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APHA breeder Gregg Reisinger receives national award

APHA Past President and 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Reisinger of Eldora, Iowa, was awarded the National Pedigreed Livestock Council’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions stemming from a lifetime of breeding of Paint Horses and APHA involvement.

Also honored by NPLC were Sharon McLin of Colorado, a Shire horse breeder who received the NPLC Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, and Amy Smith of the American Berkshire Association, West Lafayette, Indiana, who received the NPLC Continuous Service Award.

The American Paint Horse Association hosted the annual meeting of the National Pedigree Livestock Council May 1–3 in Fort Worth, Texas. The meeting took place in the shadow of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, a location steeped in a rich livestock trading history and the future home of APHA, the world’s second-largest equine breed association. APHA is planning to relocate its international headquarters to the site in late 2018. Attendees received an exclusive tour of the multimillion-dollar Fort Worth Stockyards redevelopment project.

Representatives from more than 50 different industry groups and breed associations attend the annual NPLC meeting, which is hosted by a member organization each year. A mix of education and idea sharing, the NPLC annual meeting affords members the opportunity to exchange experiences with one another, as well as elect NPLC officers and share committees’ progress reports. This year’s conference theme was “Managing Change for the Future” and included discussions on DNA, humane treatment, reaching millennials and more.

“Gregg was the obvious choice to represent APHA during the conference as a model for our industry,” APHA Executive Director Billy Smith said.

APHA is a member of NPLC, which represents an organization of executive officers of the various nonprofit breed associations of dairy, horse and pony, sheep, goat, swine and beef species. The Council is an opportunity for the executive officers of different species and breed groups to interchange ideas and learn from one another techniques of fulfilling the individual association objectives.


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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 creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.