APHA Convention Concludes in Richmond, Virginia

2015 President’s Club of Distinction recipients are:
Arizona Paint Horse Club
Southwest Washington Paint Horse Club
Texas Paint Horse Club
Virginia Paint Horse Club
Washington State Paint Horse Club
New England Paint Horse Club – Honorable Mention Recipient
Garden State ​Paint Horse Club – Honorable Mention Recipient

2015 Gold Star Club recipients are: 
Indiana Paint Horse Club
Paint Horse Club Germany

Youth Leadership Conference

Members of the American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) helped “Paint the Globe” during the 2016 AjPHA Youth Leadership Conference, presented by APHA Corporate Partner LubriSyn. Held annually in conjunction with the APHA Convention, the conference brought young horsemen and horsewomen together to discuss industry trends and topics, build their leadership skills and enjoy fun activities, including a youth-exclusive Paint Horse genetics education session; a scavenger hunt with winners receiving $500 scholarships, courtesy of LubriSyn, and a day trip to Washington D.C.

Hall of Fame & Awards Banquet

Several outstanding individuals, clubs and horses were recognized at the Hall of Fame & Awards Banquet. The newly created Judge Emeritus award was presented to 10 honorees. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Clea Bobbitt, of Eldon, Missouri. Five APHA members as well as five Paint Horses were inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame. View details about all the honorees at apha.com or via http://bit.ly/1RF1Bpc.

In addition, throughout the 2016 APHA Convention, attendees had opportunities to donate to the American Paint Horse Foundation’s (APHF) Youth scholarship initiatives that included a silent auction, a raffle featuring two handcrafted saddles by APHA World Show Sponsor Elite Custom Saddles and charitable giving opportunities during the APHA Hall of Fame & Awards Ceremony. All told, the APHF raised more than $20,000 earmarked for Youth scholarships and the Hall of Fame fund at this year’s Convention, thanks to the generosity of APHA members.

Rule Changes

With nearly 30 rule change proposals brought out of committees, the APHA Board of Directors passed 25 rules presented for voting. For more information on the rules that were passed, implementation schedules and a summary of tabled or defeated proposals, visit http://bit.ly/1LutYXI.


“Our association is made up of great people who work hard for the betterment of the Paint Horse breed, and our annual Convention is always a great reminder of that,” APHA Executive Director Billy Smith said. “I want to personally thank everyone who made this productive event possible, including our members, staff, affiliates and corporate partners.”