Part of Horse Previews Magazine website. Posted on 9/4/98; 2:00:00PM.

APHA Dedicates New International Headquarters

Fort Worth, Texas - The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) welcomed more than 100 guests to its international headquarters on August 28th to celebrate the opening of its new $5.6 million facility.

Those attending included APHA members, employees and distinguished guests, including the Honorable Kenneth Barr, Mayor of Forth Worth, who issued a proclamation declaring August 28th as American Paint Horse Association day.

It was nearly two years ago that APHA officials began searching for a site on which they could build a spacious and attractive new headquarters. Formerly located in a 24,500-square-foot office building on the northern outskirts of Fort Worth, the APHA's previous headquarters had been renovated twice to accommodate the association's growing staff.

Officials eventually selected Fort Worth's Mercantile Center, located seven miles south of the former headquarters. Near the heart of Fort Worth commerce, the center offered corporate surroundings and plenty of room for the booming equine breed association to grow.

Built by Bob Moore Construction, Inc. and GCI Construction, the new building provides 40,000 square feet of office space to the association's 145 employees.

With the new headquarters ready for occupancy, on Tuesday, June 30, the APHA packed up, picked up and moved everything but the proverbial kitchen sink.

Wasting no time, the association was up and running again within one day of the move. Since the move, employees have been busy with a whirlwind of activities - including the 1998 APHA World Championship Show - all leading to the dedication ceremony.

Held at the new headquarters, the ceremony began with a welcoming address from APHA Executive Secretary Ed Roberts.

Mercantile Partners representative B. Ted Woodle, President Diane Paris and noted Western artist Chuck DeHaan presented APHA with a 40-by-30-inch oil painting commissioned for the association by Mercantile Center.

Titled Wind Canyon, the painting depicts two Paint stallions standing proudly at the mouth of a rugged canyon. The artwork will be permanently displayed in the APHA's new headquarters.

The program concluded with a ribbon cutting by APHA Past-President Dr. Bill Jackson, under whose leadership the new headquarters was developed. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed formal tours of the building.

The APHA was formed in 1965 with approximately 3,800 horses in the registry. Today there are more than 400,000 registered Paints found around the world, and more than 41,000 foals are registered each year. Now more than 65,000 members strong, the APHA strives to preserve and promote the history, breeding, training, racing, showing, sales and enjoyment of American Paints.

For more information, contact the American Paint Horse Association at PO Box 961023, Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0023 or call (817) 834-APHA (2742), extension 230.

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