HOF Nomination Information

The American Paint Horse Association has placed the Hall of Fame under the umbrella of the American Paint Horse Foundation. The Hall of Fame has been created to provide recognition to outstanding people and horses that have made extraordinary contributions to the Association, the Paint Horse breed and the equine industry. Recognition as an APHA Hall of Fame inductee is the highest honor the Association grants.
APHA recognizes it is only through the incredible contributions of both people and horses that the Association and the Paint Horse breed has achieved its present stature, and therefore honors both people and horses in the Hall of Fame.
The 2021 Hall of Fame Class has already been selected, and will be inducted during the 2022 APHA World Championship Show, to be held in the Fort Worth, Texas. Nominations for future classes are always due on December 1 to be considered for the next year’s class.

  • December 1 – Nominations deadline
  • January – HOF committee meets via conference call (Zoom) to begin deliberations
  • February/March – HOF committee meets at APHF convention or via conference call (Zoom) to finalize list of inductees
  • April – Inductee list must be approved by the American Paint Horse Foundation Board
  • May – Inductee list must be approved by the APHA Executive Committee
  • August – Inductees notified
  • The inductees are honored at the APHA Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony held during the next year’s World Championship Show

Nominations can be submitted online using the links below, or a nomination form PDF can be downloaded and mailed in to the American Paint Horse Foundation
Criteria for Persons
Online Form       PDF Form

  • Nominees must have made outstanding and significant contributions to the APHA, the Paint Horse Breed or the Association over a significant period of years as a breeder; competitor, or contributor.
  • The contributions must have been influential to and supportive of the growth of the association and/or the breed.
  • The nominee must have been a member of APHA during the period of time of the activities submitted on the nomination form.
  • Nominees must have remained members in good standing throughout their APHA membership tenure.
    • If a nominee has been disciplined and loses membership privileges for any reason, the HOF committee may still approve the nominee for HOF induction if the committee concludes that the infraction for which the discipline was administered was not material to the nominee’s overall contributions to the association; provided, however, that the nominee is reinstated to full privileges within his/her tenure.
    • If a person is disciplined and loses membership privileges for life, fails to be reinstated to membership in good standing, and/or commits an infraction which is deemed, in the opinion of the selection committee, to have harmed or been detrimental to the good order and welfare of the breed, the committee will not recommend the nominee for induction.
  • Nominee may be living or deceased.

Criteria for Horses
Online Form       PDF Form

  • Nominee must have made outstanding contributions to the American Paint Horse over a period of years as a sire, dam, competitor, or, nominee must have helped the association excel or brought extraordinary recognition to APHA and the American Paint Horse breed.
  • Nominee must be a registered American Paint Horse or a member of the population of horses that were contemporaries of the originating breed registration organizations.
  • Award shall be presented to the last owner of record. The breeder may purchase a duplicate trophy if they wish.
  • Nominee may be either living or deceased.

Nomination Process

  • Submissions should contain a completed nomination form highlighting a compilation of achievements, biographical information, related honors, and supporting documentation to illustrate the contributions of the nominee.
  • Both forms are available online – you should see them on the navigation bar to the right. Each form gives more detailed information on the requirements and criteria for a nominee.
  • In addition to a completed nomination form, a minimum of two and a maximum of four unique letters of recommendation from different sources are required, as well as a photograph of the nominee. These letters may be sent by snail mail or email. It is the nominator’s responsibility to ensure that these items have been received by APHA.
  • Nominations for Hall of Fame inductees will not be accepted verbally.  Nominations are to be sent to the Foundation, P. O. Box 961023, Ft. Worth, TX 76161.  If you have any questions, contact the APHF at kficklin@apha.com.

Additional Information

  • Nominators should be aware that any submission of information is done so with the full understanding that APHA may use and reproduce any information provided without consideration.
  • By submission of these materials, nominator and nominee release all rights for distribution of the information provided within to media and the general public.
  • All materials submitted will be considered permanent donations of the APHA Hall of Fame.
  • Persons or Horses nominated will be kept on file for five years if not selected for induction.  After the five-year period, nomination must be resubmitted in its entirety to be reconsidered. Any people or horses nominated in 2018 for the 2019 Hall of Fame class will need to be renominated, as their nominations have expired.