Since 1966, when the American
Paint Horse Association (APHA) officially recognized the sport,
Paint Racing has made major strides forward. In that inaugural
year, 17 starters ran for $1,290 in just two states—Texas
and Oklahoma—that held Paint races. Thirty-eight years later,
in 2004, 639 starters competed in 785 APHA-recognized races for
purses totaling more than $4.8 million.
“Purses have continued
to climb upward, along with the number of starters and races offered
for Paint Horses,” said APHA’s Racing Director Karen
Utecht. And, Paint Racing will continue growing, Utecht said.
A total of 18 states now
feature Paint racing. Paints race on tracks in Arizona, California,
Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota,
Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah,
Washington and Wyoming. Paint racing has even spread into Canada.
The phenomenal growth
of the Paint Horse breed is evident in the annual registration
numbers. APHA registered 51,120 horses in 2003, compared to 24,220
in 1993. That represents a 123-percent increase over 10 years. Paint racing has grown immensely since 1966 and is increasing
in popularity each year.
“The future is
really good, we have owners from other racing breeds getting involved
in Paints because we have a steady growth in our program,”
said Lex Smurthwaite, manager of the performance and racing department.
“It is still relatively easy to get involved and be competitive.”
For more information
on Paint Horse racing, contact APHA’s racing department
at (817) 222-6444, e-mail email@example.com or log on to apha.com/racing.
More about Paint Horse racing:
Horse racing has long been one of America’s favorite spectator sports. With the growth of the Paint Horse breed, it’s no wonder that Paints have become one of the hottest tickets in the horse racing industry. Since 1966, when APHA officially recognized the sport, Paint racing has made major strides forward. In that inaugural year, 17 starters ran for $1,290 in just two states—Texas and Oklahoma.
A total of 17 states now feature Paint racing, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Paint Horses also race in Canada.
“With a wealth of top performing Paint racehorses, dedicated owners and talented trainers and jockeys, Paint Racing continues to remain a strong program in the horse industry,” said APHA Executive Director Lex Smurthwaite. “Paint Racing enthusiasts recognized the amount of purse money available and have jumped in to take advantage of the lucrative payouts.”
For more information on Paint Horse racing, contact APHA’s
racing department at (817) 222-6444, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.paintracing.com.
For more information on races offered at Oklahoma tracks,
please visit www.oklahomaracinginfo.com.