January 27-29, 2017
“Through the Judges Eyes”
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Tulsa, OK

Knowledge is power; become a more successful exhibitor. Learn what the judges are looking for, what makes one run stand out from another, and how to “think like a judge.” The Academy is also an educational opportunity for those who are thinking about becoming a judge. The program is also a great resource for apprentice judges and collegiate judging teams. And, it’s an excellent place to learn how to scribe scored classes.

Early registration deadline is January 3

For more information and registration forms, visit


Understanding genetics – using them for better breeding decisions

November 12th and 13th 2016
Animal Sciences Building at Colorado State University
Registration limited to 15 participants – Cost $175/person

Planned topics include:
– Review of basic equine genetics
– Building the horse gene map
– Gene-based physiology and disease
– Inheritance, selection and genetic improvement
– Current and future research @ CSU

For more information or registration details contact:
Stephen Coleman
(970) 491-2681 or
Jason Bruemmer
(970) 491-8373 or


small web bannerThe ApHC Planning and Review Committee would like your feedback on a possible rule change regarding the High Point Territory Awards. The recommendation is for changes to be made to rules 702, 803, and 903 – changing High Point Territory Awards to High Point Geographic Region Awards. Currently outlined are 19 different “Geographic Regions:”

The Committee believes that changing the awards will benefit the members and therefore the ApHC by making the regions smaller and more user-friendly. It is their hope that changing from Territories to Geographic Regions will encourage members to compete for these awards more readily and with less expense for travel. *The term “Geographic Region” may change, but is currently being used to describe the new area divisions. Also note that geographic regions would only apply to the show/point system, not election territories or other purposes.


2017 Membership Available Online

!member cardBeat the rush! Or at least make up for the last time you forgot to renew your ApHC membership. Purchase your 2017 membership online now so you can focus on Christmas shopping or pumpkin thumping. Come to think of it, ApHC memberships make great gifts

2016 ApHC Board Election Clarification/Correction

small web bannerThe motion below was passed unanimously by the ApHC Board on August 4, 2016.

BOD Motion 01-08-16: As a result of a clerical error in the preparation and publication of the 2016 Declaration of Candidacy for the ApHC Board of Directors that in form and content likely misled ApHC members otherwise eligible to seek an ApHC director position from considering and/or seeking nomination as an ApHC director because they did not meet the ApHC director eligibility criteria that had been erroneously set forth in the Declaration and to remedy that error such that all eligible ApHC members are provided the rightful opportunity to seek nomination for an ApHC director position in the 2016 regular election of ApHC directors as provided under the ApHC Bylaws:

The ApHC Board of Directors moves, as a matter of equity and fairness to all concerned, to (i) exercise its rights and powers under law in the best interests of the ApHC by approving the extension of the deadline set forth in the ApHC Bylaws from July 31, 2016 to August 31, 2016 for submittal to the ApHC of the required nominating petition for the 2016 ApHC Board of Directors regular election and the 2016 special election to fill a vacancy in Territory V, (ii) approve for use in the regular election the form of 2016 Nominating Petition and Declaration of Candidacy, (iii) approve acceptance of the 2016 Declaration of Candidacy submitted by nine ApHC members on or before July 31, 2016 as timely for all purposes of the regular election, (iv) approve for use in the special election the form of 2016 Special Election Nomination Petition and Declaration of Candidacy and (v) approve immediate publication of this Motion.

Eligible ApHC members are advised that the domicile restrictions set forth in Article IV, Section 2.B of the ApHC Bylaws will not apply to this 2016 territorial election, but will become effective beginning with the next territorial election in 2018. For the 2016 regular election, all members in Territories I-VI are eligible for election based on domicile considerations.

*In other words, the Declaration of Candidacy should not have referenced zones as they have been eliminated beginning with this year’s election. Any eligible ApHC member from a territory may seek nomination as a director.

Updated and corrected nomination forms are available by clicking on the “About Us” tab, then “Board of Directors” on


The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is pleased to announce a new platinum level sponsorship with dac® Vitamins and Minerals to host the 2016 ApHC World Sale Presented by dac®. This is excellent news for ApHC members as a live sale has not been held since 2013.

“We look forward to this partnership and believe hosting a live sale will be a great service to our membership. Providing members with a marketplace to buy and sell their quality Appaloosas will stimulate the industry as a whole,” said ApHC CEO, Steve Taylor. This year’s sale will be a standalone event, not tied to the World Show Incentive classes. It will take place in conjunction with the 2016 World Championship Appaloosa Show in Fort Worth, Texas at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26th.

The 2016 ApHC World Sale Presented by dac® will feature first-class performance prospects, proven performers and breeding stock. The sale will be managed by Superior Productions. There is a consignment fee of $250 and a sales commission of 8%. The consignment deadline is September 19th – a late fee will be accessed for consignments received after this date.

dac® specializes in providing high quality nutrition products for your horses and livestock at an affordable cost. Be sure to visit them online at to find out more about how dac® can help you enhance the performance of your horses and livestock.

Find out more about this year’s sale at or visit


small web bannerThe Appaloosa Journal team announced this week that it has been honored with a 2016 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for its large-format 2016 Stallion Calendar. Now in its 28th 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 164 Design & Illustration submissions, the 2016 Stallion Calendar showcases 14 gorgeous Appaloosa stallions in a luxurious, over-sized layout. The elegant design of the calendar captures the beauty and diversity of the breed.

Fellow winning entrants in the 2016 competition include: Ford Motor Co. Product Team, NASA, Bank of America & Time Inc., Walt Disney World, Charles Schwab, Delta Air Lines, HanesBrands Inc., Lockheed Martin and T.Rowe Price, to name a few. The 11 major categories attracted 1,634 entries and the competition was stated to be of “extraordinary quality.”

“This is the fifth year in a row our Journal team has achieved APEX recognition,” said Steve Taylor, ApHC CEO. “ApHC members should be especially proud of the outstanding talent and the commitment to excellence displayed by our AJ team. Congratulations to the gang for this well-deserved recognition.”

Immediate Rule Additions for ApHC-Sponsored Shows

small web bannerIn response to industry developments, the ApHC Board of Directors has agreed that the use of magnetic devices in clothing in showmanship, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation and saddle seat equitation constitutes an unfair advantage for exhibitors and shall not be allowed at ApHC-sponsored shows (Youth World, National Show, World Show). Magnetic devices must be removed prior to competition or the exhibitor shall be disqualified. This show management rule is effective immediately.

The Rules Committee will develop specific language regarding implementation of this rule at all regional club and ApHC-approved shows. It is expected that this additional language will be included in the 2017 ApHC Handbook. In the meantime, any use of magnetic devices in clothing is strongly discouraged at all ApHC-approved shows. The Board has further stated its intention to have more discussion about potential rule changes or additions for the entire categories of artificial aids and prohibited equipment.

Also, the use of belly bands is prohibited anywhere on the show grounds at ApHC-sponsored shows (Youth World, National Show, World Show). This show management rule is effective immediately.

As with the magnetic devices rule, specific language will be developed for implementation at all ApHC-approved shows and is expected to be included in the 2017 ApHC Handbook.

Green Class Eligibility?

small web bannerThe link to determine horse eligibility for green classes is now available online. This is on the show page of the web site. Click to view the page. When you’re on that page, you’ll see a link to “Verify Green Class Eligibility”. From there, you can enter a horse’s registration number to determine their eligibility in all green classes.

USDA Revises Export Regulations

American Horse Council Update

The USDA has revised the regulations pertaining to the exportation of livestock, including horses, from the United States. The rule changes go into effect February 19, 2016.

Three key changes have been made that can potentially impact how horses are exported from the United States. These changes are;
•The new revisions allow for the pre-export inspection of horses at facilities other than an export inspection facility associated with the port of embarkation. As few facilities specifically built for horses are available to the export industry, this change should have a positive impact on both horse and handler safety.
•Several requirements for export health certifications, tests, and treatments have been removed from the regulations, and instead direct exporters to follow the requirements of the importing country regarding processes and procedures. While few issues arose due to the previous regulations, this change should prevent conflicts from developing between the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and authorities in the importing country in the future.
•Under certain circumstances, the revisions replace the specific standards for export inspection facilities and ocean vessels with new performance standards. The adoption of these performance standards should allow for approval of more specialized facilities and vessels, increasing the options available to the industry at large.

In addition to the changes, a Program Handbook was created to provide guidance and specific information regarding regulations for export facilities, transport vessels and lists of approved laboratories and ports of embarkation. The Program Handbook is intended to assist owners and operators by describing acceptable ways to meet the requirements as described in the updated regulations.

2016 National/Youth World Show Schedule

The schedule has been posted on the ApHC website. Hope to see ALL of you there.

2016 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride

ANCER2012 069The Appaloosa Horse Club is pleased to announce that we have reached a three-year agreement with the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) to host the first-ever multi-breed National Endurance Championship Rides beginning in 2016.

In its 11th year, the 2016 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride (ANCER) is returning to the heartland and will be held in conjunction with the Arabian Horse Association Distance Nationals in Vinita, OK on September 24, 2016. The ride is an AERC-sanctioned 50-mile ride.

Registered Appaloosas that are also registered with AHA as ½ Arabian may enter both National Championships. The ride begins at the Frank’s Ranch, 430853 E 220 Rd, Vinita, OK 74301.

For more event information please visit the ApHC website at You’ll find detailed information on the ride and a 2016 ANCER entry form.

Additionally, the ApHC is seeking sponsorship support of the ride. By clicking on the link above, you’ll find sponsorship information and perks. Please consider supporting the ride and ApHC riders as they compete in this multi-breed championship!

If you have questions, please contact the Appaloosa Horse Club at 208.882.5578 ext. 264.

ApHC Board Elects Executive Committee

small web bannerA regular meeting of the Appaloosa Horse Club Board of Directors was held Wednesday January 13th via conference call. Newly elected and appointed directors were sworn in, specifically David Johnson, North Carolina, and Terie Clark, from Wisconsin. An Executive Committee was also elected. That group includes Dena Raggio, Texas, as President; Todd Michael, Ohio, Vice President; Leslie Foxvog, California, Chair of the Finance Committee; Deborah Letham, Oklahoma, Chair of the Rules Committee; Lynette Thompson, Washington, Chair of the Planning & Review Committee; and Mary Ann Page, Arizona, Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Western Dressage Seminar

The Western Dressage Association® of America is hosting another Judge’s Seminar as part of the International Equine Judging Seminar (IEJS) at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, OK on February 1st and 2nd, 2016. This seminar is an integral part of the Judge’s Education program offered by the WDAA and is considered the first step in the process to attain USEF Western Dressage judge’s licensing.

During the Judge’s seminar, participants will learn about a judge’s perception of gaits, impulsion, submission, rider position and seat in western tack, the rider’s correct and effective use of aids and harmony between rider and horses of different styles. The seminar will focus on the evaluation of horse and rider combinations, scoring tests and providing comments. Working with Debbie Riehl-Rodriquez, Joyce Swanson and Cliff Swanson, participants will have the opportunity to practice scoring several levels of tests on video.

The program is a full two days and will include a Rules Exam, learning terminology, methodology and judging mechanics. Judge Candidates should complete this seminar prior to working on the online evaluations (Step Two), during which each candidate is asked to review, score and comment on videoed Western Dressage rides with professional feedback. Step Three requires each candidate to complete learner judge opportunity, sanctioned by the
USEF guidelines found at: The WDAA also offers an Advanced Training Program (ATP) designed for those with history in judging for Dressage, Western and/or Breed events.

For Registration and more information on the Judge’s seminar and Judge’s Education programs offered through the WDAA, please visit or see
the CBC information pages at: or
Please note that all Judge’s seminar participants must be a WDAA member.

Favorable Horse Provisions in Tax Extender Bill Passed by Congress

Congress has passed a tax extender bill called the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 that includes several provisions important to the horse industry and supported by the American Horse Council.

At the end of 2014, a number of favorable tax provisions for horse owners, breeders and businesses expired. In all, over sixty tax provisions expired; some applied to all businesses, including the horse industry, and one was specifically applicable to owners of race horses. All of the provisions extended are retroactive for all of 2015.

Importantly, the bill would reinstate 3-year-depreciation for all race horses for two more years. From 2009 through 2014, race horses could be depreciated over three years, regardless of when they were placed in service. This change, which eliminated the 7-year depreciation period for race horses and made all race horses eligible for three-year depreciation, expired at the end of 2014. The just passed extender bill would reinstate 3-year-depreciation for race horses placed in service after December 31, 2014 through 2016.

The bill would also increase the so-called Section 179 business expense deduction back to $500,000 and make this provision permanent. It is currently set at $25,000. This would allow anyone in the horse business to immediately depreciate up to $500,000 of the cost of any investment in business assets, including horses, purchased and placed in service. The deduction would be reduced dollar-for-dollar once investment in all one’s business activities hit $2 million.

The bill would restore bonus depreciation for qualifying new property, including assets used in the horse business, such as horses and other equipment, purchased and placed in service during 2015 through 2019. The bonus depreciation percentage is 50 percent for property placed in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017 and phases down to 40 percent in 2018, and 30 percent in 2019. The first use of the horse or equipment must begin with the taxpayer.

The extender bill would also restore and make permanent favorable tax treatment for land donated for conservation purposes, particularly land donated by farmers and ranchers.

The AHC supported the tax extender bill and originally achieved the 3-year-depreciation of race horses provision in the 2008 Farm Bill and supported its inclusion in subsequent tax extension bills, including this one.

Ashley Furst
American Horse Council

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