Wednesday’s questions

One of the tactics being used by the ApHC “strategy group” is to imagine that you’ve moved ahead 12 months in time and you’ve been asked to report to the membership on the ApHC’s three major achievements in the past year. What would you like for those to be?

Another hard question comes in the form of “What are we not going to do? What are you/we willing to live without because the organization doesn’t have the resources, the capabilities or the capacity to do it all?”

Priorities are different for individual members and membership segments. Sometimes it feels as if everyone is forced to make trade-offs or give up something. What can we all agree on as “essential” programs and services? What key areas of ApHC programs and services define value for you as a member?

Categories: Miscellaneous


  1. Merry Wicklund Said,

    June 1, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    Close the books.

  2. Wayne A. Banta Said,

    June 1, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    A part bred registry has been implemented for those horses that are less than 50% foundation pedigree. The paint dual registration issue has been resolved and any horses dual registered are not accepted into ApHC registry. And The pintaloosa issue has been resolved.

  3. ann Said,

    June 1, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    I value the show program. I wish the performance permit money was added to the world/national shows to make them more appealing for people to attend.

  4. Talea Metivier Said,

    June 1, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    First of all, I feel it is a privilege to be an ApHC member. I am happy to use the club to keep track of the history, breeding, ownership, etc of my horses. I DO NOT feel that it is the club’s responsibility to promote my horse, my bloodlines, my chosen discipline, or my program. I feel it is my responsibility to function within the rules of the ApHC and take it from there.

    To me, the ApHC is a recognizable entity that will be around far into the future where I can register my horses. There are several wonderful breed organizations that include Appaloosas but I rely on the ApHC because of the solidity. Therefore, to me, the #1 service is registration.

    I appreciate all that the Club does but also understand that there are only so many directions that we can go before each branch is weakened. We have many breeders, a solid show crowd, a good open performance group, and countless recreational trail riders. I have participated in breed shows, the ACAAP program, and the Saddle Log, among other things. I participate in them to show my support of the regional club and the ApHC programs offered but they are not the reason I am a part of the ApHC.

    The bad thing is that with each program that is cut, we will lose someone’s favorite part of the club! I don’t know how it pencils out but I’d guess that our club is made up of many “minorities.” By that, I mean the many groups such as the pleasure horse people, the halter people, the distance riders, the non-riding members, the working ranch people, the foundation group, the reining competitors, the breed show exhibitors, the open show exhibitors, the gamers, the breeders, the non-breeders, the rescue people…the list could go one forever and most people fit into more than one group. The “Appaloosa Group” is the only majority within the ApHC! Everything is going to affect someone so we just need to put on our big boy/girl pants and keep the big picture in mind.

  5. Liza Bruce Said,

    June 2, 2011 @ 2:38 am

    I am REALLY enjoying the strategy group questions!!! The three major achievements I would like to see if I could move ahead 12 months in time? 1) Streamline the ApHC website. I would like to be able to send my stallion reports, register my foals, upgrade papers etc via the web. 2) Streamline the classes that the ApHC offers, and add a few to spice it up. We have recently had discussions on our ApHC Members for Progress Facebook page about having a color class for mares and a seperate one for stallions/ geldings etc… 3) I would like to see the BOD held to the rule in the handbook that states “Throughout his/her tenure, a director must conduct himself/herself in an exemplary manner such as to favorably reflect on the ApHC and the ApHC Board of Directors.” If as a BOD you are continually not “for the ApHC” then you may want to ask yourself “why am I here”.
    The second question: “What are we not going to do”. Sadly, I think we need to take a very hard look at our programs and see which ones are not being utilized. At the end of the day, the ApHC must be treated as a business, and if you have “dead limbs” on your tree, you need to cut them off. Going back up to my 2nd idea above…lets streamline classes…if there aren’t a lot of horses participating in 50 of them, by all means, cut them out of the ones offered and we can cut back on the amount of paperwork at the office. We cannot please everyone (obviously) and as much as I hate to use the phrase, we must “circle the wagons” and focus on what is being used.
    Your third question: What is essential and what programs/ services defines value? The Appaloosa Journal is essential to this breed. It is our marketplace, our monthly thumbprint to the world of who we are, our showcase for our breeders, and of course our show horses if we choose to purchase an advertisement. The ApHC Show and Registration Departments are most valuable to me because as a breeder of horses that generally go on into the show ring, I use them most often for the information I need/ want. At the end of the day, I must “borrow” Talea’s phrase she posted 6-1 on this forum “we just need to put on our big boy/girl pants and keep the big picture in mind”. Thanks again for the GREAT questions and THANK YOU to the BOD members that do promote the ApHC

  6. Penny Whitehead Said,

    June 2, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    I am as Talea said, a member of many of the groups she mentioned and have to agree with her on all the issues she covered.
    Personally, I no longer show, cost prohibitive, ride seldom, age and health issues, don’t actively breed, am a member of ApHC and my regional and participate as I am able.
    The directions and self centered attitudes of some seem to suit some but don’t seem to be pleasing the real majority and wish more emphasis could be structured to just be the registry, let regional and open events be handled by those doing them, leaving the ApHC to register with simple rules, report on what is going on in the horse world as pertains to the Appaloosa and not try to be a control or dictator to so many different segments that have only one thing in common, that very same Appaloosa, period.
    Far fewer dollars spent by ApHC, more accessability to members all over the country and world, not just primarily one quadrent. Same old position I have held for decades but still feel simpler and less controlling is best.

  7. Jason Stark Said,

    June 2, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    I like the ApHC the way it is. Just keep out Paint, HYPP, PSSM and any other genetic defect known to man/horse!

  8. Rebecca Johnson Said,

    June 3, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    I think Liza, Ann, and Talea very eloquently spoke to what my opinions, concerns, and wants, are. The only thing I could add would be:
    In twelve months time, I would be able to view the BOD and General Membership meetings via my computer in real time. This would benefit the Club threefold. It would enable the membership to be informed “straight from the horses’ mouth,” thus promoting inclusivity for those that cannot attend the actual meetings; it would eliminate the perception of secrecy and promote transparency; and finally, it would elimate the vicious gossip, inuendo, and half-truths that are so prevalent.

  9. Marilynn Feuerstein Said,

    June 3, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    I would love to see the club have two CLASS sales where every horse is screened: World Sale for ONLY Incentive Yearlings & PREGNANT broodmares (eligible for the next years weanling futurity) AND a National Performance Horse Sale between the Open & Youth Show. We need to focus more on marketing and how to help the breeders.
    We need to sit down hard and learn where we need to go with the new genetics knowledge or maybe not go.
    What would I easily do without? Fee increases; another World Sale where the horses don’t bring much money; so much money put out for these big meetings where it seems nothing much gets accomplished; move the App Club to a more central location; and more pictures and explanations of the genetics that we are on the verge of acknowledging.

  10. Carol A Deming Said,

    June 5, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    1st – a printed, simple-to-understand knowledge base of the appaloosa horse’s genetics to encourage breeding of the appaloosa horses that dispell myths about them.

    2nd – a new image for the appaloosa horse…corrected aspects of the appaloosa history have been made and incorporated it into a modern appeal to new appaloosa owners and exhibitors. Written and published material available.

    3rd – a rewrite of the registration rules that have clarified the meaning of the so-called ‘paint/pinto’ markings that are found within the appaloosa horse population based on the genetic knowledge that was newly founded. The ‘paint taint’ is now a phrase that is no longer applied to appaloosa horses.
    A leveled playing field for ApHC shows…I believe that the 4-judge format needs to be revisited. Is the majority of the ApHC shows a multi-judged event? Would going to a 2-judge format for all shows encourage more show attendance? I do know that Regional Clubs must be able to pay for the facilities they use. Is the National Show needed…would more exhibitors attend the Regional level shows if there was no National Show?

    Essential programs would be registration and record keeping for the appaloosa horse.

    National points are a value, but available shows are getting less for many across the country.

    Appaloosa recognition needs to come in another form – possibly through a joint system with NRHA, NCHA, etc and those points become part of the horses Lifetime records. The appaloosa is exhibited in many other types of disciplines, currently that are NOT a part of their record…the ACAAP should be the route to go, but it isn’t! Possibly, the ApHC should institute a “connection” with other known affiliations, not leave it to the owners/exhibitors to do so. IMHO, the ACAPP is not an official or honorable system.

    Possibly, a “Territory Show” system would reward exhibitors and encourage competition…the past GEAR and the “western version” were huge shows and carried far more merit for the horse/exhibitors.

    And most importantly, for the BODs to be to be supportive of the ApHC – meaning they are a vital part of the PUBLIC’S VIEW of it. It is very demoralizing to have a BOD in public speak down about the ApHC in all aspects…why are they on the BOD then, if they have nothing GOOD to speak of?
    Thank for for the space to say my thoughts!

  11. Deborah Ann Buchan Said,

    June 6, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Require mandatory testing for HYPP, HERDA, GBED, PSSM, and any other identified genetic conditions for horses with the relevant bloodlines, require the results to be recorded on the Registration Certificate, and make sure the results are available to potential breeders/purchasers.

  12. Sarah C. Said,

    June 7, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    I would like to see more encouragement to breeders to breed App X App.

  13. Cindy Ruud Said,

    June 7, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    ApHC essentials:

    1) Ethics restored in and out of the showrings.

    2) Integrity restored to the registry and governing of this club.

    3) The mission statement followed..

    ~Preserve the appaloosa as a BREED.

    ~CEO and BOD’s to enforce and follow ALL the rules and bylaws.

    ~Market the Breed, not the showring/trainers.

  14. Wayne A. Banta Said,

    June 27, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    Steve Taylor, this is a question I would pose directly to you as CEO; Why does ApHCV only take into consideration the AQHA registration on these dual registered horses, when ApHC foundation rules clearly state that no paint is allowed in ApHC? Why is the APHA registration NOT taken into first consideration as it should be, as it is a very clear violation of existing rules and long time guidelines implemented top protect and preserve the appaloosa. Why is this registration with APHA totally ignored by the registration dept. rather than taken into first consideration as a violation of ApHC standing policy as it should be to protect the appaloosa? I am not the only one , as there is much controversy on this topic and an answer from you would be appreciated.

  15. ann Said,

    July 1, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    I believe we could get more sponsors by hanging banners in the arenas at the national/world shows. Also get e-mail addresses from people watching on the internet for future marketing opportunities. We also need to limit the negative comments on this page as this is NOT the time or place for that type of thing and gives the wrong impression to people outside of our breed.

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