LeaderCare 12.8.21

Nominating & Leadership Development Committee 

announces nominees for the 2022

Nominating & Leadership Development Committee

Norma Hamilton  ♦  Lisa Laplace  ♦  Helena Ryan  ♦  Diane Paris

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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

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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.

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.

Make plans now for the

2022 APHA Convention

tentatively scheduled for

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

Industry Leader 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


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Click here to view hotels – Hurry! Discounted room rates expire soon!

Click here to register for the convention

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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APHA announces three prestigious

youth award recipients

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More than 130 vie to

cash in on chrome

at the 2022 NCHA Futurity

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Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) undergoes 2020 program updates

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APHA introduces new

Youth Futurity project

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2022 Youth Leadership Conference returns to the APHA World Show

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APHA’s  PBRIP sees great turnout at

The Cowgirl Gathering

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APHA’s Megan McMullen named

to COWGIRL magazines

30 under 30 Class of 2022

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Chrome Cash hits sweet spot at

NRHA European Derby in France

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Chrome and Paint Horse Journal win 2021 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards

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Quarter million paid out at

The Cowgirl Gathering

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Committee Chair and Vice Chair Spotlight

                                                       Breed Integrity Advisory Committee

Chair – James Howard
James is a lifetime member of the American Paint Horse Association. He has been competing with and raising Paint Horses (predominantly race horses) for over 20 years. He operates Running Colors Equine, Inc. in Wayne, Oklahoma, with his wife and two daughters. James served on the Racing Committee for many years, serving as chair for four years. He was also chairman of the 2020 Presidential Committee and has served on the Disciplinary Committee.
James is currently a board member of Horse Nations Indian Relay Council (HNIRC), an organization which promotes indian relay races in the upper midwest and northwest.

Vice Chair – Spike Brewer
Spike’s passion for the American Paint Horse started over 35 years ago and still is strong today. As a youth and early in her Amateur career, she focused on the all-around events and her biggest accomplishments were the #1 Youth and two-time #1 Amateur on the APHA Top 20 lists. As she got older, she started to focus more on the rail events, hunter under saddle and Western pleasure. She met her husband and love of her life Jody Brewer at a horse show (of course) and they have been married 11 years. They have a seven-year-old daughter, Addison. Together, they enjoy breeding, raising, showing and promoting quality hunter under saddle and Western pleasure horses.
Spike has served as a member and chair of the Amateur Committee for many years, has been a member of the World Show Advisory Committee and currently serves as vice chair of the Breed Integrity Committee. She has been an APHA national director for North Carolina for almost 10 years.

Paints win at 2021

SHOT Stock Horse World Show

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Tentative schedule for 2021 rule revision proposals

December 16, 2021 – Publish all rule revision proposals submitted for membership review.

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 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.

Dates to Remember

  • December Calendar of Events
  • 2021 PBRIP Calendar of Events
  • November 25-26, 2021 – APHA Office Closed
  • December 1, 2021 – Hall of Fame nomination deadline
  • December 10, 2021 – Marked for Greatness Leadership Exchange – Breeders’ Trust
  • December 24 & 27, 2021 – APHA Office Closed 
  • December 31, 2021 – APHA Office Closed
  • February 15-27, 2022 – APHA Convention Meetings and Activities
  • March 1, 2022 – Scholarship application deadline
  • March 1, 2022 – Regional Club renewal deadline

Looking to increase show participation?

 Want to capitalize on the ranching competition movement?

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