March 31, 2019 – Columbus, Ohio – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is proud to announce that the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) has become the organization's newest affiliate.
With this alliance, IEA and APHA will cross-promote across both organizations in a variety of methods and venues beginning in 2019 that will include benefits and discounts for both IEA and APHA members. APHA will also provide sponsorship of one award for the "Most Valuable Paint Horse" of the show at both the 2019 Hunt Seat and Western National Finals.
"We are extremely pleased to partner with APHA," stated Roxane Durant, Co-founder and Executive Director of IEA. "Both IEA and APHA are committed to working with other organizations to achieve shared goals and ideals in promoting equestrian involvement. The versatility of the Paint Horse breed is a great fit for the diversity of programs we offer in IEA—all centered on young riders. We are especially thrilled to work with APHA to help strengthen our Western program."
"We are excited to partner with IEA," said Billy Smith, Executive Director of APHA. "Education and youth development are at the forefront of all we do. This alliance will not only benefit both organizations, but more importantly, help expand the horizons of young equestrians everywhere. We're looking forward to working together to offer even more opportunities to youth aboard American Paint Horses."