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Tornado relief?

small web bannerEveryone in the equine community knows someone affected by recent storms and weather-related disasters. Much of the recovery effort is focused on providing help with the unbelievable messes to clean up. We know many Appaloosa Horse Club members are in the areas dealing with the aftermath and we know the rest of you will help if, and however, you can.

The ApHC will have donation “buckets” at the National Appaloosa Show and Youth World in Fort Worth later this month.

If you need to do something more quickly, I’m willing to suggest donations to the American Red Cross and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, both of which are on the front lines of recovery for people and horses respectively. Several breed groups, corporations, media companies and other equine associations have special funds as well. You can visit equine.com and other sites for more ideas.

Interactive Website offers horse-related resources, rewards system and sweepstake prizes

Joining a national initiative to increase awareness of and interest in horse-related activities, The American Horse Council announces the launch of a new Website and social media platform, TimeToRide.com.

With its design based on in-depth consumer research, the site targets moms who are challenged to not only find family-friendly activities but who are also interested in finding refreshed joy for themselves. The site is a collaborative effort of ten horse organizations coordinated through the American Horse Council in Washington, D.C.

“We know American families are strapped for time with the demands of work, school, and day-to-day survival,” said Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council. “We need to make it easier for families to discover the benefits of horse-related activities.”

The new site is organized into categories that include lessons and camps, trail riding, rodeos and fairs, and events and shows. It provides links to professional resources and will build a data base of providers through an interactive map to be launched in the near future.

“The horse is a mystery to Americans living in the hustle and bustle of urban and suburban settings,” notes Hickey. “We’re hoping to show that a horse experience is accessible and certainly worth investigation.” The site will deliver general information about horses and different activities, and then make a connection to local and regional opportunities.

To generate participation and enthusiasm, theTimeToRide.com platform includes a rewards system that encourages visitors to join, visit horse-related sites, and share experiences. The rewards include merchandise delivered based points accumulated by visiting equine pages on Facebook or following various Twitter accounts. It will also offer a regular rotation of sweepstakes. The first two sweepstake offers include two tickets to the Preakness Stakes and Belmont horse races.

TimeToRide.com is the first Website and social media platform generated through a coalition of horse organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Horse Council, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the United States Equestrian Federation and Zoetis.

The Appaloosa Horse Club is a member of the American Horse Council. Yours truly serves on the AHC Show Committee and Welfare Committee.

Announcement of Cost Share program to promote U.S. Livestock Exports

small web bannerU.S. Livestock Genetics Export (USLGE) has received funds which will be available to private livestock breeders, companies, or cooperatives interested in promoting livestock, semen, or embryo sales in international markets through December 31, 2013. These funds are available through the Market Access Program (MAP) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USLGE sponsors and administers the branded program with the goal of helping the U.S. livestock industry increase the international demand for U.S. livestock genetics.

MAP funding is use to supplement but not supplant private funds that would be used for promotion activities.

The MAP branded program provides for partial reimbursement (up to 50 percent) of approved activities such as international advertising, the development, translation and distribution of promotional materials, and participation in foreign trade shows and exhibitions. Funds cannot be used for travel or personnel reimbursement. An administrative fee is charged to participate in the program.

The total amount of funds available to USLGE for brand promotions is set by FAS. The allocation of these funds will be made to eligible participants on a fair and equitable basis as set by FAS and consistent with the goals and objectives of the MAP program as outlined by Congress. Funding criteria is based, in part, upon available funding, anticipated economic impact and the completeness of the application.

Interested parties should request a FY13 MAP Branded Application and Program Guidelines booklet from U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., 413 N. Broadway, Suite C, Salem, IL 62881, Phone: 618/548-9154, Fax: 618/548-9709, email: uslge@uslge.org.

Applications will be considered throughout the year pending the availability of funding.

Commemorative Certificate of Registration

Join the Appaloosa Horse Club in celebrating 75 years of breed dedication and more than 700,000 registered horses! In recognition of the ApHC’s 75th anniversary, we are proud to offer a never before seen piece of Appaloosa history! Now you can own a 75th Anniversary Commemorative Certificate of Registration for any horse ever registered with the ApHC, living or deceased.

Watermarked with a stunning Appaloosa, the beautiful certificates denote the horse’s registered name, number, coat pattern, base color, sex, and foal date in addition to a two generation pedigree and the current owner and original breeder. The celebratory keepsake is completed with the specially created 75th ApHC Anniversary logo and coveted, embossed, golden ApHC seal.

Perfect for framing, display, and gifting, the certificates are available to members and non-members for only $50. To order, contact the ApHC Registration Department at 208.882.5578 ext. 300 or purchase online at http://www.appaloosa.com/ecdefault/Detail.aspx

Cyber Monday, Appaloosa style

Why not join the digital crowd and do some ApHC shopping today? Renew your membership and purchase a gift membership or Journal subscription; place your order for the 75th Anniversary Calendar (AJ merchandise page); go online to VOTE in the ApHC director election (deadline is this Friday); and, digital or otherwise, it might be a really good time to think about a year-end contribution to the Appaloosa Museum or the Appaloosa Youth Foundation!

Registration Fact Sheet

New to the appaloosa.com web site is a Registration Fact Sheet which can be downloaded, printed and used as a handout for prospective buyers, new owners and anyone else who might have accidentally forgotten some of the details about registering an Appaloosa. Topics include registration classifications, bloodline requirements, necessary documentation, fees, assorted factoids and “Top Ten Registration Mistakes.”

Congress Reauthorizes Recreational Trails Program

American Horse Council update

Last week, Congress passed MAP-21 the multiyear national highway bill. The new law reauthorizes the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and allocates $85 million in annual funding for the program. RTP is important to recreational riders all over the country and the AHC is pleased Congress preserved this program in the highway bill.

Since its inception RTP has provided money for thousands of state and local trail projects across the country, including many that benefit equestrians. RTP provides funding directly to the states for recreational trails and trail-related facilities for all recreational trail users. It is funded with a portion of the gas taxes paid into the Highway Trust Fund by recreational off-highway vehicle users.

Reauthorization of RTP was not assured. Early versions of the bill would have eliminated the RTP program or removed dedicated funding for the program that would have effectively ended RTP as it currently exists. The AHC, along with a broad coalition of recreational users, has been working for many years to protect RTP and ensure it was part of any highway bill that was eventually passed. Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) were instrumental in preserving RTP as were the thousands of Americans, including equestrians, who contacted their Members of Congress to voice support for the program.

GET YOUR PINK ON!

We are hosting the 2nd Annual Get Your Pink On evening performance, a Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink event, at the National Show on the evening of July 19, 2012. That evening exhibitors, show officials and staff will all be wearing pink carnations in support of breast cancer awareness. Donations are accepted at the door and each donor will receive a raffle ticket for some great prizes. Show up wearing pink we will give you 2 raffle tickets! But you have to be present to win!

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation in our Team Name, please click on the Team URL http://www.info-komen.org/goto/Appaloosa2012 Our team id is 10354923. Please include this important number on all your donation forms.

Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure® supports life-saving research, education, screenings and treatment programs in the fight to end breast cancer forever.

Save on SafeChoice feed from Nutrena!

Good news from Nutrena, the Official Feed of the Appaloosa Horse Club!

Now there’s more choice with SafeChoice®. All the reasons you’ve come to trust SafeChoice® feed are now found in two new formulas: SafeChoice® Perform, a high fat feed, and SafeChoice® Special Care, a low controlled starch, no-corn feed. So no matter what your horse needs, there’s always a SafeChoice®.

Now through May 31st, 2012 visit www.SafeChoiceFeed.com to get a Buy One Get One Free coupon. Limit one coupon per household. See site for details.

New savings opportunity for ApHC members

We think this new ApHC member benefit is unique to the equine industry and we are pleased to be able to offer a significant savings opportunity to those of you who live in an area served by Constellation Energy.

Switch to Constellation Energy as your gas and electricity supplier through the Appaloosa Horse Club’s exclusive relationship and get a low energy rate while also supporting the organization.

You’ll receive a $50 Visa® Prepaid Card and Constellation will make a donation to the ApHC for each successful enrollment! Go to www.constellation.com/AppaloosaHorse to view rate plans in your area. Or call 855-814-8340.

Use Member Promo Code: Appaloosa

✓Get a $50 Constellation Visa® Prepaid Card†
✓ Switch without hassles or service interruptions
✓ If not satisfied, you can cancel within 90 days without any termination fees

Appaloosa Museum needs a raffle horse!

One of the annual fund-raising activities of the Appaloosa Museum is a horse raffle. We are still in need of a critter for this year! The generous donor makes a tax-deductible gift and the museum generates some much needed revenue to be used for a variety of projects and activities. If you or anyone you know might be interested, here are some of the criteria:

We’d like an Appaloosa that is obviously Appaloosa in appearance; whatever the age, we’d really like to have a horse that is broke to lead, tie, haul, groom, etc. and free of know genetic issues. The donor would be responsible for a vet check for soundness and routine health requirements. If a riding horse, it should be suitable for a wide range of potential new owners.

The donated horse would not need to travel until the raffle drawing (usually October). Delivery arrangements will up to you and the new owner.

Anyone interested in helping the cause can reply here or contact the Appaloosa Museum directly. Crystal White is the museum director and would be delighted to visit with you about the process. Her phone # 208.882.5578 ext. 279 and her email: museum@appaloosa.com. Thanks!

Another addition to ApHC online resources

We have added a new listing to the web for our online users. We call it the FPD Pedigree. This new pedigree is very much like our recently added Color and Points pedigrees only it lists the FPD Eligibility status and percentages of the primary horse and all horses in its 3 generation pedigree.

The cost of this pedigree is $10. If a user selects a horse that does not contain any FPD information within its pedigree the web page display a blank pedigree and inform the user that no data exists for the selected horse. They will not be charged for the pedigree if no data is found.

The actually FPD Pedigree description seen online is as follows:
Lists the Registration Number, Foal Date, Sex, FPD Eligibility Status and FPD Percentage of the selected horse plus the Names, Registration Number, Foal Date, FPD Eligibility Status and FPD Percentage of all horses in its 3 Generation Pedigree.

New options for ApHC members

The membership page on the website www.appaloosa.com has been redesigned.

The changes include a new look, easier navigation and the addition of a new “benefits” page.

We have added a large number of new benefits for members including wireless center, term life insurance, Medicare supplement insurance, pet insurance, discounts on car rentals & hotels just to name a few.

We are working on a few more additions including LifeLock (identity protection, a group dental plan and discounts on Constant Contact services – these will be coming soon.

Go to www.appaloosa.com and click the “membership” tab on the left menu bar to get started!

Year-end statistics

If you’re into numbers and want to review the 2011 statistics for the Appaloosa Horse Club, we’ve posted a one-page summary on the website. Click the “About Us” button, then the “Board of Directors” link and look for the 2011 Year-End Summary.

Performance Permit Sale!!

The Appaloosa Club Board of Directors has approved a discount sale for Performance Permits to begin immediately March 13, 2012, and run through December 31, 2012. The sale fees are as follows:

Performance Permit Sale Fees

Foal date to 24th month foal date:
Appaloosa x Appaloosa…
member $150 non-member $215

Appaloosa x Approved Breed…
member $150 (save $100) non-member $215 (save $100)

25th month and thereafter:
Appaloosa x Appaloosa…
member $150 (save $150) non-member $215 (save $150)

Appaloosa x Approved Breed…
member $200 (save $300) non-member $265 (save $300)

The rationale is probably obvious that we’d like to provide an opportunity for owners of older non-permit horses to do some catching up at a reasonable price. Then, the goal is to get those horses out of the barn and into competition of all sorts where the rest of the world can see more good Appaloosas and their versatility.


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