2016 ApHC Board Election Clarification/Correction

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

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

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

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

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

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

ApHC Board Elects Executive Committee

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

ApHC Board vacancy to be filled by appointment

small web bannerIn 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.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments Approved

small web bannerWe 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.

September ApHC Board of Directors Meeting

.small web bannerThe 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 as they become available

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.

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.

September ApHC Board of Directors Meeting

small web bannerThe Appaloosa Horse Club Board of Directors will meet September 19-20, 2014, at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, Nevada. ApHC members are especially invited to participate in program-focused roundtable discussions scheduled for Saturday morning (20th). ApHC committees will meet on Friday. The full board will meet in two sessions – Friday and Saturday afternoons. To make room reservations, contact the hotel directly and ask for the ApHC room block.

Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV
Ph: 702.456.7777
Toll Free: 800.897.8696

Tentative Schedule:

Thursday Evening Executive Committee Dinner/Meeting

Friday September 19
8:00 a.m. Opening Session to review strategic initiatives/priorities
ApHC Office Update & Industry Trends
9:00 a.m. Planning & Review Committee
10:30 a.m. Rules Committee & Marketing Committee
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Finance Committee
Other Committees as deemed necessary – formal or otherwise
3:30 p.m. Session #1 of Board of Directors Meeting
Consent Agenda and regular business
5:30 p.m. Dinner (on your own) – informal meetings, social time

Saturday September 20
8:00 a.m. Member Roundtables with board teams
Regional Clubs/Youth/Trail
10:30 a.m. Convene full group to report on roundtable key points
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Session #2 of Board of Directors Meeting

Categories: Announcements /Board

ApHC Board of Directors Upcoming Election

small web bannerThe Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is accepting Declarations of Candidacy for the upcoming Board of Directors election. Members will vote on candidates from Territory 1- Zone A, Territory II-Zone A, Territory III- Zone A, Territory IV Zone A, Territory V-Zone A and Territory VI-Zone A in the forthcoming election.

Those interested in running for one of the seats up for election need to submit the 2014 Declaration of Candidacy found at along with a resume and photograph. Furthermore, the affidavit must be signed and notarized. Declarations of Candidacy must be received on or before July 31, 2014. Directors will be elected according to Article IV, Sections 2 and 3 of the ApHC Bylaws.

ApHC members in good standing as of August 31, 2014 from territories I, II, III, IV, V and VI may vote for candidates in their respective territory, regardless of zone. Voters in territories where a candidate is unopposed will vote on bylaw amendments only. Unopposed candidates are elected automatically.

Categories: Announcements /Board

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!

ApHC Board Planning Summary

small web bannerThe Appaloosa Horse Club Board of Directors engaged in a strategy session ahead of its regular meeting March 28-30, in Moscow, Idaho. The results of that discussion are presented in a “Planning Summary Report” that can be found on the “About Us” link under Board of Directors. Much of the exercise focused on key initiatives to address declining numbers in membership, registration and participation categories. Board-staff teams will be working on specific evaluations and recommendations relating to registration, the overall show structure (class lists, judges, qualifying systems, show approval, combined shows, etc.), online programs and services, as well as a general review of all programs and activities.

ApHC survey for board discussion

small web bannerDear ApHC Friends:

Your board of directors will be meeting in late March to assess the Appaloosa Horse Club and develop a roadmap for the future. We believe it is critical to gain feedback from members, regional leaders, national leaders, and staff, as we enter this planning meeting. We hope you’ll provide your perspective. Please take a few minutes to complete this poll. Your responses will not be attributed.

Please respond no later than Tuesday, March 11. Thanks in advance for making a difference for the future of our 76-year-old organization.

Note: For those of you who got ahead of us and posted this elsewhere, Thanks. We were trying to gather responses in staggered waves, and then we had what seems to be a semi-regularly-scheduled interruption in Internet connectivity. Oh well, gotta love technology…mostly.

ApHC Board Update

small web bannerThe Appaloosa Horse Club Board of Directors met January 15, 2014, primarily for the purpose of swearing in newly elected and re-elected directors. New to the board are Mary Ann Page, from Arizona (Territory II, Zone B); Debora Anne Dyer, from Virginia (Territory V, Zone C), Todd Davis, from North Carolina (Territory V, Zone B) and Valerie Showalter, from Kansas (Territory II, Zone C).

And, in accordance with specific schedules included in the Bylaws, an election of officers and members of the Executive Committee was held. Re-elected for the next year are: President Diane Rushing, Vice President Todd Michael, Chair of Finance Leslie Foxvog, Chair of Planning and Review Chuck McWhirter, Chair of Marketing Dena Raggio and Chair of Rules Debby Letham. Committee assignments will be announced by the Executive Committee “very soon.”

One additional agenda item was addressed. The policy from last year that gives regional clubs the opportunity to conduct shows with a double-pointed judge is now extended only until the end of the World Show qualifying period that ends August 31, 2014. The board will be discussing at the March meeting whether the program should be adjusted, renewed or eliminated.

ApHC Board Action Update

small web bannerIn a conference call meeting December 27th, the ApHC Board of Directors approved the following:

As of January 1, 2014, the Performance Permit fees have been reduced for three categories: Appaloosa X Appaloosa before two years of age is now $50; Appaloosa X Approved Outcross before two years of age is $150; for Appaloosa X Appaloosa after two years is now $75. Other categories (older-than-two outcross and non-member rates) remain the same. In addition, the decision was made to discontinue the Performance Permit payout next year, meaning that no Performance Permit points will be accumulated in 2014.

The Board approved the eligibility for “re-registration” for horses that have a certificate of registration from the Brazilian Appaloosa Association.

A new regional club charter was approved for the Saugeen Appaloosa Network in Ontario, Canada.

Newly-elected board members will be sworn in during a conference call meeting January 15th.

The ApHC Board will meet in Moscow, Idaho, March 29 and 30.

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