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American Paint Horse Association Announces Winners of Buckle Auctions
FORT WORTH, Texas – The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) conducted a pair of auctions this summer benefiting the American Paint Horse Foundation (APHF). Two very special limited-edition buckles, were designed by APHA Official Silversmith Gist to commemorate the association’s 50th anniversary, and were auctioned via eBay. More than $2,400 was raised through the auctions.
Judy Ford of Whitesboro, Texas, placed the winning bid on Buckle No. 50. An avid breeder, owner and exhibitor of Paint halter horses, Judy is a lifetime APHA member devoted to promoting her favorite breed of horses. She operates Ford Farms with her husband, Tommy; the program’s success stories include horses like Mr Shameless, Ford Shamelesscowgirl, FF Shez Irresistable, Kid Classic Sensation and Execute Rules.
The winning bid on Buckle No. 1 was made by Toby Pippin of Marietta, Georgia. Toby is also a lifetime APHA member who owns and has shown her Paint Horses in numerous events and disciplines. Some of her notable horses include The Artesian, an Amateur Versatility Award and Amateur Champion Award winner and open world champion, as well as You Bet Amigo who was APHA Supreme Champion No. 28.
The two winners also received a gold leaf on the American Paint Horse Foundation’s Heritage Tree located at APHA headquarters to honor their contribution..
Gist Silversmiths designed only 500 priceless buckles to commemorate APHA’s 50th anniversary. Gist also provides all of the trophy buckles given at the APHA World Championship Shows and for year-end awards to APHA members. To find out more about Gist, visit gistsilversmiths.com.
The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves over 64,000 active youth and adult members around the world.