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ApHC Monday Memo

FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 2, 2007

National Show Class Sponsors Needed
Consider a class sponsorship at the Youth or National Show. It’s a great, economical way to show your support for the ApHC youth and for the show. Sponsorship of one class is only $100; with additional classes $50 each. Half of class sponsorships at the Youth show are donations directly to the AYA. Sponsors are recognized with announcements, in the Network, and this year also on the Top Ten page on the website.

Webcam Sponsorships Available
ApHC will be broadcasting the Youth & National Show live for the first time on our webcam. The World Show broadcast was extremely popular, with more than 93,000 views over the nine-day show. Sponsors are needed to help provide this feed at the National Show. This is a great way to show your company’s support for the Appaloosa show community. There are only a select number of sponsor opportunities for the webcam page, so give Krystina a call at ext. 282 to set up your sponsorship.

World Sale Consignment Packets Available Soon
The Sale Committee will be meeting soon to finalize decisions for the World Sale consignment packets. Remind members that this is the perfect place to sell their high quality appaloosas – we need your help recruiting good horses for the sale. Packets will be available for download from the ApHC website after April 20, and can be requested now from Karisa or Krystina at Ext. 273 or 282.

Fiscal Year
Our new fiscal year begins – Happy New Year! Our financial statement auditors are making their first trip to the office today for cut off procedures.

Journal
The April edition of AJO (Appaloosa Journal Online) went up as scheduled over the weekend, and we’ll be completing the May issue of the magazine on Friday.

200 horses turned back by Illinois processing plant shutdown
Friday, March 30, 2007
200 horses were turned away at the horse processing plant at DeKalb, Illinois Thursday morning. Illinois state vet Colleen O’Keefe tells Prairie Farmer that the horses were sent back to their farms of origin. The Belgian-owned Cavel International plant was shut down after Wednesday’s federal appeals court decision that prevents USDA from providing inspectors for a fee at the plant. Cavel was the last remaining plant in the U.S. that processed horsemeat for human consumption overseas. Ag groups defend humane horse slaughter while animal protection groups are trying to get laws passed to ban the practice. A bill is pending in the Illinois legislature to end horsemeat processing in the state.

7 Comments

  1. Sigrid Ricco Said,

    April 3, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    I’m just wondering why AQHA has announced that the Herda Test is available for horses that trace to Poco Bueno and King and ApHC doesn’t acknowledge it yet? These horses are part of the Appaloosa and this information should be made available to the entire membership. I have tested the horses I own that trace to the carrier and my tests thankfully came back N/N.

    Will ApHC record the results in the official records when document copies are mailed? Will this information be made public record? I believe it should be. The genetic health of the Appaloosa could lie in the balance. Let’s not make the same error we did with HYPP! Now…before the testing becomes mandatory is the time to set the rules…Please do right by our wonderful breed.

    Sigrid Ricco – member since 1995

  2. Steve Said,

    April 4, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    See today’s post. As for details of a “policy” regarding how results are documented, I can’t answer that one. We’ll certainly put it on the list of things to talk about. Thanks.

  3. Toni Szymanski Said,

    April 4, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

    Seve,

    I certainly hope it goes on that “list of things to talk about” soon. I’d like to think we already had a database for this information since HYPP has been around so long now.

  4. Sigrid Ricco Said,

    April 5, 2007 @ 8:38 am

    Thank you Steve for getting this on the blogspot. A few of us are working hard on various groups to encourage testing.

  5. Carrie Giannandrea Said,

    April 5, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    Steve,

    How does the position of Appaloosa Journal Editor get filled? Is it by appointment, election or what?

    Is it the policy of the AJ to “edit” or “control” information available to Appaloosa Journal readers? Or does the AJ make available “all” information, by all sources, pertinent to the Appaloosa Horse to the readers of the AJ?

    Carrie Giannandrea
    Dances with Horses
    Formula One Farms

  6. Steve Said,

    April 6, 2007 @ 7:40 am

    Sounds like a loaded question, but here’s what I think I know. The Journal is a department of ApHC and the editor is an employee just like all the rest of us. As for the “policy,” it’s very similar to any other publication. The editor is responsible for space allocation, consistency and relevance of content, etc. We obviously can’t include “all” information from all sources. The primary objective is to provide useful, interesting, appropriate, timely and sometimes entertaining information for members. As with all other publications, editorial space is largely determined by the ratio of advertising space sold for each issue. We haven’t figure out yet how to publish a magazine without revenue to help offset the costs of production. Editing is always a judgment based on the need for clarity, readability, space limits, etc.

  7. Carrie Giannandrea Said,

    April 6, 2007 @ 9:32 am

    Thank you Steve, for that explanation.

    I hope the AJ, in the future, makes all pertinent information from as many reputable sources as possible, regarding breeding information, available to the Appaloosa Breeders.

    Thank you,

    Carrie Giannandrea
    Dances with Horses
    Formula One Farms

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