. * Photo by Molly Montag.

Cutting, Reining, Cow Horse Reps to Appear at Symposium

Representatives from Western performance-horse industry organizations will join other equestrian leaders at a symposium next month in Fort Worth, Texas.

Called the Horse Community Symposium, the event is part of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Convention and is scheduled from 2-5 p.m., Feb. 26 at Hotel Drover in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The goal of the event will be to discuss the current and future state of the equestrian community, and audience members will have the chance to ask questions to the panelists.

According to the APHA, panelists will include:

  • Gary Carpenter, commissioner of the National Reining Horse Association
  • Jay Winborn, executive director of the National Cutting Horse Association
  • Anna Morrison, executive director of the National Reined Cow Horse Association
  • Craig Huffines, Colorado State University director of equine sciences and elite bovine & equine genetics and former executive vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association
  • Tom O’Mara, president of the United States Equestrian Federation
  • Billy Smith, executive director of the American Paint Horse Association

“This is one of those rare occasions where the leadership of the horse community is all in one place and talking about the future and security of our community of horse owners, breeders and competitors,” Smith said.

Afterward, there will be a party for attendees at the APHA International Headquarters, which is next door to Hotel Drover.

For details on the APHA Convention or how to register, visit apha.com/events/convention.