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Staff promotions and new faces at APHA

APHA is proud to announce the promotion of several employees while concurrently welcoming several new staff members to the Paint Horse family.

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Working at APHA since 2011, Shannon Rogers was recently promoted to the position of marketing manager; previously, she was the APHA gift show manager and sponsor services coordinator. Shannon graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a degree in business administration. In her new role, Shannon will provide marketing support to all APHA departments and manage the APHA Xtras program while also continuing her responsibilities in sponsor fulfillment for both Corporate Partners and the World Show. A lifelong equestrian, Shannon has been riding since age 6 and especially enjoys trail riding with her Paint, Duke.

alannah-webNew to APHA is Alannah Castro, who joins the Marketing & Communications team as assistant editor. Growing up in Oregon City, Oregon, Alannah graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in agricultural communications. She has interned with various organizations, including the National Reining Horse Association and Phelps Media Group. In addition to working with APHA’s publications—the Paint Horse Journal, Chrome and Flash—Alannah also joins the association’s social media team and assists with daily news coverage on apha.com and the publications’ companion websites. Alannah grew up riding and showing hunter-jumpers and dressage aboard a tobiano Paint gelding.

Lea Hanson is the newest addition to APHA’s MemberCare team, where she helps members with their inquiries and transactions everyday. Previously, Lea worked in the oil and gas and finance industries. The granddaughter of a longtime stock horse trainer, Lea is excited to come back to her roots as a member of the APHA team.

A member of the APHA family since 1989, Assistant Director of Show and Contest Candy Jebavy is taking over APHA’s Breeders’ Trust and Breeders’ Futurity programs. This comes in addition to Candy’s other roles in the Performance Department, which include drug testing manager and World Show secretary. Riding since age 5, Candy is a lifelong horse owner with experience in various disciplines; her current project is Brees Sgt Pepper, a 2012 brown tobiano homebred gelding.

edit__dec4067New to the APHA team is Manager of Show & Contest Amanda Cormack. A graduate of the University of Findlay with degrees in Western equestrian studies, equine business management and animal science, Amanda previously worked at the National Snaffle Bit Association as the Breeders’ Championship Futurity and Stallion Incentive Fund program coordinator. At APHA, she’ll assist with the management of the judges and Professional Horsemen programs; Amanda will help with APHA World Championship Show event coordination and be part of the World Show Horse Show Office team.

edit__dec4063Kirstin Hansen joins the APHA team as the Performance Department Assistant. As such, she’ll assist with all performance programs and event coordination, process Paint Alternative Competition results, and manage contracts and other arrangements for the APHA World Championship Shows. Kirstin’s background in event management and administrative assistance, along with her personal experience in the horse industry showing Arabians, will be an asset for the Performance Department and APHA. She currently owns a National Show Horse mare named Windwalkers Heart.

“Our employees are one of APHA’s greatest assets,” Executive Director Billy Smith said. “These individuals, along with the entire APHA staff, will help move the association forward.”

Please welcome these APHA stewards in their new roles.


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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.