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Karen Banister named 2022 Markel Professional Horseman of the Year

Esteemed horsewoman Karen Banister of Brighton, Colorado, is APHA’s 2022 Professional Horseman of the Year.

Active with APHA since her youth, Karen continues to be a tireless promoter of the Paint Horse breed. She has served as a state director since 1999, leading several committees and task force groups. She has been an APHA Professional Horseman since 2018.

Karen and her family operate White Harvest Farms. Her passion is raising and training exceptional equine athletes and developing her riders’ skills. She a carded judge with APHA, NSBA, AQHA, ApHC and PtHA.

Start making plans now to join APHA on June 30, 2023, in Fort Worth, Texas, to celebrate Karen and other 2022 year-end award winners as well as the latest class of the APHA Hall of Fame:

  • Lynn Simons
  • Fred Tabor
  • Pat Trebesch
  • Craig Wood
  • RH Mr Imprint
  • Un Zip Me

The 2023 Hall of Fame & Awards Ceremony takes place June 30 at 6 p.m. in the Round Up Inn in the Amon Carter Building at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, in conjunction with the APHA World Championship Show.

Other year-end award winners to be honored at the event include:

  • High-Point Open Exhibitor:  Karen Qualls
  • Judge Emeritus:  Mike Baker, Cindy Rucker, Maryanne Willoughby, Scot Jackson, Debby Letham, John Letham, Rick McLain, Bonnie Miller, Mike Short
  • Don Manuello Ring Steward Award:  Carla McMullen

Stay tuned as we continue to announce recipients for the Top Five Stallion Owners, President’s Gold Star Award, President’s Clubs of Distinction and the Distinguished Service Award.

It’s sure to be a night to remember! Come celebrate these trailblazers with your APHA family.

Tickets are going fast—reserve your spot here.


[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 in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.