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Welcome to AppaloosaBlogSpot.com! Our goal is to provide an informal resource for Appaloosa Horse Club news and information. A primary reason for establishing this news channel is to give technically challenged staff people (like me) the opportunity to post from events, meetings and activities without shuffling information and waiting in line to have items posted on the website.

We’ll focus on keeping ApHC members up to date while offering some basic information about the who, what, when, where and why of ApHC activities and programs. You won’t need a password, just an interest in the Appaloosa community.

This is not a free-for-all chat room and it’s not an editorial page (at least not often). Comments, questions, ideas and suggestions are welcome – as long as a few basic guidelines are followed. It should be sufficient to say that if you choose to get personal, assess blame, or otherwise take the negative route to air grievances, your comments will be read, but won’t be posted here. This is a public communications venue, open for anyone in the world to read. Negativity doesn’t put our breed or our association in the kind of light that benefits us all. We reserve the right to edit posts. If you prefer derogatory debates or name-calling, you’ll need to find another outlet.

We hope you enjoy having access to this informal resource for ApHC news and information. It’s just one part of our plan to continually improve our communications with all of you who support the Appaloosa horse.

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32 Comments

  1. Juli Thorson Said,

    December 19, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    Steve–
    Bravo for deciding to use this means of communicating with ApHC members and other Appaloosa enthusiasts. To my knowledge, you’re one of the first–if not the first–horse breed CEO to have a blog. On a quick check via google, I see that the Arkansas ApHC has a blog, too…the spirit of Appaloosa innovation must be in the air.

  2. Kim S Said,

    December 20, 2006 @ 5:38 am

    I have a question: I paid for a year’s memberhsip in Oct. when I transfered 3 Appaloosas into my name. Why is it that although I paid for a full year I got a letter from the ApHC, the first of Dec saying that I need to renew my membership? When I paid for a years membership with the TWHBEA or the AQHA I get a full year from the date I started my membership. Why is it that the ApHC isn’t a true year?

  3. Judy Parlier Said,

    December 20, 2006 @ 9:00 am

    Great idea! It will be nice to get info from the main office quicker and easier now! Thanks to the minds behind this idea-hope it will bring in some newcomers to our wonderful breed and make communication easier. Special thanks, Steve, for making yourself accessible to the membership as a whole! Happy Holidays to all!

  4. Steve Said,

    December 20, 2006 @ 9:52 am

    Kim – I’ll do some checking on your specific situation. Membership year is normally a calendar year, but there is some discretion for payments received late in the year. Stay tuned.

  5. Jan Taylor Said,

    December 20, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    Thank you for implementing this site. I hope all ApHC members will take advantage of it to ask and get questions answered.

    My question: Can a Non-Pro friend of mine break my 2 year old colt….for no payment….without causing her to lose her Non-Pro status. She will only be charging me board and feed. Is this legal for both of us? Just don’t want to cause her any trouble in the future!

  6. Wayne Dixon Said,

    December 20, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

    Steve:

    A good start to a new means of communication. I’m sure this vehicle will evolve and mature as time goes by, with at the least the first steps being taken now.

    Any commentary on the club’s part regarding progress and the like about an online accessible pedigree data base would be most welcome.

    Best wishes,
    Wayne

  7. Dar-KDJJ Appaloosas Said,

    December 20, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    Steve,
    Theres been much buzz about your blog and I for one have said its a wonderful idea! Any time you can have “open door” policy it rolls out the red carpet. Are you reading each and every post personally or do you have a staff doing that? I also like the idea that it is an open to all appaloosa people; not to just ApHC memebers. Unity start where doors are open and welcome signs are hung for all.
    dar
    KDJJ Appaloosas

  8. Steve Said,

    December 20, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

    Rule #900 defines “non-pro” and honestly it may not seem totally clear. Show Department folks tell me that your friend probably would jeopardize non-pro status even if payment is just for boarding. A person can have a boarding stable and that’s not considered a “violation,” but even if additional work is unpaid, it creates a problem. Give us a call and I’ll find someone who can help with a definitive answer.

  9. Steve Said,

    December 20, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

    I’m reading all comments so far. We’ll be adding at least one or two more staff people as “editors” who will be doing some posting and responding. My goal is to keep up with questions and be a part of the answers, but I suspect there will be plenty of times when I need help finding the right answer anyway.

  10. Jan P Said,

    December 21, 2006 @ 8:28 am

    With AQHA now allowing multiple foals from one mare/year, has the ApHC passed the ruling allowing multiple foals from one mare/year yet? I’ve heard “yes” but not from any official voice.
    Thank you for your time!

  11. Steve Said,

    December 21, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    The answer is yes, multiple foals resulting from ET of one mare may be registered in the same year.

  12. Jan P Said,

    December 29, 2006 @ 5:37 am

    I have another question – when do Lifetime Members lose their hardcopy of the Appaloosa Journal? I am on dial-up (no other options available out here) and the Journal is impossible to download.
    Thank you.

  13. KDJJ Appaloosas Said,

    December 29, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    Hi Steve,
    I was wondering if you could tell me why I use to get my AJ a week or two before the end of the previous month, and now I get it in the middle of the active month. Example is: Dec issue I received on Dec 16th. I have discussed this with some of my spotted AJ friends and they also are a few of them that get it really late.
    dar
    http://www.KDJJappaloosas.com

  14. Diane E Said,

    December 30, 2006 @ 1:03 am

    Would the ApHC consider setting up a members-only forum, linked from the ApHC website, for open and frank discussion between the BoD, staff, and members?

  15. Steve Said,

    January 3, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    Lifetime members receive the Journal free for the first year, then must renew and pay a reduced subscriiption rate in order to continue receiving it.

  16. Steve Said,

    January 3, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    I’m guessing there will always be challenges with bulk delivery of the Journal. We’re not doing anything differently at this end, but you’re not alone. We continue to work with all the links in the delivery chain, but there’s probably not an easy answer. If late deliver is an ongoing problem, you should contact our office and we’ll see if there’s a specific issue we can address from here.

  17. Steve Said,

    January 3, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    We probably have a ways to go before we get to that point. We’re working on launching the redesigned ApHC site and also building a new Youth site. To answer your question, we’ll consider it and take a look at what’s working elsewhere.

  18. Kim S Said,

    January 7, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

    I’d like to know how the new AQHA white rule is going to effect the crossing of the “new” Quarter horses with Appaloosas. I’ve seen several clearly marked Paint horses (also verified by 1 paint parent) they are also registered with the AQHA. Will the ApHC screen Quarter horse’s pedigrees now to make sure there isn’t any Paint blood going into the Appaloosa lines?
    An example of what I’m talking about is a stallions such as Awesome Mr Conclusion or The Ultimate Fancy both are clearly paints but also show that they have AQHA papers. Or ones that aren’t not so obvious ones like The Ultimate Invester where they look like AQHA but still have one Paint parent.

  19. Lynn Bliss Said,

    January 8, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    It’s very exciting to see the ApHC add a “Blog”. As the site admin for the Arkansas ApHC’s Blog, I can tell you we have enjoyed our Blog — it’s been a wonderful way to communicate in a timely manner with our members. You can bet I will visit this new Blog often to keep up with the latest news! Thank you!!!

  20. Steve Said,

    January 9, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    We do screen for Paint breeding and ApHC rules state that no horse shall be registered with ApHC that has draft, pony, Pinto, or Paint breeding. The rules and guidelines for excessive white markings are also specific. I can attest to the fact that the white rule comes under regular scrutiny and is carefully applied.

  21. James Kelley Said,

    January 9, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

    I have a proposal that gives a very fair answer to the HYPP delima. I stress, this isn’t a attempt to argue the issues involved in the HYPP delima either way, but it is a very fair answer within the issue. A futurity for N/N horses. To not take up space here, I included a link to my website where you can review it. I sent it to all the BOD’s and I recieved several promising responses, especially promising were the responses I got from members who are on the new Ad Hoc committee, which unknown to me was just set up to study the decline of the halter horse classes. Please go to http://www.j-swf.com/NNFuturity.html to review this proposal, and again I stress, this in no way adresses the HYPP delima itself, I do not want it to get lost in all the red tape surrounding that issue, so please don’t let it get entangled in the arguements that go along with the subject of HYPP. Thanks, James Kelley

  22. Diane E Said,

    January 12, 2007 @ 5:45 pm

    The new futurity, Colours of the Fall, have a requirement that all horses of Impressive lineage be N/N to qualify.

  23. Kim S Said,

    January 17, 2007 @ 7:26 am

    I never did hear back from you on my ApHC membership and why even though I paid for a full yr in Oct I wasn’t given one. As I thought my membership was cancelled in Dec. If this is the trend to only give partial year membership I think that only partial membership fees should be collected when a membership is renewed/started late in the year.

  24. Steve Said,

    January 18, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    Sorry, I’m still negotiating the different ways I’m supposed to be able to reply and it must not have worked. Honestly, the deadline for renewals and the partial-year memberships with no carryover are issues that we’re trying to figure out. Not an excuse, but part of the challenge is some of the automatic programming that sorts the data. We’re working on that. This is also an issue that I’d like the Board to address – along with magazine subscriptions that get interrupted or dropped. Please feel free to offer advice and examples.

  25. Pam Said,

    January 19, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    Why is it that the National office sends out membership renewal notices in September, then a second notice in October? Why would I renew a membership that still has three months left on it? Besides, I’m usually spending my extra money on National Point Fees at a regional show that time of year. Save the club some money — send the renewals closer to the time that they actually expire, and only send one.

    Something else I’ve noticed . . . I renew my membership in December, when it’s due to expire, but I have NEVER received a copy of the January magazine. Our regional club recycles old journals and hands them out at tack sales and equine events; we happened to notice last year that there were NO January issues of the journal. Isn’t the January issue the Stallion issue? If I were a stallion owner, I would think twice about spending advertising dollars on an issue that is not distributed to the entire membership, just because a good share of them happen to pay their membership dues in December instead of September.

  26. Wayne Dixon Said,

    January 19, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

    Hi, Steve and others:
    I was wondering if any comment can be made on plans or progress towards an online pedigree data base that would be accessible to ApHC members?
    Thanks in advance for any information.
    Sincerely,
    Wayne

  27. Steve Said,

    January 19, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

    Pam, You’ve identified one our dilemmas! If we wait too long to send out renewal “invitations,” folks miss the deadline for receiving all issues of the Journal – especially January. Believe me, if we waited until December, we’d be receiving renewals in April (instead of March). There will continue to be discussions of pro’s and con’s of anniversary renewal rather than calendar year. We already know that January is a valuable issue and that we can’t ignore the impact our renewal schedule has on advertisers. Stay tuned.

  28. Steve Said,

    January 19, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

    Wayne – We just had a discussion yesterday about on-line services. Our plan is to go ahead and provide access to at least a portion of our pedigree information (probably going back 10 years) as we continue to develop systems that work. After the test drive and after letting members know that we’ll eventually move to a secure access area for members, we’ll be able to add more. We’re expecting within 45 days to have some pedigrees and on-line viewing of show points and distance riding points, then we’ll continue building.

  29. James Kelley Said,

    January 19, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    Wayne, have you used http://www.allbreedpedigree.com as a search engine? Over the last few years I’ve found everything there I was looking for as far as pedigrees. You might have to search the sire and dam of the horse you’re looking for, but if you try a few angles you can find the info you need usually. There was also a pedigree search engine listed in the hotspots at the ApHC website.

  30. Wayne Dixon Said,

    January 20, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    Steve:
    Thank you for the update on the on-line services plan. Going in incremental steps is a great approach for trying something new, especially in the technical end. Well done and thanks.
    Wayne

  31. Dar-KDJJ Appaloosas Said,

    January 25, 2007 @ 7:36 am

    Steve and Wayne
    What a great idea!! I look forward to this day!!
    dar
    http://www.kdjjappaloosas.com

  32. Phyllis Kirby Said,

    February 6, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    Dear Steve:

    First time blog reader on 2/6/07, late as usual. But, Wow, what a good idea, and what a good response. I’m always telling people that our Ap folks are the best, and this blog only goes to prove it. You’ve addressed several things that I’d been wondering about but did not want to bother anybody with, such as on-line access to pedigrees and points, among others. On anoher note, got my February Journal yesterday, and wanted to say well done to both you and Dennis Dean for your letters to members. I will be one of those that will miss going to OKC for Nationals/Youth World, but I also understand that we all have to live within our means, whether as individuals, or our club as a whole. Let’s adopt a positive attitude as we go forward, grow our association, and look forward to the time when every city in the United States with an appropriate venue will be courting us for our business. Our fellow members, and our wonderful horses, deserve no less.

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