Horse ownership and involvement has stabilized and is likely to rise, according to key findings from survey sponsored by Zoetis

AHP-New-site-logo-1970The equine industry has found stability and shows positive signs of growth, especially among young adult horse owners and event participants, according to results of a survey by American Horse Publications (AHP) sponsored by Zoetis. The survey included responses from over 10,662 horse owners.

Among the highlights, the third online nationwide equine industry survey shows:
• For 2016, 88.6% of respondents expect to own or manage the same number of horses or more horses.
• This year, 93% of respondents plan to enter the same or more competitions than last year, and 95.1% expect to compete in the same or more events in 2016.
• A high number of respondents (84.7%) rely on their veterinarians for vaccination advice, and respondents are increasingly relying on veterinarians for deworming advice.

“It appears the industry is beginning to recover from the Great Recession of 2008, as indicated by the percentage of respondents participating in the industry, either through owning/managing horses or competing with them, at the same or greater levels than three years ago,” said Jill Stowe, Ph.D., associate professor of agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky, who analyzed the data and consulted on the results.

Read the entire media release at this link:

September ApHC Board of Directors Meeting

.small web bannerThe Fall 2015 ApHC Board of Director’s Meeting will take place September 18-19, 2015 at the Cambria Suites in Avon Lake, Ohio! To receive a special rate call (440) 695-1270 by August 31st and mention the Appaloosa Horse Club Board Meeting. Rooms will be available at the regular rate after August 31st based on availability. Agendas and meeting details will be posted at as they become available

Bill to Allow State and Tribal Management of Wild Horses Introduced

On July 22, 2015, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) re-introduced the Wild Horse Oversight Act (H.R. 3172) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a Senate version of the bill (S. 1845). The bills would amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to allow states and Indian tribes to assume the management and protection of wild horses and burros.

The bills would allow a state or federally recognized Indian tribe to assume all management and protection functions of wild horses and burros within its borders, if requested by the legislature or Governor of a State, or the governing body of an Indian tribe. Currently, the federal land management agencies, primarily the Bureau of Land Management, are responsible for overseeing the wild horse and burro population. The bills would not alter any of the protections for wild horses under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the federal land management agencies would continue to be responsible for tracking the number of wild horses and burros even if a state or tribe assumed management of its wild horses.

The House bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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American Horse Council Action Alert

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Support National Forest Trails Bill Today!
On Thursday, July 16, the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (S.1110). The bill would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests, including equestrians. This bill is strongly supported by the American Horse Council.

AHC urges all recreational riders and trail users to call their Senators and ask them to support the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (S.1110) and to please co-sponsor this legislation.

You can reach your Senator through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the Senator’s office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles public lands issues.

Call them today and tell them;
•You support the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (S.1110) and it is important to trail riders and all recreational trail users in your state.
•The Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests.
•S. 1110 will direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails and identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.
•This bill will help improve trail maintenance without adding to the federal budget deficit.
•The bill is bi-partisan and supported by a wide range of recreational users of public land.
•Please support and co-sponsor this important legislation.

If you have any questions please contact the AHC.

Responding to Facebook “Conversations”

15N_ShowLogoApHC Members and Friends,

Despite the fact that social media is not a good platform for debate, nor is it a practical channel for correcting misinformation or responding to gossip, the ApHC is compelled to offer a few bits of commentary. By the way, the “ApHC” includes board members, staff and anyone who pays dues.

We again acknowledge and apologize for the unfortunate errors that resulting in at least two National/Youth World award saddles with misspellings. Recipients have been offered a replacement or compensation. It’s safe to say that such an oversight will not occur in the future!

At this point, our biggest concern is the impact of negative online chatter. There is a difference between “input or feedback” and “self-inflicted wounds.” The ApHC Board operates with genuine interest in member opinions and recommendations, many of which have resulted in changes to rules or policies. In the case of sponsorships and awards, a small group has already been designated to evaluate and organize the overall sponsor and recognition program. If you have specific suggestions or contacts to share regarding potential support from sponsor groups or companies, please forward those to Dena Raggio, Marketing Committee Chair.

For those who are interested in direct communication with Board members, that process is always appropriate and helpful. The September Board of Directors meeting will be held in Avon (Cleveland), Ohio, and as always, is open to ApHC members.

As we move forward, you are asked to consider these thoughts and corrections:
• Online negativity can cause current or potential members, sponsors and others to turn away from what we believe is a great community of Appaloosa folks.
• ApHC entry fees are not only competitive with other major event costs, they are considerably less than most. Whether members would favor increases in order to “upgrade” potential awards is a matter of debate.
• No ApHC staff member is paid a six-figure salary, much less a million dollars! IRS 990 forms are available for confirmation.
• No one has issued a “gag order” on board members or others. A social media policy statement simply outlines appropriate use of various communications channels and that policy is available for viewing.
• Lastly, we really are all in this venture together and the ApHC community needs each individual to participate as an ambassador and thoughtful contributor.

ACTHA & ApHC Announce Competitive Trail Partnership

ANCER2012 069The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) and the Appaloosa Horse Club are pleased to announce a new program to further recognize the great American trail horse. In line with the motto, “A job for every horse,” ACTHA’s new Competitive Trail Organization Partnership program is a way to keep even more horses employed and out of dire circumstances. Beginning June 1, as an ACTHA member, your horse can earn points wherever they compete! Regardless if ridden at an ACTHA event or with another organization, horses can accumulate points in the Achievement Awards Program that stay with them for life. Now you can combine the points earned at ACTHA rides with those earned from other organizations that host competitive trail riding or obstacles. This means your endurance ride, or trail class in an arena will count toward your next Achievement Award. For more information on ACTHA, please visit

Counting Down

15N_ShowLogoJust happened to notice that the 2015 National Show starts two weeks from today! Holy Horseshoes, it’s almost here. Based on entries at this point, the numbers look good – should be at or possibly slightly above last year. We are looking forward to having the new covered pavilion available, along with other improvements at Will Rogers. The Appaloosa Youth Association board members are prepping for a full menu of fun activities and deserve whatever support you can offer. In case you need any urging, sponsorship forms for classes, buckles, ribbons, etc. are included on the show page of the website. Mostly wanted to say Thank You in advance to all our owners, exhibitors and friends who will be making the trip to Texas. We look forward to a great show and wish you as much success as you can stand. Safe travels!

Appaloosa Journal Receives 2015 APEX Award for Publication Excellence

2014June145pxThe Appaloosa Journal team announced today that it has been honored with a 2015 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for its June 2014 cover.

Now in its 27th year, the APEX competition is sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., which advises publishing, PR and marketing professionals on best practices in print, web and publishing.

Winning among 212 Design & Illustration submissions, the June 2014 cover captured a dynamic, at liberty pose of the 2009 mare, Mustabeen Tuff, “Cheyenne,” owned by ApHC member Laura Weaver of Cave Creek, Arizona, and photographed by Robert Dawson.

Fellow winning entrants in the 2015 competition include: Time Inc. Content Solutions, American Airlines Publishing, Toyota Motor North America, AARP, Ford Motor Company, and T3 Custom/TD Ameritrade, to name a few. The 11 major categories attracted 1,851 entries and the competition was stated to be of “extraordinary quality.”

“This is the fourth year in a row our Journal team has achieved APEX recognition,” said Steve Taylor, ApHC CEO. “We could not be prouder of the excellence they bring to sharing and promoting Appaloosas.”

Members are the “New Breed”

small nplc logo revamp-v2-p1Thought I’d share an excerpt from the latest “Gazette” published for the National Pedigreed Livestock Council. This is a 100 year-old-plus organization of livestock registry organizations representing horses, beef cattle, dairy, swine, goats, etc. The NPLC Annual Meeting was held earlier this month in Lafayette, Indiana, home of our hosts the National Swine Registry and American Berkshire Association.

A long-time acquaintance, Phil Anderson, presented a session called “Shifting Gears,” in which he described the variety of challenges in today’s membership/association world.

Members are, and have always been, the heart and soul of most nonprofit organizations. The challenge facing today’s organizations range from the differing perspectives of multiple generations, technology and its effect on communications and relationships, and the shifting landscape of agriculture, food and leisure. As we move beyond 2015, we must “shift gears” to embrace and respond to these changes (and opportunities). We have to work faster, smarter, and maximize each and every resource. As a membership organization it comes down to this simple perspective: “It’s not who we are TO each other, it’s who we are FOR each other.”

Celebration Time

EdithStangerWe thought at least some (or many) of you would like to know about an important milestone coming up. ApHC Hall of Fame member Edith Stanger is being feted at a celebration of her 90th birthday. An open house reception will be held Wednesday June 3rd from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls. If you’d like to share a card or other greeting, you can send it to the ApHC office and we’ll be sure Edith gets it.

Edith was a co-founder of the Intermountain Appaloosa Club, the Snake River Valley Horse Show, the Idaho Horse Council, and was elected to the ApHC Board of Directors. She is also famous for publishing a fascinating, mostly true history of the ApHC called “Fifty Years of Appaloosa History.”

Youth World/National Show Update

15N_ShowLogoBe sure to tell your ApHC friends that the on-line entry system and a bunch of other information pertaining to the Youth World And National Show are active on the website pages for those shows. We’ll have additional updates as we get closer to the events — which, as they say, will be here before you know it!

NAHMS Equine Study 2015

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will launch Equine 2015 in May—NAHMS third national study of the U.S. equine industry. As with NAHMS’ 1998 and 2005 equine studies, Equine 2015 is designed to provide participants, industry, and animal-health officials with information on the nation’s equine population that will serve as a basis for education, service, and research related to equine health and management, while providing the industry with new and valuable information regarding trends in the industry for 1998, 2005, and 2015.

For this study, NAHMS asked equine owners, industry stakeholders, and government officials to provide input and define the information needs of the equine industry. From this process, seven study objectives were identified:

• Describe trends in equine care and health management for study years 1998, 2005, and 2015.
• Estimate the occurrence of owner-reported lameness and describe practices associated with the management of lameness.
• Describe health and management practices associated with important equine infectious diseases.
• Describe animal health related costs of equine ownership.
• Evaluate control practices for gastrointestinal parasites.
• Evaluate equines for presence of ticks and describe tick-control practices used on equine operations.
• Collect equine sera along with equine demographic information in order to create a serum bank for future studies.

Note Regarding ApHC Rule Changes and “Guest Judges”

ApHC-LogoWe understand there are questions about the recently approved rule change allowing regional clubs to utilize guest judges beginning in 2016. To be clear, this is a provision for regional clubs and international affiliates only. Guest judges will not be an option for ApHC-sponsored shows, i.e., the Youth World Championships, National Show or World Show. The intent of this change is actually two-fold; the first goal is simply to reduce the financial impact of hosting a horse show at the regional level. Secondly, it has the potential to encourage individuals to subsequently apply and go through the regular process to become an ApHC-carded judge. Guest judges may judge a maximum of two single-judge or multi-judge ApHC-approved shows. Thereafter, they must apply for ApHC judging credentials in order to continue judging ApHC-approved shows. To receive guest judge status, the individual must be a current ApHC member and must pass a written ApHC rulebook test. The ApHC will also verify the judge’s existing credentials with an appropriate organization. Guest judges may only be contracted to judge shows sponsored by an ApHC regional club or international affiliate. Clubs and affiliates are limited to contracting a maximum of three guest judges per year.
NOTE: In conjunction with this rule change in 2016, the option of having a “double-pointed” judge is eliminated.

Regional Club “Portal” Added to ApHC Website

small web bannerWe are happy to inform you that the ApHC has completed the initial phase of the new Regional Club Portal system. The portal system is being developed to make it easier for the regional clubs to interact with the ApHC.

The first phase of this system was to develop a process that would allow the regional clubs to manage their membership and officer listings via the web. This will eliminate the need for Regional Clubs to go through the tedious task of submitting this information to the ApHC in a written form. Emails have been sent to the primary contacts – usually either the listed President or Secretary – for all regional clubs to provide initial log-in information and instructions.

Enhanced services for regional clubs was one of the priorities identified in last year’s ApHC Board strategy session and background work has been underway to add this and other on-line features for clubs and individuals. We will continue to add features to the Regional Club Portal as time allows. The next tools to be added are the ability to file your club’s Yearly Report and to submit World Show Nominations.

Please let us know if you have any questions or experience any problems while using the Regional Club Portal. We would also like to hear from you if you have any suggestions regarding ways to improve the portal or make it easier for Regional Clubs to work with the ApHC.

ApHC Year-End Numbers

small web bannerThese statistics are for calendar year 2014:

Top Five Registration States
Texas 198
North Dakota 102
Oklahoma 94
California 80
Oregon 80

Top Five Registration Countries
Canada 160
Germany 145
France 84
Italy 84
Mexico 58

TRANSFERS 3,311 – 6.5%
MEMBERS 12,096 – 6%
Non-Pro Members 2,213

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