The American Paint Horse Foundation recently announced the addition Laurie Roden of Phoenix, Arizona, to the organization’s Board of Directors. Laurie’s initial three-year term will expire in 2021, with the option to serve for another three years. The APHF is the non-profit arm of the American Paint Horse Association that focuses on the higher education of Youth members and the preservation of APHA’s heritage.
Laurie, a lifetime APHA member, brings a wealth of experience to her new volunteer position. She has competed on Paint Horses in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California, Texas, Utah and Oklahoma. Her Amateur show career is well rounded; Laurie’s enjoyed success in halter, hunter under saddle, hunt-seat equitation, Western pleasure, horsemanship, showmanship, Western riding, barrel racing, pole bending and stake race.
Laurie has been involved in the Arizona Paint Horse Club for several years and is active on the club’s board. She is an employee-owner and group president of HDR Field Services—a firm specializing in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services with more than 10,000 employees in 225 global locations. She and her husband, Randy, own several broodmares that they breed for halter, English, Western and speed events. The couple has two grown daughters.
“We are fortunate as a foundation to have someone with Laurie’s business expertise and loyalty to the Paint Horse community,” APHA Executive Director Billy Smith said.
Laurie joins APHF’s existing board members: President Tom Crowley of Kellogg, Minnesota; Capital Campaign Chair Marylyn Caliendo of Pilot Point, Texas; Kelly Boles Chapman of Bellevue, Michigan; Suzonne Franks of Cisco, Texas; Mike Holloway of Brandon, Mississippi; Ann Jones of Flowery Branch, Georgia; Robin Robinett of Brazil, Indiana; Jennifer Sheriff of Sheffield, Iowa; and Dr. Maurice Wilkinson of Shiner, Texas.
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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. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.