Regional clubs are a vital part of APHA, and each year the association recognizes organizations that demonstrate excellence in promoting the Paint Horse breed and serving members as well as their local communities.
Five regional clubs were recently awarded the President’s Club of Distinction award—APHA’s highest recognition for a regional club. The clubs will be recognized at the 2016 APHA Convention, which takes place February 26–29 in Richmond, Virginia.
The 2015 President’s Club of Distinction winners are:
- Arizona Paint Horse Club
- Southwest Washington Paint Horse Club
- Texas Paint Horse Club
- Virginia Paint Horse Club
- Washington State Paint Horse Club
Clubs receiving honorable mention recognition are:
To be considered for the Club of Distinction award, clubs must have previously reached Gold Star status and demonstrate the qualities of a premier regional club—outstanding promotion and public service to Paint Horses and their supporters. This dedication can be shown through fundraisers, benefits, social gatherings, Youth activities and special promotions while encouraging community service.
“Recognizing clubs on a national level is an integral part of APHA’s drive to focus on its members,” Regional Club Manager Julie Haney said. “Our goals as an association are to reward excellence and highlight the amazing membership we have.”
APHA also recognized Indiana Paint Horse Club and Paint Horse Club Germany as new Gold Star Clubs for 2015. Gold Star clubs offer a variety of activities and are active in their communities, as well as hosting trail rides and promotional events. Gold Star status must be renewed every five years. A full list of current Gold Star clubs, along with more information about this recognition program, is available on apha.com/clubs.
For more information about the Club of Distinction program or to find a club near you, visit apha.com/clubs.
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