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FPD Rule Correction/Addition

Correction to 2008 OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE APHC
Rule 236, Foundation Pedigree Designation (FPD), on page 71 of the 2008 Official Handbook of the ApHC inadvertently deleted criteria for Foundation Pedigree Designation. Please make corrections to your 2008 Handbook as follows:

A. To be eligible for the FPD program, the horse must be registered with the ApHC. This option may also be done concurrently with the application for registration. A horse must also meet the following criteria:

1. A minimum of 73% (22) of its ancestors in the preceding four (4) generations must be registered with the ApHC.
2. There must be a minimum of three (3) of these ancestors on both sire and dam sides of the pedigree.
3. Any and all ‘F’ numbered horses within the preceding four (4) generations of the applicant horse’s pedigree are to be considered 100% for FPD purposes, regardless of the parentage of the ‘F’ numbered horses.
4. Every 5 years, beginning in 2009, the minimum percentage of eligibility will increase incrementally by requiring one additional horse in the preceding four (4) generations of the applicant horse to be registered with the ApHC; that is 23 out of 30 beginning in 2009, then 24 out of 30 beginning in 2014, and so on.

9 Comments

  1. Julie Kreider Said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 7:16 am

    Our farm, Sawyer Creek, has consistently participated in the FPD program since it’s inception. In fact, much of our breeding stock is foundation pedigree designated. 5 out of our 8 foals this year are eligible for the FPD designation program. We feel it’s important to promote Appaloosa to Appaloosa breeding. Yes, we do outcross on occasion….as did many of the founding fathers of our association, but we never confuse that with our loyalty to our breed.

    We have also supported the FPD halter classes. A good number of our show horses have earned ROM’s in FPD right along with Open and Non-pro halter ROM’s. Horses from our program have consistently been on the Year End Leading The Nation FPD class lists. Sadly, while the FPD classes have been growing in our neck of the woods, in other parts of the country, these classes are still weak. FPD stallion classes are particularly so. The ApHC reports that Foundation Pedigree Designation registrations for 2007 at 371, is a 14 percent decrease from 2006.

    I would ask why then, would our association even consider increasing the minimum percentage of eligibility for 2009? Wouldn’t it make more sense to leave things as they are until the participation was strong?

    It’s our opinion that our BOD seems more concerned about the inclusion of outcrosses in our sanctioned events, than it does promoting our good Appaloosa to Appaloosa stock! There is yet to be an FPD class at our World Show in Fort Worth. I am told however, that the Nationals this year will for the first time, hold FPD classes. I’m hoping that a good number of exhibitors participate. The continuation of the FPD program however, seems doomed to failure if the bar keeps getting raised before the class has caught on.

  2. Steve Said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 8:29 am

    I can’t speak for the board, but I think there is support for leaving things alone for a while, as you suggest.

  3. Dawn Fougner Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 5:28 am

    I agree with Julie and would like to see more interest in FPD! I have been a member of the App Club for 13 yrs and have yet to see a FPD class in North Dakota, at any of the shows my daughter and I attend!

  4. Lynn Crowell Said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 10:10 am

    We have and show FPD horses modern bloodlines. We believe FPD classes could use incentives not unlike WP and other classes. To us the FPD classes represent the ApHC and should be encouraged. It seems a fight to get any recognition for FPD. Perhaps more people would show, register, and purchase FPD if the ApHC would offer an incentive to do so. To us it looks like the opposite occurs. Foundation breeders and horses are not given much credibility by the ApHC. It seems correct me if I’m wrong the interest lies in the outcross horse and how important it is to continue this practice.

  5. Kevin McCullough Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 9:55 am

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY WE HAVE TO KEEP CHANGING THR REGISTRATION REQUIRERMENTS ALL THE TIME TO PLEASE A CERTAIN FEW PEOPLE, IT IS HURTING THE BREED MORE THAN HAVING SOLID HORSES, AND WHY DO THE FPD PEOPLE THINK THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE SPECIAL CLASSES IN THE SHOWS JUST FOR THEM, ISN’T YOUR HORSE OR BREEDING PROGRAM GOOD ENOUGH TO COMPETE WITH EVERYBODY ELSE, PART OF OUR REGIONAL CLUB PROBLEMS ARE THAT THERE ARE WAY TO MANY CLASSES IN THE SHOW, IT IS HARD TO GET CLASSES THAT ARE EVEN POINTED AT SOME SHOWS, WE DON’T NEED MORE CLASSES WE NEED MORE HORSES AND EXHIBITORS IN THE CLASSES THAT WE ALREADY HAVE AND THAT ALSO GOES FOR THE NON-PRO CLASSES.

  6. Kelly Engle-Thompson Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

    Very well put Julie. We own one of those horses you spoke of that are performing in all the FPD classes that we can find. I feel that the National Club should be putting the Most Colorful classes, Heritage and FPD as REQUIRED classes for all ApHC shows. These are the three classes that distinguish us from other breeds and I feel they should not be disgarded if they have low entries at shows. The parent club needs to be putting more payback at Nationals and Worlds for these three classes. I was disappointed to find out that the Youth World will not be having FPD. I have been told that Nationals this year will be having FPD…..I will be there to represent the Appaloosa in the Color classes once again and I am looking forward in showing in the FPD maiden National class. It is too bad that more emphasis is not placed on the importance of these classes. Make them special, because OUR breed is worth it !!

  7. Carrie Hemken Said,

    January 17, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

    We are looking into the FPD classes and breeding for it, but if more and more stipulations are applied year after year we may not even breed for it. It is hard enough to find a stallion in the first place lets not make it harder. Leaving the rule alone makes so much more sense.

    Why are there no FPD classes at the World show?? This makes no sense, to me anyway!!

    Could the FPD breeders come up with a specialty association just for FPD horses?
    Just a thought….

  8. Iris Snyder Said,

    January 18, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    We bred and showed the first gelding (Death Wish) and mare (Kiss Of Death) FPD medallion winners. They are full brother and sister. Both horses competed and were open National Champions long before they won their FPD awards. These horses did not need a special class to prove their superiority although we as long time Appaloosa breeders appreicate the ApHC efforts to give us classes to showcase the FPD horses. Neither of these horse would win over a specialized Halter horse (that is the way competition is now, speciallized) as they were breed to be athletic performers that are pretty and conformationally correct. We traveled all over the US east of the Mississippi to win the year end high point in 2006 and had a hard time finding enough horses to get in the classes to earn points. Our horses represent the finest of Appaloosa bloodlines but they are high quality in conformation and athletic ability as well. If you want acknowledgement from your horse show peers, then show a horse that has superior quality, is prepared up to current standards and quit whinning. It can be done.
    The founders of our breed were trying to breed a superior animal with color, conformation and ability. Let’s all strive to do that and not complain about what someone else is going. Don’t tear the other guy down to promote yourself. Let honest compeition sort it out.

  9. Roy Thompson Said,

    January 29, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

    I would have to agree that it would make more sense to leave the foundation designation as it is. The registration percentage drop is already at 14% from 2006. I truly believe that the 73% should stay where it is for 3 to 5 more years until other breeders can catch up. At that time I believe we can keep the breed where it is intended to be.

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