Notable rule changes

We asked the Show Department to provide a brief review of new or amended rules for 2007:

1. Performance Permit – information is on the website and this blog page.

2. Double pointing livestock shows and state fairs:
All major livestock shows and state fairs that meet eligibility requirements as determined solely by the ApHC based upon the size, scope and marketing potential of the show or fair, will be allowed one double-judged, double-pointed show per year, which is defined as an eligible livestock show or state fair at which a maximum of two judges judge independently of each other at one show judging either concurrently or on different days; therefore requiring a show approval application listing both judges and requiring two separate sets of show results and two sets of judge’s cards at which exhibitors will receive two sets of points for each judge’s placings. Each class may only be conducted once per judge and each judge may only turn in one set of judge’s cards for that show. Show management is required to submit approval and point fees for only 2 judges even though double points will be earned.

3. The ApHC adopted standards for evaluating the gaits of western horses. These rules outline the characteristics of movements/carriage and define those that are desirable and those that are not acceptable. This is detailed in rule 715.H beginning on page 157.

4. Non-pro versatility award added – This is an annual award for the year-end high point non-pro who competes and earns the most points with one horse in non-pro events.


  1. Sandra Said,

    January 21, 2007 @ 7:30 am

    I was very happy to see the changes in writing for the Western gaits. Glad to see we are “moving” in the right direction.

  2. Amanda Said,

    January 24, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

    I’m very glad to see the addition of the Non-pro versatility award. Will this be separated based on age groups as the youth award is?

  3. Steve Said,

    January 27, 2007 @ 9:44 am

    I don’t think so, but I’ll check.

  4. Teri Coughlin Said,

    March 1, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    I am very concerned about the effects of Rule 601.U on regional clubs. many of us have contacted the national club regarding this. As I see it the regional clubs have to afford 4 Judges ( nearly $6000) for our exhibitors but state fairs can afford 2 judges and their exhibitors benefit as if they paid for 4 judges. How can the regional clubs survive financially with such inequities?

    I understand the benefit is appaloosa exposure but am disipointed in board members who could vote yes to this without concern for the regional clubs survival.

  5. Sharie Said,

    March 4, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    The participation at the State Fairs as continued to decline. I think the double Points will help bring back some attention to this venue, plus attention to our Special Breed. Plus great encouragement and benefit to exhibitors.

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