FORT WORTH, Texas - American Paint Horse Association (APHA) amateur competitor Mikey Trueba of Williams, Ariz. captured a World Championship title at the 2012 APHA World Championship Paint Horse Show.
The show took place Nov. 7-17 in Fort Worth and is one of APHA's premier events.
"The show went really well, it's disappointing at times, but very rewarding at times," said Trueba. "For showmanship, which is a class that we thought was pretty much a dead ringer for me, my horse pulled a simple mistake. But you have to roll with the punches. The judging was extremely fair, I ended up being third overall and I was completely fine with it because I knew I didn't deserve to win it."
Trueba said she did end up winning the National Snaffle Bit Association Showmanship award, which is on her "bucket list."
Trueba also claimed the championship in Amateur Solid Paint-Bred Hunt Seat Equitation showing her 2008 mare On Solid Ground. In this class, judges evaluate competitors on their ability to have their horses perform a pattern while maintaining correct posture in the saddle.
"We've won equitation four times in a row at the World Show, so that was awesome," Trueba said. "And I won it in the NSBA as well, so I'm going to the NSBA Worlds in both showmanship and equitation."
Trueba is extremely dedicated to her training. She travels all over the state to seek training advice from top horse trainers. She recently finished training with a trainer in Phoenix to help improve her trail showing, the weakest of the four classes in which she competes.
"We ended up being reserve in trail, I was just tickled pink, I could not believe it, I was elated," Trueba said. "Overall, the show was fantastic."
Amateurs are competitors age 19 and older and are required to show a self- or family-owned horse and cannot show, ride, judge or train horses for payment.
The World Championship Paint Horse Show features an impressive gathering of paint horses from around the world, according to the APHA's official press release. APHA puts on two annual world-class competitions to showcase the talents of American paint horses and their owners.
For her equitation championship, Trueba received a belt buckle, two free bags of Purina feed, a leather director's chair embroidered with her name and the title she won, and an NSBA trophy.
The second in the 2012 series, the Open and Amateur World Championship Show took place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth's cultural district. With more than 900 talented paint horses and more than 2,500 entries, exhibitors competed for prizes and cash payouts totaling $500,000.
About APHA and the World Championship Show
The American Paint Horse Association is the world's second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.
In fulfillment of its global 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.
More information about the APHA is available at oawcs.apha.com. Those interested in connecting with paint horse fans globally may visit facebook.com/americanpainthorse or on Twitter @APHANews and @WorldShow.