Thank You

Before we start summarizing board action taken at last week’s meeting, it seems especially appropriate to acknowledge and say thank you to everyone who participated. Even though directors are reimbursed for travel expenses (if they request it), they still must make the trade-off of being away from their homes and business interests for several days at a time. Then they are required to spend some serious time in committee and board meetings focused on not only the concerns and needs of members in the territories they represent, but also the overall demands of the worldwide organization.

In addition, it would be difficult for me to calculate and make you believe the amount of staff effort and time that is required to support board meetings. Let’s just say it’s a lot of work for everyone and each person is important and greatly appreciated.

Thank you Board members and staff. And — to the ApHC members who chose to come to Moscow and be part of the process — thank you as well.


  1. Tracy Meisenbach Said,

    March 27, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    Steve and Staff,

    A huge Thank You for all of the time and effort you put into last week’s meetings. There is no possible way that the amount of items to be discussed could be processed without the foresight and tireless efforts of the staff.

    Tracy Meisenbach

  2. Debbie Herzman Said,

    March 29, 2007 @ 6:45 am

    as a long time Costume & now heriatge exhibitor ( 30+ years) and at the risk of sounding ungrateful & being one of those “few” who will be affected – First off, I thank you for taking up the subject that has plagued this class over the last few years with regards the outfits that have added entries to class numbers –

    I, who happen to show in the American Indian regalia on my horse(s) & always have, for one have no problem with the class being open to all eras of the breed’s history, be it a mountain man, cavalry rider, western plains rider, Navajo, whatever as long as it it done in a proper & accurate manner – a lot of these folks go through a lot of time, effort and money to try & make their outfits as respectable as possible and take great pride in showing their horses in them. its the quick, throw a blanket over someone’s head, or 1/2 a dozen little house on the prairie riders added to a class to crank up the numbers that are the problem,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    I do have a problem with the terrm “AUTHNENTIC” being such a key term with respects to the verbage being used to describe the outfits in the “stories” we are all asked to tell or provide ,These stories now seem to be used more & more to judge the class over the actual outfits & what they are representing with regards to Breed’s heritage and those that are associated with it…………….

    why not start by getting rid of that term “AUTHENTIC” and use one that is more exhibitor friendly to all those who show whether they purchase pieces or go throught & extensivley research & then spent endless hours reproducing or replicating them??

    Wouldn’t a term such as “Historically Accurate” be better?

    This a not a museum based class – while we would all like to be out there in an “authentic” outfit that is not always possible for everyone showing – the purpose here is to promote the heriatge of the breed and allow anyone that wants to do it a chance to do so.

  3. Steve Said,

    March 29, 2007 @ 7:47 am

    I think you make an excellent point and I will forward it to the committee for inclusion in the discussion. They’ll be the first to admit that the Heritage Class is difficult to deal with, as evidenced by a look back at how many times “adjustments” have been made to the rules. I am confident that most of the committee and board members would support your basic premise, but we’ll give them the opportunity to decide what works best for them. You can assume that we’ll be asking for more input from exhibitors interested in the specifics of this class, but feel free to offer it at any time.

  4. Debbie Herzman Said,

    March 29, 2007 @ 7:51 am

    Thank you

  5. Penny Whitehead Said,

    April 25, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    I know I am a little late at getting a comment in, just have had some issues taking up more of my horse time than would allow me to participate earlier.
    As for my comments, I was at the meeting in March in Moscow and am glad issues were addressed as to the proper attire and tack. I have not been able to attend many shows nor seen many Heritage/Costume classes but do try to view the ones from Nationals and World on the much appreciated Cam coverage.
    I would hope that in the future maybe the written script would be gotten back to for describing each entrants attire and time period and less need for riders being judged on acting abilities.
    As myself very connected with history and clothing and gear authentic for time periods it is hard for me to comprehend how judges not really trained to recognize “proper” and not proper and do the job being asked of them occurs. It is a very complicated subject and standards and being an expert on conformation, gaits and correct tack or clothing just doesn’t afford the training necessasry to place an entrant on what is really right in their outfit/regalia. No criticism intended here, just a comment for all those who put years and thousands of dollars into the outfits used and a rather loose standard of judging guide on authentic or non-authenic or “proper” and respectful and true to the time period and persona being depicted.
    Thanks for providing this spot for input on this and all other subjects.

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