AUGUST 1997 BACK ISSUE
Part of Horse Previews Magazine website. Posted on 8/1/97; 10:00:00 AM.
American Paint Horse Association
Building New Headquarters in Mercantile Center
Fort Worth, Texas- The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), in conjunction with Mercantile Partners, has announced construction of a new headquarters in Mercantile Center. The 40,000 square foot office facility, located east of the North Freeway at Meacham Blvd. and Paint Horse Trail, became a necessity for the fast growing association currently headquartered at I-35 and Golden Triangle Blvd. The new two-story brick building is scheduled for completion in the spring of 1998.
"It is evident to anyone visiting APHA's offices that the association's growth has created unprecedented growing pains," said APHA president Dr. Bill Jackson. "Our current building has been developed to its maximum potential. The new facility will have enough space to accommodate our current needs, future growth, and room for the APHA Heritage Center, a historical museum dedicated to the American Paint Horse."
The project management will be handled by In-Vision Development Services, Inc. of Fort Worth. Hardy McCullah/ MLM Architects, Inc. of Dallas, designed the project, and Bob Moore Construction, Inc. of Arlington has been selected as the general contractor. The interior design and space planning was awarded to the Interior Design Group of Fort Worth.
"The APHA has experienced phenomenal growth, success and popularity in the last several years," said APHA Executive Secretary Ed Roberts. "With a staff numbering 130 and growing, this move was a necessity to ensure we continue our tradition of excellent member service."
The APHA was founded more than 30 years ago by horsemen and -women who valued the abilities of the Western stock horse, but who appreciated unusual "painted" coat patterns. The organization has grown from a registry of 3,500 horses to more than 360,000 horses worldwide today, and that number continues to grow. With more than 40,000 foals registered last year, APHA is now the second-largest breed registry in the United States, based on the number of foals registered annually. Although the APHA's primary mission is to record pedigrees, it is also dedicated to promoting the history, breeding, training, racing, showing, sales and enjoyment of American Paints.
For more information on the APHA's expansion, contact the association at PO Box 961023, Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0023 or call 817/439-3400, extension 230.