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Chrome crowns inaugural APHA Member Model Search winners

APHA members are a lot of things: confident, stylish and never afraid to stand out in a crowd, to name a few. Now, two lucky Paint Horse enthusiasts can add “model” to their list, too.

Chrome, APHA’s Western lifestyle magazine, realized the star power of the association’s members and decided to select two equestrians to headline its popular Fall Fashion Issue. More than 160 members threw their hats into the ring for consideration, and after much deliberation, the field was narrowed to 10 finalists: five men and five women.

The grand-prize winners of Chrome’s inaugural APHA Member Model Search are Karly Furnas of Alvaton, Kentucky, and Sid Karr of Aubrey, Texas. They were selected from a pool of more than 160 candidates and rose to the top of our week-long public online voting, which saw more than 2,700 unique votes cast for our 10 finalists.

Karly Furnas

A 22-year-old from Alvaton, Kentucky, Karly has been an APHA member for more than 10 years. She’s owned and shown a number of Paints, including Cool N Candid, her 2004 sorrel overo gelding who earned the No. 1 Open Horse title in 2013.

“I view myself as unique for my passion of knowledge and life itself. I am also a very driven person who strives for perfection in everything that I do, whether that be riding and showing Paint Horses or my scholastic endeavors,” she said.

Sid Karr

A longtime APHA member and world champion, Sid Karr is from Aubrey, Texas. The 49-year-old has been involved with horses since his childhood and says a strong foundation has contributed to his success at the world and national level.

“Reaching a 40-year milestone in the horse industry has been a rewarding accomplishment,” Sid said. “I am very honored and proud to be a part of the APHA association and family.”


As the APHA Member Model Search grand-prize winners, Karly and Sid are invited to star in Chrome’s fall fashion feature, including travel and accommodations for the photo shoot, a Chrome gift bag and an exclusive online article.

Chrome also congratulates our other Top 10 finalists (listed below), along with everyone who applied and voted in this contest. We’re excited to feature our homegrown talent in the Fall 2014 issue of Chrome—watch for it in your mailboxes in mid-October.

Chrome is mailed to all current APHA members in North America, and available digitally to all members worldwide, so make sure your membership is current to ensure you receive this special issue. JOIN


Casey Houseman, Newalla, Oklahoma

Jessica Izaguirre, Glendale, Arizona

Melanie Beck, Garrison, Montana

Eryl Masters, Traverse City, Michigan

Chester “Chet” Sadberry, Newalla, Oklahoma

Brian Brady, North Little Rock, Arkansas

Jason Boegle, Fernley, Nevada

Keith Heritage, Archer, Florida

Our grand-prize winners and finalists take home a slew of great prizes from Y Knot Branded, Kender West, PinkSpurs & Co., CINCH Jeans, Rhed Lucy, Chelsea Collette Collections, LoulaBelle Jewelry and the APHA General Store. Thanks to all of our generous sponsors!


 [Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Chrome and a link provided back to apha.com.]

About APHA
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.