The Arizona Paint Horse Club honored its inaugural Hall of Fame class with an induction ceremony at the Copper Country Paint-O-Rama, which took place January 1–3 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Honorees included Colin and Jean Beals, Peggy Hanshaw, Jean Buzzard and My Painted Robin.
“Honoring people who have significantly contributed to the industry through our Hall of Fame is in keeping with our overall mission of promoting the breed,” Arizona Paint Horse Club President Delores Kuhlwein said. “Owning and competing with horses is a fantastic way for families to be active together and for Youth to learn responsibility and sportsmanship, but the work of managing the organization and hosting shows is immense. It takes the dedication and commitment of a lot of people. We believe those being inducted in our Arizona Paint Horse Club Hall of Fame are an inspiration.”
Colin and Jean Beals of Laveen, Arizona, have been involved with the Arizona Paint Horse Club since its establishment in 1963. Colin served as the founding APHC president in 1963 and has been an APHA national director representing Arizona since 1968. Colin served as APHA president in 1973 and 1974 and was inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame in 2014.
Peggy Hanshaw of Phoenix, Arizona, represented Arizona as a national director for 21 years and as an APHA alternate national director for five years. Peggy was a founding member of the Arizona Paint Horse Club and was influential in developing the rules for the Walk-Trot division at the national level. Peggy received the APHA Distinguished Service Award in 1998.
Jean Buzzard of Tucson, Arizona, served as Arizona Paint Horse Club president for three years and represented Arizona as an APHA national director for 30 years. Jean started the Copper Country Paint-O-Rama more than three decades ago and saw the show continue to grow into one of the largest Paint Horse shows in the United States; she was also an APHA Distinguished Service Award recipient in 1996.
My Painted Robin was one of the first Paint stallions to stand in the Southwest. A master of versatility, he earned points in roping, cutting, halter and was the 1973 national champion in Heading. The 1966 sorrel overo stallion by Painted Robin and out of Miss Revenue was a prolific sire, earning three Get of Sire national championships. His offspring have amassed more than 5,700 points and 25 APHA Champion titles. My Painted Robin was inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame in 2014.
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.