Real-life APHA members Jodie Distad & Chantel Jaenisch were the Top 2 vote-earning finalists in the annual Chrome Model Search, earning them a starring role in the Winter 2022 Chrome Western fashion issue.
Jodie (right) can often be found working seven days a week, juggling her farm, a horse breeding and training business, judging duties and personal life—but she says she wouldn’t have it any other way. The equestrienne from Albert Lea, Minnesota, is married and has two teenage boys who keep her on her toes.
A lifelong horse enthusiast, Chantel (left) grew up riding and showing Paints. Horses, she says, have a way of helping her through the ups and downs in life. Chantel works as a radiologic technologist in the healthcare industry, and she’s married to a farmer and has three children. She lives in Granite Falls, Minnesota.
“If it wasn’t for my faith in God, love of horses and the lifelong friends I’ve met along the way I don’t know where I’d be. Thanks to the APHA organization we’ve been able to continue those friendships by going to horse shows and staying connected,” she said.
About the Contest
The Chrome Model Search looks to our APHA member family to find fresh faces and unique personalities to star in the magazine’s annual Western fashion article and photo shoot. A pool of 12 finalists were selected by the Chrome staff, and public voting determined the two grand-prize winners, who are invited to star in the photo shoot in Fort Worth, Texas. Nearly 4,600 votes were cast in this year’s public voting.
Chrome magazine is published by the American Paint Horse Association, and is distributed to all APHA members and throughout the Fort Worth Stockyards. Chrome is the official magazine of Mule Alley at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
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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 in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.