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American Paint Horse Association Hosts Convention in San Antonio

FORT WORTH, Texas—The American Paint Horse Association’s (APHA’s) Annual Convention and Membership Meeting concluded recently in San Antonio, Texas, where about 100 leaders of the association met to elect the group’s executive committee, decide on rule change proposals and work within committees to continue to advance the popular horse breed organization.

APHA’s newly elected executive committee now includes:

President Richard Cox, Knightstown, Ind.

President-elect Carl Thurow, Wichita, Kan.

Vice President John Corbin, Colorado Springs, Color.

Senior Committee Member Linda Vance, Winlock, Wash.

Fifth Committee Member Dr. Travis Titlow, Lincoln, Calif.

Sixth Committee Member Scot Jackson, Stephenville, Texas

Immediate Past President Carl Parker, Marriott-Slaterville, Utah

The APHA executive committee will help lead the 100,000-member horse breed organization for the upcoming year.

In other action, APHA directors voted on legislation that specifically addressed the issue of registering cloned horses. Directors decided that horses produced by any cloning process will not eligible for APHA registration. For a complete list of approved rule changes, visit http://www.apha.com/forms/rulebooks.html.

Also during the convention, APHA took time to recognize several of its exemplary regional clubs. Select clubs were awarded “Gold Star” and “Clubs of Distinction” status.

Gold Star Clubs excel in their service to members by hosting fundraising activities, benefits, social gatherings, youth activities and special promotions. They are also involved in community service.

This year’s award-winning Gold Star Club recipients included:

· Empire State Paint Horse Club

· Gulf Coast Paint Horse Club

· Minnesota Paint Horse Association

· Nebraska Paint Horse Club

· New England Paint Horse Club

· South Dakota Paint Horse Club

· Texas Paint Horse Club

· Washington State Paint Horse Club

Clubs of Distinction honors were awarded to five clubs selected from among the Gold Star Clubs. Three clubs earned Clubs of Distinction Honorable Mention. These clubs undergo an extensive application process and provide detailed examples of their accomplishments.

Clubs of Distinction award-winners included:

· Garden State Paint Horse Club

· Indiana Paint Horse Club

· New England Paint Horse Club

· Rocky Mountain Paint Horse Association

· Washington State Paint Horse Club

Honorable mentions went to:

· Delmarva Paint Horse Club

· Pennsylvania Paint Horse Club

· Texas Paint Horse Club

APHA also recognized an outstanding member, Pauli Crull of Monticello, Indiana, with its Distinguished Service Award. It is one of the highest honors a member can receive.

Crull was recognized for more than 30 years of dedicated service to APHA, including 29 years on the association’s board of directors.

APHA’s next Annual Convention will be held October 3-6, 2007, in Louisville, Kentucky.

More information

Currently, American Paint Horses are being registered at APHA’s Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters at a rate of more than 40,000 horses each year. APHA has registered more than 870,000 horses in 49 nations and territories since it was founded 44 years ago, and now serves more than 100,000 active members around the world. Among its many activities, APHA works to preserve bloodlines and maintain the outstanding characteristics of the American Paint Horse breed.

For more information about APHA, contact the association at (817) 834-2742, or visit apha.com.


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