Although most of the action during the nine-day event will take place in the horse show arena, the AjPHA Youth World Show is not solely about kids showing their horses. The Youth Team Tournament allies groups of kids from the same state or region in several kinds of fun competition with kids from other areas both on and off of their horses. The biennial Youth World Games brings young equestrians from across the globe to compete head-to-head in four riding events—but the twist is that no one rides their own horse; so good horsemanship skills are vital and bragging rights are paramount.
AjPHA members will elect their new executive committee officers, host a youth horse judging contest, participate in dog races, and enjoy a host of social events among their competition and practice time.
Beginning in 2012, World Show participation qualification is required for every horse shown at the AjPHA Youth World Show. Participation at four different APHA-approved show events with a minimum of 8 judges is the key.
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members' experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves over 64,000 active youth and adult members around the world.