Lauren Gralla will be doing a picture of the day for us throughout the AjPHA World Show.

Lauren Gralla’s Picture of the Day from AjPHA World Show

Picture of the Day #6 -Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Today, I chose to interview Maggie Applegarth of LaPorte, Indiana. She rides Sensational Design who is a 7 year-old mare. This is Maggie’s first world show. She and Minnie have been a team for three months. Maggie would like to wish her fellow competitors the best of luck.

“It has been fun and challenging to learn the all around together,” Maggie told me. She rides with Parks Show Horses from Sabina, Ohio. “I would like to thank Melvin Mousley for the opportunity to show off this wonderful mare,” Maggie says. “I’m looking forward to having fun in the pleasure tomorrow.”

Tomorrow is the last day of the Paint Youth World Show. Lots of pleasure happening tomorrow! Stay tuned for more news coming from the last day of the show.

Picture of the Day #5 – Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Showmanship filled the pen today at the AjPHA Youth World Show. Today, I chose to interview Gia Pozzi of Spring Valley, Illinois. Gia just turned 14 last Monday. This is Gia’s second Paint Youth World Show with her 2009 gelding, Ima Cajon Hot Krymsun. Gia trains with Deb Anderson and has shown paint horses for eight years. She calls her horse, ”Rio” and has had him for five years.

“My goal is to have the best rides I can have and to get a buckle,” Gia told me. To date, Gia has earned two world titles. One of her world buckles was in the showmanship today. “My favorite thing about my horse is his funny personality, and he always wants to please me.”

Her advice for first time world show attendees is to think of it as a regular show and to always do your best.

Tomorrow stay tuned for the trail pen here in Fort Worth!

Picture of the Day #4 – Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Today at the AjPHA World Show, the cattle and speed classes filled the arena. I talked to Kelby Moore of Edmond, Oklahoma. This is actually Kelby’s first and last youth paint world show. Kelby is 19 years-old, and she is showing her seven-year-old tobiano mare, she calls “Jewels.” She is in Fort Worth showing in the ranch riding and boxing.

Kelby mostly shows quarter horses, but she has had Jewels since she was a yearling and her registered name is Kelbys Smart Delta. She trains with Bar JP Quarter Horses. It is exciting to see new people at our major shows, and I wish her the best of luck during the rest of the show. I hope she gets the paint horse bug like the rest of us because there is nothing like showing a flashy colored paint.


Picture of the Day #3 – Friday, June 30th, 2017

Today was an exciting day at the AjPHA Youth World Show in Fort Worth, Texas. I chose to interview 18-year-old, Amy McClure, of Thornton, Colorado. Amy trains with Karen Bannister from White Harvest Farms in Brighton, Colorado.

Amy is here at her first Paint youth world with her horse, “Mojo” or better known as Inda Sacred. He is an 11 year-old Paint gelding. She is showing her Appaloosa three year old mare, “Bea”, at the Appaloosa Youth World Show here in Ft Worth as well. She is showing her in the Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Most Colorful, and English Showmanship.

“This is my first Paint world show,” Amy told me. “I am showing in the all-around in equitation over fences, flat classes, goat tying, barrels, and ranch riding. My favorite thing about my Paint horse is he is a dork; a silly guy who knows when to have fun and when to play, but also when to be serious. My goal for this world show is to have fun and set a personal goal each time I show.”

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update from the AjPHA Youth World Show in Ft Worth, Texas.

“Keep dreaming and inspiring and remember to stay fabulous and keep glittering on.”

Picture of the Day #2 – Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Welcome to day two of the AjPHA Youth World Show in Ft Worth, Texas. Today heated up with the first official show day with over fence classes. I chose to interview Ashley Aden of Coronado, California. This is Ashley’s last year as a youth.

Ashley rides her horse, Reddyformycloseup, who is a 2005 bay overo gelding. This is their seventh world show together, and Ashley rides with Elite Show Horses of Texas. She has had “Preston” since she was ten years-old and he was four.

“We’ve had many ups and downs, but it’s all been worth it,” Ashley told me.

Today, Ashley was crowned AjPHA Reserve World Champion in the Youth 14-18 Working Hunter. Her motto is, “Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.” – Doug Williams

Stay tuned for day three coming soon!

Picture of the Day #1 – Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

My photo of the day is of 14-year-old, Avery Rees of Mustang, Oklahoma. She is here at the Youth Paint World with her 2011 mare, Miss Mesmerized.

Avery is here attending her third Youth World Show. She is very excited as this is her first year showing with Simons Show Horses. I interviewed her today after her run in the team tournament showmanship class. Avery told me that she had a great time meeting new people and “having a blast” on the Oklahoma team.

“I showed in the showmanship and I nailed my pattern,” Rees told me. “I was very happy with “Mandy” and I’m looking forward to many more great runs this week. I want to wish everyone good luck this week and don’t forget to have fun!”




Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Gralla from Norman, Oklahoma. I’m here in Ft. Worth, Texas at the AjPHA Youth World Show with my gelding, A Sudden Legacy. This is my third World Show with “Cheeks”. My first two world shows with Cheeks resulted in two all-around saddle awards and 13 championship buckles.

This is my first year to move into 14-18 and I am very excited for this new challenge. My trainers, Carly and Wade Parks, have prepared us well and we are ready for an exciting 2017 World Show. Good luck to all the contestants, I wish you all the best. Check out my picture of the day from the first day of the show.