The History of the Pinto Heritage Foundation
The discussion of developing a way to keep and present the historical values of the Pinto Horse Association of America Inc. began before the association moved from Fort Worth, Texas, to Bethany, Okla., in the fall of 2004. When the association purchased and started renovating the building in Bethany the idea of creating a way to preserve the past of the association grew stronger.
The PtHA Board of Directors and members were given a tour of the new building while the renovations were in early stages.While discussing whether to renovate the entire building or just part, Lynn Hickey made the suggestion that the large room at the front entrance be made into a display and museum with a theme of history and the entire building be finished for the use of the PtHA Headquarters.
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Dr. Loren Gresham, president of Southern Nazarene University and Mayor J.D. Johnston of the city of Bethany supported the idea and encouraged the PtHA to complete the building entirely. Hickey offered to support the project with a donation of $1,000, but also insisted the PtHA should establish a foundation to protect the PtHA heritage.
A separate corporation, aside from the PtHA, was formed to accomplish this mission. The new corporation called the Pinto Heritage Foundation, Inc. was incorporated under the laws of the State of Oklahoma and granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service on August 8, 2005.