US Livestock Genetics Export (USLGE) has received funds which will be available to private breeders, companies, or cooperatives interested in promoting livestock, semen, or embryo sales in international markets through December 31, 2016. These funds are available through the Market Access Program (MAP) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the US Department of Agriculture.
USLGE sponsors and administers the branded program with the goal of helping the US Livestock Industry increase the international demand for US livestock and genetics.
MAP funding is used to supplement but not supplant private funds that would be used for promotional activities.
The MAP branded program provides for partial reimbursement (up to 50 percent) of approved activities such as international advertising, the development, translation and distribution of promotional materials, and participation in foreign trade shows and exhibitions. Funds cannot be used for travel or personnel reimbursement. An administrative fee is charged to participate in the program.
The allocation of these funds will be made to eligible participants on a fair and equitable basis as set by FAS and consistent with the goals and objectives of the MAP program as outlined by Congress. Funding criteria is based upon available funding, anticipated economic impact and the completeness of the application.
Applications will be considered throughout the year pending availability of funding.
Interested parties should request a FY16 MAP Branded Application and Program Guidelines booklet from US Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., 413 N. Broadway, Suite C, Salem, IL 62881, Phone: (618) 548-9154, Fax: (618) 548-9709, email: email@example.com.
The Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club’s Parade group will once again bring the adventures of the Nez Perce and the Appaloosa breed’s ancestral past to those in the present with a ride down famous Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, California for the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2016.
This year’s Rose Parade is themed “Find Your Adventure” and is a unique partnership with the U.S. National Park Service to help shine light on the centennial celebration of our nation’s national parks.
This is the fourth time Calizona is honored with the opportunity to show off the Appaloosa on New Year’s Day (2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016). Riding in their finest and most elaborate regalia, Calizona’s ride is dedicated to and will commemorate ApHC’s Chief Joseph Trail Ride and the final segment of the 13 year journey (cycle) planned for July 2016. As adventurous as it is historic the Chief Joseph Trail Ride is a celebrated event crossing through several national parks and has a trail identified to the 1877 Nez Perce Flight.
Calizona’s Equestrian Group is comprised of 14 mounted riders with four new members that will experience their first Rose Parade ride. Riders include: Debbie Herzman, Christy Wood, Steve Wood, CJ Brooks, Joe Brooks, Tisa Aley, Evon Owens, Paul Foxvog, Danie Foxvog and Leslie Foxvog. New members are: Jamie Thompson, Janella Mullican, Patty Baker and Austin Bogner. The group is assisted by several family and friends as the Support Team with efforts at 3:00 a.m. to help ready horses & riders, move trailers, and meet the riders at the end of the parade.
Calizona’s Equestrian Group will also participate in the Tournament of Roses Equestfest preceding New Year’s Day which will be held this year on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center at 12:00 noon. This event allows the public to get up close and personal with all of the 2016 Rose Parade equestrian units and watch beautiful horses and talented riders perform drills, dances, trick riding and roping. Attendees can also stroll through the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various tack and the many different breeds while enjoying the vendor court. The event is to be televised on RFDTV. CZ thoroughly enjoys this opportunity to get their horses in the public eye!
The Tournament of Roses, National Park Service AND Calizona ApHC desire to preserve history as well as connect and enage the public in new adventures and there is no better way than on an Appaloosa! Find one near you for the best adventure ever!
Calizona ApHC – See pictures on Calizona’s Facebook Page
In the recent Appaloosa Horse Club election, there was no nominee for the director position in Zone B of Territory V. According to the ApHC Bylaws, the Board of Directors “shall appoint a qualified ApHC member to any such director position for the full term of three years.” Anyone interested in filling this position should submit a letter to the ApHC outlining his/her qualifications, experience and reasons for seeking the appointment. Letters must be received on or before December 1, 2015. The Board will make the appointment in December and the appointee’s term will begin in January.
We received results of voting on the proposed bylaw change to eventually reduce the size of the ApHC Board of Directors from 19 to 13. Folks at Election-America report that 703 members voted to approve the proposed amendments and 314 voted no. The required two-thirds have approved the amendment.
The Appaloosa community is saddened by news of the passing of Jim Mischel. He was a steadfast supporter of the Chief Joseph Trail Ride and, in fact, served as the ride’s official photographer for a number of years. Still amazes me that at least one Mischel has participated in every CJTR. Our sincere best wishes go to Anne and the family. Here’s the link to Jim’s obituary.
Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Ted Zajac and Saucon, Inc. as sponsors, Appaloosa horses will have an individual breed class at this year’s Dressage at Devon – next week (Tuesday September 1st). The link below is to a nice article in the Equine Chronicle.
.The 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 appaloosa.com as they become available
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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.
The 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 www.actha.us.
The 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.”
We 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.”
Be 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!
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.
We 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.
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Significant modifications and new initiatives can put the Appaloosa breed in a leadership role
The Appaloosa Horse Club Board of Directors met in Moscow, Idaho, March 19-21 and took action on a wide-ranging set of proposals designed to place more emphasis on activities at the regional club and international affiliate levels. Acknowledging that some long-standing rules and regulations have become restrictive, the board has, in effect, offered its own form of “de-regulation” and provided more opportunities for local groups to determine the format of their shows. A variety of other changes will encourage participation at all levels by adjusting Non-Pro ownership rules and by creating high-point champions in each territory. “We are enthused about the outcome of work done by board members and staff to respond to obvious trend lines within the industry,” stated ApHC President Diane Rushing. “A great deal of effort went into developing more options for regional shows that will not only be more user-friendly for Appaloosa members, but also be more inclusive and inviting for prospective members and participants across the industry.”
Specific adjustments to the show structure include the elimination of the rule that requires a minimum number of horses in order to be considered an approved, point-earning show, if sponsored by a regional club. Regional clubs also are gaining a great deal of flexibility in terms of classes that are required for approval. In fact, regional clubs and affiliates may choose any classes from the list of approved classes and offer, for example a halter-only show, an English show or any number of combinations – whichever classes will attract exhibitors in their particular part of the world. Beyond that, multiple breeds may be shown together in a class, with the stipulation that only the Appaloosas in the class will be counted for the awarding of national points.
Also of interest to regional club show organizers, is a new provision that allows clubs to make use of a “guest judge.” As an example, if a club hires two judges for a show, one of those judges could be someone from nearby who is carded with another breed or specialty association, thus saving considerable expense for travel. Some limitations will apply, but the intent is simply to reduce the financial impact of hosting a horse show.
In what can be considered a retro-move, beginning with the next qualifying year, a regional club or international affiliate will be able to nominate its top nine horses in each class to the 2016 World Show. The traditional ApHC point scale will be increased for most classes, but is still in effect, so that horses can qualify through either the regional club or the national system. The regional club qualifying option is now also available to Non-Pro’s. To further encourage participation at regional shows, horses and exhibitors can earn year-end high-point awards in their territory. And, in order to merit the overall high-point award in the nation, a horse or exhibitor must also have earned high-point in a territory.
As explained by President Rushing, “These and other changes are designed to make things easier, not harder, for regional clubs and affiliates. Our focus has been on ways to increase participation at shows and in all ApHC activities at all levels, and to encourage more breeding and sales of Appaloosa horses…period.”
In the category of “shared responsibility,” regional clubs are being specifically charged with serving as breed ambassadors at the grass roots level to introduce the Appaloosa breed to the general population of horse lovers. In addition to the standard requirements for retaining a charter, clubs and affiliates will now be tasked with a to-do list that includes at least two activities per year – sponsoring or co-sponsoring an ApHC-approved show or trail ride, hosting a clinic, promoting the club and breed at an equine expo or similar event or other promotional/membership marketing activity that meets ApHC criteria.
More information about the rule changes is included in an outline presentation posted on the appaloosa.com website. Full text of the rule changes is also available on the site. Click on “About Us,” then “Board of Directors.” Additional details will be published online and in upcoming issues of the Appaloosa Journal.