From a wooden kitchen table and a handful of registrations to becoming the world’s second-largest equine breed association, APHA and the Paint Horse breed enjoys its current position of prominence thanks to the visionary efforts of the great horsemen and Paint Horses who came before us.
To be inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame requires a lifetime of achievement and a legacy that has impacted the association and the breed. Without fail, inductees worked in their own ways to champion the Paint Horse and made a lasting impact for future generations.
The honored inductees of the 2017 APHA Hall of Fame class are:
Ronny Stallings, Aubrey, Texas
Elegant April #197,736
Zippos Sensation #255,564
“We’ve set the Hall of Fame bar very high, and each year the selection process gets harder and harder,” Executive Director Billy Smith said. “The committee picked an excellent slate of inductees for the 2017 class.”
Introduced in 2012, the Hall of Fame and its selection committee is carrying on the tradition of commemorating the breed’s colorful history with each class of legendary horses and horsemen. The 2017 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on March 4, 2018, during the 2018 APHA Convention at the DFW Marriott North in Irving, Texas. Each inductee will receive an official APHA Hall of Fame Paint Horse statue designed by artist Clay Gant of Cowboy Bronze.
For more information about attending the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact Theresa Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hall of Fame inductees will be featured in the February 2018 issue of Paint Horse Journal.
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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. Its mission is to inspire, nurture, promote and provide meaningful experiences to generations interested in preserving the versatile Paint Horse.