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Locals Paint Horse Inducted Into APHA Hall of Fame


In a formal ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 2 as part of the American Paint Horse Association's (APHA) 2019 Annual Convention & Membership Meeting, accomplished American Paint Horse Judys Lineage was inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame.

The class of 2018 consists of four horses and three couples.

When Chuck Bowlan of Tecumseh decided to try his hand at the family business of breeding racehorses, he crossed Judys Chick (APHA) with the family's Thoroughbred stud Special Lineage. The result was the stuff of Paint racing legends and left an indelible mark on the breed.

Judys Lineage, a 1989 sorrel tobiano with plenty of chrome, hit the track in 1991 under the training of Durk Peery, starting 15 times as a 2- and 3-year-old and earning more than $45,000 with a Speed Index of 95. In 1992, Judys Lineage was crowned the Champion Running Paint 3-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Colt. Upon entering the breeding shed, Judys Lineage sired 937 get, 71 of which made it to the track. His offspring have earned more than 580 APHA racing wins and nine of his get have individually earned more than $100,000.

His get also include three world champion racehorses, world champions in jumping and pole bending, and reserve world champions in barrel racing and stake race. In 2014, a maiden claiming race victory by Turnpikes Lineage pushed Judys Lineage over APHA's $5 Million Sire mark. He is also APHA racing's No. 1 Lifetime Leading Sire by races won and No. 2 Lifetime Leading Sire by money earned as of Hall of Fame induction time.

"He was born here and died here -there aren't too many horses like that any more; he was totally part of our family," Linda Bowlan told the Paint Horse Journal in 2014. "He was truly special. Watching his babies grow up and race was like watching our own kids."

Judys Lineage died in 2017 at age 28.

The inductees were chosen from a large field of candidates by a Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Each inductee received a beautiful bronze statue created by sculptor Clay Gant of Cowboy Bronze in Cross Timbers, Missouri. Each bronze is painted in the likeness of the equine honorees or that of a special horse in the lives of the inductees. Thanks in part to the efforts of these inductees, the American Paint Horse Association and the Paint Horse breed has enjoyed more than 50 years of prominence as a leading breed.


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