In conjunction with the 2015 APHA Convention, Ron Shelly will take over the reins of the association as APHA president. Ron, a horseman from Georgetown, Texas, has been a longtime member of APHA—a Paint Horse owner since the 1980s and exhibitor since the ’90s, Ron has also served as an APHA national director since 2002. He was elected to the Executive Committee in 2009.
The combination of a business-focused background and absolute passion for the American Paint Horse has helped Ron bring the best to his role on the Executive Committee. He hopes to continue that momentum going forward to reach people interested in horses and bring them to the unique Paint Horse breed.
“I enjoy the camaraderie of the people involved in the association, and I hope this can be perpetuated for many generations,” Ron said. “I want people to find the opportunity through participation in our many APHA programs to build good memories for years to come.”
The Paint Horse Journal recently sat down with Ron to learn more about his background and goals for his presidency—check out the full article in the March 2015 Paint Horse Journal. Subscribe or renew at phj.apha.com/subscription or by calling (817) 222-6430.
Ron will take office on March 2 in the second session of the APHA Board of Directors meeting; the Executive Committee elections and rule change proposal voting take place at that meeting, as well.
All APHA members and Paint Horse enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the 2015 APHA Convention—with a mix of educational sessions, socials and APHA business, the Convention is a great place to meet passionate APHA members from around the world and share your thoughts on the future of the association. Learn more about Convention opportunities here, and view a tentative schedule of events here.
The 2015 Convention takes place February 27–March 2 at the DFW Marriott at Champions Circle in Fort Worth, Texas. Convention is free to attend, but space is limited, so advance registration is encouraged. Register online at apha.com/events/convention or contact Convention Director Theresa Brown at (817) 222-6403 or by email.
Come a day early and enjoy a North Texas Farm Tour or play in the APHF Charity Golf Tournament on February 26. Youth are encouraged to attend the 2015 Youth Leadership Conference, which takes place concurrently with the Convention February 27–March 1; learn more about the YLC and register by contacting Director of Youth Activities Christine Henry at (817) 222-6436 or by email.
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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.