members of all ages benefit from Markel's strong support
WORTH, Texas-The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and its
youth members will continue to benefit from the generous support
of Markel Insurance Company, which recently announced its renewed
partnership with the Association.
Markel, which specializes in equine insurance, is a strong supporter
of the American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) Youth Presidential
Service project each year. The company offers a cash incentive to
the youth club selected for making a difference in its community.
Markel's support in this area rewards and inspires youngsters to
use their talents to help others. Last year, the project involved
youngsters assisting at therapeutic riding centers around the nation.
As part of its sponsorship, the company will also continue to offer
special rates during APHA's Showcase Sales, held during the association's
World Championship Paint Horse shows.
"Our partnership with APHA has been a huge success," said
Don Faison, vice president and director of horse programs for Markel.
"The loyalty of APHA's members has expanded our horse insurance
program and allowed us to serve more of the association's members."
For more than four decades, Markel has provided uninterrupted coverage
for horses and horse-related risks. Markel also pioneered many of
the policy forms and endorsements now considered standard in the
industry. As a leading developer of specialty risk management tools
and services, Markel has continually enhanced and improved its products
to meet the changing needs of its customers.
Several of Markel's employees were horse owners long before they
became involved in the insurance industry. Markel considers these
employees true "horse people," who represent the commitment
that makes the Markel difference.
"Markel's continued support of the Paint Horse industry, especially
the youth involved with the breed, shows their concern for the welfare
of our members young and old," said Jim Kelley, executive secretary
For more information about Markel Insurance Company, visit www.horseinsurance.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.