Our APHA members are unique, just like the Paint Horses we love, and Chrome magazine is proud to showcase this individuality in our magazine … especially when we feature real APHA members starring in our annual Western fashion showcase.
Once again, we’re excited to ask for your help picking the stars of our Winter 2020 Chrome fashion issue from the ranks of talented APHA members. A team of Chrome photographers and art directors sifted through more than 60 entries this year to narrow the field to our Top 10 cowgirls and cowboys. Check out their bios below, vote for your favorites at apha.com/publications/chromemagazine/model-search and make sure your membership is current so you don’t miss an issue of Chrome, an amazing APHA member benefit and official magazine of Mule Alley in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Voting is open through May 31 (11:59 pm, CST) and limited to 1 vote per device. An APHA membership is not required to vote.
Anthony Leier, 29, Texas
I own/operate Leier Performance Horses in Gordonville, Texas, where I train APHA, AQHA and ApHC Western and hunter yearling longe line horses, along with manage and breed a herd of 18-20 mares. My operation is centered around raising top quality young horses and making sure that they have a solid foundation.
Anna Lengstrand, 34, British Columbia
I’m a Swedish-born and -raised mountain and horsewoman who moved to BC, Canada, to do a ski season 10 years ago. I fell in love with the wild majestic mountain landscape, and now have my own little ranch/farm with my Canadian fiancé. We have two Paint Horses and a former wild horse. Since leaving Sweden I have now pursued Western-styled horsemanship. I have done random modeling gigs since my late teens, and today I love working together in front of the camera with my matching Paint Horses.
Macey Blouw, 20, Michigan
I show and ride AQHA/APHA horses, and my fiancé and I have spent the last two years building a live training platform where we have been helping people ride and work with their horses at home. We’ve traveled all over the world, and it’s been an amazing experience getting to know everyone and help people throughout the industry realize that they can compete at a national level by creating a willing partner in their horse!
Katelyn Huffman, 25, Utah
I was born and raised on a large ranch in Eastern Utah. I have been successful at the Amateur level in 10+ different disciplines on the back of various American Paint Horses. Upon completion of my Master’s Degree this spring, I plan to follow in my mother’s footsteps by attempting success at the professional level in barrel racing. I look forward to continuing to breed and train my family’s APHA horses in order to reach my goals and continue to promote the breed that raised me.
Catherine Bennett, 65, Florida
At 65 years of age, I do feel very unique and special. I admire the fact that I ride my Paint, “Ricky,” four to five times a week. I’m a good rider and I love to show my horse. I don’t worry about what others my say about me and my horse. I love my life!
Kindra Pirtle, 44, Kansas
I am a wife and mother of five kids, ages 3 to 18 years old. We live on a ranch where we raise 250 cows and 2,330 acres of Flint Hills grass and hay/alfalfa. I have four horses, and I barrel race. One is a 2-year-old Paint/Quarter Horse that I look forward to entering the PBRIP side pots someday. I also am in corporate sales; I sell PEMF machines for horses/humans.
Kenzi Pogue, 29, Texas
I am a professional barrel racer, and I have my WPRA card. I ran and owned the great Paint mare Chasin Perks, and now I run the APHA stud Jet Streakin.
Calisto Harvalias, 33, Georgia
I am a former fashion model/actor who travels constantly with business and just love animals, especially horses. I just purchased my first Paint colt and look forward to discover all the wonderfulness of APHA. I believe in striving to be the best me as possible and spread humanitarianism and love.
Leah Currie, 25, Alberta
I am the assistant trainer at LaPlaine QH & Paints in Sundre, AB. I have been showing Quarter Horses for around 20 years and have been showing Paints for the last five years. I’m passionate about breeding and training outstanding horses, and am planning on spending my life doing so. I am also currently working toward my APHA judging card. I have a biology degree, but horses have always been my true calling.
Raygan Follis, 18, Texas
My family and friends call me Ray. I love the great outdoors and wide open spaces. I am adventurous, funny, kind and love spending time with family and friends.
I have been a horse-crazy girl since the age of 6 and started showing in APHA events when I was 12. I love being with my horses and thrive on putting in the work to accomplish my goals. My horses have provided many opportunities to make lifelong friends and memories and they have helped me grow in my personal journey. I can’t imagine a life without a horse in it.