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2003/12/17

New Competitive Program For The Appaloosa Horse Club The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is beginning a new and exciting program in 2004. The High Plains Competition will debut at the 57th National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Youth Show, June 28 - July 10, in Oklahoma City. The High Plains Competition is intended to introduce the world to the Appaloosa breed's American heritage and showcase today's horse in events that demonstrate the outstanding talent, attitude and beauty unique to the Appaloosa breed. The one horse - one rider competition will consist of three divisions - youth, non-pro and open. High Plains Competition (HPC) contestants may show in as many or as few of the HPC events as they deem appropriate. Classes that count towards the High Plains Competition are Heritage, Most Colorful at Halter, Camas Prairie Stump Race, Nez Perce Stake Race, and Steer Daubing. These classes were chosen for their historical significance to the Appaloosa. Heritage class is judged on overall appearance and presentation of authentic Native American costumes and colorful horses. Exhibitors tell their own characters' story regarding their possessions and trappings. Most Colorful at Halter class is judged on conformation, color, quality and manners. This class is one of the most popular events among Appaloosa enthusiasts. Camas Prairie Stump Race is run in traditional Nez Perce style, two horses at a time, on two opposing barrel racing courses set up at each end of the arena. Horses compete against each other rather than the clock. Nez Perce Stake Race is a horse against horse contest of speed and agility as the riders negotiate their way through a dual course of speed poles. The pattern is just like the typical pole bending event. In Steer Daubing, each rider is armed with a lance (a six-foot dauber soaked in whitewash) and waits behind a time barrier as a mock "buffalo" (steer) is released from the cattle chute. The exhibitor who is able to daub the steer inside a painted target on the steer's side in the fastest time is the winner. Horse and rider points will only count in their own pre-entered division. No cross entering of divisions by either horse or rider will be permitted. Exhibitors are required to enter and pay regular class fees for these specified events along with a declaration and an entry fee of $250. All HPC entry fees will be jackpotted less 15% association fee (promotion and office charge). The balance is paid out to the HPC exhibitors on a sliding scale. Awards and prizes for the High Plains Competition exhibitors include a trophy saddle to the highest-scoring horse and rider in each division, cash awards, and merchandise courtesy of Tioga Territory, the official merchandiser of the Appaloosa Horse Club. The High Plains Champion's award is yet to be determined, but the goal is a new truck/trailer or equivalent award type. The Appaloosa Horse Club is the international breed registry for Appaloosa horses and is located in Moscow, Idaho. Since 1938, the ApHC has been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the breed. Agile, intelligent and distinctively colorful, Appaloosas excel in a variety of events and are beloved around the world for their even temperaments and reliability. Contact: Shaunee Perry, ApHC Public Relations Coordinator at (208) 882-5578 ext. 229 or publicrelations @appaloosa.com; ApHC Show Department at (208) 882-5578 Ext. 400 or show@ appaloosa. com for moreinformation.

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