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Territory I workshop in Moscow

moscow-002.jpgApHC members from several regional clubs gathered in Moscow, Idaho, this past weekend for another in a series of Territory I workshops. The group visited the ApHC office and the Appaloosa Museum before settling in for some good discussion and idea sharing. As you might expect, topics ranged from the economy to the rulebook. It was encouraging to hear quite a bit of conversation about ways regional clubs could do more things cooperatively, or at least communicate more with each other about what works and what doesn’t.

It was a treat for the members to have George and Iola Hatley join us for dinner on Saturday evening. Mr. Appaloosa was also our celebrity tour guide during the museum visit.

Member services, ApHC programs, marketing, registration questions and suggestions for ways to reach out to prospective members were all discussed. A summary of meeting topics will be posted soon, but here are a few items from my notes:

Keep working on some version of an “Appendix Registry” and consider expanding to include sport horses and others.

Consider adjustments to requirements for show approval such as the application deadline, minimum distance between shows, mandatory classes, number of horses entered, etc.

Allow youth and non-pro exhibitors to lease their horses.

Add a “horses-wanted” section to the website.

Upgrade the ACAAP program to make it more prestigious (and understandable).

Provide incentives to groups hosting show circuits or multiple shows.

2 Comments

  1. Lynette Thompson Said,

    May 20, 2008 @ 8:27 am

    Steve, I want to thank you again for the wonderful job you have done answering all the questions asked by the participants in these workshops and giving us a wonderful tour of the ApHC offices. Many people commented that when they call the office now they can better visualize what they staff is talking about. I am always amazed when I look at the Journal rooms just how they manage to put out such a great magazine. And as you said, George and Iola are such treasures and they so much enjoy showing off the building and the museum to people, especially Appaloosa people.
    Lynette

  2. Sandy Jones Said,

    May 20, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

    Those of us that attended this workshop also had a wonderful tour of the ApHC Museum and of the working area of the ApHC office. Fun to get to see the process that our paperwork goes through for registering our horses and drool over all of the artwork and history on display.

    It was wonderful to be able to hear stories told by George and Iola Hatley of some of the Chief Joseph trail rides of old. Having attended both Territory I, Zones A & B Workshops I think those of us here in the Northwest owe a huge thanks to our CEO Steve Taylor for giving up his weekends to attend these get togethers to listen to our concerns and ideas. Mr Taylor is a CEO that really cares and we can all be very thankful and proud to have him working with our organization.

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