LeaderCare 88


October 28, 2019


A Message from Karen Thomas, 
At the conclusion of the 2020 APHA Convention,  I will humbly be tendering my resignation from the Executive Committee.  I do this with tears in my eyes and a grateful heart.   My decision did not come easily.  It was a journey of soul searching and endless prayer.As most of you know, my family has endured heartache and challenges in the past two years.  Medical issues continue to plague my precious husband and family.
I fear these challenges will require my complete and full attention.   My faith and reliance on God sustains me and gives me strength and courage.  Most of all, it gives me hope for the future.I have truly been blessed and honored to serve this Association alongside the current Executive Committee.  While I am stepping down from this leadership position, I am in no way leaving my APHA family.  The inspiration and encouragement from each of you means more to me than you will ever know. There is no possible way for me to thank you all for your constant love and support.Stepping aside is not what I do best.  It is the correct decision for my husband,  my family,  and myself at this time.  I must devote all of my time and energy into the quality of life for Sidney.  Our lives were forever changed by the loss of our son J.T., and now the life altering diagnosis for one of the strongest, hardest working horseman I know, my husband.  We were and continue to be humbled by the outpouring of love and compassion following our challenges.  If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.I am fully confident in this decision.  I know that our Association is in good hands and has a bright future.   This is not good bye.  This is only a change in the course of life.

With love and continued blessings,
Karen Thomas

EC Candidates announced

Keep watching for the latest information on the 2020 candidates!

“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-exiting 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? Email Steven Hayes or call 817-222-6432. Step on to the bus headed for a new era in Ranch Horse competition!”

Hall of Fame nominations due December 1, 2019

Nominate a Legacy!  For forms to nominate click here. For questions contact Theresa Brown.

Convention 2020!

Make plans to attend the 2020 Convention in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.  For the tentative schedule and more information click here.  

Leadership Exchange

November 19, 2019

Join APHA for our next presentation of insightful information. Kathy Avolt will host “Best Practices to Attract People to Your Show.”
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 19, 2019 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Best Practices to Attract People to Your Show
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap :
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Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923
Webinar ID: 610 489 187
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aeFNdxx9VR


Director voting is complete. Results will be announced November 1st.


 Hope you got to be a part of the celebration where approximately $60,000 was raised for the APH Foundation Lasting Legacy Capital Campaign. Thank to everyone who attended, purchased from the online auction, or purchased from the live auction.  Personal donations were made and many bricks were purchased.  It’s not too late to get your brick added to the showcase location on Mule Alley.


Check out the latest edition of Fresh Paint!

2019 APHA Board of Directors

2019 Standing Committees

Fort Worth Stockyards Update

horseIQ is changing the equine education game, and it’s not just horsemen who are taking noteDon’t miss out on all the latest additions to the horseIQ library.


Bought a new horse?  Transfer it online!

APHA is first stock-horse breed to offer online transfers of ownership.


2019 APHA Western National Championship exceeds 1000 entries in successful debut

Bright lights and big moments helped make special memories for Paint Horse …
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Magic moments steal the show at 2019 APHA Western National Championship

Trophies and titles aren’t all that matter for the big dreamers…
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Walk-Trot exhibitors find fun, big entries at APHA’s 2019 Western National Championship

The bright lights of Las Vegas—plus the big possibilities of dreams accomplished—…
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Deadlines extended for AjPHA Youth Member of the Year, AjPHA Club of the Year & From the Heart Award

For three prestigious 2019 Youth awards, the applicant deadline has been extended…
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2019 Regional Club Advisory Committee Webinar

Best Practices for Financial Management of your Club

So You’re A Board Member…


20           Judge Emeritus Applications due
28-29    APHA Office closed for Thanksgiving
30           Stallion Breeding Reports must be postmarked on or before this date
Breeders’ Trust Sire Subscription – 2nd payment due
1              APHA Hall of Fame Nominations Due


In this section of LeaderCare, we will be updating you weekly on what is going on with our relocation to the Stockyards Historic District.  
Check out this live cam.
Promote your barn, your legacy or your horse in other words “Put Your Name On It”.  By doing so you will be memorializing yourself in the history of APHA. APHA’s new offices will be in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.  There APHA will be seen and visited by millions of tourists each year.  APHA is dedicated to provide a totally western experience within our new offices which will compliment those who have chosen to be a part of the building displays and architecture.  Here is one way of having your family, horse or ranch memorized at the new APHA headquarters.  Read more …And did you know you can give a gift each month to the Capital Campaign and simply have it billed to your credit card? We’ll handle all the paperwork and send you a receipt when each gift is made or tally it for you at the end of the year. Just contact Billy Smith or send an email to foundation@apha.com and we’ll get it set up monthly, quarterly, or bi-annually.

Leadership Code of Conduct
Standing Committee meeting minutes
Executive Committee meeting minutes
Board of Directors’ meeting minutes
2018 APHA Strategic Plan
APHA Financial Strength
Tips on Chairing Your APHA Committee
Marked for Greatness” video presentations

See you down the trail.

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