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April 3, 2014

Duncan horse trainer honored

DUNCAN — Ray Graves of Duncan and the first paint horse stallion he bought in 1968 have been inducted into the American Paint Horse Association (APHA)  Hall of Fame.

Graves and his horse Sky Top Bar were among inductees honored at APHA’s annual convention in Fort Worth.

Graves, who always wanted to be a cowboy, bought his first paint horse, a mare, for his wife Delois, and in 1968 he bought Sky Top Bar for $5,000.

Sky sired 189 foals. The foals earned $198,498 on the race track 11 championship titles in show arenas.

Graves, a member of the APHA board of directors, founded the Paint Stallion Breeders Association. He ranks sixth on APHA’s lifetime leading trainers list for races won and 24th for  money earned, according to APHA, the world’s second-largest international equine breed association.

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