First ACTHA Platinum Medal Winner is American Paint Horse

May 15th, 2012 4:31 PM | No Comments

Photo courtesy Judy Limsky

Press Release

FORT WORTH, TEXASThe American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) recently announced the first horse to win the prestigious Platinum Medal is an American Paint Horse, Seco Johnie Wolf, with owner Judy Limsky of Forney, Texas, aboard.

“ACTHA is very proud of Judy and her APHA gelding. The Platinum Medal is one of our highest lifetime achievement awards for an ACTHA horse,” said Karen VanGetson, ACTHA co-founder. “This represents a wonderful partnership and plenty of miles and success on the trail. We are very pleased to announce an American Paint Horse took the honor of being the first horse to receive the ACTHA Platinum Medal.”

Teams earning more than 300 points in ACTHA competition rides earn the Platinum Medal. Seco Johnie Wolf, or “Picasso,” and Limsky have the most points earned so far with 326. Limsky has owned Picasso since 2007, and has been competing in ACTHA competitive rides for only two years. Tommy Starns of Midway, Texas, bred the 2003 black tobiano gelding.

“Picasso and I have had quite an incredible journey together on the trails of Texas,” commented Limsky. “We became hooked on competitive trail riding on our first ACTHA ride in June 2010. Through ACTHA, we found a relaxing, enjoyable way to experience Texas, make new friends and simply enjoy each ride.”

To learn more about the American Competitive Trail Horse Association see  The pair will be featured in the July issue of the Paint Horse Journal.   To subscribe, call (817) 745-4968 or go online to

About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012.  In fulfillment of its 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 over 64,000 active youth and adult members around the world.

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