NOVEMBER 14, 2012

Beyond Diamonds, a Desert Hills, Arizona, Paint Horse wins APHA World Championship

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paint horseFORT WORTH, Texas—American Paint Horse, Beyond Diamonds, owned by Christina Leo of Desert Hills, Arizona, captured a World Championship title at the 2012 APHA World Championship Paint Horse Show. The show held November 7–17 in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the American Paint Horse Association’s (APHA’s) premier events.

Beyond Diamonds, a 2003 mare, was shown in the Senior Barrel Racing class by Leo. In this class, competitors are timed as they complete a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels.

Open competitors may be youth, amateurs or professional trainers, and they can compete with their own horses or those owned by another individual.

About the APHA World Championship Show and the American Paint Horse Association
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 2012 series, the Open and Amateur World Championship Show was held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth’s cultural district. With over 900 talented Paint Horses and more than 2,500 entries, exhibitors competed for prizes and cash payouts totaling $500,000.

The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is the world’s second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it celebrates 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. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves more than 55,000 active youth and adult members around the world. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit or connect with Paint Horse fans globally on Facebook or on Twitter @APHANews and @WorldShow.