Update from the American Horse Council
Last week, the House Committee on Agriculture unanimously approved the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845). The bill, introduced by Congresswomen Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN), would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests, including equestrians. The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation of this bill.
A June 2013, study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars, and only one-quarter of the agency’s 158,000 miles of trails meets agency standards for maintenance. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests.
The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act would direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails. It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees. Additionally, the bill would address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and would direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.
In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding.
The AHC is pleased the House Committee on Agriculture has approved this important legislation.
The bill must now be considered by the full House.
The ApHC Planning and Review Committee would like your feedback on a possible rule change regarding the High Point Territory Awards. The recommendation is for changes to be made to rules 702, 803, and 903 – changing High Point Territory Awards to High Point Geographic Region Awards. Currently outlined are 19 different “Geographic Regions:”
The Committee believes that changing the awards will benefit the members and therefore the ApHC by making the regions smaller and more user-friendly. It is their hope that changing from Territories to Geographic Regions will encourage members to compete for these awards more readily and with less expense for travel. *The term “Geographic Region” may change, but is currently being used to describe the new area divisions. Also note that geographic regions would only apply to the show/point system, not election territories or other purposes.
SEE THE MAP AND PROPOSED RULE CHANGES ON THE APPALOOSA.COM WEBSITE. CLICK ON “ABOUT US” AND “BOARD OF DIRECTORS.”
World Show Qualifying Requirements for Non-Pros
Under the regional club system, a regional organization may qualify up to its top five (5) non-pros for the World Championship Appaloosa Show in each class. The club must have sponsored or co-sponsored at least one ApHC-approved show in that qualifying year and may only nominate non-pros in classes in which those non-pros exhibited in that club’s show.
A non-pro may receive only one (1) World Show invitation per class. If the non-pro earns an invitation under the National Point System, he/she becomes ineligible to be nominated by a Regional Club. Only the top five (5) ranking non-pros from the Regional Club, regardless of whether the non-pro qualified under the National Point System, may receive the Regional Club invitation.
For complete qualifying details, see Rule 703 and Rule 710 of the 2016 ApHC Handbook.
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The motion below was passed unanimously by the ApHC Board on August 4, 2016.
BOD Motion 01-08-16: As a result of a clerical error in the preparation and publication of the 2016 Declaration of Candidacy for the ApHC Board of Directors that in form and content likely misled ApHC members otherwise eligible to seek an ApHC director position from considering and/or seeking nomination as an ApHC director because they did not meet the ApHC director eligibility criteria that had been erroneously set forth in the Declaration and to remedy that error such that all eligible ApHC members are provided the rightful opportunity to seek nomination for an ApHC director position in the 2016 regular election of ApHC directors as provided under the ApHC Bylaws:
The ApHC Board of Directors moves, as a matter of equity and fairness to all concerned, to (i) exercise its rights and powers under law in the best interests of the ApHC by approving the extension of the deadline set forth in the ApHC Bylaws from July 31, 2016 to August 31, 2016 for submittal to the ApHC of the required nominating petition for the 2016 ApHC Board of Directors regular election and the 2016 special election to fill a vacancy in Territory V, (ii) approve for use in the regular election the form of 2016 Nominating Petition and Declaration of Candidacy, (iii) approve acceptance of the 2016 Declaration of Candidacy submitted by nine ApHC members on or before July 31, 2016 as timely for all purposes of the regular election, (iv) approve for use in the special election the form of 2016 Special Election Nomination Petition and Declaration of Candidacy and (v) approve immediate publication of this Motion.
Eligible ApHC members are advised that the domicile restrictions set forth in Article IV, Section 2.B of the ApHC Bylaws will not apply to this 2016 territorial election, but will become effective beginning with the next territorial election in 2018. For the 2016 regular election, all members in Territories I-VI are eligible for election based on domicile considerations.
*In other words, the Declaration of Candidacy should not have referenced zones as they have been eliminated beginning with this year’s election. Any eligible ApHC member from a territory may seek nomination as a director.
Updated and corrected nomination forms are available by clicking on the “About Us” tab, then “Board of Directors” on appaloosa.com.
The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is pleased to announce a new platinum level sponsorship with dac® Vitamins and Minerals to host the 2016 ApHC World Sale Presented by dac®. This is excellent news for ApHC members as a live sale has not been held since 2013.
“We look forward to this partnership and believe hosting a live sale will be a great service to our membership. Providing members with a marketplace to buy and sell their quality Appaloosas will stimulate the industry as a whole,” said ApHC CEO, Steve Taylor. This year’s sale will be a standalone event, not tied to the World Show Incentive classes. It will take place in conjunction with the 2016 World Championship Appaloosa Show in Fort Worth, Texas at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26th.
The 2016 ApHC World Sale Presented by dac® will feature first-class performance prospects, proven performers and breeding stock. The sale will be managed by Superior Productions. There is a consignment fee of $250 and a sales commission of 8%. The consignment deadline is September 19th – a late fee will be accessed for consignments received after this date.
dac® specializes in providing high quality nutrition products for your horses and livestock at an affordable cost. Be sure to visit them online at www.feeddac.com to find out more about how dac® can help you enhance the performance of your horses and livestock.
Find out more about this year’s sale at www.appaloosa.com or visit www.superiorlivestock.com.
The Appaloosa Journal team announced this week that it has been honored with a 2016 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for its large-format 2016 Stallion Calendar. Now in its 28th year, the APEX competition is sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., which advises publishing, PR and marketing professionals on best practices in print, web and publishing. Winning among 164 Design & Illustration submissions, the 2016 Stallion Calendar showcases 14 gorgeous Appaloosa stallions in a luxurious, over-sized layout. The elegant design of the calendar captures the beauty and diversity of the breed.
Fellow winning entrants in the 2016 competition include: Ford Motor Co. Product Team, NASA, Bank of America & Time Inc., Walt Disney World, Charles Schwab, Delta Air Lines, HanesBrands Inc., Lockheed Martin and T.Rowe Price, to name a few. The 11 major categories attracted 1,634 entries and the competition was stated to be of “extraordinary quality.”
“This is the fifth year in a row our Journal team has achieved APEX recognition,” said Steve Taylor, ApHC CEO. “ApHC members should be especially proud of the outstanding talent and the commitment to excellence displayed by our AJ team. Congratulations to the gang for this well-deserved recognition.”
In response to industry developments, the ApHC Board of Directors has agreed that the use of magnetic devices in clothing in showmanship, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation and saddle seat equitation constitutes an unfair advantage for exhibitors and shall not be allowed at ApHC-sponsored shows (Youth World, National Show, World Show). Magnetic devices must be removed prior to competition or the exhibitor shall be disqualified. This show management rule is effective immediately.
The Rules Committee will develop specific language regarding implementation of this rule at all regional club and ApHC-approved shows. It is expected that this additional language will be included in the 2017 ApHC Handbook. In the meantime, any use of magnetic devices in clothing is strongly discouraged at all ApHC-approved shows. The Board has further stated its intention to have more discussion about potential rule changes or additions for the entire categories of artificial aids and prohibited equipment.
Also, the use of belly bands is prohibited anywhere on the show grounds at ApHC-sponsored shows (Youth World, National Show, World Show). This show management rule is effective immediately.
As with the magnetic devices rule, specific language will be developed for implementation at all ApHC-approved shows and is expected to be included in the 2017 ApHC Handbook.
American Horse Council Update
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2017 fiscal year (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017). The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including the so-called “horse slaughter defunding provision,” funding for USDA equine health activities and enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.
FY 2016 House USDA Appropriations
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) offered an amendment to prohibit funding for USDA inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities that was adopted by a voice vote. This prohibition will prevent horse slaughter facilities from operating in the U.S. if this bill is signed into law.
Currently, No horse slaughter facilities are operating in the U.S and a prohibition on funding for inspectors at such facilities from last year’s FY 2016 USDA bill is in effect until September 30, 2016. If that prohibition expires, USDA will be required to provide inspectors and horse slaughter facilities if any were to open.
A similar defunding amendment was adopted by the House Appropriations Committee when it approved the House version of the USDA appropriations bill.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Equine Health
The bill would provide $939 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS is the USDA agency responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, including responding to contagious equine disease outbreaks. Funding for Equine, Cervid, and Small Ruminant health would be set at $19.7 million, this is a $200,000 increase over FY 2015.
Horse Protection Act
The bill provides $706,000 for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act a $9,000 increase over FY 2016 funding.
The bill must now be approved by the full Senate.
The link to determine horse eligibility for green classes is now available online. This is on the show page of the web site. Click http://www.appaloosa.com/show/showing.htm to view the page. When you’re on that page, you’ll see a link to “Verify Green Class Eligibility”. From there, you can enter a horse’s registration number to determine their eligibility in all green classes.
American Horse Council Update
The USDA has revised the regulations pertaining to the exportation of livestock, including horses, from the United States. The rule changes go into effect February 19, 2016.
Three key changes have been made that can potentially impact how horses are exported from the United States. These changes are;
•The new revisions allow for the pre-export inspection of horses at facilities other than an export inspection facility associated with the port of embarkation. As few facilities specifically built for horses are available to the export industry, this change should have a positive impact on both horse and handler safety.
•Several requirements for export health certifications, tests, and treatments have been removed from the regulations, and instead direct exporters to follow the requirements of the importing country regarding processes and procedures. While few issues arose due to the previous regulations, this change should prevent conflicts from developing between the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and authorities in the importing country in the future.
•Under certain circumstances, the revisions replace the specific standards for export inspection facilities and ocean vessels with new performance standards. The adoption of these performance standards should allow for approval of more specialized facilities and vessels, increasing the options available to the industry at large.
In addition to the changes, a Program Handbook was created to provide guidance and specific information regarding regulations for export facilities, transport vessels and lists of approved laboratories and ports of embarkation. The Program Handbook is intended to assist owners and operators by describing acceptable ways to meet the requirements as described in the updated regulations.
The schedule has been posted on the ApHC website. Hope to see ALL of you there.
The Appaloosa Horse Club is pleased to announce that we have reached a three-year agreement with the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) to host the first-ever multi-breed National Endurance Championship Rides beginning in 2016.
In its 11th year, the 2016 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride (ANCER) is returning to the heartland and will be held in conjunction with the Arabian Horse Association Distance Nationals in Vinita, OK on September 24, 2016. The ride is an AERC-sanctioned 50-mile ride.
Registered Appaloosas that are also registered with AHA as ½ Arabian may enter both National Championships. The ride begins at the Frank’s Ranch, 430853 E 220 Rd, Vinita, OK 74301.
For more event information please visit the ApHC website at http://www.appaloosa.com/trail/national-champ.htm. You’ll find detailed information on the ride and a 2016 ANCER entry form.
Additionally, the ApHC is seeking sponsorship support of the ride. By clicking on the link above, you’ll find sponsorship information and perks. Please consider supporting the ride and ApHC riders as they compete in this multi-breed championship!
If you have questions, please contact the Appaloosa Horse Club at 208.882.5578 ext. 264.
A regular meeting of the Appaloosa Horse Club Board of Directors was held Wednesday January 13th via conference call. Newly elected and appointed directors were sworn in, specifically David Johnson, North Carolina, and Terie Clark, from Wisconsin. An Executive Committee was also elected. That group includes Dena Raggio, Texas, as President; Todd Michael, Ohio, Vice President; Leslie Foxvog, California, Chair of the Finance Committee; Deborah Letham, Oklahoma, Chair of the Rules Committee; Lynette Thompson, Washington, Chair of the Planning & Review Committee; and Mary Ann Page, Arizona, Chair of the Marketing Committee.
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The Western Dressage Association® of America is hosting another Judge’s Seminar as part of the International Equine Judging Seminar (IEJS) at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, OK on February 1st and 2nd, 2016. This seminar is an integral part of the Judge’s Education program offered by the WDAA and is considered the first step in the process to attain USEF Western Dressage judge’s licensing.
During the Judge’s seminar, participants will learn about a judge’s perception of gaits, impulsion, submission, rider position and seat in western tack, the rider’s correct and effective use of aids and harmony between rider and horses of different styles. The seminar will focus on the evaluation of horse and rider combinations, scoring tests and providing comments. Working with Debbie Riehl-Rodriquez, Joyce Swanson and Cliff Swanson, participants will have the opportunity to practice scoring several levels of tests on video.
The program is a full two days and will include a Rules Exam, learning terminology, methodology and judging mechanics. Judge Candidates should complete this seminar prior to working on the online evaluations (Step Two), during which each candidate is asked to review, score and comment on videoed Western Dressage rides with professional feedback. Step Three requires each candidate to complete learner judge opportunity, sanctioned by the
USEF guidelines found at: https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/LicensedOfficials/Default.aspx The WDAA also offers an Advanced Training Program (ATP) designed for those with history in judging for Dressage, Western and/or Breed events.
For Registration and more information on the Judge’s seminar and Judge’s Education programs offered through the WDAA, please visit http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/western-dressage-judges-education-program/ or see
the CBC information pages at: http://www.pinto.org/cbc_site/cbcforms/cbc_seminar16.pdf or http://www.colorbreedcouncil.com/
Please note that all Judge’s seminar participants must be a WDAA member.