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APHA celebrates the top exhibitors and Paints of 2015

The April 2016 issue of the Paint Horse Journal celebrates 2015’s top APHA exhibitors as they reflect on their successes and challenges. Though winning in the pen is necessary to climb to the No. 1 spot, each rider revealed there’s more to their stories than just blue ribbons and trophies. Be on the lookout for the April issue, arriving in mailboxes soon.

Congratulations to the following teams:

No. 1 Youth 13 & Under—Caroline Nielson & Sensational Dee
With the help of “Bambi,” Caroline accomplished a longtime goal by committing 100 percent to her riding.

No. 1 Youth 14–18—Alexandra Fink & Gallant Zippo
Alexandra and her stalwart partner “Gilly” relied on strong teamwork and their tight bond to capture the top title in their final Youth year.

No 1. Youth Solid Paint-Bred—Crystal Johnson & Invite Beth
Paired with a new rider, Invite Beth takes the title for the second year.

Youth Rookie of the Year—Mackenzie Blauwkamp & Skipa Delight
Triplet Mackenzie Blauwkamp stood out in her first year of APHA competition.

No. 1 Classic Amateur—Christine Weiser & Nighttime Sensation
Though her year of wins took Christine to the top, she measures her success by riding improvements instead of the number of ribbons she takes home.

No. 1 Masters Amateur—Coleen Bull & Timeless Assets
Coleen and “Tucson” capture their fifth consecutive year-end title despite fewer trips in the pen.

No. 1 Amateur Solid Paint-Bred—Kristy Doyle & O Where Is My Spot
Kristy and “Jasmine” have topped a number of year-end standings, but their first Amateur No. 1 title is their crowning accomplishment.

No. 1 Novice Amateur—Jill Silverberg & Send Roses Please
Jill Silverberg never planned to return to the show pen, but “Gilbert” stole her heart and took her to the top.

No. 1 Amateur Walk-Trot—Jeannie Lipphard & Instinctively Dirty
Green plus green equals buckles and blue ribbons for Jeannie and her young mount, “Sister.”

Amateur Rookie of the Year—Alexandra Larson & Only In The Spotlite
Alexandra went from triathlons to show circuits after getting back in the saddle with “Pokey.”

No. 1 Open Horse—Wicked Roses
Talent, teamwork and dedication brought “Stetson” to the top of the Open Horse charts.

No. 1 Open Solid Paint-Bred—O Where Is My Spot
From barrel racing one night to Western pleasure the next, “Jasmine” can do it all.

The Journal is your top source for information and stories about Paints and the people who love them. Subscribe, renew or order back issues today.


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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.