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Zippos Sensation and Im Good To The Max claim top earner spots for 2020 Breeders’ Trust

2020 may have been a year full of uncertainty but one positive outcome was the increase in the Breeders’ Trust point value which resulted in larger payouts for exhibitors. The Breeders’ Trust continues to generate payouts to all who play a factor in the life of a foal, the stallion subscriber, breeder, and owner. In 2020, the Breeders’ Trust paid out more than $410,000 to participants, with a per-point value of $11.34. This increase came from a smaller number of points being paid out due to COVID-19 show cancellations. With increased shows in 2021, it is expected for the point value to decrease for the 2021 show year.

Starting with the 2020 show year, payouts under $50 will not be issued and those funds will be reverted to the subsequent year’s Trust fund, assisting in the stabilization of the point value. The previous minimum check value of $10 had not been changed since the program’s inception in 1994. With changing times, this adjustment will allow the Trust to stabilize itself annually with additional funding guaranteed. With the decrease in stallion participation funds, a trend that has occurred over the last several years; these additional funds will help keep the Breeders’ Trust program viable. The Breeders’ Trust checks were mailed March 23, so keep an eye on your mailbox.

APHA congratulates the 2020 Breeders’ Trust Leading Sire and Top Earner:

Breeders’ Trust 2020 Leading Sire: Zippos Sensation

1993 sorrel overo stallion by Zippo Pine Bar (QH) and out of Satin N Lace
Breeder: Joe Bachmuth, Cullman, Alabama
Owner: Simons Show Horses LLC, Aubrey, Texas

Owned by the Simons family since he was a yearling, Zippos Sensation (above, left) has been subscribed to the Breeders’ Trust every year since the program’s beginning. He has held the No. 1 Breeders’ Trust Leading Sire spot for an astounding 20 consecutive years. In 2020, “Zippo” had 68 foals earn 2,350 eligible points—that translates to Breeders’ Trust earnings worth $26,649. Of the 1,041 foals registered with APHA that were sired by “Zippo”, 695 were nominated to the Breeders’ Trust. Congratulations to Andrea Simons and everyone at Simons Show Horses on this extraordinary achievement!

Breeders’ Trust Top Earner: Im Good To The Max

2016 red roan overo gelding by Good To The Max and out of Elle Invitation (QH)
Nominator: William F Mauermann, Van Meter, Iowa
Owner: Jennifer Ross, Grayslake, Illinois
Stallion Subscriber: Richard Gilbert, Boaz, Alabama

Owned by Jennifer Ross since 2019, Im Good To The Max (above, right) earned 680 points in 2020 and a payout of $7,715.65. The gelding also captured the No. 1 spot on the 2020 Amateur Top 20 list with Jennifer and was number 8 on the Open Top 20 list.

To learn more about the Breeders’ Trust and how you can earn a piece of the payout, visit apha.com/showing/breederstrust or contact Director of Advertising and Incentive Programs Matt Arias at (817) 222-6441 or [email protected].

A full breakdown of the 2020 Breeders’ Trust payouts is included in the March April 2021 Paint Horse Journal, along with the 2020 Year-End Performance Review.


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