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!

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.”

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

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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

Questions & Answers About ApHC Rule Changes for 2016

1. By allowing “guest judges” at ApHC shows, aren’t we causing direct harm to our own carded judges? Do guest judges have to pay the same fees as ApHC-carded judges?

The guest judge program is really an attempt to satisfy a number of needs in our industry. First and foremost, we need to stimulate the marketplace with the creation of new shows. Our hope is that regional clubs embrace the opportunity to offer a single or double-judge show that is more cost-effective for local and regional exhibitors. One of the ways to cut costs is to have the ability to hire a judge locally instead of having the major added expense of travel and hotel for judges. Guest judges must be carded with an approved organization, they have to pass an ApHC rulebook test, they must be ApHC members and each individual judge is only allowed to serve as a guest judge twice. After that, we hope that their exposure to the Appaloosa breed will encourage them to apply for their ApHC judging credentials. This in turn would satisfy a second need in our industry and result in a greater number of ApHC-carded judges available to be hired for approved shows in the future.

New, affordable shows mean more opportunities and incentive to show and this drives demand for Appaloosa horses.

All breed associations are facing similar problems as ApHC – reductions in membership, registrations and program participation. We’d like to be the first to say that not only do we realize this but we’re doing something to allow groups to come together for the preservation of the industry as a whole and hoping to continue to secure a market share within that industry for Appaloosa horses and their owners. Cross-breed groups working together to reduce expenses and offer events for members is a major step in acknowledging that we’re all in this together and will work collectively to solve industry problems.

Ultimately, we hope that the rest of the industry follows our lead in recognizing that judges carded with the organizations we’ve included in our guest judge program have passed through a rigorous process to become credentialed. Many of those on our list are organizations that we work hand-in-hand with through the Color Breed Council Judge’s Seminar so we are very familiar with the process and level of education required. And should other organizations embrace this concept, it will create additional judging opportunities for all judges – including those carded with ApHC.

2. If want to win an overall year-end high-point award and must also win a high-point in a territory, what if my horse is in a different territory than where I live? Do I need to buy regional club memberships everywhere?

Territory high point awards will be based upon placings at shows held in each territory. It is highly likely that a horse and/or exhibitor would show up on the high point list in more than one territory because people, especially those who are traveling to shows in an effort to achieve an overall high point award, are competing at shows in multiple territories. You are not restricted to showing in only one territory nor does the territory in which you primarily show need to be the territory where you live. If you live in Missouri and have your horses in training in Florida, that’s o.k. Wherever you show regardless of where you live, is where you’ll earn points toward territorial awards.

You do not need to buy regional club memberships in every place you show. However, you will need to be a member of at least one regional club in order to show at the World Show. And, you may be a member of multiple regional clubs if you are working toward qualifying for the World Show through one or more of those clubs. You are only eligible to receive a nomination for the World Show from a regional club if you are a member of that club and if you are showing in classes at shows sponsored or co-sponsored by that club.

3. Allowing regional clubs to nominate their top nine horses from a class to the World seems like it will become too easy to qualify. What’s the prestige in that?

We’ve increased the number of national points by class to qualify for the World Show in both open and non-pro classes. In making it more difficult to qualify through that point system, we’re attempting to support regional clubs by giving them more opportunities to nominate their members to qualify for the World Show. And to receive a nomination from a club, the exhibitor must support that club with a membership fee and by attending the shows that club sponsors or co-sponsors. While some people think that nine per class is too many, it’s important to understand that fewer people will be able to qualify through the national point system so we’ve expanded the regional club opportunities.

We’ve also eliminated the need to have 1 national point in order to be nominated through the regional club system. The reason for this is because we know that some people go to a show, get 1 national point and then don’t show again until the National or World Show. Or they get their 1 point at the National Show and haven’t shown regionally. However, now if you have to be in the top 9 in that class from your club, you must continue to show to ensure your spot on that list. And it doesn’t matter if you show and are the only entry (which doesn’t result in points) or if you show and don’t place high enough to earn points, you still have an opportunity to qualify through the regional club as long as you keep showing at their shows. We’re offering tools to regional clubs to get their members back to their horse shows.

4. Why does the ApHC think it needs to tell regional clubs they must do this or that to maintain their affiliation status?

Regional clubs and international affiliates are partners with the Appaloosa Horse Club. We NEED one another! And partners have to work together to achieve common goals. Our common goals are to promote and preserve the Appaloosa breed. We do that through membership and participation in ApHC programs that perpetuate the desire to breed and own Appaloosa horses. In order to do that, we need to let regional clubs know what we need them to do on the local and regional level to increase those metrics. That means hosting events, educating the public at large, promoting the breed and general outreach to the equine community. And by requiring regional clubs to participate in these efforts, we’re identifying those groups that are in business for the same reasons the ApHC exists.

We also know that at times ApHC rules have created obstacles that get in the way of success. That’s one reason we’ve chosen to de-regulate many areas within the show system to allow regional clubs and international affiliates more choices in hosting events. Now clubs will be able to structure shows, classes and events in ways that work in their specific areas because we also know that the same approach doesn’t work in every corner of the world.

And because we’ve de-regulated and have given regional clubs cost-savings tools, we hope that clubs will take advantage of this to expand their reach, search for customers in new unexplored areas and host additional events where Appaloosa owners and members can participate with their horses.

Regional clubs and their membership base are the key to success for the show industry. A committed, focused and enthusiastic group that uses the new opportunities available to them will see increases in memberships and show participation. That’s the bottom line.

5. How realistic is it to tell show managers that they can choose any approved classes for a show? Won’t they be pressured by exhibitors to just keep offering everything?

It’s certainly possible that there will be pressure to just continue offering all classes. But show managers should take the lead in organizing their shows in a way that will make the show successful – both from a financial standpoint and from an “experience” standpoint. And if exhibitors want to have specific class opportunities, it should be incumbent upon those exhibitors to assist show management by volunteering time, seeking sponsorship, becoming active regional club members and promoting the show to like-minded exhibitors to ensure the financial success of those classes. Working together with exhibitors is the fundamental key to having a successful show.

6. Why the need to increase qualifying/national points if shows are smaller and fewer?

The vast majority of horses (almost 75%) are able, under current point requirements, to qualify for the World Show through the national point system. By increasing national points, we’re creating incentive to become members of one or more regional clubs to pursue World Show qualification through those clubs. By increasing national points, there is incentive for regional clubs to also offer more shows for members to attend. Successful regional clubs – through increases in membership and participation – lead to more success for ApHC and a greater potential demand for Appaloosa horses.

Points totals required for qualification were reviewed by class and changes were made to the number of points required depending upon the number of horses showing in those classes and the number of horses that were able to qualify through the point system by class versus through the regional club system.

Creating territorial recognition for class winners is also incentive to add events within the territory. We know that some territories are geographically very large. But with new options, regional clubs can respond to the needs of their club membership in offering events that will be supported by club members and can lead to recognition of their members within the territory. This is especially important for members who don’t travel the country showing but want to be able to show closer to home.

7. Why was the “phantom” judge dropped as it was assisting Regional Clubs in reducing their costs of putting on a horse show?

The change in the program which now allows a Regional Club to secure a guest judge continues to support our efforts into lowering costs. Regional clubs will now be able to hire a judge that is local and not have to incur the additional costs of airfare or other travel related costs. This change also affords the members to show to judges and not have a “phantom” judge whose points are doubled.

Regional clubs were only allowed to take advantage of the “phantom” judge option one time per year. The guest judge program allows clubs the opportunity to have 3 guest judges per year. So if your club currently offers a show, you could add a guest judge to the roster, you may also create an additional one-judge show to attract more local participants and you could partner with a local affiliate to offer Appaloosa exhibitors the opportunity to attend a specialty event (like a reining or cutting) to earn ApHC points. The opportunities are endless and have the potential to create a lot of activity in the Appaloosa industry.

8. Why were these changes passed and why did the BOD utilize the rule 70D to pass them immediately?

In order to make such changes to the existing program, programming is needed to accommodate the changes. The “roll-out” of such a change would require a timeline that dictates such programming would need to be completed before September 1, 2015 (beginning of 2016 World Show qualification period). And if not deployed by this time, the changes would have to be delayed and not be effective until 2017. The ApHC leadership felt in order to be pro-active and get in front of the on-going decrease in membership, transfers, and breeding that this may assist in the efforts of increasing numbers at our shows, with membership, and cause more to breed while not delaying any further actions

The BOD has been talking about changes to the show industry for many years. And it’s important to understand that the BOD started this specific process over a year ago. Last March, they set in motion a process to examine in detail many functions of the ApHC business and work toward changes that will energize the members and create opportunities for breeders.

Time is of the essence not only in terms of solvency, but to be able to educate members prior to rule changes being implemented and to get the “work” done that is associated with all the changes.

9. Why did you change the non-pro ownership rules? Won’t that create more incentive to actually not buy a horse?

We understand that over the years, restrictions on non-pro ownership have been put in place in an effort to “level the playing field”. In reality, those ownership rules have limited the ability of potential members to play at all. In attempting to create a place where new members can try us out – any non-pro member can show any horse at any show. They won’t be eligible for points though if they don’t own the horse. But to keep people from doing this perpetually and then purchasing a horse to then show in novice classes, we’ll still track the points they weren’t awarded because they didn’t own the horse at the time it was shown and those points will count toward novice eligibility.

And by allowing unrelated non-pros to co-own a horse used in regional competition, we’ve recognized the reality of horse ownership. It’s expensive, time-consuming and involves a lot of logistical challenges! So we’re hoping to create a place where people can share in expenses and still have the benefits of horse ownership and the challenge and reward of showing. This change also acknowledges societal changes in what constitutes a traditional family and embraces all the ways that families exist by inviting everyone to participate with us.

Unrelated non-pros have to choose which one of them will show the horse at the National and/or World Shows. But we’ve opened the door to regional competition and to making horse ownership more affordable and accessible.

10. It’s a lot to take in at once. Why couldn’t it be done incrementally?

There are a lot of challenges we face in the equine industry. A loss of rural lifestyle, competition with technologically based activities and a society where all our time is scheduled and free time is a thing of the past. Rising costs of fuel, food and just about everything else mean fewer dollars for recreational activities. All of these things have contributed to declines in the equine market and within the Appaloosa Horse Club. Many of these declines are alarming and necessitate bold and creative problem-solving.

We’ve taken the time to do a broad study of our show industry and have developed a program to revitalize it as a whole. Doing one thing at a time doesn’t work in this scenario because each provision builds upon the one before it to create expanded opportunities for exhibitors and regional clubs.

We also understand that it will take time to really understand the whole program. That’s why we want to spread the word and take this year to educate members, judges and regional clubs so that everyone can start making plans now for 2016.

Appaloosa enthusiasts are a dedicated and passionate group of people. Working together, we can responsibly solve our problems and lead to large-scale growth in our industry. We are asking for members to embrace these opportunities and work with us to create a new future for the Appaloosa breed.

ApHC Changes Show Structure to Strengthen Regional Club/Affiliate Partnership

Significant modifications and new initiatives can put the Appaloosa breed in a leadership role

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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 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.

2015 Handbook

rulebook15We regret the delay in providing the 2015 edition of the ApHC Official Handbook (better known as the rule book), but it is now available on the website. The print version should be available soon. Some questions have been asked about the “green” classes, ranch pleasure and other classes that are new for 2015. Those were published in the December issue of the Appaloosa Journal (as attachments to the board meeting minutes). Here’s wishing you a successful and fun show season!

Office Notes

small web bannerWe know that ApHC members keep up with at least some of the news because many of you took care of renewals before the dues increase went into effect. Thank you! It’s nice to be able to say that at the end of January we had more members enrolled than at the same time last year. Of course, we will continue to point out that a gift of membership is always appreciated by the receiver and that a lifetime membership is still a pretty good bargain. We ended 2014 with 11,998 members.

On the registration front, we ended 2014 with 2,391 new registrations. There are lots of factors across all breeds that have contributed to a persistent decline in those numbers. On a more positive note, we do keep hearing at least anecdotal evidence that stallion bookings are significant and we’ll be monitoring the breeding reports later in the year to track the number of mares bred.

In the meantime, it’s budget season and preparation time for a board meeting in March and finalizing plans for the National Show and Youth World. Springtime is also the season for equine expos around the globe and several regional clubs and international partners are planning to exhibit and promote our breed at these events. Our brochure inventory is fairly good right now and we’ve re-ordered the “Guide to Identifying” posters that seem to be popular, so if you can give us some advance time, we can send you a supply of materials for various activities. We will be taking a look at processes and costs to consider options. You do need to know that it’s always a possibility that printing and shipping costs might eventually need to be passed along.

We do apologize for the delay in printing and posting the 2015 Official Handbook. We’ve had to check and re-check a significant portion of the rules sections to clarify and correct. And, some of the new classes that have been added for this year required substantial work to hopefully get the wording right the first time. The online version should be available with the next few days.

Membership Renewal Alert

small web bannerFor anyone purchasing or renewing an ApHC membership BEFORE DECEMBER 1ST, the current rate will apply. That’s also the deadline for renewal to ensure uninterrupted Journal deliver. In case you have not heard or read, individual dues will increase to $60 after that date. Other memberships, enrollment fees and some service fees will also increase for 2015. Reminder, the membership form is available on-line and we’ll also be printing one in the November issue of the Journal. Current members will also receive an old-fashioned renewal form by mail.

ApHC Board of Directors Meeting Recap

ApHC-LogoApHC Board of Directors Meeting Recap
September 19-20, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Friday session began with a review of the strategy session conducted during the March meeting and an update on “key initiatives” that were assigned to working groups. As a reminder, the key initiatives included registration, an overall assessment of programs, an on-line initiative, a study of the show structure and development of a regional club toolkit. Some of the work is in progress, but some recommendations were made at this meeting.

Registration topics that will become specific recommendations for the board to consider in March, 2015, include a more streamlined process to register (or “re-register”) Appaloosas from outside the U.S. There are also ideas about how to make the domestic process easier and more efficient. Among the important goals relating to registration are the eventual transition to digital storage of records and making more of the registration steps available electronically. Items being explored, but with no definite recommendations, include hardship registration of unsprayed mares, additions to the approved outcross category (such as Half-Arabian or others), re-registration of over-height POA’s, etc.

The review of overall programs at this stage focused on Trail and Distance, Saddle Log, ACAAP, World Sale, Stallion Service Auction and the World Show Incentive Classes. The general consensus seemed to be that there is untapped potential for regional clubs to host approved trail rides as a way to build community and possibly attract new people to the breed and our organization. Enrollment and record-keeping for Saddle Log are available on-line. Consideration will be given to a proposal to hold the Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride in conjunction with the Arabian Horse Association’s endurance championship. Some of the long-standing policies regarding participation in sponsored rides will be addressed in March. A transition has already begun to make the Stallion Service Auction and a nominations process become the primary funding sources for the World Show Incentive Classes. Various sale options such as online auctions and “sponsored” private treaty sales at the National and/or World Shows are also being planned.

Several “How-To” manuals and other information for regional clubs are now available on the ApHC website. Some suggestions were made at the meeting about ways for clubs to engage more directly with new members, new and potential horse owners and partner with not-necessarily-horse-related organizations. And, a working group will be coming to the board at the March meeting to offer recommendations regarding the show structure, point system, judging requirements, etc.

A variety of motions from the March board meeting were brought forward for a second vote, as required for ApHC rule changes. Several involved minor adjustments, corrections or clarifications to current rules, especially pertaining to class guidelines, show procedures and judging. An item which has been of interest to ApHC members and regional club show managers is the addition of Performance Halter classes, Green Western Riding and Green Trail, Ranch Horse Pleasure and Ranch Horse Trail. National points in weanling halter class will now be accumulated for year-end awards. The Figure Eight Stake Race was added to the list of Non-Pro Walk-Trot classes. The “limited participation” membership category was eliminated. The Challenged Horsemen and Appaloosa Competitions for Independent and Supported Exhibitors (CHAPS) program was approved, giving show managers the opportunity to add these classes to approved shows or to conduct them as a stand-alone event.

The Equine Land Conservation Resource organization was designated a “Sustainability Partner” of the ApHC. ELCR works with individuals and organizations to provide information, tools, templates and technical assistance to help them keep lands open for horses in their communities.

Also designated as a partner/sponsor of the ApHC is a new program, Ride Alert, which will be added to the member benefits menu. It’s an identification and emergency response system for horses and people. ApHC members will be able to enroll in the program and receive a Ride Alert wristband for themselves and a bridle/halter tag for their horse. Stay tuned for more details.

A special guest at the meeting was Sydney Knott, President/CEO of Horses4Heroes, a Las Vegas-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth, adults and families and enriching their lives through deeply discounted recreational, instruction and morale-boosting health and wellness programs that emphasize fun and safe activities with horses. The H4H network includes more than 300 facilities across the U.S. and Canada. Through programs like Operation Free Ride, members have given thousands of free horseback rides and have introduced a brand new audience to the world of horses. ApHC members and regional clubs may want to check out ways to get involved. Membership is free for all active duty service members, Veterans, caregivers, survivors, First Responders and their families. For more information, visit

The ApHC Board will meet in early January by teleconference to swear in Zone A directors who were automatically re-elected by virtue of uncontested positions. The next regular, in-person meeting will be In Moscow, March 19-21. A complete set of motions from the Las Vegas meeting will be posted soon.

In addition to normal business at the ApHC Board of Directors meeting in Las Vegas, members and guests, along with directors and staff held two sessions of informal discussion and “brainstorming.” One session featured two groups to cover the broad topics of registration/breeding and shows. There were many ideas and suggestions, several of which will be studied more closely and developed into formal recommendations. For example, there was discussion about the potential for Eastern and Western Youth/Non-Pro Championships, a “back-to-basics” (no bling) show, online registration, international registration options, procedures for leasing horses, the market for weanlings and online sales.

A second exercise focused on ways to define and communicate “value” as it relates to ApHC membership. Some of that discussion focused on ways to save time and money, both for members and the organization. Examples included a rebate or credit when a horse is advanced from “N” to “Regular” within a relatively short time period after being issued a Performance Permit, options for mailing registration papers, an ApHC-sponsored online sale with a Spanish language option, an online fund-raising campaign, a better system to track and communicate with new members and owners, and more online videos featuring under-utilized ApHC programs. Groups also got ultra creative in an exercise to develop print ads that communicate membership value and breed attributes.

ApHC Director Election

small web bannerThe Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) announces that all candidates for the 2014 ApHC Board of Directors election in Zone A are unopposed. The six candidates consist of the following current board Members:

Lynette Thompson, Garfield, WA
Territory I, Zone A:

Leslie Foxvog, Phelan, CA
Territory II, Zone A:

Jim Jirkovsky, Kearney, NE
Territory III, Zone A:

Dena Raggio, Pilot Point, TX
Territory IV, Zone A:

Brian Irvin, Fall Branch, TN
Territory V, Zone A:

Todd Michael, Findlay, OH
Territory VI, Zone A

According to Article IV, Section 2 of the ApHC Bylaws, “If only one (1) member is properly nominated for election as director from a geographical zone, that nominee shall be deemed elected as director without conducting the election.” Due to this rare occurrence, no election will be held in 2014.

Equine Health Update – VS & EHV-1

small web bannerWe know that rumors about equine disease outbreaks are floating around, so we offer the suggestion that you rely on facts and updates from credible sources. In advance of the National Show and Youth World, we (always) encourage ApHC members to review past advice about bio-security best practices and, especially, to check with official sources of information about current equine disease cases. Reports of VS in Texas can be best monitored by visiting the TX Animal Health Commission website at: You’ve probably also heard of scattered cases of Equine Herpes Virus in rodeo/barrel horses. Most of the useful information about either disease and related “outbreaks” can be found by way of the professional vet-med channels such as your State Veterinarian and organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Rule Change Proposal Form Available On-Line

small web bannerAppaloosa Horse Club members now have a more “official” opportunity to submit recommendations for rule changes, additions and/or deletions. A form can be found at on the Board of Directors page and on the list of downloadable forms. Proposals should be submitted no later than December 31st. If sufficient documentation and explanation are provided, a proposal will be assigned to the appropriate committee in advance of the regularly scheduled board meeting in March.

This process of actually writing proposed language and providing reasons why a rule change might be needed will help all concerned. It’s a good way to document a recommendation from an advisory committee, a regional club or other group. And, it helps the board committee understand more about the implications of a proposal.

ApHC Board Meeting & Member Conference

small web bannerThe Appaloosa Horse Club Board of Directors invites ApHC members to save the dates of September 19-20 in Las Vegas. The board will be meeting in September, rather than during the National Show, in an effort to include a wider audience of members. In addition to a regularly scheduled board meeting, there will be member-focused “workshops” and social time. The work sessions will feature ApHC registration, regional club activities and the Non Pro program. Individuals who happen to be on a regional club board are especially asked to consider participating.

Part of the board meeting that should be of specific interest to all members is an update on several key strategic initiatives that the board identified in March. Teams of board members and staff are in the process of developing proposals and recommendations relative to those initiatives.

We’d like to be able to make plans as early as possible and would really appreciate an indication of interest in the conference. If you think you might attend, please send an email response to or call 208.882.5578 ext. 274. We hope to see you there!

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