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APHA Announces Passing of Dr. Lyle “Doc” Wonderlich


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December 30, 2012

APHA Announces Passing of Dr. Lyle “Doc” Wonderlich

The American Paint Horse Association is saddened to announce the death of one of its foremost contributors, Dr. Lyle “Doc” Wonderlich of Twin Falls, Idaho. Doc lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease Sunday, December 30. A longtime member, national director and the 1989 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, Doc and his wife, Wilma June “Butch,” were both inducted into the American Paint Horse Association Hall of Fame in October.

Devoted to the Paint Horse community, Doc and Butch have been mainstays in APHA since the association’s founding in 1962. Together, the couple operated Roseacre Farm; owned and showed top horses like Nightwatcher, APHA’s first Supreme Champion gelding; and raised seven children. Their dedication to APHA regional clubs included numerous service positions, and Butch served as the association’s first female president in 1980.

Doc’s passion for Paint Horses extended to the Youth Development Fund and Heritage Foundation (now the American Paint Horse Foundation).

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 5th, at 2:00 PM at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Twin Falls, Idaho.


 About the American Paint Horse Association
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) 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 global 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 more than 55,000 active youth and adult members around the world. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit apha.com or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at facebook.com/americanpainthorse or on Twitter @APHANews and @WorldShow.