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2021 AjPHA Make Your Mark Art & Photo Contest winners selected

By Isabel Schween

APHA is excited to announce the winners of the of the annual Make Your Mark Art & Photo Contest! After receiving dozens of submissions and carefully deliberating over who this year’s victors would be, it is with great honor that APHA crowns the 2021 winners. This year’s contest featured two age divisions—13 & Under and 14–18—and encouraged Youth members to submit artwork featuring an American Paint Horse. This round of entries featured some of our favorite pieces yet, and we are lucky to have such talented Youth members.

Congratulations to the following AjPHA members:

13 & Under Division

1st Place: Celia Heinbuch
2nd Place: Blair Rozas
3rd Place: Dakota O’Rourke

14-18 Division

1st Place: Ava Eileen Woody
2nd Place: Madison Mendes
3rd Place: Samantha Johnson


In addition to recognition, each division’s winners will receive monetary awards: first place wins $125, second earns $75 and third wins $50. These young artists will also have their artwork and photographs displayed at the upcoming APHA World Championship Show. Stop by the Richard-Bass building during the World Show in Fort Worth to check out these talented AjPHA members’ work!

Questions? Contact Megan McMullen at [email protected]


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About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.