APHA Hall of Fame member Bill Hittle of Hugoton, Kansas, died August 16. APHA sends its condolences to Bill’s family, friends and acquaintances.
Bill and wife Linda were married in 1963. Amid sprawling acres of fertile farmland where they raised grain crops and ran a large cattle operation, the Hittles found a niche producing top-quality Paint Horses equally suited for the show ring or the ranch.
Bill built a world-class breeding program around his prized Paint stallion Ratchett, also an APHA Hall of Fame inductee. The Hittles bred 169 registered Paints, most sired by Ratchett or his sons, and their foals proved popular commodities, often selling sight unseen to prospective buyers.
A lifetime member since 1982, Bill was elected to the APHA Executive Committee in 1996 and served as APHA president in 2001-2002.
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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 promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.