Silversmiths pledges continued support of APHA programs and
WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and Gist
Silversmiths, whose roots are both firmly planted in family, will
continue their strong relationship through Gist's renewed partnership
with the Association.
Gist Silversmiths, of Placerville, Calif., has had a relationship
with APHA for more than a decade, one that will continue through
the association's use of the company's quality products. During
this time, Gist has provided handcrafted buckles to outstanding
APHA members, as well as providing custom-made Paint Horse jewelry
for sale through the association's General Store.
Gist provided buckles for hundreds of award-winning APHA members,
as well as sharing APHA's emphasis on family. Gist Silversmiths
is a family-owned and family-run business. Family members own Paint
Horses, are APHA members and support the growth of the breed.
"We greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue our long-standing
partnership with APHA," said Jennifer Folsom, vice president/general
manager of Gist. "Gist is committed to offering APHA the best
in design, craftsmanship and customer service at an affordable price
for the association's numerous programs."
Among the programs that Gist will continue to support are:
" APHA's World Championship Paint Horse Show-Gist provides
handmade buckles to winners during the show.
" Clubs of Distinction-By helping to support APHA's outstanding
clubs throughout the country, Gist has helped to encourage people
to become more involved in the association through their local APHA
" Paint Alternative Competitions (PAC)-Gist provides awards
for top earners in the PAC program. PAC records the performance
of registered American Paint Horses-Regular Registry or Breeding
Stock-when it performs in an activity outside of breed-approved
" Youth and Rookie of The Year-Gist provides specialized belt
buckles for these two prestigious APHA honors.
has supported APHA's growth for more than 10 years, and that kind
of dedication speaks volumes about the company," said Jim Kelley,
executive secretary of APHA.
For more than 30 years, Gist has made handcrafted buckles for several
different types of events and awards. Gist has provided buckles
to world champion competitors, celebrities, dignitaries, and to
those who have an eye for craftsmanship and value. Gist's products
not only include belts, and jewelry, but also spurs and bits.
For more information about Gist Silversmiths or to view an online
catalog, visit www.GistSilversmiths.com.
APHA and Paints
Since its founding 41 years ago, APHA has registered more than 720,000
horses. Currently, American Paint Horses are being registered at
APHA's Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters at a rate of about 60,000
horses each year. The association serves more than 104,000 members,
who are located in every U.S. state, throughout Canada and in 39
other nations around the world.
APHA employs 155 people and has an operating budget of $15 million
for activities worldwide.
Among the many qualities that make Paint Horses desirable are their
sound conformation, versatile athletic ability, intelligence, calm
temperament, willing disposition and beautiful coat color patterns.
For more information about the American Paint Horse and APHA, visit
, or call (817) 834-2742, extension 788.