Appaloosa Congress Show

Aug. 18 & 19 2007
Co-sponsored by the Calgary Regional Appaloosa Club
And the Appaloosa Horse Association of Alberta

This show, held at Claresholm, Alberta, broke new ground in the cooperation between Regional Clubs of the ApHCC (CRAC) and of the ApHC (AHAA). Due to diminishing numbers at the shows held by both organizations in the last few years, it was decided to try a dual-approved show. One original plan was for each organization to sponsor a show each day of the weekend, with two judges, but it was felt that the members of each organization ( many of which are members of both) might not show in the other’s show. Consequently, a format was suggested of a four-judge circuit over two days, two judges a day, with all classes run as a “class within a class”. Doreen Hooker, Show Manager for CRAC and Shelby Biddlecombe, President of AHAA, got together and studied both rulebooks, noting differences in rules, and decided that it would be possible to run a show in this format. All minor differences could be overcome, such as the ApHCC rule that certain score sheets be posted. The ApHC does not have a rule about specific scoresheets, so the ApHCC ones could be used.

The difficulty of the judges being able to identify which horses were in which organization was addressed by using a number system. The “100” numbers were used for horses in ApHC only, the “200” numbers for ApHCC only, and “300” numbers for horses showing in both.

Both CRAC and AHAA provided a show secretary, and entries for each organization were provided a different entry form and sent to the appropriate secretary. Different colours of paper in the program were used for the entry forms, but this didn’t identify them completely as some exhibitors had to photocopy forms for more horses.

Each organization collected it’s own entry fees and show fees. The CRAC collected the stall fees (on a separate form) and looked after paying for the facility. The CRAC paid for the judges, plus their expenses, for Saturday, and the AHAA paid for the judges for Sunday. All judges had to be carded by both ApHC and ApHCC.

The show was very successful, from both the management and exhibitors point of view, giving people the opportunity to compete for eight sets of points.

If this type of show is held in the future, however, it would be an advantage to the exhibitors to pay only one entry fee per class, as it was an expensive show for those who showed in both clubs. It should be possible to pay only one entry fee per class (as used to happen in dual-approved shows) plus the appropriate judge’s and point fees for each organization. Also, then all horses could be counted as entries in each class, giving exhibitors opportunity to win more points in each organization. For example, in the format that this Congress was run this year, if in a class of ten horses, five were shown in the ApHCC, and five in the ApHC, each judge’s card would have “5” as the number of horses in the class. If both organizations would recognize all horses in the class, then the number of horses would be “10”, all placings would be on the same judges’ card (then sent to each breed association) and horses would qualify for the resulting points from a class of ten. This would also be less confusing for the judges as they would then have to fill out only one card per class. This is the way dual-approved shows were run not too many years ago, to the benefit of everyone concerned.

Those involved in the 2007 Appaloosa Congress feel that it was a great step forward for the breed in North America. Too many years have gone by with division between the two breed associations. This show proves that we can get together for the good of the Appaloosa horse.

Doreen Hooker

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