January 27-29, 2017
“Through the Judges Eyes”
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Tulsa, OK

Knowledge is power; become a more successful exhibitor. Learn what the judges are looking for, what makes one run stand out from another, and how to “think like a judge.” The Academy is also an educational opportunity for those who are thinking about becoming a judge. The program is also a great resource for apprentice judges and collegiate judging teams. And, it’s an excellent place to learn how to scribe scored classes.

Early registration deadline is January 3

For more information and registration forms, visit


Understanding genetics – using them for better breeding decisions

November 12th and 13th 2016
Animal Sciences Building at Colorado State University
Registration limited to 15 participants – Cost $175/person

Planned topics include:
– Review of basic equine genetics
– Building the horse gene map
– Gene-based physiology and disease
– Inheritance, selection and genetic improvement
– Current and future research @ CSU

For more information or registration details contact:
Stephen Coleman
(970) 491-2681 or
Jason Bruemmer
(970) 491-8373 or

Startling Number

The number of millennials in the U.S. workforce as of the first quarter of 2015—higher than any other generational category.

The number may or may not translate directly to conditions in the equine industry, but I suspect it does.

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.

Members are the “New Breed”

small nplc logo revamp-v2-p1Thought I’d share an excerpt from the latest “Gazette” published for the National Pedigreed Livestock Council. This is a 100 year-old-plus organization of livestock registry organizations representing horses, beef cattle, dairy, swine, goats, etc. The NPLC Annual Meeting was held earlier this month in Lafayette, Indiana, home of our hosts the National Swine Registry and American Berkshire Association.

A long-time acquaintance, Phil Anderson, presented a session called “Shifting Gears,” in which he described the variety of challenges in today’s membership/association world.

Members are, and have always been, the heart and soul of most nonprofit organizations. The challenge facing today’s organizations range from the differing perspectives of multiple generations, technology and its effect on communications and relationships, and the shifting landscape of agriculture, food and leisure. As we move beyond 2015, we must “shift gears” to embrace and respond to these changes (and opportunities). We have to work faster, smarter, and maximize each and every resource. As a membership organization it comes down to this simple perspective: “It’s not who we are TO each other, it’s who we are FOR each other.”

News Notes

ApHC-LogoWe’re still trying to decide which and how many news channels to use in our efforts to keep ApHC members up to date. Hopefully, you’ve already signed up for the E-Newsletter and/or have checked out the archives. Folks in the Journal always include tidbits in the “Member Reminders” section. Fairly regular email blasts are sent to alert you to pending deadlines, new programs and other important activities. And, there is the social media realm, where much of the interaction seems to be taking place these days. Be sure to check out the ApHC and Journal (and Museum) Facebook pages.

In the meantime, here’s wishing you a safe, successful and peaceful 2015! If you need help keeping track of days, we can recommend the Stallion pin-up calendar and/or the handy-dandy tabletop calendar brought to you by the talented team at Appaloosa Journal.

Categories: Ideas you might use

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.

Certified Horsemanship Association Webinar Topic for May

CHALOGOThe Certified Horsemanship Association Webinar Series is held monthly with topics ranging from how to handle your taxes in an equine program, risk management, equine educational opportunities at colleges/universities, what to expect at a CHA instructor certification clinic and much more! You don’t have to join us the day of the webinar, as you can register and listen and watch the recording anytime!

To register for the May 29th at noon EST CHA Webinar on Understanding Insurance for the Private Horse Owner and Equine Professional – visit

The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you visit

Disaster Assistance Available For Horse Farms and Ranches

News update from the American Horse Council:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that farmers and ranchers, including horse breeding farms and ranches, can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15.

The 2014 Farm bill reauthorized the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP), and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP), which had expired in 2011. These programs are administrated by the USDA Farm Service Administration (FSA) and compensate livestock producers, including horse breeding farms and ranches, for the loss of animals from natural disasters and diseases, and help producers who have lost grazing land from drought pay for feed.
• LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible livestock includes beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, poultry, sheep, swine, horses, and other livestock as determined by the Secretary.
• LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire on publicly managed land. An eligible livestock producer must own, cash lease, or be a contract grower of eligible livestock during the 60 calendar days before the beginning date of the qualifying drought or fire in a county that is rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as D2, D3, or D4.
• ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

For more information or to determine your eligibility visit the FSA disaster assistance website or contact your local FSA office.

Stallion Service Auction Deadline is Near

small web bannerThere are some outstanding stallions still available in this year’s auction for the 2014 breeding season. Check them out by clicking on the home-page photo link. Remember, it’s a BID NOW and BUY IT NOW “auction,” meaning first-come, first-purchased. The BUY IT NOW stallion service auction ends next week, March 31st!

The American Horse Council’s initiative offers $100,000 in cash and prize incentives for engaging newcomers in horse activities

top_100Time to Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council, has announced an aggressive grassroots effort designed to engage 100,000 new people with horses in a 100-day period.

The 100 Day Horse Challenge is a nationwide campaign intended to expose at least 100,000 new people to horses while providing $100,000 in cash and prizes to participating stables, organizations and businesses. The program will enlist 1,000 stables, horse clubs, venues, organizations, or individuals to register as an official Time to Ride “Host” and compete in the 100 Day Horse Challenge, which kicks off June 1. Participating hosts will be divided into small, medium, and large divisions by size, and challenged to provide a horse experience to as many new participants as possible. Activities may include education, riding, grooming, learning about horsemanship, and more.

“This program incentivizes the segment of our industry that can truly open the doors to a first-ever horse experience for thousands of people,” explained Patti Colbert, a Time to Ride spokesperson. “It will also educate our hosts on some best practices for growing their businesses.”

Individual cash prizes up to $25,000 as well as stable equipment, feed, veterinary supplies, and more will be awarded to the hosts that garner the greatest number of new, verified horse enthusiasts.

Editorial comment here: ApHC folks should consider signing up as an official host!

The Challenge is open to the first 1,000 hosts capable of growing the horse industry – including stables, instructors, clubs, events, recreational riders, equine service professionals, veterinarians, shows, facilities, racetracks, and more. Registered hosts will receive extensive marketing support from Time to Ride, including listing on the Time to Ride Map with special denotation as an official Time to Ride Host.

Hosts can register starting in April for the Time to Ride 100 Day Horse Challenge at Registration deadline is May 15. For more information, please visit or e-mail

Certified Horsemanship Association Webinar – Thursday

CHALOGOCertified Horsemanship Association (CHA) February 2014 Educational Monthly Webinar Series – “Risk Management – What You Need to Know about Liability, Contracts and Releases”
Thursday, February 27, 2014 – 9 a.m. PST, 10 a.m. MST, 11 a.m. CST and Noon EST

This 1.5 hour webinar will cover liabilities in the equine industry, state equine activity liability statutes, suggestions for avoiding liability, contracts, and liability releases. Examples will be shown of effective and ineffective contract language. There will be a 15 minute Q & A session at the end.

Speaker: Julie Fershtman is a Shareholder with the Michigan law firm Foster Swift ( Her Equine Law practice is national in scope, and she handles a wide variety of disputes frequently encountered in the equine industry, including business conflicts, contract disputes, personal injury, sales disputes, partnership disputes, and many others. She also drafts contracts involving equine transactions with the goal of helping her clients avoid disputes. Her expertise includes business litigation and insurance law. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 and 2014 and is a Fellow and officer of the American College of Equine Attorneys. A frequent writer, she wrote the books Equine Law & Horse Sense; MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense; and Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers (co-author). In addition, she wrote more than 200 articles on Equine Law. Her speaking engagements span 28 states and include CHA Annual Conference, American Horse Council Annual Convention, Equine Affaire, and the National Conference on Equine Law.

Webinar – cost is $20 – To Register:

Calizona ApHC featured on Stable Scoop Radio Show on the Horse Radio Network

The Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club was a featured guest on the annual preview look at the equestrian units in the Rose Parade on January 1, 2014 presented by the hosts of Stable Scoop on the Horse Radio Network. Hosts Helena Bee and Glenn the Geek preview the upcoming parade events and gather details about the Tournament of Roses Parade and related Equestfest. View the link below to access the Episode 277 and hear Leslie Foxvog expound about how great the Appaloosa breed is.

Stable Scoop Episode 277 – The 2014 Rose Parade Preview

If you desire to cut to the chase and listen to Leslie Foxvog, go to marker 19:00 in the broadcast. She is a little nervous at first (some ums, ahs) but once she gets going you’ll see it is not all about the parade it is all about the Appaloosa! And you will also find out that one of the hosts now owns an Appaloosa too!

In addition to Leslie, Jeannette Collier of the Tournament of Roses gives the latest on the 2014 Rose Parade preparations, as well as Trish and Sadie of the All American Cowgirl Chicks share their excitement on being chosen to be in the parade.

Stable Scoop Episode 277 – Show Notes and Links:
Host: Helena Bee and Glenn the Geek (see host bios)
Photo Credit: The All American Cowgirl Chicks in a past Rose Parade.
Guest: Jeannette Collier, Staff Liaison with the 2014 Rose Parade.
Guest: Trish and Sadie from the All American Cowgirl Chicks.
Guest: Leslie Foxvog of the Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club.

Horse Radio Network

HORSES IN THE MORNING live M-F at 9am Eastern at
Fantastic HRN shows at
Stable Scoop Radio Show

Submitted by:
Leslie Foxvog, Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club

Feature Your Stallion in the 2014 ApHC Calendar

We happen to think we have an amazing opportunity for you to feature your stallion in the 2014 ApHC Calendar. The premier 13-month calendar will feature an Appaloosa stallion each month — both in the calendar and with a corresponding article in Appaloosa Journal. For example, if your stallion is “Mr. February,” the feature article about him will appear in the February issue of AJ.

Open to anyone and everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. The “normal” price is $1,200. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!! If you book before the end of the National Show and Youth World Championship Show (July 6th), the special price just for you will be $1,000. There are also business card spaces available in the calendar for a mere $200.

To take advantage of this never-before offered stallion package, contact Hannah at or come see her in the show office at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

p.s. there are payment plan options too!

ApHC Executive Committee memo

small web bannerRegrettably due to health and other issues most recently, three individuals have chosen to resign from the ApHC Board of Directors. We would like to take this time to thank them for their efforts while serving on Board and wish them nothing but the best moving forward. At the same time, we will seize this opportunity to not only bring the newly appointed Board of Directors online before our June meeting but also to convey to you, our most valued assets – our MEMBERSHIP, the continued welfare of the ApHC is and will always be the focus of the Board of Directors and our Staff.

We believe partnerships with other breeds and associations will be critical to the success of the equine industry as a whole. Therefore, we are looking forward to greater opportunities on the marketing front to improve our competitiveness in the equine industry. While we forge into the future and looking at ways to improve, we know our strength and direction will come from our Membership. Therefore, you will see a concerted effort into reaching out and connecting more than ever before while listening to our Members and Regional Clubs about their ideas, concerns, and needs. We remain committed to the Appaloosa Horse and the Members of the Appaloosa Horse Club.

As one of our first steps into reconnecting with our Members, we invite you to our General Membership Meeting on June 23rd at 3:00pm located in the French Room, within the Watt Building during the 2013 National / Youth World Show. Please attend this important gathering where you will be able to provide feedback and your recommendations regarding what the Committees are working on within a roundtable format with each Major Committee having its own table with refreshments being provided by the Marketing Committee. Come one, come all – make a difference and attend – be a part of the ApHC FUTURE!

ApHC Executive Committee

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