The new international headquarters of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) opened its doors Feb. 28 in Mule Alley, part of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.
Mayor Betsy Price was joined by Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller and APHA member and multiple world champion, and together they welcomed APHA friends, supporters, community leaders and other visitors as they celebrated the new headquarters of the world’s second-largest equine breed association.
APHA was the first business to open on Mule Alley in the Fort Worth Stockyards, with staff serving customers on Jan. 6. The official grand opening celebration took place Feb. 28 in conjunction with the association’s annual convention.
The new APHA office space is in one of the Stockyards’ renovated mule barns. The structures were built in 1912 and housed the area’s horses and mules for decades. The barns were renovated by Majestic Realty and the Hickman Group, part of a 70-acre revitalization of the Stockyards area. In addition to housing APHA, Mule Alley will feature numerous restaurants, retail and corporate office space.
The interior of the APHA office brings APHA’s vision to life, a versatile combination of Western heritage blended with modern technology. The space features APHA’s retail store, PH Barn Door, a rustic-inspired multimedia “grain bin” theater, office and meeting space, as well as the Rebecca Baker Paint Horse Legacy Loft, home to APHA’s Hall of Fame and other luminaries.
Authentic elements from the original structures were preserved in the design of the space, including the metal fire doors in the loft space, unique concrete-and-metal columns, original brick and more. Staff also planted an APHA-themed time capsule during construction, ensuring future generations can unlock memories about APHA and the paint horse breed.
(Information for this article provided by Paint Horse Journal.)
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