Gowen woman claims World paint horse title

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:22 am on Monday, December 12, 2011

Cheryl Vasi of Gowen, left, shows off her horse after winning the American Paint Horse Association world championship in Fort Worth, Texas. — Courtesy photo

FORT WORTH, Texas —American Paint Horse Association (APHA) amateur competitor Cheryl Vasi of Gowen captured a World Championship title at the 2011 APHA World Championship Paint Horse Show.

The show, which was Nov. 2–12 in Fort Worth, Texas, is one APHA’s premier events.

Vasi claimed the championship in Amateur 2-Year-Old Stallions showing Xtreme Ambition, a 2009 stallion owned by C. Vasi-Koeberle and Danielle Vasi of Staten Island, N.Y. In the class, horses are shown in-hand and judged on their physical qualities.

Amateurs are competitors age 19 and older. They 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 the finest gathering of Paint Horses from around the globe. APHA hosts two annual world-class competitions to showcase the talents of American Paint Horses and their owners.

The second in the 2011 series, the Open and Amateur World Championship Show was held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth’s cultural district. With more than 1,000 talented Paint Horses and more than 2,500 entries, exhibitors competed for prizes and cash payouts totaling $500,000.

For more information about APHA and the World Championship Show, including entry details, results and a list of competitors, visit aphaworldshow.com or call APHA at (817) 834-APHA (2742).

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