Appaloosas Bring The Colors of the World to Ft. Worth

Fort Worth, TX - Exhibitors, owners, trainers, equine enthusiasts and nearly 900 of the world’s most colorful Appaloosas came together Oct. 22 - 31 in Fort Worth, Texas at the Will Rogers Memorial Center for an exciting 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Show hosted by the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC)!

The annual 9-day international event showcased the world’s most talented Appaloosas and exhibitors, all of whom competed for prizes and prestigious titles in 150 ApHC classes including cattle, western, English, jumping, games and halter, not to mention some of the equine industry’s most exciting competitions including the Rope Race, Freestyle Reining and the Nez Perce Stake Races!

While only the best Appaloosas are invited to participate in the World Championship Appaloosa Show, an even smaller group of horses compete for the prestigious titles of World's Best Appaloosa and Nutrena Iron Horse.

Grabbing the spotlight was Shys Blue Boy, a 9-year-old gelding owned by Abby Bruno of Moreno Valley, California, who was named “World's Best Appaloosa” and Nutrena Iron Horse at the show. Bruno was awarded an aluminum horse trailer for one year's use, compliments of Featherlite Manufacturing, a trophy saddle made by KO Trading, a custom sterling silver show halter from Kathy's Show Equipment, gift certificates from Dale Chavez Company and Smart Pak Equine Supplements, a check for $1,500 and a trophy from the Appaloosa Horse Club for Worlds Best. The duo also earned $10,000 from Nutrena, the industry leader in advanced equine nutrition and the Official Feed of the Appaloosa Horse Club. A custom designed bronze sculpture by Wally Shoop entitled "Forged From Fire" was presented to Bruno and “Blue boy” for their achievement.

The ApHC proudly hosted the annual Toys for Tots Benefit in conjunction with Freestyle Reining. The ApHC raised more than $2,300 and collected eight bins of new toys for the children of Fort Worth. The ApHC would like to thank everyone who contributed and made this charity evening a success!

The 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Show was once again an exciting and successful ApHC event—total entries and exhibitor numbers were comparable to last year’s participation. This year’s show boasted a total of 2,591 entries.

Now the ApHC is gearing up for the 64th National Appaloosa Show & 2011 World Championship Appaloosa Show at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex in Tulsa, Okla, July 4-16, 2011.

For more information about the Appaloosa Horse Club and its events, please visit or call ApHC Headquarters at 208-882-5578.

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was established in 1938, with a mission of preserving, promoting and enhancing the Appaloosa breed. The ApHC has since registered more than 690,000 Appaloosas, which are known for their distinctive color, intelligence and even temperament. True to their reputation as an extremely versatile breed, Appaloosas can be found in nearly every discipline, including racing, endurance riding or serving as reliable family horses. The international breed registry is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho; the heart of the Palouse region, the Appaloosa breed’s namesake and point of origin.