APHA Announces its Second Class of Hall of Fame Inductees

September 26th, 2013 8:06 AM | No Comments

Ten outstanding members of Paint Horse history will be honored at the 2014 APHA Convention as they are inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame. The 2013 class of inductees includes five horses and five people who have significantly influenced the Paint Horse industry. They include:


·         Colonels Smokingun
·         Dixie’s War Drum
·         Indian Music
·         Sky Bar
·         Sky Top Bar


·         Ray Graves 
·         Walter Merrick
·         Ed Roberts
·         Virdin Royse
·         Wanda Williams

“This class of inductees is filled with inspiring members of Paint Horse history,” Executive Director Billy Smith said. “From legendary sires and dams to influential breeders and changemakers, this group has truly shaped the Paint Horse industry.”

Easy Jet Too, Virdin Royse & Walter Merrick

The Hall of Fame was introduced in 2012 as a way to celebrate APHA’s 50th anniversary and commemorate the breed’s colorful history. A five-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee led by Chairman John Hertner selected the inductees out of hundreds of nominees who meet induction criteria.

The 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place February 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 during the APHA Convention in Irving, Texas. Each inductee will receive an official APHA Hall of Fame Paint Horse statue designed by artist Clay Gant.

For more information about attending the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact Theresa Brown at tbrown@apha.com. Hall of Fame inductees will be featured in the February 2014 Paint Horse Journal.


About the American Paint Horse Association
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is the world’s second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its global mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves more than 55,000 active youth and adult members around the world. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit apha.com or connect with Paint Horse fans globally atfacebook.com/americanpainthorse or on Twitter @APHANews and @WorldShow.

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