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APHA Ride America program announces “Saddle Star” award winners

FORT WORTH—The American Paint Horse Association’s (APHA) Ride America program recently announced its 2011 “Saddle Stars” for the association’s 14 worldwide zones.

This year-end award is given to the rider in each zone who logs the most hours annually (January 1-December 31). The Saddle Stars for 2011 are:

Zone 1 – Sassy Sugar Pride and Christina Klein of Yakima, Washington
Zone 2 – Docs Solid Impression and Sue Dekalb of Gilroy, California
Zone 3 – Aces Triple Fire and Cheryl Payne of Colorado City, Colorado
Zone 4 – Sparks A Dancin and Kent Midgett of Robstown, Texas
Zone 5 – RPL Decisive Angel and Cindy Anderson of Milton, Wisconsin
Zone 6 – Shilohs Triple Spots, Jamars Spots and Sheza Sierra Gold with Deanna Boyd of Mena, Arkansas
Zone 7 – Imprint Miakoda Clu and Dudesmidnight Satinka with Barbara Savoy of Reinolds, Pennsylvania
Zone 8 – Zip A Tat Tat and Shirley Hart of Leesburg, Ohio
Zone 9 – HR Kidnights Clu and Kidnight Color Design with Tammy Dobek of Marianna, Florida
Zone 10 – Socketts High Socks, Miss Tin Dancer, and Miami Ink with Ainsley Nickel of Codette, Saskatchewan, Canada
Zone 11 – Mae West Holliday and Lysane Cree of Kanesatake, Province du Quebec, Canada
Zone 12 – Allstar Crash Hancock and Stephen Cox of Carbury-County, Kildare, Ireland
Zone 13 – none
Zone 14 – HMF Perception and Lee Ann Hall of Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

The Ride America program is designed for anyone riding an American Paint Horse. Program participants enroll their horse and log their hours in the saddle, moving up through the 14 achievement levels—from 100 to 10,000 hours—with those hours permanently recorded on the horse’s official lifetime performance record. Participants also earn patches, certificates of achievement and discounts on Ride America clothing, tack and trail riding accessories. To find out more about Ride America, see APHA.com/rideamerica or call (817) 222-6439.

About APHA
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves over 64,000 active youth and adult members around the world.