Painter & Ill Be Sensational Win Top Awards at APHA World Show
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Senior Pleasure Driving was just one of the five world championships Ryan Painter won at the 2012 APHA World Championship Show, earning him the High-Point Exhibitor award and Ill Be Sensational the High Point English Horse. Photo © Laura Stevens

Story by Tonya Ratliff-Garrison | Photo by Laura Stevens | Paint Horse Journal | November 17, 2012

For the fifth time, Ryan Painter was won the APHA World Championship Show High-Point Exhibitor award, massing 209 points, five world championships and one reserve world championship in 15 classes.

Winner Stats

  • Exhibitor: Ryan Painter, Pilot Point, Texas
  • All-Around Champion Prizes: $500 cash courtesy of APHA; custom bronze trophy courtesy of APHA; saddle pad, splint boots, bell boots and duffel bag courtesy of Purina.
  • Number of Classes: 15
  • Class Placings: World championships in Junior Hunter Hack, Senior Hunter Hack, Junior Working Hunter, Junior Pleasure Driving and Senior Pleasure Driving; reserve world championship in Senior Working Hunter; third and fourth places in Junior Working Hunter; fourth in Senior Western Riding; fifth in Junior Hunter Under Saddle; 10th in Senior Trail; and 15th Senior Western Pleasure.
  • Points: 209

Story by Jessica Hein | Paint Horse Journal | November 17, 2012

Though the 8-year-old sorrel overo gelding Ill Be Sensational is no stranger to the spotlight, winning the High-Point English Horse award was somewhat of a surprise for owner LeRoy Poignant of Pilot Point, Texas. Equally strong under English and Western tack, it was in the hunt-seat events that "Milo" truly shined at the 2012 APHA World Championship Show. Named the world champion in Senior Hunter Hack and Senior Pleasure Driving with exhibitor Ryan Painter, Milo rocketed to the top of the High-Point English Horse charts at the end of the show, earning 54 points to take home the coveted title.

Winner Stats

  • Horse: Ill Be Sensational, 2004 red roan over gelding
  • Pedigree: Zippos Sensation x Hidin My Lace
  • Exhibitor: Ryan Painter and Karen Qualls
  • Owner: LeRoy Poignant, Pilot Point, Texas
  • Breeder: Gene Burchfield, Cleburne, Texas
  • All-Around Champion Prizes: English saddle package courtesy of Alliance Saddlery USA by Lynn Palm; $500 cash courtesy of APHA; splint and bell boots courtesy of Purina; boot accessory tote courtesy of Purina; 11"x14" photograph courtesy of Larry Williams Photograph.
  • Class Placings: World champion Senior Hunter Hack and Senior Pleasure Driving
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