!Beat the rush! Or at least make up for the last time you forgot to renew your ApHC membership. Purchase your 2017 membership online now so you can focus on Christmas shopping or pumpkin thumping. Come to think of it, ApHC memberships make great gifts
ApHC 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.
For anyone purchasing or renewing an ApHC membership BEFORE DECEMBER 1ST, the current rate will apply. That’s also the deadline for renewal to ensure uninterrupted Journal deliver. In case you have not heard or read, individual dues will increase to $60 after that date. Other memberships, enrollment fees and some service fees will also increase for 2015. Reminder, the membership form is available on-line and we’ll also be printing one in the November issue of the Journal. Current members will also receive an old-fashioned renewal form by mail.
I’m sure many of you have been on the edge of your virtual seat waiting for the 2014 Official Handbook. Printing is later than we’d like, but the Handbook in its digital form is up on the appaloosa.com site. We’ll be posting a summary of additions and changes … soon.
The Color Breed Council’s “International Equine Judges Seminar” wrapped up last week in Tulsa. All ApHC-carded judges are required to attend the seminar once every three years. A new feature this year was the Judging Academy, sort of a preview for applicants and folks who are thinking about getting judging credentials. The program also has portions that should appeal to exhibitors who want to know more about how various classes are evaluated. And, for everyone who needs to get a better handle on how classes are scored, there is quite a bit of information and practice on scoring and scribing. Plans are already being made for next year’s academy, so stay tuned for updates.
We ended 2013 with 12,876 ApHC members. If you haven’t renewed your membership, today would be a good time. The online process is pretty simple. Be sure to get yourself and/or your horses enrolled in specific programs such as Saddle Log, Non-Pro, etc. And, we’ll take this opportunity to encourage you to recruit ONE NEW MEMBER. Appaloosa Horse Club activities aren’t much fun if we don’t have other members to share them.
Industry trends have us wondering about what the future holds for registrations and equine activities. As with most other breed associations, the ApHC numbers are more than a bit sobering. In 2013, we registered 2,654 Appaloosas. That’s almost a 30% decline over the past 10 years. Lots of theories about why and lots of legitimate concern about what role breed registries will have in the world of equine sports and recreational riding as we move ahead. For the record, we recorded 3,541 transfers and issued 250 performance permits last year. And, for those who always ask, it was almost an even split between Appaloosa X Appaloosa and Appaloosa X Outcross permits.
We know that ApHC members sometimes wait until later in the year to renew their membership, but during this 75th Anniversary year, we think you’ll want to be connected sooner rather than later. The Appaloosa Journal and our various social media sites are routinely providing unique perspectives on ApHC history. There are some new components of the Appaloosa Members’ Plus program that you can probably use. And, there is a variety of very cool anniversary stuff — calendar, apparel, commemorative registration certificates and, oh by the way, great discounts on advertising.
Renew today on the appaloosa.com website or give us a call. We appreciate your past involvement and we certainly want to say THANK YOU for being part of the Appaloosa community.
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†
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✓ If not satisfied, you can cancel within 90 days without any termination fees
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!
There is some new functionality within the Members Only section of the ApHC website that you should be aware of.
We have added the ability to view an example of a report before you buy it. The example consists of an image of the web page that you are considering purchasing. The example image is a static image and will not change from horse to horse. The example image is to show the user what the information on the selected report will look like and does not represent the real data that will be listed. This will allow you to see the type of information that will be listed on the web page before purchase.
To view an example of this function, please perform the following tasks:
1. Sign into the Members Only section of the ApHC website.
2. Click on the Appaloosa Horse Name Search link search for any horse that you desire
3. When you have found your horse click on the View Horse Detail link.
4. Click on the Example link next to the web report that you wish to view.
We have also added 2 new Pedigree reports to the Members Only section of the website. They are as follows:
1. A 3 generation Color Pedigree that will list the Color and Coat Pattern of the selected horse and all of the horses in its 3 generation pedigree. The price of this item is $10.
2. A 3 generation Points Pedigree that will list the Halter & Performance Show Points, plus any Racing Starts, Wins, Place, Show counts, and Racing Money Earned of the selected horse and all horses in its 3 Generation Pedigree. The price of this item is $10.
Preventative Health Screenings with Life Line Screening
The Appaloosa Horse Club’s Life Line Screening program is designed for early detection of potential health problems leading to stroke, aortic aneurysms, arterial disease and osteoporosis. ApHC members have the opportunity to detect life-threatening conditions, at an affordable cost of only $135 at a location close to your home! Visit www.lifelinescreening.com/AHC for more information and to schedule a screening, or call (866) 618-4730!
Wishing everyone in the Appaloosa family a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy, prosperous and fun New Year! If the photo click doesn’t work, please use the link below for the full effect. Thanks to all for your support and participation in 2011! http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d6a67314e6a41784d6a593d0d0a&blogview=true
Today (Dec. 1st) is the last day to purchase or renew your ApHC membership and be entered into the Members Rewards Drawings! Lifetime and multi-year members are automatically entered. Purchase your membership online at http://www.appaloosa.com/membership/membership.htm, or you can download the application and fax it to the ApHC at 208-882-8150 or simply give us call at 208-882-5578 and we will process your membership over the phone!
Can’t remember ALL the prizes available in this year’s Member Rewards Drawings? Here they are one more time!
• Upgrade of a one-year membership to a 3-year membership
• Online data service packages at the members only website (valued from $50 – $200)
• A free registration (excludes rush services)
• Larry Williams Photography – a custom portrait at the black drape at the 65th National Appaloosa Show/2012 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, one 8×10 glossy print and shipping included…Value is $75.00
•A free business card ad in the Appaloosa Journal, one month
• 1-year subscription to Appaloosa Journal Online Xpress
• 2012 Appaloosa Journal Calendar
• Appaloosa Pro Merchandise from Tioga Territory (the official merchandiser of the ApHC)
• A free ad design and 8×10 glossy print by Gail Bates Design
• Kathy’s Show Equipment Custom Buckle
• Idaho Appaloosa Holiday Ornaments
• Montana Silversmith merchandise; watches, necklaces, earrings
• Liberty Mutual Highway Safety Kits
• Horse Illustrated Training books
• Advertising package from MyHorseForSale.com
• Absorbine Prize Packages
• The Horse Bible
• A John Deere Radio
Application for 2012 membership must be received in the ApHC office by Dec. 1, 2011 (multi-year and lifetime members are automatically entered), names will be drawn by Dec. 10, 2011, and winners will be notified by the end of business on Dec. 13, 2011. Prizes may not be exchanged for cash and are non-transferable. Eligible memberships must be paid in full and include contact number, e-mail address and postal address.
The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) has partnered with Capital One to launch our newest program designed to benefit ApHC members as well as supporting your breed of choice. By switching to the Appaloosa Capitol One Visa card you can help us earn money doing what you do every day! Just use our custom credit card and valuable cash donations for every purchase you make will be donated to the ApHC. Plus, we’ll get a $50 bonus donation when you make your first purchase. The card comes with a competitive rate, so sharing your passion—and your support—is easy and automatic.
Some of the unique features of this program include:
• Ability to choose from the Appaloosa creative card designs
• $50 initial donation to the Appaloosa Horse Club
• Earn 2% Cash rewards at most major Gas and Grocery merchants
• Earn 1% Cash rewards on all other purchases
• Earn up to 10% Cash rewards at select merchants
Share your Appaloosa passion—carry our custom card. As you support the association, you’ll be spreading the word with every purchase.
Apply today online at https://www.cardlabconnect.com/Appaloosa Horse Club.
Credit approval required. Terms and conditions apply. Offered by Capital One, N.A. © 2010 Capital One.
The Appaloosa Horse Club is excited to announce the new affinity partnership with Equi-Rescue, ltd. Equi-Rescue is the nation’s premier roadside assistance for people trailering horses. Equi-Rescue offers their coverage through National Safe Drivers, a 50-year-old company with amazing reviews.
Equi-Rescue provides full roadside assistance for members in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. As part of the agreement, ApHC members will receive a special discount on both basic and enhanced plans. Normally, the basic plan is $64.95 and the enhanced plan is $119.95 annually.
Rick Young, along with his late father Roy, has been involved in the ApHC since the beginning. Rick will serve as the marketing representative for this new affiliation. “It does everything the AAA type plans do, but we also cover the big rig trucks, trailers and family cars at a cheaper price” says Rick. ApHC members can learn more about Equi-Rescue or enroll online at www.equi-rescue.com/aphc. For additional details, members can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rick directly at (985) 507-4417.
In case you are planning to be in the Jackson neighborhood for the 2010 ApHC Membership Meeting, the date was listed incorrectly in the June magazine. The date is actually THURSDAY JUNE 24TH, 1:00 PM. in the Trade Mart Building at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.
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ApHC has updated Web site access to include novice eligibility information for those members who haven’t yet renewed their membership for 2010. Since so many members purchase membership at the first show they attend, it’s important for show organizers and members alike to have access to accurate information on the novice status of those exhibitors. Visit www.appaloosa.com, click on “Show” and then click on “Verify Your Membership and Novice Eligibility Here”. Type in a membership number and click “Submit” for the latest information. This is a great tool for regional shows to use when checking in horses and riders at the show office. Instant access to membership and novice information is just a few clicks away.