LeaderCare 2.23.22

2022 APHA Convention is here!

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

STATE 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:

Thank you to everyone who attended the Zoom Committee Meetings from February 15-22!

(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 

(see below for more information about this much-anticipated event)


“Meet the Candidates” Happy Hour at the APHA Office

February 27, 2021

General Membership Meeting Session II in the Isis Theater

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

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Click here for detailed schedule

Horse Community Symposium

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.

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


  • Chad Beus, owner of Pink Buckle and Ruby Buckle barrel racing incentive programs

  • Gary Carpenter, commissioner of the National Reining 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

  • Dr. Billy Smith, executive director of the American Paint 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.

2022 Board of Directors nominees

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 Nominating & Leadership Development

Committee nominees

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.

Rule Book Change Resolutions to be considered at the 2022 APHA Convention
for inclusion in the 2023 APHA Rule Book;
Proposals have been updated to reflect the voting outcomes of each Advisory

Click here for more information

2022 APHA World Championship Show

June 24 – July 10, 2022

Will Rogers Memorial Center

Fort Worth, Texas

Click on the items below for important information

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

Kimes Ranch signs on as

APHA’s newest corporate partner

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APHA celebrates its 60th anniversary

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Make a difference in the Paint community – become an APHA Star

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Two new Paint pattern discoveries help keep color in the breed

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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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2023 Distinguished Service Award nominees sought

The Distinguished Service Award honors an outstanding APHA member each year. Recipients are selected in recognition of their long-term commitment and contributions to the association and the breed at the regional, state or national level. The association is now accepting nominations of individuals worthy of receiving this honor from any APHA member. To nominate a candidate, submit a written description of the projects the nominee has worked on and verification that the person meets the award’s eligibility requirements. These requirements include:

  • APHA member in good standing for a minimum of 15 years.

  • Must own, or have previously owned, a Paint Horse.

  • Involvement in regional association leadership.

  • Service as a regional officer, director or committee member.

  • Must have made a major contribution to a regional, state or national


  • Cannot be an APHA past president.

Nominations must be received in the APHA office by May 15. Email nominations to kficklin@apha.com or mail to:

Distinguished Service Award Committee
C/O Karen Ficklin, APHA
PO Box 961023
Fort Worth, TX 76161-0023
Verbal nominations will not be accepted. The APHA Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee is comprised of the three most recent past presidents.

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.

Click here for form

APHA reports increases in registrations, transfers and memberships completed in 2021

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Earn $20,000 from APHA as a 2022 Chrome Cash

All-Around Event Host Show

Want to earn $20,000 in added money for your show? APHA is looking for a deserving event to offer its Chrome Cash All-Around Program in 2022—if your show meets the criteria below, apply today and it could be you! Applications are due by February 28, 2022.

APHA will award $20,000 in added money to be paid out as Chrome Cash sidepots to one additional selected show in 2022. The A Sudden Impulse NSBA Show & Futurity, taking place April 21-30 in Ocala, Florida, is already slated as a 2022 participating event for the Chrome Cash All-Around program.

To be considered for the Chrome Cash all-around event and $20,000 added by APHA, the event must be multi-discipline with a minimum of $25,000 added overall. By partnering with existing destination events, the goal of the program is to bring APHA incentives closer to regional exhibitors at events across the country. The Chrome Cash program is a class-within-a-class format in which only registered APHA horses are eligible for exclusive payouts.

Click to apply to host a 2022 Chrome Cash All-Around Event

Applications Due: February 28, 2022

Click for Eligibility Criteria


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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

Tessa Dalton – Whitehall, Michigan

Robert Allen Howard – Cantonment, Florida

Francoise Raimondo – Val d Epy, France

Avery Sinclair – Cocoa, Florida

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

  • 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 – Rule change proposal voting results posted
  • March 1, 2022 – Scholarship application deadline
  • March 1, 2022 – Regional Club renewal deadline

It’s not too late to get your brick added to the showcase location on Mule Alley.

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See you down the trail,

APHA Executive Director

Billy Smith
817/222-6401 (Office)
806/679-9412 (Cell)
(Twitter) #billyAPHA