APHA Awards Special Honors to Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels
FORT WORTH, Texas —The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) recently awarded renowned country music entertainer Charlie Daniels with its Legendary Achievement Award.
Daniels was honored for his work over the past 25 years in breeding American Paint Horses and spotlighting their beauty, versatility and athletic talents. APHA also issued him a lifetime membership certificate.
“Charlie Daniels, his associates at the Twin Pines Ranch, and the American Paint Horses that have been a part of the ranch’s legacy will forever hold highest honors with the American Paint Horse Association,” said APHA President Richard Cox.
The prestigious APHA award came during an April 17 media day at the Charlie Daniels Band recording studio on the Twin Pines Ranch in Lebanon, Tenn. That event is a special annual kick-off for the Charlie Daniels’ Twin Pines Ranch Rodeo, sponsored by the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club. Proceeds from that rodeo benefit a variety of Exchange Club projects, including a family center dedicated to preventing child abuse through education and support services.
Daniels donated one of his prized APHA colts, TP Titan, to the Exchange Club to help raise additional funds for the charity.
APHA joined in the support of the worthy cause and announced its corporate sponsorship of the Charlie Daniels’ Twin Pine Ranch Rodeo.
“We feel privileged to be able to join Charlie as he, in turn, helps the community with his generosity and good works,” said Cox. “We’re also proud to call Charlie Daniels a great ambassador for the American Paint Horse breed and to present this special achievement award to him.”
A long supporter of Paints and APHA, Daniels recently said, “For years my favorite working ranch horse was an APHA mare, Rialto's Lady, but was affectionately known as ‘Fat Gal.’
“She headed and heeled, broke brush gathering cattle, made a great turn-back horse in the cutting pen, and her Tobiano Paint pattern made her stand out in the pasture.
“Due to Fat Gal’s legacy, there are a number of APHA horses on the Pines,” Daniels said. “Everyone comments on the color in the pastures. Although our bloodlines reflect cutting and working cowhorses, I like the way the APHA promotes the versatility of the breed and gives owners so many ways to show and enjoy their Paints.
“We hear from customers that some of our former ranch horses are winning in endurance, Western pleasure, trail and even English,” Daniels said.
“I appreciate the horses and the great job the APHA has done in supporting and promoting the breed.”
More information about APHA and Paint Horses
APHA is one of the largest and most popular horse breed registries in the world. More than 40,000 horses are registered each year at APHA headquarters in Fort Worth, and the association sponsors a variety of fun activities for Paint Horse riders all over the world. In fact, APHA sanctions more than 1,200 Paint Horse shows annually.
APHA, a non-profit organization, prides itself on community involvement and educating the public about the beauty and talent of the American Paint Horse breed.
More about the Charlie Daniels Twin Pines Ranch
For more information on the Charlie Daniels Twin Pines Ranch, visit http://www.charliedanielstwinpinesranch.com.
PHOTO: Charlie Daniels and Twin Pines Brenda Lee.