Gainesville Daily Register

Homepage

October 16, 2012

Lockhart, Cherokee Maiden inducted into APHA Hall of Fame

Fort Worth — In a formal ceremony at the Fort Worth Hilton on October 5, association founder Rebecca Tyler Lockhart of Gainesville and her American Paint Horse Cherokee Maiden, a 1960 bay tobiano mare, were inducted into the American Paint Horse Association’s (APHA) Hall of Fame. Sired by Osage Dan and out of Maggie, Cherokee Maiden was bred by H.W. Harbour of Ringling, Oklahoma. Cherokee Maiden was APHA registration No. 23.

The Hall of Fame was created this year in honor of APHA’s 50th Anniversary to celebrate the horses and people who laid its foundation for success. Fifty members—25 people and 25 horses—were selected as the Hall of Fame’s first class, consisting of only the first pioneer humans and horses who either contributed directly to the founding the association or made significant contributions to its early growth.

Lockhart was a bona fide horsewoman from an early age.

Well known for her circa-1950s accomplishments as a show ring exhibitor and horse breeder, she decided in the early 1960s that there was a need for a Paint Stock Horse registry. As a result, APSHA was formed in a Gainesville cafe on Feb. 16, 1962.

The association’s first secretary, Lockhart used her promotional skills and considerable contacts to open the doors to the Paints at show venues throughout the country.

A master horse breeder, she contributed many top show and breeding horses to the breed. Fellow inductee Cherokee Maiden—Rebecca’s first registered Paint—was a cornerstone matron whose descendants can still be found in the working arenas.

Sold to Rebecca Tyler as a long yearling, “Cherokee” went on to become a top halter and Western pleasure performer.

In February 1963, she earned grand champion mare honors at the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth — the first major show venue to open its doors to Paint Horses.

In 1963, she was named as the APSHA High-Point Senior Halter Mare and Reserve High-Point Horse. A top producer as well, she was the dam of leading sires Hank-A-Chief and Cherokee Siemon.

One of the first mares registered by Rebecca Tyler, Cherokee Maiden died in the mid-1980s.

The 50 inductees were chosen from a large field of candidates by a five-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Serving on the selection committee were: former APHA President Dr. John Hertner, chairman; former APHA Executive Secretary Ed Roberts; former APHA staff member Wanda Williams; former APHA President Diane Paris; and former Paint Horse Journal Features Editor Frank Holmes.

“This is an amazing start to what will become a first-class Hall of Fame,” APHA Executive Director Billy Smith said. “I can’t think of a more challenging job than picking the inaugural class to the APHA Hall of Fame. The committee worked tirelessly.”

 

1
Text Only
Local News
Local Sports
Features
Business spotlight

The new Bosco’s Gym facility located at 1112 E. Main St. in Gainesville is up and running with state-of-the-art equipment and training available. Owner Sarah Galvan is excited about the new center that offers long time patrons as well as new members a place to rejuvenate and get fit. The estimated 7000 square foot facility houses an extensive weight room, work out space, treadmills, a cardio vascular area, aerobics, spin cycle room, two personal training rooms as well as a childcare facility. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Gainesville Pride
Staff outside.jpg

In the photo above, Dr. Matthew Bayne and his staff stand outside Family Dental Care of Gainesville.

Featured Ads
Poll

What are your plans for the upcoming vacation season?

Stay close to home.
Take the trip of a lifetime.
See more of the fabulous sites in Texas.
Haven't decided.
     View Results
Facebook
Twitter Feed
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide