Leader Care 1.12.22

2022 APHA Convention features mix of live and virtual events

A mix of live and Zoom-based virtual events will make up the 2022 APHA Convention and APHA’s 60th Anniversary celebration, taking place in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards in late February.

NATIONAL DIRECTORS, TAKE NOTE: the General Membership Meetings, as well as voting on Board of Director candidates, take place in person on February 26-27 in Fort Worth. Voting on rule change proposals will be web based, but only those directors present at the live meetings will be eligible to vote.

All APHA members and Paint enthusiasts are invited to participate in the 2022 Convention activities:

February 15-22, 2022

Zoom Committee Meetings

(all other events below are in-person)

February 25, 2022

Welcome Party at Hotel Drover in the Fort Worth Stockyards

February 26, 2022

General Membership Meeting Session I at Hotel Drover

(Live attendance is required for State Directors or Alternates to be able to vote)


Horse Community Symposium at Hotel Drover


Meet the Candidates Happy Hour at the APHA Office

February 27, 2021

General Membership Meeting Session II in Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theatre

(Live attendance is required for State Directors or Alternates to be able to vote)


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Click here for detailed schedule

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Book your 2022 APHA Convention hotel room before it’s too late

Don’t miss out on the ultra-discounted room reservation rates for the 2022 APHA Convention, taking place February 25-27 in the Fort Worth Stockyards. APHA has room blocks available at the following hotels for this hybrid convention.

Remember, the General Membership Meetings and national director voting—along with educational events and parties—take place live in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

2022 APHA Convention
February 25-27, Fort Worth, Texas

View the schedule online

Convention Hotels
Rooms are limited due to other concurrent events taking place in the Stockyards; book early for best rates
Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
132 E Exchange Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
$189 per night (very limited availability as of 12/29/21)
Click here to book your APHA group rate by February 24
Courtyard Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
2537 North Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
$189 per night
Click here to book your APHA group rate by February 8
SpringHill Suites Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
2315 North Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Group rate deadline has passed—contact the hotel for rates/availability
Hotel Drover
200 Mule Alley Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Group rate deadline has passed—contact the hotel for rates/availability
Home 2 Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Cultural District
1145 University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
$139 – $179 per night
Click here to book your APHA group rate by February 1

Rule change proposals

for 2022 Convention consideration

now available for public viewing

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Nominating & Leadership Development Committee 

announces nominees for the 2022

Nominating & Leadership Development Committee

Norma Hamilton  ♦  Lisa Laplace  ♦  Helena Ryan  ♦  Diane Paris

Click here for bios and resumes

Any State Director who intends to make an additional Nominating & Leadership Development Committee nomination must notify Casey West (cwest@apha.com), Chair of the Nominating & Leadership Development Committee at least 60 days prior to the annual convention.

Nominating & Leadership Development Committee

announces the nominees for the

2022 Board of Directors

Ashley Griffin    ♦    James Howard    ♦    Jerry Cable

Megan Brown    ♦    Mike Holloway

Click here to view bios, resumes and videos

Any member or club/association may submit additional names for consideration as nominees for the 2022 Board of Directors. Such names must be received by the Nominating & Leadership Development Committee Chair, Casey West (cwest@apha.com), at least 60 days prior to the date of the regular election to be held at the State Director meeting.

National Shows sidelined for 2022,

with new all-around Chrome Cash events offered

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2022 Youth World Games return to Germany

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A ‘Million’ reasons to head

to Fort Worth in September 2022

APHA/ WCHA Halter Million

September 24, 2022 – October 2, 2022

Will Rogers Memorial Center

Fort Worth, Texas

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Gold Breeders’ Futurity

announces program enhancements

Since its inception, the APHA Breeders’ Futurity program has provided a slate of classes available exclusively to Breeders’ Trust offspring at the APHA World Show. The Gold Division of the Breeders’ Futurity is open to any Breeders’ Trust-nominated foal, and the only additional eligibility criteria is that the dam of that foal is nominated to the Gold Division.
APHA is excited to announce several new modifications to the program in 2022 and beyond!

  • Classes will be held until the horse’s 5-year-old year. This adds two more years of showing opportunities in Gold Division classes.    Mare nominations will start at $150 to add funds to the purses offered in those two additional years. The best time to nominate will remain February 15th of the foaling year.
  • There will be five new Open classes and four new Non-Pro classes starting in 2022. Performance classes will continue to be held at the APHA World Show. Halter classes will be held in the fall at APHA’s halter event.
    • New Open classes: Western Yearling Longe Line, Hunter Yearling Longe Line, 2-Year-Old Stallions, 2-Year-Old Mares, 2-Year-Old Geldings
    • New Non-Pro classes: Non-Pro 5-Year-Old & Under Hunt Seat Equitation, Non-Pro 5-Year-Old & Under Showmanship, Non-Pro 5-Year-Old & Under Trail, Non-Pro 5-Year-Old & Under Western Horsemanship
  • Gold Breeders’ Futurity classes are now more affordable than ever with reduced entry fees.
    • Class entries will now be $500. Payments will continue to be split over two payment deadlines. Late fees have also been reduced.
    • Performance classes
      • April 15th – $175
      • June 1st – $325
    • Halter classes
      • July 15th – $175
      • September 1st – $325

“The Gold Division of the Breeders’ Futurity saw some huge increases in 2021,” said APHA Director of Advertising & Incentive Programs Matt Arias. “$190,000 was paid out between the World Show and the Lone Star Gathering. We had more mares nominated in 2021 than ever before. We are excited to add classes for Non-Pros which will allow a new group to earn a payout in the program. These modifications will help the program continue to grow.”
2022 mare nomination forms will be available online later this month. The complete rules and program details will be available in January. Please contact Matt Arias at MArias@apha.com or (817) 222-6441 with questions.

Parentage verification required on all new APHA registrations starting January 1, 2022


All registrations submitted to APHA as of January 1, 2022, will require parentage verification to be completed. This is the result of a rule change to RG-125 passed by elected state directors at the 2021 APHA Convention in February.
Why The Requirement?
Parentage verification ensures the integrity of the Paint Horse breed by positively identifying both the sire and dam of the registration applicant. With more than 1 million registered horses, ensuring integrity of the breed and accuracy of APHA records is of utmost importance to APHA leaders.
What’s New?
All horses submitted for registration as of January 1, 2022, are required to have parentage verification testing completed as part of the registration process. The DNA test should be ordered at time of registration submission (available for both online registration submissions and on physical application submissions).
Previous rules only required parentage verification for select breeding methods (transported semen, frozen semen, embryo transfer), if the horse was intended for racing, or if the horse was over age 10 at time of registration submission.
Now, the parentage verification rules apply to all registrations submitted on or after January 1, 2022, regardless of the breeding method or horse age.

  • For foals being submitted for registration: order as part of the registration process.  You will receive a testing kit for the foal and will submit the hair sample to the lab.
  • For dams: order using the DNA order form or order via APHA.MyShowDay.com (select genetic typing without parentage), or order the dam’s test as part of the foal registration if she is not yet tested.
  • Each test is $60 and completed via APHA through UC-Davis. Volume pricing discounts are available when genetic typing is ordered on five or more horses at the same time (see APHA Rule Book for pricing); submit the DNA order form to APHA via email or postal mail to take advantage of the discounted rate.

Look sharp while supporting APHA youth scholarships

The American Paint Horse Foundation is proud to introduce a new way to support deserving youth within our industry with these exquisite pendants and lapel pins featuring the classic PH brand. Each piece is available in 14 karat gold or sterling silver and features a cubic zirconia accent stone.

  • Makes the perfect gift
  • Supports the greater good
  • Helps ensure a bright future for our youth

These pieces are available for a limited time only through the PH Barn Door store. Proceeds go toward completing youth scholarship endowments to fund future youth scholarships. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.


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Extreme Chico & Jill Beaty win second consecutive

PBRIP year-end championship

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Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) undergoes 2020 program updates

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2022 Youth Leadership Conference returns to the APHA World Show

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APHA Staff Spotlight

    Freddie Alexander

    Director of MemberCare

Freddie joined APHA in 2015 as part of the MemberCare team. You’ve likely experienced his calm, collected nature on the phone or at the World Show I.D. station. That demeanor should come as no surprise since he was in law enforcement for over 22 years prior to coming to APHA. He was recently named Director of MemberCare and looks forward to continuing to serve members through this leadership role. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family as well as riding and training roping horses. 

Tentative schedule for 2021 rule revision proposals

February 26-27, 2022 – APHA Convention General Membership meetings. All rule revision proposals to be reviewed and amended; then voted on – passed or defeated.

March 1, 2022 – Publish all rule revision proposals passed by the voting state directors on website.

January 1, 2023 – Rules passed at 2022 Convention become effective.

Renewal Deadline for

Regional Clubs is March 1, 2022

Article VII, Section 7.4: Once a charter is granted to a Regional Association/Club, it is automatically renewed yearly provided the Regional Association/Club continues to meet specific requirements and demonstrates a minimal level of activity.

A. Specific requirements and activity levels shall include but are not limited to the following:

a) Maintain a membership of twenty (20) members, ten (10) of whom are members of the APHA;

b) Regional Association/Club Officers and the Board of Directors shall be required to carry a current APHA membership during the term of their office.

c) Submit a list of members electronically in the format specified by APHA, a copy of the Regional Association/Club Bylaws and the previous year’s annual financial statement, which includes a listing of all income and expenditures, by March 1st of each year; and

d) Provide a minimum of two (2) Regional Association/Club approved or sponsored shows or trail rides or APHA-approved horse or specialty shows, participate in a parade or an equine-related trade show booth, or host a Paint For A Day or other APHA-approved program activity per year. To inquire about what events are approved or to request event approval, contact APHA staff.

All the required documents mentioned in (c) above must be submitted through the online portal by clicking on the link below and using the Regional Club Annual Submission Form Link.

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Judge Applicants

Michael Damianos – Ojai, California

David Johnson – Sophia, North Carolina

Eric Peterson – Mabel, Minnesota

Jamieson Gross – Concordia Kansas

The Judges Advisory Committee seeks information on the above judge applicant(s).

Please submit both favorable and unfavorable evaluations to:  APHA Judges Department, 122 E. Exchange Ave., Suite 420, Fort Worth, TX 76164.

Professional Horsemen Applicants

Steve Brown – Perrin, TX

Henry Gauthier – Alberta, Canada

Robert Allen Howard – Cantonment, Florida

Dave Roberts – Saskatchewan, Canada

Melissa Sachs – Morgan Hill, California

Allen Walton – Bluff Dale, TX

The Professional Horsemen Advisory Committee seeks information on the above judge applicant(s).

If you have additional information (favorable or unfavorable) regarding any of these applicants please contact Matthew Arias Marias@apha.com or David Dellin Ddellin@apha.com.

Dates to Remember

  • January Calendar of Events
  • February 15-17, 2022 – APHA Convention Zoom Committee Meetings
  • February 21-22, 2022 – APHA Convention Zoom Committee Meeting
  • February 25, 2022 – APHA Convention Welcome Party & Registration
  • February 26, 2022 – APHA Convention General Membership Meeting-Session I, Horse Community Symposium & Meet the Candidates Happy Hour
  • February 26, 2022 – APHA Convention General Membership Meeting-Session II
  • March 1, 2022 – Scholarship application deadline
  • March 1, 2022 – Regional Club renewal deadline

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Are you interested in producing a Ranch Work Championships Qualifier in your area?
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See you down the trail,

APHA Executive Director

Billy Smith
(office) 817/222-6401
(cell) 806/679-9412
(email) billy@apha.com
(Twitter) #billyAPHA