In 2015, APHA served more than 50,000 active members around the world. To accommodate this active list of members, APHA approved more than 1,160 shows around the world last year, with more than 302,000 entries logged. Nearly 1,300 horses competed in the two World Championship Shows, one held in June and the other in November. And that’s in addition to the other great programs and services from APHA that help enrich members’ experiences with their Paint Horses.
These facts, figures and more can be found in the new APHA 2015 Annual Report, available online at apha.com. For the second year, the Annual Report is presented in digital-only format. The report also highlights major achievements of American Paint Horses and APHA members in 2015.
Once again, big, bold images present some of the year’s high points and the information is navigated like a website. Charts build on the fly and sections expand and collapse, eliminating endless scrolling.
APHA continues to be the second-largest stock horse breed association in the world, reporting 2015 as its second consecutive profitable year since 2009.
During 2015, APHA reduced a number of registration fees, including lower fees for cropout Paints.
For the second year in a row, the largest growth in APHA members that show horses was the Amateur Walk-Trot division, experiencing a 10% growth from 2014. The Open/Amateur World Championship Show entries and horses were also up over 2014 numbers.
The Paint Barrel Racing Incentive Program once again increased the number of events from 2014—this time by 11%. Program enrollments were also up 11% while the PBRIP payouts were up 15%.
In the Paint racing world, the number of races and purse money were up in 2015. Royal Quick Flash overtook Judys Lineage as an elite sire of Paint racehorses, with earnings of more than $5.8 million. The 1996 sorrel overo stallion is by Royal Quick Dash ( QH) and out of Venice Song (QH).
APHA named its fourth Hall of Fame class, composed of five individuals and five horses. Henry & Linda Bowlan, Jim & Roann Cartwright, Bill & Linda Hittle, Cotton Rosser and Lewis Wartchow were the horsemen nominees while Bonnie Smoke, Delta Flyer, Rhett Butler, Ratchett and Sacred Indian represented the Paint Horse breed.
The horse world was talking about APHA after the 2015 Youth World Championship Show offered more than $165,000 in scholarship prizes to AjPHA members at the premier event. Included were scholarships for top finishers in 80 world championship performance and halter classes, along with scholarships for rookie exhibitors, randomly selected entries and other special events. Scholarship money was provided by the American Paint Horse Foundation, as well as private donations from APHA members and industry supporters.
The 2015 APHA Annual Report has been developed to work on smart phones and tablets as well as laptop and desktop computers. To optimize your enjoyment, make sure the web browser of your choice has been upgraded to the most recent version. To browse the Annual Report, visit apha.com/annualreport.
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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 creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.