Fort Worth-based American Paint Horse Association today announced George Ready will step down as the association’s 2017 president and as a member of the APHA Executive Committee, effective immediately.
The decision came soon after APHA’s Annual Convention and Membership Meeting in Irving.
“Based on events at the convention and obvious disagreements on how we go forward, and based on my heavy work schedule, I believe my resignation to be in the best interest of APHA and I wish the Association continued success,” said Ready in a news release.
The Executive Committee has appointed President-elect Dr. Craig Wood as the acting 2017 President.
Wood was elected to the APHA Executive Committee in 2012. A professor at the University of Kentucky, Wood has more than 40 years of experience in the horse industry and has worked as an APHA national director since 2006. He has served on the General Show & Contest, Ways & Means and Regional Club committees, as well as the Advisory Panel to the Executive Committee.
Wood praised Ready for his contributions to APHA and for assisting with the transition of authority. “His five years of unselfish service on the Executive Committee has given us an opportunity to move forward in a positive way. His assistance with developing the Fort Worth Stockyards project was invaluable and saved the association hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Wood also reiterated APHA’s commitment to its diverse membership of 50,000 that stretches worldwide.
“APHA is, at the heart, a member-based organization and we take the concerns of those members and directors very seriously. We want to keep the positive momentum from a great convention moving forward,” Wood said.
APHA Past President and California dentist Dr. Travis Titlow will fill the vacancy on the Executive Committee for a one-year term until the APHA Executive Committee Nominating Committee has time to put together a slate of candidates for election at the 2018 convention.
APHA’s 2017 Executive Committee now includes:
• Acting President Dr. Craig Wood, Owenton, Ky.
• President-Elect Mike Short, Shiner, Texas
• Vice President Casey West, Abilene, Kan.
• Senior Committee Member Karen Thomas, Morganton, N.C.
• Fifth Committee Member Alison Umberger, Broad Run, Va.
• Sixth Committee Member Dr. Travis Titlow, Roseville, Ca.
• Immediate Past President Susie Shaw, Parsons, Tenn.