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APHA to induct second Hall of Fame class during 2014 Convention

Ten outstanding members of Paint Horse history will be honored at the 2014 APHA Convention as they are inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place February 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during the APHA Convention in Irving, Texas.

The 2013 class of inductees includes five horses and five people who have significantly influenced the Paint Horse industry. They include:


  • Colonels Smokingun
  • Dixie’s War Drum
  • Indian Music
  • Sky Bar
  • Sky Top Bar


  • Ray Graves
  • Walter Merrick
  • Ed Roberts
  • Virdin Royse
  • Wanda Williams

“This class of inductees is filled with inspiring members of Paint Horse history,” Executive Director Billy Smith said. “From legendary sires and dams to influential breeders and changemakers, this group has truly shaped the Paint Horse industry.”

The Hall of Fame was introduced in 2012 as a way to celebrate APHA’s 50th anniversary and commemorate the breed’s colorful history. A five-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee led by Chairman John Hertner selected the inductees out of hundreds of nominees who meet induction criteria. Read about these honored history makers in the February 2014 Paint Horse Journal—subscribe or renew online.

Each inductee will receive an official APHA Hall of Fame Paint Horse statue designed by artist Clay Gant.

Register for the Convention

Convention Headquarters
Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport
4545 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063

January 28, 2014: Room rate deadline
Reservation number: (888) 627-8617
Book online

Discounted airfares can be booked online using code 5324BN or by calling the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at (800) 433-1970.



About APHA


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. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.

For more information, contact:
APHA Marketing
[email protected]
(817) 834-2742