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Fourth APHA Hall of Fame class to be inducted

Movers. Shakers. Legends. From founding legendary breeding programs to helping transform APHA into a major player in the equine industry, the three husband-wife teams, two horsemen and five Paint Horses selected as the 2015 APHA Hall of Fame class have left an impact on the Paint Horse Breed. They include:


  • Henry & Linda Bowlan, Oklahoma
  • Jim & Roann Cartwright, Texas
  • Bill & Linda Hittle, Kansas
  • Cotton Rosser, California
  • Lewis Wartchow, Oklahoma


  • Bonnie Smoke #64,935
  • Delta Flyer #96,085
  • Rhett Butler #6
  • Ratchett #33,915
  • Sacred Indian #127,999
“Part of our calling as APHA members is to remember the past and honor those who have made today’s APHA possible,” Executive Director Billy Smith said. “The honorees of the 2015 Hall of Fame class have certainly helped make APHA the world-class association it is today.”

hof-phj_1301Introduced in 2012, the Hall of Fame and its Selection Committee is carrying on the tradition of commemorating the breed’s colorful history with each class of legendary horses and horsemen. The 2015 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on February 28, 2016, during the APHA Convention in Richmond, Virginia. Each inductee will receive an official APHA Hall of Fame Paint Horse statue designed by artist Clay Gant of Cowboy Bronze.

For more information about attending the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact Theresa Brown or call (817) 222-6403. Hall of Fame inductees will be featured in the February 2016 Paint Horse Journal.

 [Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal 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.