The American Paint Horse Foundation, the non-profit arm of the American Paint Horse Association that focuses on the higher education of youth and the preservation of the heritage of APHA, recently announced three new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The new board members were installed February 28, 2016; their initial three-year terms will expire in 2019.
An APHA lifetime member, Marylyn was born and raised in the Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, area; she and her husband, Paul, relocated to Lake Oswego, Oregon, in 2004. She has shown and bred horses for over 20 years, starting with the Appaloosa Horse Club and moving to APHA. She has had many world and reserve world champions in both breeds. The couple’s corporation—Preferred Medical Claim Solutions—is based in Scottsdale, but also has some employees based in Texas. They support the local clubs and both APHA World Championship Shows and are involved in a variety of charities, raising donations and obtaining sponsors. The couple has four children and four grandchildren.
Lifetime APHA member Kelly Boles Chapman of Bellevue, Michigan, brings a wealth of foundation, grant and fundraising experience to the board. A national director for APHA and AQHA, she is an approved judge for these and several other equine organizations. In other volunteer roles, she is chairman of the board of directors for the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, trustee for the Michigan Youth Scholarship Fund and trustee for the Pennfield Schools Educational Foundation. Kelly also serves as senior consultant and lead on the Battle Creek Community Foundation’s community leadership projects and initiatives. She has provided oversight to development, external grants, marketing & communications, and the youth alliance program. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech.
Ann Jones, a lifetime APHA member from Flowery Branch, Georgia, has four decades of experience as an equine professional and rancher as the owner of Ann Jones Cutting Horses. She has won many national and world titles in cutting and working cow horse events. Ann holds judges cards with 11 different associations, including APHA, ApHC and NSBA, and enjoys all aspects of judging. Ann has judged the World Wide Paint Horse Congress, the Color Breed Congress and several world shows. She is also an appointed member of the Georgia National Fair and Exposition.
Board members whose terms expired are: Preston Shaw of Parsons, Tennessee, and Grace Harris of Vancouver, Washington.
“I am so excited about the business acumen, experience and fresh perspective these three new members bring to the board,” APHF President Jackie Mellon said. “Their service will provide a wealth of benefits to the board and the American Paint Horse Foundation as a whole.”
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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international 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.