LeaderCare 9.8.21


2021 APHA Breeders’ Futurity – Halter Classes

WCHA Breeder’s Championship Futurity

Big Money Futurity

September 27-October 3

Fort Worth, Texas

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Prestigious APHA National Shows Return in 2021

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Eastern National Championships

World Equestrian Center

Ocala, Florida

September 16 -19, 2021

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Western National Championships

South Point Arena & Equestrian Center

Las Vegas, Nevada

October 7-10, 2021

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Collegiate ranch competitors to vie for top hand honors

The Top-Hand Collegiate Ranch Competition, co-hosted by the American Paint Horse Association and Stock Horse of Texas, is set to crown champions in Fort Worth, Texas, October 2, 2021 during the Lone Star gathering at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex.   

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Team USA defends title in 2021 Youth World Games

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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.

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Hall of Fame

Nomination Deadline

December 1, 2021

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The Vaquero Gathering

Fort Worth Stockyards

October 8-10, 2021

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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


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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.
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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.
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 APHA Staff Spotlight


 Holly Slaughter                                                                                                                             Senior Director of APHA Events

No stranger to the equine breed association world, Holly joined the APHA team in 2006. She earned a bachelor of science degree in agribusiness  management from Washington State University. She grew up showing Quarter Horses and other livestock and still enjoys attending and  participating in equine and livestock events. She loves traveling and spending time with her family, friends and pets.

2021-2022 AjPHA Executive Committee Officers Announcement

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On the road again?

APHA Xtras & US Rider have you covered

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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