American Paint Horse Association Announces Winners of Buckle Auctions

September 19th, 2012 11:00 AM | 3 Comments

APHALogoHorizFort Worth, Texas – The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) conducted a pair of auctions this summer benefiting the American Paint Horse Foundation (APHF). Two very special limited-edition buckles, were designed by APHA Official Silversmith Gist to commemorate the association’s 50th anniversary, and were auctioned via eBay. More than $2,400 was raised through the auctions.

Judy Ford of Whitesboro, Texas, placed the winning bid on Buckle No. 50. An avid breeder, owner and exhibitor of Paint halter horses, Judy is a lifetime APHA member devoted to promoting her favorite breed of horses. She operates Ford Farms with her husband, Tommy; the program’s success stories include horses like Mr Shameless, Ford Shamelesscowgirl, FF Shez Irresistable, Kid Classic Sensation and Execute Rules.

The winning bid on Buckle No. 1 was made by Toby Pippin of Marietta, Georgia. Toby is also a lifetime APHA member who owns and has shown her Paint Horses in numerous events and disciplines. Some of her notable horses include The Artesian, an Amateur Versatility Award and Amateur Champion Award winner and open world champion, as well as You Bet Amigo who was APHA Supreme Champion No. 28.

The two winners also received a gold leaf on the American Paint Horse Foundation’s Heritage Tree located at APHA headquarters to honor their contribution..

Gist Silversmiths designed only 500 priceless buckles to commemorate APHA’s 50th anniversary. Gist also provides all of the trophy buckles given at the APHA World Championship Shows and for year-end awards to APHA members. To find out more about Gist, visit

About APHA
The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it 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.

3 Responses to “American Paint Horse Association Announces Winners of Buckle Auctions”

  1. I am on the board of a local club, and am trying to find information on your APHA Open Competition Activities Program, but I am unable to find information on enrollment. Can you please direct me to where I may find the form and exhibitor reports? We would like to be able to provide this information to our club members so that they are aware of programs that they may be interested in.

    Thank you,
    Connie Harris

  2. Good morning Connie!

    Please visit to find out more information and forms on the APHA Open Competition Programs and for additional information, contact them directly at, call (817) 222-6444 or FAX (817) 222-8489.

    Hope this helps!

  3. I know this is a far reach but I believe in 1999 or 2000 my gelding was born he is a APHA registered gelding Tobey .. His barn name was Tobey and registered name was Just Deal Me In . I had to sell him in 2003 and I have been trying to locate him . I would like to know if he is alive and wold like the opportunity to get him back. I know that when I sold him a young lady was showing him but I also found out that he was sold again about 2 years later where I have lost any signs of him . If you know the name or know where I could find him please email me .
    Thank you

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