LeaderCare 8.25.21

Nominations open for

2022 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

Open nominations for the 2022 APHA Nominating and Leadership Development Committee.

Qualified candidates should submit their interest in running for a committee position.

The open committee positions will be elected during the 2022 APHA Convention. Nomination submissions must be received in the APHA office no later than October 5, 2021. Provide a letter of intent, resume’ and biography summary to the committee liaison Jennifer Crites at jcrites@apha.com.

Additional nominations can be made by any APHA State Director by notifying the chairman of the Nominating Committee (Casey West at cwest@apha.com) at least 60 days prior to the annual APHA Convention.

Criteria for eligibility

  • Served as an APHA Director for at least 3 years and is a current member of the State Directors (formerly known as the Board of Directors)
  • Served on an APHA Advisory Committee or Task force for at least 3 years
  • APHA member in good standing (not under any form of APHA disciplinary action)
  • Able to devote approximately 4 days (plus travel days), each year for meetings and must be available for conference calls as needed
  • Willing to abide by and sign the Code of Conduct and maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Willing to recuse oneself from matters or votes that may present a conflict of interest
  • Has 80% participation rating or higher on all Advisory or Task Force Committee assignments for the past 3 years

Article XIV-Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

Section 14.1 Composition:

The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee shall be composed of 9 voting members, with the Immediate Past President serving as Committee Chair. The President and President-elect shall serve as members of the committee with voting privileges. the 6 members at large will be elected by the State Directors in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors from time to time.

A.  Nominating and Leadership Development Committee members cannot be Board of Director candidates.

B.  A minimum of four members from the previous year’s Nominating and Leadership Development Committee shall remain on the Committee the following year.

C.  No member of the Committee may serve more than three consecutive years.

D.  Every reasonable effort shall be made to ensure the composition of the Committee reflects a geographic balance.

Section 14.2 Purpose:

The Nominating and Leadership development Committee shall present nominations for positions on the Board of Directors (with the exception of Officers) and the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee. Whenever possible, the Committee shall present a slate consisting of more candidates than there are open positions. the Board of Directors with the advice of the Committee shall from time to time develop and publish selection criteria as well as procedures to ensure that the pool of candidates meets those criteria and reflect as much as possible the diversity of the membership.

Gear up for the second annual PAC World Championship E-Show

The Paint Alternative Competition World Championship E-Show is back for another year of international competition!

Patterns have now been posted and entries open September 1 at 8 p.m. CST and close September 20 at 5 p.m. CST.

All PAC Champions will be crowned by September 24.

Click here for more information



Hall of Fame

Nomination Deadline

December 1, 2021

Click here for nomination information and nomination forms


The Vaquero Gathering

Fort Worth Stockyards

October 8-10, 2021

More information coming soon!


2021 APHA Breeders’ Futurity – Halter Classes

WCHA Breeder’s Championship Futurity

Big Money Futurity

September 27-October 3

Fort Worth, Texas

Pre-Entry, Stall and RV Deadline: August 25, 2021

Click here for more information

Prestigious APHA National Shows Return in 2021

Click here for full story

Eastern National Championships

World Equestrian Center

Ocala, Florida

September 16 -19, 2021

Click here for Eastern National details

Western National Championships

South Point Arena & Equestrian Center

Las Vegas, Nevada

October 7-10, 2021

Click here for Western National details


Make plans now for the

2022 APHA Convention

tentatively scheduled for

February 15-22, 2022 – Zoom Committee Meetings

February 25, 2022 – Expo and Welcome Party

February 26-27, 2022 – General Membership Meetings


Click here to view schedule

Click here to view hotels

Platinum Performance becomes title sponsor of       The Cowgirl Gathering Barrel Race

The second annual Cowgirl Gathering, coming up November 11-14, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas, announces its newest partnership with Platinum Performance, title sponsor of The Cowgirl Gathering Barrel Race.

Read more

Highly anticipated art show sets date

The American Paint Horse Association and Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings have partnered to kick off the 2021 Cowgirl Gathering with a Western art show like you have never seen—introducing The Cowtown Collection! The event is designed to showcase the craftsmanship of leading Western artisans.

Read more


APHA Committee Chair & Vice-Chair Spotlight

APHA International Advisory Committee


Committee Chair – Helena Ryan

Helena is a proud Irish woman and still lives in Ireland. She was a late starter into the equine world, getting her first horse at 31, but immediately found the Western style of riding. After a few short years, Helena found her first Paint Horse and has not looked back. Helena is a CPA and the financial controller of PlantCert Ltd, a company she formed with her husband Martin 12 years ago. Helena is also an accredited mediator, an APHA show manager, and president of the UK Paint Horse Association. Having attended both the 2019 and 2020 Conventions in Fort Worth, Helena took over as chair of the International Advisory Committee in 2020 and also serves on the Equestrian Experience Committee and the PAC Task Force. Helena became PAC World E-Show Trail Champion in 2020 with her home-trained ADMS Tripple Loot. Helena is also a musician, a fan of 4x4s, American muscle cars, cruiser motorbikes and has recently begun clay pigeon shooting, but is adamant none of these will take over her passion for Paint Horses and the dream of competing in Europe, riding at the 2022 European Championships and continuing to serve APHA with a focus on international members.

Committee Vice-Chair – Peggy Cummings

Peggy Cummings’ lifelong interest in horses began in Northeastern Colorado, USA.  Her first horse, named Stardusty, was a sorrel overo that she received on her 12th birthday. Their first belt buckle was for barrel racing at the 4-H show at the county fair.  As Logan County Rodeo Queen, she led the parade down the streets of her hometown and participated in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Parade.  Peggy trained as a professional librarian and researcher in her other life and is president of Literary Research Company, LLC which keeps her active in the industry.  Today, in conjunction with her husband Wendell, she owns and operates Paynter’s Paint Ranch, home of stallions, Diablos Painted Doc and Valentines Hickory, as well as many other APHA and NRCHA Championship paint horses.  Being vice-chair of the APHA International Committee is a fun and rewarding experience for her.



2021 World Show

Tobiano Incentive Bonus

Winners Announced

Click here for more details

APHA announces 2021 Youth World Games Teams


See the teams here

Congratulations to the

2021 APHA World Show

all-around and high-point winners

All-Around Youth Walk-Trot
All In Red & Anna Overway

All-Around Novice Youth
Candy Confidential & Emma Goffard

All-Around Youth 13 & Under
Im Good With It & Melody Hackworth

All-Around Youth 14-18
One Flashy Sensation & Lauren Gralla

 All-Around Amateur Walk-Trot
Mr Cool Zippo & Heidi Bryan

All-Around Novice Amateur
Even More Sensational & Stephanie Mohindra

All-Around Amateur
Check Required & Rebecca Figueroa

All-Around Masters Amateur
Freckles Nu Lil Gun & Kathleen Roach

All-Around Open Horse
Figured Im Invited – Owned by Shilo & Garrett Eggers

High-Point Youth Solid Paint-Bred
Mr Lazy & Carley Rutledge

High-Point Youth Ranch Exhibitor
Slide My Way & Treylyn Hancock

High-Point Amateur Solid Paint-Bred
The Best Wingman & Charlynn Turner

High-Point Novice Amateur Ranch Exhibitor
Wholly Smokalicious & Karmen Hobby

High-Point Amateur Ranch Exhibitor
NCR Navajo Jo & Nonie Casselman-Reed

High-Point Open Solid Paint-Bred
Lil Trash Talk – Owned by Susan Van Cleve-Jung

High-Point Open Ranch Horse
Spot On My Jersey – Owned by Karen Johnson

High-Point Open Junior Performance Horse
Saucy Sandi Kitty – Owned by Cow Island Cattle Co.

High-Point Open Senior Performance Horse
Spot On My Jersey – Owned by Karen Johnson

High-Point Open Exhibitor
Tom Neel


A combination of hard work, determination and grit lead these outstanding competitors to some of the greatest accomplishments attainable at the APHA World Championship Show, and we applaud their achievements and look forward to seeing more from them and all of our exhibitors next year.

Click here for more details


2021 APHA World Championship Show

by the numbers

17 Days

 5,200+ Entries

1,350 Horses

44 U.S. States, Canada & England

400 Total classes

305 World Championship classes

$1,250,000+ in cash and awards

Special thanks to all the exhibitors, sponsors and staff that made this unforgettable event possible.  

Reining exhibitors slide home with money in their pockets from the APHA World Show.

Click here for more details

2021 APHA World Show

Ranch Work Championships

dubbed a huge success!

Get the full details here

2021-2022 AjPHA Executive Committee Officers Announcement

Click here for details

Learn more about PBRIP at PBRIP.com

2021 PBRIP Barrel Racing Sweepstakes

Nearly $40,000 was up for grabs over 5Ds—including bonuses for futurity and Texas-bred horses. 
Get the full details here

 2021 Robyn Hanna Sportsmanship Award


Colten Dulin

Click here for more details

Sweet Lazy Sensations & Rylee Morgan

win the 

2021 Breeders’ Trust

3-Year-Old Maiden Western Pleasure Stakes

Click here for the full story


All Im Gonna Do & Judy Zeitler

win the 

2021 Breeders’ Trust

3-Year-Old Maiden Hunter Under Saddles Stakes

Click here for full story


Kaitlyn Smith & Megan Ryden


2021 Breeders’ Trust Non-Pro Stakes

Click here for full story

Texas Stars

win the 2021

AjPHA Youth Team Tournament contest

Click here for more details



On the road again?

APHA Xtras & US Rider have you covered

Click for details

Dates to Remember

  • August Calendar of Events
  • 2021 PBRIP Calendar of Events
  • September 16-19, 2021 – APHA Eastern National Championships
  • September 27 – October 3, 2021 – The Lone Star Gathering
  • October 7-10, 2021 – APHA Western National Championships
  • October 8-10, 2021 – The Vaquero Gathering
  • October 19, 2021 – Marked for Greatness Leadership Exchange – Show Manager Best Practices
  • November 11, 2021 – Cowgirl Gathering Kickoff
  • December 9, 2021 – Marked for Greatness Leadership Exchange – Breeders’ Trust

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!”

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

horseIQ is changing the equine education game, and it’s not just horsemen who are taking note

See you down the trail,

APHA Executive Director


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