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Marked For Greatness

Marked For Greatness

The official podcast of the American Paint Horse Association. Bringing you Paint Horse stories and news from across the globe. Co-hosted by Dr. Billy Smith, Executive Director of the APHA, and Steven Hayes, Chief Marketing Officer of the APHA.
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Guts, Guns, and Glory
In this episode of the Marked for Greatness Podcast, the Doctor and Steven sit down with an elite mounted shooter and APHA World Champion, Tammy Sronce. They discuss Tammy’s early days traveling from Australia with no more than a suitcase and a couple hundred dollars, to her rise as one of the GOAT’s in the sport of Mounted Shooting! Tammy also talks about a tragic accident she went through and the long road she had to walk in order to get back to her “border collie” like self. This is truly an amazing story of perseverance and determination, unlike any you’ve heard before. Sit back and prepared to be inspired! Want more? Be sure to check out Tammy’s featured story in the upcoming Spring issue of APHA’s Chrome Magazine, exclusively for Paint Horse members!
April 04, 2022
The Cinderella Story
In this episode, Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes are joined by Sunny Bates, APHA's Manager of Business Development - Chrome Cash, and cutting star Kenli Marvin. Sunny gives us an inside look at the Chrome Cash program, highlights the huge payouts for Chrome Cash competitors during the NCHA Futurity, and shares new features for the program in 2022. The 2018 NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular Non Pro Champion Kenli Marvin tells us all about her own Cinderella story, her tobiano mare Cinderella Cat. With Cinderella Cat as the launching pad, Kenli has developed her own breeding program centered around that flashy chrome and cow-horse talent, with plans to continue to cash in on APHA's Chrome Cash incentives across the country and at the APHA World Show this summer.
January 21, 2022
$350K in Halter Classes! What!?!
In this episode, Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes sit down with Matt Arias, APHA's Director of Advertising and Incentive Programs, and two APHA competitors, Dr. Jennifer Jubb and Kelley Wainscott. They discuss The Lonestar Gathering, which consisted of primarily Halter classes and the $16,000 check Dr. Jubb left the arena with. Plus, we get an in depth look at the Platinum and Gold programs APHA offers to their Halter competitors and how easy it is to get involved. If you like huge payouts, do yourself a favor and listen to this episode of the Marked For Greatness Podcast. 
November 01, 2021
Becoming a "Model" APHA Member
In this episode, Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes sit down with Jessica Hein, APHA's Director of Membercare and Editor of Chrome Magazine, to discuss the upcoming fall Chrome issue, which is the highly anticipated fashion edition. They are joined by the six Chrome model search winners who will be featured in the upcoming issue! Get a sneak peak to who the models are and where they come from. All the models are APHA members and were voted on by their peers. Be on the look out for Chrome Magazine hitting your mailboxes early November!
September 22, 2021
Cowboy Content with Cowboy Channel GM, Jeff Medders
In this episode, Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes sit down with National Finals Rodeo TV Producer and General Manager of the Cowboy Channel, Jeff Medders. They get an inside look on how a kid from Oklahoma got involved in TV production. Plus, a look into all the things western fans can come to expect from the Cowboy Channel over the coming months. An exciting episode you don't want to miss! 
August 19, 2021
Leadership and Time Management w/ Laurie Roden
In this episode of the Marked For Greatness Podcast, Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes sit down with Laurie Roden. Laurie is the President of Field Services for HDR Inc, one of the world's leading industrial and construction consulting firms. Mrs. Roden also Chairs the American Paint Horse Foundation Board and is a many time APHA World Champion. Laurie shares her leadership philosophies, along with how she is able to manage her time both personally and in business. In a world full of specialization, Laurie takes a different approach to being involved with the equine industry. From barrels to western pleasure, Laurie has a foot in a multitude of equine disciplines. Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we get to know a fascinating leader!
June 22, 2021
Versatility and Community w/ Kelly Boles Chapman
In this episode, Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes sit down with APHA Board of Directors member, Kelly Boles Chapman. Kelly is involved in all things equine and agriculture. Billy and Steven get her insights on not only the equine community, but the ag industry as a whole and all the overlap that usually occurs. They also discuss the upcoming foundation auction event during the APHA World Show, plus the IEA/APHA partnership and the event IEA will be having during the World Show in Fort Worth, June 25 - July 11. 
June 14, 2021
Fuel Your Mind For Horse Showing Success
Ty Hillman, Peak Performance Coach, author of Mind Fuel, and child actor (Joe Booker) in The Horse Whisperer, sits down with with Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes of APHA to discuss the importance of training your mind to focus and be present when showing your horse. We all understand the concept of practice, but how often do you spend time practicing your mental strategies to achieve peak performance in the arena? Whether you are preparing for the upcoming APHA World Championship Show or headed to the weekend jackpot, this episode is full of insightful tips to help you perform at your best! 
June 07, 2021
Equine Entrepreneurs: This One Is For You!
Are you an equine business owner? Do you have questions about the best way to use social media? Have you struggled with how to grow your business? In this episode, Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes sit down with Lee of Olsen Equine, a full farrier service based in Brock, TX. They discuss the success Olsen Equine has had in building one of the largest social media presences around hoof care and how Lee set up the business model for exponential growth in a short amount of time. Plus, Lee shares a few of his memories of his Paint Horse, Buddy, who raised him on his families ranch in South Dakota. The group also squeezed in a few moments to talk about a mutual friend, American Hats! No matter where you are in your social media journey or business career, this is an episode you'll want to have on repeat!
June 02, 2021
APHA Internships
On this episode Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes sit down with Cristin Conner (APHA's Internship Program Manager), Matt Aries (APHA's Director of Breeders Trust and Sales), and Emma Edwards (Current APHA Intern). They do a deep dive into the process of becoming an APHA intern, plus what life is like for a past and present intern. If you or someone you know has ever thought about being an intern or just curious of what the APHA experience is like, this is an episode you don't want to miss. 
April 28, 2021
Meet The Newest Members of the APHA Board of Directors
Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes catch up with the newly elected Board of Directors members, Diane Alves and Monika Hagen, to discuss their new roles with APHA. Plus, an inside look at their back grounds and Monika being the first European board member. The APHA Board of Directors leads the future of APHA and we are thrilled to have Diane and Monika bring their expertise to the Board.  
April 02, 2021
2021 Convention Highlights w/ APHA's President
Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes sit down with APHA's newly elected President, Alison Umberger. They discuss Allison's background and what she is looking forward to the most in her presidency term. Plus, an inside look at the first ever 2021 virtual convention. 
March 30, 2021
Certified Horsemanship Association with Christy Landwehr
Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes are joined by the Executive Director of the Certified Horsemanship Association. They discuss the partnership APHA and CHA have formed, as well as the benefits of being a Certified Horseman. 
March 23, 2021
Change Your Game: Mental Management Tips For Showing Your Horse
In this episode, Dr. Billy Smith and Steven Hayes sit down with "Heart of a Champion" author and WPRA World Champion Tie Down Roper, Donene Taylor. Donene give us insists to better mental performance in and out of the arena and how to maintain a winning mindset. Whether you are headed to the APHA World Championship Show or a local jackpot, this is an episode you can't afford to miss! 
July 16, 2020
Youthful Wisdom - Marked For Greatness #4
In this Episode, we sit down with Treylyn Hancock, AjPHA Secretary and Megan McMullen, APHA's Director of Youth. Treylyn gives us an inside look into her thought process as she prepares for shows and walks into the arena. She also shares a few of her memories of Paint Horse shows and the first time she met Dr. Smith. Megan talks about the AjPHA convention held in the Fort Worth Stockyards this year and what the future looks like for the Youth of APHA. As the saying goes, "kids say the darndest things" and this episode won't disappoint. Get ready to laugh!
May 27, 2020
Marked for Greatness Episode #3 - A Judges Perspective
Have you ever wondered what the judges are thinking during major events? In this episode, Dr. Billy and Steven talk to APHA's Director of Judges, Shows, and Education, David Dellin, along with APHA certified judge and all-around trainer John Briggs. Dave and John give their perspective on judging APHA's new E-Shows and major events. Plus, we debunk a few judging myths we hear on occasion. Cinch up, and jump on. We've got one heck of a show. 
May 11, 2020
Marked For Greatness #2 (Breeding and Registration Rules)
On this episode, Co-hosts Steven Hayes and Dr. Billy Smith welcome special guest Jessica Hein, APHA Senior Director of Membercare and Publications, along with APHA members and breeders, the Kooiker family. The Kooikers' give us a little history into their breeding program, where they see it going, and how they feel on the newly passed registration rules. Jessica fills us in on the process for getting your horse registered under this new rule change, along with some of the feedback the MemberCare team has received. When it comes to breeding American Paint Horses, this is an episode you don't want to miss! 
April 29, 2020
Marked For Greatness #1
Welcome to the first Marked For Greatness podcast! In this episode, Co-hosts Steven Hayes and Dr. Billy Smith dive into what the American Paint Horse Association is up to during the COVID-19 quarantine and what the future could look like. They also talkabout the decision making that goes into upcoming events,  such as the upcoming Youth World Show. Gain some insight into what the APHA has going on with some fun sprikled in!
April 22, 2020