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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

Click here for Zoom meeting links

Equestrian community leaders discuss the future at 2022 APHA Convention

APHA state directors and members will join panelists representing the broader horse association community to discuss the current and future state of the equestrian community. This unique symposium will also offer Convention attendees the opportunity to quiz symposium speakers in a unique panel format.

Horse Community Symposium
Saturday, February 26, approximately 2-5 p.m.
Legacy Hall, Hotel Drover
Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas


  • Gary Carpenter, commissioner of the National Reining 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
  • Dr. Anna Morrison, executive director of the National Reined Cow Horse Association
  • Jay Winborn, executive director of the National Cutting 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 that community of horse owners, breeders and competitors,” said APHA Executive Director Billy Smith.
Afterward, join APHA for a party at the APHA International Headquarters, next door to Hotel Drover. Meet the Board of Director candidates, the symposium panelists and other stock-horse community leaders.
And don’t miss the 2022 APHA Convention Welcome Party Friday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m., also taking place at Legacy Hall in Hotel Drover.
The symposium is a part of APHA’s 60th anniversary Convention celebration, two-days marked by gatherings, elections on new Board of Director members and rule change proposals.

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.

2022 APHA World Championship Show

June 24 – July 10, 2022

Will Rogers Memorial Center

Fort Worth, Texas


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World Show Schedule

30+ New classes 

Junior Horse recognition to be provided in 13 APHA World Show Classes

APHA/IEA partnership secures IEA Western Nationals at the World Show through 2025

Showmanship and Rookie Award modifications

among the 2022

Amateur & Youth rule updates now in effect

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Two new Paint pattern discoveries

help keep color in the breed

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English attire and ranch-event rules among the

new modifications in effect for 2022

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Know the rules and start your

2022 show year off right

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

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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.     Click here to do your part

Smithworks and Southern Electric earn

2021 APHA World Champion Running Horse titles

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Extreme Chico & Jill Beaty win second consecutive

PBRIP year-end championship

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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

Looking to increase show participation?

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Then the Ranch Work Championships is your answer. The Ranch Work Championships are an all new timed, all-breed ranch competition. It has been designed to maximize revenue for producers and made to seamlessly blend on the front or the back of a pre-existing event.  Visit Ranch Work Championships  to learn more or watch our YouTube explanation video.
Are you interested in producing a Ranch Work Championships Qualifier in your area?
Contact  Steven Hayes at shayes@apha.com or call 817-222-6432. Step on to the bus headed for a new era in Ranch Horse competition!”

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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