Markel APHA Professional Horsemen

The Markel Professional Horsemen program was established in November 2009 and was designed to seek out honest, upstanding equine professionals that are members of the American Paint Horse Association. Selected members of the program pledge to encourage professionalism, integrity, and fairness throughout the horse industry, particularly the Paint Horse industry. They will promote the breed and the Association at local Paint Horse shows and other equine events.

The American Paint Horse Association prides itself on having members of integrity and principle and some of the best equine professionals in the industry. The Markel APHA Professional Horsemen program recognizes professionals who are honest, ethical and trustworthy. These men and women wear a badge of honor as they represent our Association in a positive light. The by-laws of the Markel APHA Professional Horsemen program outline a Code of Ethics. This Code summarizes the ethical practices that members must follow whether pertaining to horse care, sale transactions or actions in the show arena.

Certified members receive a certificate suitable for framing, and a logo to add to a business card, ad or website. Members will be listed on the Markel APHA Professional Horsemen program web page. CINCH Jeans provides a complimentary long-sleeve, button-down shirt embroidered with the official logo to all new program members. Additional shirts are available for purchase on the PH Barn Door. The PH Barn Door also has several other items available for purchase exclusively for Pro Horsemen. To visit the collection please click here.



New Professional Horsemen Applicants


If you have any additional information regarding new Professional Horsemen Applicants please contact Sandy Jirkovsky [email protected]


Looking for a Markel APHA Professional Horsemen in your area? Click here to access the Markel Professional Horsemen Directory! 


To apply for Certification:

To become a Markel APHA Professional Horsemen member, one must be an equine professional, an APHA member in good standing, complete an application form and pay yearly dues of $25, provide four references, and read and agree to the Professional Horsemen Code of Ethics. Fill out the Professional Horsemen Application completely and don’t forget to sign the first page. Submit the completed form and applicable fees to APHA (if you aren’t a current APHA member, there is a section on the form where you can join). Your application will be submitted to the Professional Horsemen Review committee and you will be notified once a decision has been made regarding your application.


ONLINE APHA Professional Horsemen Application

Printable APHA Professional Horsemen Application

ONLINE APHA Professional Horsemen Certification RENEWAL  – For current APHA Professional Horsemen ONLY

Printable APHA Professional Horsemen Renewal For current APHA Professional Horsemen ONLY

Professional Horsemen Ambassador Program Sign Up For current APHA Professional Horsemen ONLY

Markel offers a 10% member association credit when you purchase a Commercial Equine Liability or Equi-Farm policy. Call (909) 938-3008 to speak with Markel representative Diane Paris, or email her [email protected].