Markel APHA Professional Horsemen
The Markel Professional Horsemen program was established in November 2009 and was designed to seek out honest, upstanding equine professionals that are members of the American Paint Horse Association. Selected members of the program pledge to encourage professionalism, integrity, and fairness throughout the horse industry, particularly the Paint Horse industry. They will promote the breed and the Association at local Paint Horse shows and other equine events.
The American Paint Horse Association prides itself in having members of integrity and principle and some of the best equine professionals in the industry. The Markel APHA Professional Horsemen program recognizes professionals who are honest, ethical and trustworthy. These men and women wear a badge of honor as they represent our Association in a positive light. The by-laws of the Markel APHA Professional Horsemen program outline a Code of Ethics. This Code summarizes the ethical practices that members must follow whether pertaining to horse care, sale transactions or actions in the show arena.
Certified members receive a certificate suitable for framing, a pin and a logo to add to a business card, ad or website. Members will be listed on the Markel APHA Professional Horsemen program web page. CINCH Jeans provides a complimentary long-sleeve, button-down shirt embroidered with the official logo annually to all program members.
Professional Horsemen Recertification Notice:
The APHA Professional Horsemen Committee passed a recertification requirement for all current and future APHA Professional Horsemen. Effective January 1st, 2017, all APHA Professional Horsemen are now required to recertify by attending a continuing education seminar once every three (3) years.
For those that are both an APHA Judge and Professional Horsemen and already attend a judge’s seminar once every three years, your judge’s seminar will also count toward your Professional Horsemen recertification.
Upcoming seminars that will count for Professional Horsemen recertification will include the following:
- 2019 “Creating Confident Clinicians” (C3) Seminar, Reno, January 2019
- 2019 Let’s Talk Seminar, Reno, January 2019
- 2019 International Equine Judging Academy (January 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma)
- 2019 Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference (must also be certified with CHA for credit)
- September 2019, Date & Location TBA
- 2019/2020 C3 Seminar
To apply for Certification:
To become a Markel APHA Professional Horsemen member, one must be an equine professional, an APHA member in good standing, complete an application form and pay yearly dues of $25, provide four references, and read and agree to the Professional Horsemen Code of Ethics. Fill out the Professional Horsemen Application completely and don’t forget to sign the first page. Submit the completed form and applicable fees to APHA (if you aren’t a current APHA member, there is a section on the form where you can join). Your application will be submitted to the Professional Horsemen Review committee and you will be notified once a decision has been made regarding your application.
Downloadable APHA Professional Horsemen Renewal Form – For current APHA Professional Horsemen ONLY