A paint horse named Duke at Whipple Creek Farms in Ridgefield March 28. 

The Southwest Washington Horse Club Colorpalooza will be at the Clark County Event Center April 6 and 7. The show is put on by the Southwest Washington Paint Horse Club, whose inception was in 1975. 

The club participates in area shows and works to provide an educational environment that promotes, preserves, and encourages the enjoyment of the American Paint Horse breed. 

Among other things, this weekend’s event will feature halter, driving, English, western, and walk trot counter classes. There will also be an award for the highest scoring paint horse. The Judge this year is Steve Bryson, an avid member of the horse community that graduated from Arizona State University.  

The 13-and-under walk-only course is new this year. It’s designed for kids that aren’t quite ready to do full trotting. 

Roxanne Driver, the club’s secretary, hopes this addition will bring more youth to the event. 

“Anyone who likes to watch horse performance events or likes to compete in them is welcome to come,” Driver said. “A lot of the 4-H kids like to come out and practice because this is where they have their fair so the more times they can get their horse in that arena the better for helping them out. It’s a great opportunity to practice.”

There will be a wheel of fortune giving out prizes such as hoof picks, horse treats, candy decks of cards, flashlights, and more. 

“Paint horses in the show are registered with the American Paint Horse Association, they are a stock horse breed, and a bloodline breed.” Driver said while explaining the difference between most horses and a paint horse. “A pinto horse is strictly registered on color, their bloodline doesn’t matter. They have saddle pleasure type, stock type, or utility type, whereas all paints are strictly a stock type horse. There are three color patterns: solids, overos, and tobianos and there’s multiple colors within each pattern.”

The event has been held in the past, most recently in fall 2017, but organizers have been hoping to land a spring date. 

“We’ve been trying to get a spring date, but they are hard to get at the fairgrounds,” Driver said. “We had a spring date open up so we grabbed it.”

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