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Bid on-line for your chance to win a pair of hand-made Billy Klapper spurs

FORT WORTH, TEXAS—The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) will offer a pair of custom, hand-crafted Billy Klapper spurs at this year’s World Showcase Sale. The sale—held in conjunction with the APHA World Championship Show—takes place July 1 in the W.R. Watt Arena, located in the Moncrief Building at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

The winning bidder will not only take home these one-of-a-kind collectible spurs, but will also become a valuable supporter of the American Paint Horse Foundation’s (APHF) Youth scholarship program.

The opening live auction bid for these spurs will be determined by the highest bid received from a special 20-day on-line auction to precede the live event. The highest on-line bidder will be able to participate in the live auction remotely by telephone.

The on-line auction, hosted by APHA sponsor Horsecity.com, will begin June 10 and continue through until noon on June 30. To place your bid on these spurs, visit aphaworldshow.com starting June 10 to link to the auction site and place your bid.

“The purpose of the on-line portion of the special spur auction is to provide an opportunity for people around the world to bid on these magnificent spurs without having to travel to Fort Worth,” said Rosemary Teate, APHA’s director of accounting.

This exclusive pair of iron spurs is made from a special Klapper spur design pattern that incorporates a one-inch band with a two-inch gooseneck shank. The spurs can be purchased only through the auction.

“These spurs are a real collector’s item,” Teate said. “They’re more than just a working-type of spur.”

Klapper, 69, is a renowned bit and spur maker who has been crafting these items full-time for the past 38 years. This is the first time he has crafted a set of spurs for APHA. He has, however, donated spurs for other worthwhile causes and organizations.

“They’ve been auctioned off for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, and they’ve been bringing anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000,” Klapper said.

Klapper said he has a five-year backlog of clients for his bits and spurs.

More about Billy Klapper spurs and bits

“When I got started making spurs, I was cowboying,” Klapper said. “I made bits before I did spurs.”

While working at the ranch, he discovered that custom-made bits and spurs were valuable commodities. One of the men who worked with Klapper also dabbled in making bits and spurs, and it didn’t take Klapper long to realize that this trade was desirable. Mostly self-taught, he crafted pieces on a part-time basis for a few years, then started working on them full time in 1968.

As he created them, Klapper began naming and numbering his bits and spurs. He now has 726 different spur patterns and 847 different bit patterns.

Klapper’s spurs typically cost between $900-$2,000 and have become quite collectible.

More about the American Paint Horse Foundation

Offering scholarships, bronzes, discount stallion breedings and trainer services, as well as many other opportunities, the American Paint Horse Foundation (APHF) gives Paint Horse enthusiasts incredible savings and unique ways to support educational, historical and charitable projects. APHF provides several $1,000 college scholarships to exemplary Youth members each year through its various fund-raising programs.

For more information about APHF, e-mail rteate@apha.com or achoate@apha.com, or call (817) 834-2742, extension 422 or 410. You may also log on to apha.com/foundation.

To learn more about the American Paint Horse Association, visit apha.com, or call (817) 834-2742.


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