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Canadian Visit

President Eric Beené and I had the opportunity to visit with Appaloosa enthusiasts at the Canadian National Show last month in Brandon, Manitoba. Exhibitors enjoyed the additions and improvements at the Keystone Centre, deeming it a great facility. There aren’t many horse show venues where you can walk down the hall from the hotel lobby to the stalls and arena. It’s an impressive place.

Though numbers were smaller than usual, the Canadians hosted a very nice show and displayed their famous hospitality and down-to-earth friendliness. The quality of horses and riders was quite good. At some level, it’s nice to be reminded that people have any number of other choices for how to spend their time and money – and make the conscious choice to hang around in the equine world. We would all do well to replicate the enjoyable and rewarding atmosphere we experienced with the ApHCC.

A priority for ApHC is to improve our relationship with the ApHCC. Frankly, we’ve let things stay too long in the fermentation stage without paying enough attention to the most logical partners and allies we have just north of the border. As several Canadian directors and members pointed out, we have so much in common and only a few distracting differences. There really is no good excuse for not making more of the natural alliance that should exist between the U.S. and Canada. It’s time to promote the breed of horse we all love and spend less time focusing on organizational politics or perceived differences (most of which can be dispelled with just a quick lesson in what’s real and what’s third- or fourth-hand information).

Eric and I met with ApHCC directors and staff to discuss where we are in the relationship and where we’d like to be. You shouldn’t be surprised to learn than everyone in the room expressed interest in working together in more ways to promote the breed. Both organizations face similar challenges and deal with the same issues of membership retention, keeping youth involved, helping young trainers get started (and keeping them in the Appaloosa realm), providing incentives for people to try our horses, and finding more ways for people to enjoy them.

Thanks to everyone at the show in Brandon for the warm welcome and the helpful discussions.

Categories: Events /Miscellaneous

3 Comments

  1. Lantz McLaren Said,

    August 16, 2007 @ 7:20 am

    Steve
    Thank you for your kind words and the opportunity to meet in Brandon. I hope to recipicate with a visit to the Worlds this year. I feel our time was well spent and the notion of coopereative efforts will lead our associations to diverse wealth in the future.
    Lantz McLaren
    ApHCC Vice President

  2. Shirley Krawece Said,

    August 17, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    Steve
    I think this is wonderful news as a past director of the Aphcc. I feel we all can work together to improve the breed. The horse we all love.

    Shirley Krawece
    past director B.C.

  3. James Kelley Said,

    August 30, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

    ApHCC has stopped registering HYPP N/H-H/H horses in 2002, I hope we adopt some of their horsemen principles.

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