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APHA celebrates four horsemen with judge emeritus award

Four longstanding APHA judges will be recognized by the association with the Emeritus Award at the 2017 APHA Convention February 24–27 in Irving, Texas. The award recognizes outstanding judges who have dedicated their careers to judging APHA-approved events; recipients receive a commemorative trophy and customized Gist Silversmiths belt buckle.

2016 honorees are:

  • Fred Adam  (1977-2010)
  • Floyd M. Danley  (1983-2014)
  • Jim Jirkovsky  (1991-2016)
  • Dan Moreland  (1984-2016)

“Our equine community and our top-quality breed was built through the hard work of leaders such as Fred, Floyd, Jim and Dan,” APHA Director of Judges Dave Dellin said. “Their dedication to excellence in their vital industry roles is truly exemplary; it is an honor to recognize our judges’ commitment to Paint Horses.”

To be considered for the Emeritus Award, a judge must have at least 25 years of service or judged 150 APHA-approved events (25 years of service or 65 events for European-only judges); voluntarily retire with an excellent record; and be in good standing with the Judges Committee, with no disciplinary actions, probations or suspensions on their records. Applicants must be approved by the Judges Committee on an individual basis according to their records. Deceased judges who meet these award requirements will be considered.

For consideration, judges who meet these requirements must complete the Emeritus Award application and submit it to APHA before November 20. To learn more about this award, contact Show & Contest Manager Amanda Cormack by email.

Don’t forget! ALL APHA members are invited and encouraged to attend Convention. Learn more and make plans here. 


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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.