Magnolia's Peyton Weldon recently earned a new title – world champion.
Weldon competed in the 2013 American Junior Paint Horse Association's world championships in Ft. Worth recently and took home the championship in the 3-year-old mare category. The show is the premiere youth event of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA).
"It was really exciting," she said. "It was a new horse so I wasn't sure how well I would do."
That new horse is Texas Debutante. The contest also included a jumping event.
"You have to go through a specific pattern and go over eight different jumps," Weldon explained.
Weldon has been riding horses and competing in shows since she was 5-years-old.
"I just love doing this," she said.
The World Championship Paint Horse shows feature the finest gathering of Paint Horses from around the globe. APHA hosts two annual World Shows to showcase the talents of American Paint Horses and their owners. This year's Youth World Championship Show, held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth's cultural district, consisted of 263 talented horses and 1141 entries. Exhibitors competed for prizes and cash payouts totaling $100,000.
The American Paint Horse Association is the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse headquartered in Fort Worth. 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. APHA has registered more than one million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded and now serves 50,000 active youth and adult members around the world.
To learn more, visit apha.com.