Board meeting notes

We know it’s not always easy to decipher the “official minutes” from ApHC Board of Directors meetings. Here’s a brief summary of decisions made at the June meeting in Jackson:

Policy/Rule changes effective immediately:

•The ApHC adopts the American Horse Council’s Welfare Code of Practice.

•Establish a Hall of Fame Committee to include non-director members and change the voting process to a yes-or-no ballot, with a two-thirds affirmative vote required for induction.

•ApHC resolves to establish a stronger relationship between the ApHC and the Appaloosa Horse Breeders Society of South Africa.

•Confirms that four judges will be used at the World Show in 2010 and beyond.

Policy/Rule changes effective January 1, 2011:

•Establishes that heritage class exhibitors are responsible for compliance with Federal laws regarding the use of feathers.

•Clarifies eligibility for Foundation Pedigree Designation.

•Endurance and limited distance competitions approved by ApHC will follow AERC guidelines; age requirement were adjusted — minimum of four years old to qualify for an ROM, five years old to qualify for a medallion.

•Novice youth points will be tabulated regardless of ownership status of the horse.

•Confirms that registration names must not conflict with previously reserved breeder, bloodline or ranch names; and the ApHC has discontinued the practice of reserving names for future use.

•ApHC will award a 1,000-mile Trail & Distance Medallion for recreational trail riding for horses enrolled in the Distance Program.

•Men’s and Ladies’ Heritage will be separate classes at ApHC-sponsored shows, but may be combined at regional shows at the discretion of show management. The new rule also substitutes “Appaloosa history” for the “old west period.”

•In single-judge, fee-waiver shows, non-Appaloosa horses may compete in the same class with ApHC registered horses at the discretion of show management. The rule further explains ApHC class placings and entries.

•Provides owners of Appaloosa race horses with the option of purchasing either a “Race Medallion Permit” ($100) or a Performance Permit prior to becoming eligible to earn medallion points.

•“Act of God” rule for regional clubs forced to reschedule a single-judge show. Allows the show to be combined with another previously-scheduled single-judge show approved under the fee-waiver provision.

•Establishes some flexibility for the CEO and Executive Committee to issue a Performance Permit to a non-characteristic Appaloosa born prior to 2007 that cannot be parentage verified.

•Reinforces guidelines for ApHC judges and outlines a procedure for notice, hearing and appeal of any Judges Committee action to consider revocation of a judge’s card.

•Establishes a “Limited Participation Membership” for use by an individual at one ApHC-approved or sponsored event except the National Show, World Show and Chief Joseph Trail Ride. The one-event membership fee is $15.

Categories: Board


  1. Sue Said,

    July 21, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    I have a question on the heritage rule change. I understand that at ApHC sponsored shows, the mens and ladies classes will be held as separate classes. In your blog, it says it may be combined at regional shows at the discretion of show management. Does this mean we can list it as one class on our show premiums, or must it be listed as two separate classes, and can be combined at the shows if both groups agree or ???

  2. Steve Said,

    July 26, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    It needs to be listed as two separate classes – then it can be combined by management decision.

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