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.”

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.

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.”

Terry Thompson to be inducted into NRHA Hall of Fame

terry-thompsonAt the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)’s most recent board of directors’ meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Hall of Fame committee recommended several nominees for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame and consideration for the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The board voted to induct Terry Thompson, Miss Tinseltown and Smart Spook into the NRHA Hall of Fame. Kenny Eppers and Bob Stinner will each receive the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. These highly-coveted honors will be celebrated at the NRHA Annual Awards Banquet on June 20, 2015 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Terry Thompson, of Aubrey, Texas, first earned an NRHA paycheck in 1977. He was the 1982 and 1985 NRHA Derby Open Champion and a perennial finalist in the NRHA Derby, NRHA Futurity and other major events. Thompson has also figured prominently in winning many regional futurities and derbies. Thompson has served on various NRHA committees and the NRHA board of directors. He has been a generous contributor in youth fundraising. Thompson is an NRHA judge and was instrumental in developing the current judging system. In addition to NRHA competition, Terry has actively participated in Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) events helping to promote the sport of reining, especially the Appaloosa reining horse.

Congratulations Terry!

NRCHA Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

Deborah Anderson_Signed PrescriptionExciting Appaloosa news from the Reined Cow Horse Championships in Fort Worth:

Deborah Anderson rode Signed Prescription (High Sign Nugget x Ima Docs Dolly) to the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship with a composite 429 score (216 rein/213 cow). The Championship paid $2,693.75 and came with a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Kit and Charlie Moncrief, a Gist buckle sponsored by Smart Boons/Eric & Wendy Dunn, boots from Rios of Mercedes, a gift certificate from Platinum Performance, and a World Finals jacket from Hickory Holly Time and Gardiner Quarter Horses.

Anderson admitted she was incredibly nervous before her run. However, she said, “this time I just really wanted to try and do my best, and just enjoy every second of it.”

Deb has owned “Sadie” since she was a 2 year old, and until she was five, she hauled her to cutting shows as her turn back horse. When her cutter needed time off, she decided to show her as a hackamore horse in the reined cow horse The next year she didn’t compete on her, but instead rode her as her trail horse. Deb has always wanted to show cow horse seriously, and decided she better send her to get trained as a bridle horse. She choose to send her to John Swales, who showed her successfully in the two rein.

This past year she had a goal to qualify for the World Show and learn how to show a cow horse. This season she won two shows, and her trainer, Travis Rempel showing in the Limited Open won Championship titles in Canada and the Northwest Region as well as the preliminaries here at the Celebration of Champions and tying for Reserve Champion Limited Open Bridle Finals for a paycheck of $2,307.60.

Anderson said, “This is my once in a lifetime horse, I will never sell her.” Her plans for Sadie, now 10, is to take her home and raise some foals.

Photo Credit: Primo Morales Photography

Appaloosa Journal named one of five finalists for an Ozzie

2014June145pxFolAwPhotosv2The Appaloosa Journal team announced today (11/6) that it has been named a finalist for an Ozzie in the category of Cover Design for its June 2014 cover submission.

The Eddie and Ozzie Awards, sponsored by Folio:™, honor the most influential titles in the industry across the entire magazine publishing spectrum. It is the largest awards competition in magazine publishing and recognizes excellence in both editorial, Eddies, and design, Ozzies.

“This is like being nominated for a Golden Globe,” said Appaloosa Horse Club CEO Steve Taylor. “It’s affirming to have our brand recognized in such a high-powered, prestigious competition and we couldn’t be prouder of our talented Journal team.”

The statuettes to celebrate gorgeous design and uncompromising journalism will be handed out at a gala awards brunch at the Yale Club in New York City on December 11, 2014.

Appaloosa Journal Receives 2014 APEX Award for Publication Excellence

APEX_Oct coverThe Appaloosa Journal team announced today that it has been honored with a 2014 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for its October 2013 cover.

Now in its 26th 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 215 Design & Illustration submissions, the October 2013 cover captured a breathtaking scene from the Chief Joseph Trail Ride of horses forging a river en mass, photographed by ApHC member Kristen Reiter.

Fellow winning entrants in the 2014 competition include: Walt Disney Company, World Wildlife Magazine, Ford Product Team, Lockheed Martin, American Bar Association, American Airlines Publishing, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., The Washington Post, and T3 Custom/TD Ameritrade, to name a few. The 11 major categories attracted 2,075 entries and the competition was stated to be of “extraordinary quality.”

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by APEX,” said Steve Taylor, ApHC CEO. “It is particularly wonderful that a cover honoring the Chief Joseph Trail Ride should win such a prestigious award in the year of its 50th anniversary.”

Arizona group named Exemplary Regional Club

small web bannerThe Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) would like to congratulate the Arizona Appaloosa Association for winning ApHC’s annual Exemplary Regional Club Award, an honor developed to recognize regional clubs that go above and beyond to promote the Appaloosa breed.

Arizona Appaloosa Association will receive a $500 check, a perpetual trophy for one year and trade show space at the World Show or National Show, along with two tickets to the Open Banquet that will be held at the 67th National Show this summer in Fort Worth.

The AAA competed against other regional clubs from six ApHC territories for the honor. The highest scoring regional club in each territory moved on as a finalist to compete for the overall award. Other finalists will receive a $200 check along with a plaque from the ApHC.

Territory winners include: Eastern Montana ApHC, Territory I; Arizona Appaloosa Association, Territory II; Illinois Appaloosa Association, Territory III; Louisiana State ApHC, Territory IV; Bluegrass State ApHC, Kentucky, Territory V; and Maine ApHC, Territory VI.

ApHC Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

ApHC-75th-anniversaryThe Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is pleased to announce the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees. The Appaloosa Hall of Fame was created in 1986 with a purpose of recognizing individuals and horses whose contributions have made an impressive and lasting impact on the industry as well as the ApHC. Each year nominations for the Hall of Fame are submitted by the ApHC membership. The ApHC Board of Directors then review each nomination and vote to determine the horses and individuals this prestigious honor will be bestowed upon.

Horses Inducted:
Andrews Centerfold, – (automatic induction – earned Bronze Supreme Dam Production
Plaque in 2013) 1995 mare bred by Judi A. Claude of Woolstock, IA and owned by the
James H. Wild Trust of Sarcoxie, MO.
Dandy Zippo – 1988 stallion bred by Prairie Grass Farms, Inc. of Oklahoma City, OK and
last owned by Janet Amy Wollowick of Hollywood, FL.
Post Haste – 1971 stallion bred by Cynthia G. Grenfell of Cerrillos, NM and last owned by
John W. Whitford of Lees Summit, MO and Susan S. Kidd of Lynnville, TN.
Sure Nuff Fast – (automatic induction – earned a Bronze Supreme Dam Production Plaque
in 2013) 1997 mare bred by David F. Mackie and Susan C. Mackie of Houston, TX and
owned by Gary Vaughan of Coalgate, OK.
The Dreamanator, – (automatic induction – earned 14 bronze medallions) 2005 gelding
bred and owned by Earl A. Steinert of Strafford, MO and Stephanie Steinert Stewman of
Dallas, Texas.

The above inductees will be honored at the 2013 Year-End Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the 67th National Championship Appaloosa Show in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, each Hall of Fame inductee will be recognized on an engraved plaque featuring a photograph and biography to be on permanent display in the Appaloosa Museum.

To purchase tickets for the 2013 Year-End Awards Banquet, contact Candyce Forsman, ApHC Awards Coordinator at 208.882.5578 ext. 245. For information about the Appaloosa Museum, please contact Crystal White at extension 279.

For more information about past and current ApHC Hall of Fame inductees, visit

Yearbook/Journal combination

2012 is bringing changes to our Yearbook format. This year, instead of a separate booklet, the 2011 Yearbook will be included in the July issue of the Appaloosa Journal! That’s right – As a member of the ApHC you will receive the 2011 Yearbook as part of your subscription to the Appaloosa Journal. Now every member of the ApHC will get to see your Youth, Open, Non‐Pro, Race and Trail accomplishments during the year, in color!

This will be a popular issue so buy an extra copy ($15) while supplies last!

Order your extra copies of the 2011 Yearbook/July issue of Appaloosa Journal online at

Categories: Announcements /Awards

New Hampshire Horseperson of the Year!

Karen Dodge from Pittsfield, NH was awarded the NHHC 2011 Horseperson of the Year award during a ceremony at the Farm & Forest Expo on Friday evening February 3, 2012. Karen, a life-long horsewoman, lives, works and owns Chinquapin Hill Farm, in Pittsfield, New Hampshire. The farm is a boarding, breeding and training facility where the manure is conscientiously composted for recycling on the beautiful flower gardens planted and tended by Karen herself. Extra compost is distributed to local landscapers and gardeners. Chinquapin Hill clients range in age from five to over sixty-five. Disciplines include, but are not limited to: driving, pleasure showing, ranch skills, recre¬ational riding, hunters, trail and dressage! As a result of this variety, Karen has versatile horses and happy clients from all over the country. A recreational rider or nationally recognized competitor both gain skills and confidence with Karen’s personal and special gentle “hands on” approach to learning.

Karen has always been an active rider and horse trainer in the Appaloosa Horse Club (APHC) and New Hampshire Quarter Horse Associations (NHQHA). She often volunteers her time with these Associations, hosting clinics at her farm and other venues. She is a long time NHQHA Platinum sponsor. Promoting the interest of youngsters interested in equines, is very special to Karen. Karen also gives of her time and effort to a wide range of other types of horse events in New Hampshire; breed and open shows, fairs, clinics and recreational rides. And she also strongly encourages her students and clients to volunteer at events and shows as a way of “giving back” too. She has for many years been a contributor of WLNH Children’s Auction. Even in these difficult economic times, Karen does her part to support the equine industry in New Hampshire.

Over the years, Karen has held numerous positions on Boards and Committees at the State and Regional level. She is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Professional Horseperson, and is involved in the show rules/regulations committee and monitors fair and humane treatment of horses at nationally sanctioned shows. Each year she volunteers her time, working with APHC and AQHA at the Massachusetts Equine Affair in November.

Karen works to maintain a good rapport with other industry professionals both locally and across the country. She encourages her students of all ages to “try everything”. She trains her horses to be versa¬tile; taking pleasure show horses to ride on the beach, go on a trail ride, compete at a dressage school¬ing show, and even participate in a cow-working clinic! She invites other instructors to her farm for special sessions and continues to take lessons herself, updating her own informational base.

With Karen horses come first. She is “there” for the horse that needs extra attention at whatever time the horse may need it. Karen is the one who will be up all night with a mare and her new foal or a sick horse. In sub zero temperatures she will be out in the barn adding an extra blanket or extra shav¬ings to the stalls. Often in mid-summer, Karen will drive at night to keep the horses cool while trav¬eling to a show. Karen is that selfless person “behind the scenes” for so many other people’s personal success stories. As clients progress with their interest and skills, she travels with them to regional, national and world shows, where she has coached many successful rides. Recently a senior client who had been off horses for a year was patiently encouraged to ride after hip replacement. Karen is the trainer that makes the un-rideable Mustang able to trail ride with its owner. She is the teacher that empowers a student too scared to get back on her horse after a serious leg injury, not only to ride again, but to show and win many high point awards. Karen’s upbeat “can do” attitude and patience motivates an over fifty “mom” to go from the sidelines to riding and winning AQHA All Around High Point Award in two years!

Karen lives the life and the passion of horses! Her selfless devotion during a lifetime of work and accomplishments are the undeniable reasons for her being chosen as the 2012 NHHC Horseperson of the Year!
(New Hampshire Horse Council media release)
Congratulations Karen. The Appaloosa Horse Club is proud of you!

Categories: Announcements /Awards /People

Regina Broughton – life’s journey on a horse

If you’re not a “Googler,” you might have missed this story about ApHC member Regina Broughton of Bristol, Tennessee. She’s profiled in a local news article (link below) with special mention of her Appaloosa X Thoroughbred Tango. The duo is earning a regional award from the North American Trail Riding Conference and we thought you’d like to know about another special person in the Appaloosa community.

ApHC All-Star Judge

Part of the program at the Color Breed Council Judges Seminar in Oklahoma City is the presentation of awards for various judging anniversaries. At this year’s event last week, the Appaloosa Horse Club was especially pleased to offer an engraved plate to Roland (Pete) Wood of Ocala, Florida. Pete has been a carded judge with the ApHC for 55 years! We had to come up with a new category of award since this doesn’t happen too often. Shown with Pete as he accepts the honor is Ray Burchett, ApHC Judges Committee Chairman. It’s also worth noting that Pete has been a member for 60 years. Thanks Pete – and congratulations!

Categories: Awards /JUDGES /People

NEW Non-Pro Versatility Award

Thank you to NAPA Auto Parts of Ithaca, New York for sponsoring the non-pro 35 & over and the non-pro masters versatility awards. These new awards will be presented in 2011 through 2015. Points are calculated on a one-horse/one-rider basis using the regular national point system scale. Points must have been earned in both showmanship and performance with a minimum of 5 points being earned in the lowest division. The non-pro with the highest number of points in these respective divisions with one horse will receive a custom-made sterling silver belt buckle compliments of Napa Auto Parts. Please visit the ApHC web site periodically for current standings throughout the 2011 show year. If you have any questions, please contact the ApHC performance department at 208.882.5578 ext. 400.

Dale Chavez, in person at the World Show

The Appaloosa Horse Club is pretty excited to welcome Dale Chavez, pictured here with some of his saddles, as a “gold sponsor” at the World Show. Known for craftmanship in a complete line of saddles, tack and buckles, Chavez is in Fort Worth to give the Appaloosa community a look at what his artistry and skill can produce. He has a showroom in the Moncrief Building at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Dale and Mark Shaffer are working together to donate a beautiful saddle in one of the western pleasure classes and Dale is providing a substantial number of gift certificates that will be earned by exhibitors throughout the show and in the daily prize drawings for anyone in attendance.

For more info about this California-based company, visit

Thanks Dale and welcome to the ApHC neighborhood!

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