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HALF MILLION NAME AUCTIONED OFF AT 2000 PAINT HORSE WORLD SHOW
COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN PAINT HORSE ASSOCIATION:


FT WORTH, Texas-Accomplished horse breeder Floyd Moore never expected to pay $10,000 for Half Million, but that's exactly what he did during the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) 2000 World Championship Paint Horse Show, held recently in Fort Worth. Moore is confident he got a good deal, laying down the money to reserve APHA horse registration number 500,000 and the name "Half Million" for one of the 100 foals at his ranch in Huntsville, Texas.

APHA, experiencing growth of more than 11 percent annually, has recorded more than 579,000 horses in its registry to date. When number 500,000 approached earlier this year, the association reserved that number and the name Half Million. To raise funds to preserve and promote the history of the American Paint Horse through its Heritage Foundation, APHA auctioned off the distinguished name, which represents a significant milestone for the breed, at its World Showcase Sale at the World Championship Show. That event grossed more than $845,000 in sales of stallions, mares and geldings.

Never one to pass up an opportunity, Moore jumped into the bidding after envisioning the perfect horse that he felt deserved the name. In a contest that Moore had not even planned to enter, the breeder got swept up in the moment and took the selling price of the name Half Million from a few hundred dollars to $10,000 in the matter of a few minutes.  "It didn't take me long," said Moore. 
"I made up my mind I wanted to buy it and I knew just the colt I wanted to give it to."

Half Million is a valuable colt for owner Floyd Moore of Huntsville, Texas, and represents 
a major milestone forthe growing American Paint Horse Association.

The colt he saw in his mind, as he escalated the bidding to five figures, was a 7-month-old red dun tobiano colt sired by Delta Olena, Moore's World Champion calf roping Paint that has a long list of titles and accomplishments to his credit. "He's an outstanding colt," said Moore, "and I knew right then he was the one that ought to have that name-Half Million." Moore said he is impressed by the colt's disposition, conformation and color.

With 15 years in the breeding business, Moore has developed a knack for picking potential winners. At his operation, Moore Ranch/6J Paint Horses in Huntsville, he has bred, raised and sold thousands of horses, many of which have earned distinguished show titles at events around the world. Included on that list is Gay Bar Olena, two-time APHA World Champion Reining Horse.

Moore is optimistic his Paint colt, Half Million, will live up to expectations and said he is thankful to have had a foal worthy of the title. "And I appreciate having the opportunity to buy the Half Million registration, because I think that's something that people will be talking about a hundred years from now."

For his contribution to the Heritage Foundation and his purchase of the name Half Million, Moore received a specially designed plaque bearing the photograph and registration certificate of his colt, with the number 500,000 and the name Half Million inscribed on it. A permanent display of a duplicate plaque will be placed in APHA's world headquarters building in Fort Worth, Texas. He also received a prize package from APHA corporate sponsors, including a monogrammed blanket from BMB, a custom belt buckle from Gist Silversmiths, and a six-month supply of Strongid̉ C from Pfizer.

When APHA registers its millionth horse, Moore said he hopes to be a part of that milestone as well. "If I'm still living and they're going to auction that name off, too, then I'll be in the race."

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