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Kelly Boles Chapman Named 2018 Paint Professional Horsewoman of the Year

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Kelly Boles Chapman with Mark Russell and Rebecca Halvorson

PHJ release by: Rachel Florman

APHA is proud to recognize the hard work and leadership of the APHA/Markel Professional Horsemen as they help grow the Paint Horse community. Established in 2016, the Paint Professional Horsemen of the Year award honors a hardworking professional who exemplifies the Professional Horsemen’s code of ethics and serves as a positive ambassador of Paint Horses and the overall equine industry.

Congratulations to Kelly Boles Chapman of Bellevue, Michigan, who earned the honor of 2018 Paint Professional Horsewoman of the Year.

APHA will honor Kelly and other Paint community leaders during the 2019 Convention, taking place March 1–3 in Fort Worth, Texas; all APHA members and Paint Horse enthusiasts are invited to attend—register today!

Don’t forget! ALL APHA members are invited and encouraged to attend Convention. Learn more and make plans here.

Kelly has been a Paint professional for more than 30 years. She has held an APHA judge’s card for 20 years, and she also holds cards with AQHA, PHBA, WCHA and NSBA. Her participation in the horse industry is vast, ranging from judge, trainer, instructor, exhibitor and beyond. An APHA National Director, Kelly currently serves on the APHA Judges Committee. She also serves as a board member of the American Paint Horse Foundation.

Markel APHA Professional Horsemen are outstanding members of the APHA community who pledge to encourage professionalism, fairness, and integrity throughout the horse industry. Any APHA professional in good standing can apply to become a Markel APHA Professional Horsemen; applications and references are reviewed by the APHA Professional Horsemen’s Committee. For more information on becoming a Markel APHA Professional Horseman, visit


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