home page. The Tulsa Convention Housing Bureau can help with reservations. By the way, it’s important to use this resource as it helps us verify the total number of room nights for our show folks and ensures that we’ll get the full amount of our incentive money from the CVB. So, thanks in advance for helping us keep track.

Hope to see you in Tulsa!

National & Youth World Shows are Oklahoma bound

The Appaloosa Horse Club, our exhibitors and their Appaloosas will soon begin preparations for the 64th National Appaloosa Show & 2011 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve finalized an agreement with the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority and the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau to host our 2011 and 2012 events at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at the Tulsa Expo Square. The shows will be held July 4–July 16, 2011 and July 9–21, 2012.

See the full news release in the “News Spots” section of the website.

National Show judging

The ApHC Board of Directors has adjusted its earlier decision about reducing the number of judges for the upcoming National Show and Youth World in Jackson. Because of feedback from exhibitors and an offer of financial support from an anonymous donor, the board found some middle ground and authorized the use of four judges in each class. Final placings will be calculated after removing the low score for each entry.

Network goes digital

The National Network will no longer be distributed in print form at the show grounds. It has been changed to a digital publication accessible on the National Show page of the website.

Class sheets including judges placings will continue to be available at the ApHC Information Booth on the concourse of the Kirk Fordice Equestrian Center.

Three-judge system at National Show…and beyond

The ApHC will use three judges in the ring, rather than five, at next month’s National Show and Youth World Championship in Jackson.

The ApHC Board of Directors met yesterday (May 20th) to discuss a variety of cost-cutting strategies, many of which have already been implemented, to offset revenue reductions relating to the show and to general economic conditions. Specifically, pre-entries are down approximately 10 percent from last year’s show, sponsorship dollars are lower and anticipated support from state agencies in Mississippi has been pressured by budget cuts.

In addition to reducing the number of judges, ring stewards and staff, we have negotiated concessions in almost all other contracts and service agreements.

As pointed out by President Chuck McWhirter, there is a firm commitment to staging a prestigious National Show, but there is also a duty to protect member equity and the overall financial stability of the Club.

The Board also determined that a three-judge system will be employed at the 2010 World Show and future ApHC-sponsored shows – “until further notice.”

The impact on exhibitors should be minimal, since the existing scoring system using five judges eliminates the high and low scores in each class, with placings determined by a composite three-judge total.

National Show entries due

In case you need a reminder, entries for the 63rd National Appaloosa Show and the 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show are due tomorrow (May 11th) for inclusion in the official program and to receive pre-entry prices. The ApHC fax number is 208.882.8150.

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