By ANNE BOYD
SEEING SPOTS: A youth contestant leads her horse out of the arena following a class at The 65th National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show recently held in Tulsa.
The 65th National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show were recently held at Tulsa’s Expo Square. Competitors from all over the world enjoyed competing for top titles and awards with their horses.
“This is the largest event of the year for the breed and everyone has been really excited to be here,” says Steve Taylor, of the Appaloosa Horse Club.
Taylor says that he along with members and volunteers enjoy being a part of the club that helps to preserve, promote and enhance the breed.
“The annual show has been one of the best ways to share this breed with others. Many come to watch the various classes and to learn more about them,” he explains.
The show’s first week centers on competition and social events for contestants 18 years of age and younger. “This year, we had kids from Brazil, the UK and Austria who were able to attend. They borrowed horses from other contestants so that they would not have to go through the difficult process of bringing their own horses.”
The show’s second week focused on open and adult non-pro competition. “It is a very friendly competition and professionals are not involved in the events. This sets everyone on the same level so that there isn’t a lot of pressure for the contestants.”
Classes for both youth and adults ranged from cutting and jumping to horse-against-horse races and most colorful. There were even classes for the tiniest of tykes as well as for those with disabilities.
“This was another great show and we are already looking forward to next year,” adds Taylor. “If anyone is interested in joining the Appaloosa Horse Club, there are regional branches throughout the state.”
For more information about the National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, visit www.appaloosa.com or call 208-882-5578.