In honor of their tenure as longtime Paint Horse breeders, Gregg Reisinger of Eldora, Iowa, and Dennis Graff of Hubbell, Nebraska, were awarded the inaugural Gregg Reisinger Paint Horse Breeder Legacy Award; the award was bestowed upon them in July 2021 but was formally presented at the 2022 APHA Convention and 60th anniversary celebration on February 26 as part of the General Membership Meeting Session I in Fort Worth, Texas.
Developed based on input from the Breed Integrity Advisory Committee, the breeder legacy award honors longtime Paint Horse producers when they reach the milestone of 50 foal crops registered with APHA. The award was named in honor of late Past President Gregg Reisinger, who is APHA’s lifetime leading breeder of performance Paint Horses (by points earned and point-earners) as well as halter point-earners.
Congratulations to the inaugural recipients:
APHA Past President Gregg Reisinger has raised Paint Horses since 1963, registering more than 1,450 foals over 57 crop years—55 of which have been consecutive years of APHA registration. He stood a number of top Paint stallions, including Dirty Sonny and Dirty Rocki; both stallions, as well as Gregg, were inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame. The horseman continues to top the APHA Lifetime Leading Breeders List for Performance Point Earners, Performance Points Earned and Halter Point Earners. Gregg died in 2020, and this award—which was named in his honor—will be presented posthumously.
With more than 400 registered foals to his credit, Dennis has been an APHA breeder since 1963 and raised 54 foal crops, including 50 consecutive years of APHA-registered offspring. One of his first foals, King’s Kitten, became a national champion reining horse and an APHA Champion. Others, like world champion halter mare Outrageously Loud, helped Dennis earn a spot on the APHA Lifetime Leading Breeders List for Halter Points Earned.
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