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!

ApHC Youth Halter Winners to Earn Bonus of Scholarships

small web bannerBeginning with the 2014 Appaloosa Youth World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas, youth halter class awards will feature the addition of scholarship money. Winners of Junior and Senior Mares and the Junior and Senior Geldings classes will each receive a $500 scholarship, as will the winner of the Youth Most Colorful class. The ongoing program is being launched through the generous support of Judy Ford, Whitesboro, Texas, and David and Stephani Beck of Lodi, California.

The Appaloosa Horse Club and the Appaloosa Youth Foundation have a long history of promoting the virtues of equine activities for young people. In fact, the ApHC organized the first nationwide youth organization among stock horse breed registries.

“We are excited and pleased to have the commitment of these individuals to help our Appaloosa community maintain its focus on the future,” states Diane Rushing, ApHC President. “We always say that youth programs are a priority, and this type of support gives us the opportunity to put words into action.”

The Appaloosa Youth World will be Saturday, June 28th through Saturday, July5th in Fort Worth, at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center. Visit for a complete schedule of the Youth World and 67th National Appaloosa Show.

AYA Board Election

AYA logo 3_02Attention Appaloosa Youth Association members! Several positions on the AYA Board are to be filled in an upcoming election. Check out the AYA portion of the website to review details and for a downloadable “declaration of candidacy.” The deadline for us to receive declarations (and photos) is September 25th. Inn case you are wondering, the AYA Board is involved in planning activities, coordinating events at the Youth World Show and helping us find more ways to engage Appaloosa youth worldwide. The job doesn’t pay much, but it’s rewarding and fun! Think about it.

Meet our new field staff!

Meet the Summer 2013 ApHC Youth Marketing & Journalism Interns! Sarah Bagley from New York, Angela Berglee from Montana and McKinley & Delaney Shanks from Texas!

ApHC Community Comes Together to Help Youth Who Sustained Traumatic Brain Injury

During the afternoon of April 8th, ApHC exhibitor, Karen Breslin, underwent a terrifying ordeal when she received a phone call informing her that Keeley, her thirteen-year-old daughter, had fallen off the back of a golf cart and sustained extreme damage to her skull and brain. Since the initial barrage of tests and after spending two months in ICU, Keeley is making a slow but steady recovery with noted improvement in her physical rehabilitation and some cognitive abilities.

The road to recovery will be a long one, but the Breslin family is getting some much needed support from fellow ApHC exhibitors, who have organized a special benefit class at the upcoming Texas Appaloosa Horse Club Summer Fun Circuit in Waco, Texas. Since the announcement of the Karing For Keeley Hunter In Hand Classic, the prize donations and financial contributions have been pouring in, including breedings to some of the top Appaloosa stallions in the nation and months of instruction from the best horse trainers in the industry.

Read the full article at in the lifestyle section. You’ll find information about more ways individuals and groups can get involved to offer support and assistance. All of us in the Appaloosa community send our best wishes and prayers to Keeley and the Breslin family.

Appaloosa Youth Association Election Results Announced

The Appaloosa Youth Association (AYA) is pleased to present the 2012 AYA Board of Directors!
AYA board candidates must be between the ages of 14-17, and reside in the territory and zone that he/she wishes to represent. Directors serve a two-year term.

AYA Directors participate in conference calls and gather at the Appaloosa Youth World Show to discuss matters concerning the AYA. Each director is expected to participate in the discussions to bring forth suggestions and ideas from the constituents residing in their territory and zone.
Newly elected officials (in bold below) will be sworn in during the spring conference call. Date TBA.

Territory/Zone Name City/State
1 A Alicia Johnson Olympia, WA
1 B Maris Stilinovich Starr, ID
1 C Vacant —-
2 A Shelby Stoffel Wilton, CA
2 B Vacant —-
2 C Anna Dillon Little River, KS
3 A Janelle Radney Wood River, NE
3 B Mackenzie Main Council Bluffs, IA
3 C Emma Gentile Carpentersville, IL
4 A Brooke Bancroft Argyle, TX
4 B Kayte Beckelheimer Yukon, OK
4 C Ellen Waidner Fleming Island, FL
5 A Vacant —-
5 B Holly Williams Bogart, GA
5 C Vacant —-
6 A Taylor Cartmell Sardinia, OH
6 B Anya DeVan Harrisburg, PA
6 C Alexander Reppucci Everett, MA

The AYA is the youth affiliate of the Appaloosa Horse Club. Officially approved in 1981, the AYA was the first youth program developed to complement an equine breed association. To learn more about the Appaloosa Youth Association, visit or call the ApHC Youth Coordinator at 208-882-5578 ext. 264.

Attention ApHC Novice Non-Pro and Novice Youth members

You can now check your 2012 novice status by going to Click on “Show” and then click on “Verify Your Membership and Novice Eligibility Here”. Enter your membership number and click “Submit” for a list of classes in which you are eligible to show in the novice division.

If you checked this information prior to January 11, the information that appeared was still for the 2011 calendar year. We’ve now closed out the 2011 show year and re-calculated novice eligibility for 2012. Please check again!

The records indicated on this list include only the points and titles earned in ApHC-approved or -sponsored competitions. If you have earned points in excess of the limits listed below or have earned any National or World titles with any other equine breed association, you are expressly denied the ability to compete as a novice non-pro and/or novice youth (in that specific class). Eligibility listings on this record do not guarantee novice eligibility if points and/or titles earned with another breed association eliminate you from eligibility.

And remember to print a copy of your listing in order to present to show officials at any ApHC-approved show that you attend in 2012!

Novice Non-Pro eligibility:
In order to be eligible to show in novice non-pro classes, the non-pro must have fewer than 20 points (including points earned in non-pro, novice non-pro, 35 & over non-pro, masters non-pro, youth and novice youth divisions) in that class in the ApHC and/or any other breed association as of January 1 of the current year and must not have won an ApHC non-pro National or World title or title in any other equine breed association in that class (beginning 1/1/1996). In addition, former professionals reclassified as non-pros are ineligible to compete in any novice classes.

Novice Youth Eligibility:
To be eligible to show in a novice youth class, the youth, as of January 1 of the current year, shall have earned less than a combined total of 20 points in the ApHC and/or any other breed organization –approved or –sponsored shows in the group of youth and novice youth classes that count toward determining novice eligibility in each of the five novice youth classes, excluding walk-trot, leadline, hunter in hand and halter. The youth must not have won an ApHC youth National or World title or title in any other equine breed association (beginning 1/1/1998) in that class to remain eligible. Youth may be ineligible for one class (based on points or titles earned) but may still be eligible to compete in other novice youth classes.

Attention Youth!

Don’t miss the Youth World Show in Tulsa! We’ve added a youth CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS competition to take place on Saturday, July 9 at the conclusion of the youth show classes. It’s a mash-up of Freestyle Reining with equitation and horsemanship!

The first place winners of the following classes will be invited to compete in the Champion of Champions competition: bareback horsemanship (13 & under, 14-18), western horsemanship (12 & under, 13-15, 16-18), hunt seat equitation (12 & under, 13-15, 16-18) and saddle seat equitation (18 & under).

Contestants will have a maximum of 3 minutes to complete their self-designed pattern to music.
Judges will score maneuvers, degree of difficulty and artistic impression. Spectators get to participate by showing their appreciation and an applause meter score will be given to each exhibitor. All that added together determines the winner!

Awesome awards will be given to the overall winner and are sponsored by The Behind the Barn Gang!

See the premium book, Appaloosa Journal and for more information!
Start practicing! We’d love to see you there.

Horse & Rider features “Blue”

We were pleased to receive the February issue of Horse & Rider with one of our own featured as the horse “we’d love to own.” SHYS BLUE BOY, owned by Abby Bruno of Moreno Valley, California, is the star of this month’s “Your Horse, Your Life” page. The description of “Blue” and his accomplishments — so far –certainly embody the Appaloosa theme of versatility, disposition, willingness to please, etc. Congratulations Abby and Blue! The photo here is from their win at the 2010 World Show, where they earned the Nutrena Iron Horse award and were named World’s Best Appaloosa. Earlier in the year, at the Youth World, Abby and Blue won the High-Point Youth All-Around title as well.

Appaloosa Youth Association elects board members

AYA logo 3_02Results of the Appaloosa Youth Association election have been tabulated. Each AYA director will serve a two-year term beginning this week. We look forward to working with AYA board members as we prepare for this summer’s show and activities such as the speech contest and other fun stuff.

Elected to the AYA Board of Directors: Macon Henry of Billings, Montana; Jasmine Varela, Coarsegold, California; Anna Dillon of Little River, Kansas; Mackenzie Main, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Cheyanne Nolan, Mount Vernon, Texas; Kaylyn Baker, West Palm Beach, Florida; Mary Beth Blake, Middleburg Heights, Ohio; and Amanda Soffron of Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Youth reiner scores in NRHA competition

Canada09 005While at the recent Canadian National Appaloosa Show in Brandon, Manitoba, I had the good fortune to meet Melia Blakely. She’s a 17-year-old AYA member from Coldwater, Ontario, and she’s a delightful ambassador for our breed. More accurately, she and her colorful mare Neon Cola Sign are a public relations team for Appaloosas.

The six-year-old leopard mare is sired by High Sign Nugget and out of Candy Cola, a daughter of Me Gold Two. Melia and Cola have not only been a fixture at Appaloosa shows, they have been highly competitive among the National Reining Horse Association ranks. In fact, the real reason for this writing is to brag about the fact that they finished the 2008 season ranked fifth overall in the 14-18 division of NRHA. That’s a huge accomplishment made so much better for all of us because Cola is such a colorful, pretty horse.

“I started riding horses at age seven and decided to try reining by the time I was 13,” Melia says. “One of the trainers in the barn where I rode was into reining and it looked like fun.” After gaining some experience and connecting with ApHC trainer and judge Harvey Stevens, the search was on for a “good” reining horse. The one they found “just happened to be an Appaloosa.”

“I love Cola,” a smiling Melia explains. “She’s gorgeous and so sweet, plus she’s laid back – like me. Harvey decided she was the horse for me, so we purchased Cola from Wilburn Archer.”

Another highlight of the Melia-Cola resume is qualifying for the provincial young rider team chosen to participate in the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Kentucky. Melia says it was awesome to qualify, but she opted for the ApHCC show to try for a Canadian championship. Turns out she did that. At the Canadian National Show she and Cola won the youth reining.

Where to from here? Melia says one of her goals is to make the Top Ten at the Quarter Horse Congress show. She’ll also be focusing on her 12th grade year in school and making plans for college.

In the meantime, we tip our hat to a young lady with personality-plus who happens to be providing invaluable promotion for the Appaloosa breed with her colorful partner, Cola. Nice to meet you both.

Judging contest

judging-contestThe ApHC and AYA hosted a horse judging contest for youth on Friday during the National Show in Jackson, Mississippi. At least 11 teams participated. Official results will be posted later, but we know a few basics. High-point overall team placings might not mean much to those who don’t know what the names represent, but here they are: 1st – Illinois Blue; 2nd – Stone Creek Stable; 3rd – Owyee; 4th – Ponchatoula FFA Blue; 5th – Southern Sensation; 6th – Boyd County A; 7th – New Era Ag Center; 8th – Ponchatoula FFA Gold; 9th – Lots of Spots; 10th – Illinois Orange tied with Boyd County B.

High-Point Youth 14-18 in performance judging and overall was Casey Parr; High-Point Halter and also High-Point in reasons was Cori Elliot.

AYA Overseas Youth Exchange Program

Appaloosa Youth Association members ages 14-18 are invited to apply for the chance to spend a week in a foreign country as part of the new Appaloosa Youth Overseas Exchange Program. Up to three youth from the U.S. will spend a week in a host country and compete at the European Championships in October of 2009.

Application deadline for U.S. youth who wish to attend the European Championship is June 12. All applications must be submitted directly to the ApHC office. Participants must be Appaloosa Youth Association members.

The ApHC will locate responsible host families in Europe, cover the costs of up to three classes per youth at the Youth World Show and European Championships, and pay for one stall (only if the youth participant uses the horse). ApHC also covers hotel costs during the Youth World and European Championships and provides a daily allowance for meals. Participants are responsible for airfare and miscellaneous costs associated with traveling.

AYA Youth Exchange Appalications are available at or by contacting ApHC Youth Coordinator at (208) 882-5578 ext. 264 or email

AYA Art Contest

The Appaloosa Youth Association sponsors an Annual Art Contest for youth to showcase their artistic talents. In the photo are samples of the 2009 entries.

Artwork is accepted each year between January 1 and May 1. There are two age divisions (13 and Under & 14-18) for the contest and entrants can compete for US Savings Bonds and other prizes. All entrants receive an award for participating.

As another benefit of membership, the Appaloosa Youth Foundation awards thousands of scholarship dollars each year to members pursuing higher education.

For more information, visit

Categories: Appaloosa Youth

62nd National and 2009 Youth World Appaloosa Horse Show Class Specials

A non-pro or a youth exhibitor may enter 9 classes at regular price and enter a 10th class for FREE! This option is available for PRE-ENTRIES ONLY! This option is available to non-pro and youth exhibitors regardless of the number of different horses they exhibit and is based solely on the number of classes in which that non-pro or that youth exhibitor enters.

Entries for multiple horses MUST BE RECEIVED TOGETHER in order to credit the exhibitor for the free class. Once entries have been received, classes can NOT be substituted, scratched, added or changed in order to qualify for a class. After the pre-entry deadline, regular post-entry processes and fees apply to any changes or added classes. Equipment, cattle and NSBA charges must still be paid on all classes even if these are assessed in the class in which the non-pro or youth exhibitor does not have to pay the entry fee.

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