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Non-Pro/Novice info

The ApHC I.T. department has finalized the programming necessary to track novice non-pro status by class. This information will be available to customers after all show results and awards have been calculated and verified for 2009. Once the 2009 point year is closed, novice eligibility data for 2010 will be available on the ApHC Web site. The ApHC expects to have the 2009 point year finalized by January 20. After that date, novice eligibility information will be available to on-line users.

The ApHC will not send out novice stickers in 2010 due to this change. However, non-pro and youth members can access current membership status and novice eligibility information free of charge by logging on to www.appaloosa.com. Customers may still receive verification of membership status and novice eligibility by fax by calling the ApHC office to request this information (standard fax charges of $5 for the first page and $1 for each additional page of information apply).

ApHC office notes

small web bannerBreeders Trust Showcase advertising deadline is Tuesday December 15th! To promote your BT-enrolled stallion in the February Journal call Hannah Hathaway or email: advertising@appaloosajournal.com.

Changes to “Members Only” online services:
ApHC members now have access to records of any ApHC-registered horse, allowing members to research prospective breeding or purchase decisions. Members are also able to purchase any horse’s information, including pedigree, production and performance records, and awards. The reports are reasonably priced, ranging from $1 to $5. Effective January 1, your 10 free pedigrees per month will be replaced with a $10 per month credit toward data services. That’s $120 worth of free services per year just for being a member!

Members will continue to have free access to reports of horses they own (until the end of this month to help us verify processes and navigation). Money can be added to individual accounts for additional purchases. Visit appaloosa.com and click “Member Sign In” to get started.

Stallion Services Auction continues until January 31st
Stallion services that were not sold at the 2009 World Show are available online at www.horseauctionandmore.com?stores.php?store=790 until the end of January.

Exemplary Regional Club entries are due January 30th
The ApHC is encouraging all regional clubs to get involved and submit a scrapbook detailing the club’s activities during 2009 for a chance to win up to $500. The Exemplary Regional Club winner will be recognized in the Appaloosa Journal, receive a complimentary booth space at the National or World shows, be recognized at the annual award banquet and receive a perpetual trophy for the year. More details are available on the appaloosa.com site.

Give the gift of membership
ApHC membership makes a great Christmas gift. Give it some thought and give the gift.

Membership rewards

Check out the news release in the “News Spots” section of appaloosa.com for a complete list of prize winners from this year’s membership giveaway. Memberships purchased by December 1st made folks eligible for the drawing. More than $13,000 in prizes have been won! As they say on television, we also need to thank our many fine sponsors for their generous support of the membership program.

Discount prescription card for ApHC members

small web bannerIn case you haven’t heard:

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC), in partnership with United Networks of America (UNA), is proud to offer its members and their families a free discount prescription drug card! Members may receive up to 75 percent in savings on everyday prescriptions, with an average savings of approximately 30 percent. This benefit is being provided to the ApHC membership at no cost!

Members wishing to receive the card must create an online account by logging onto the “Members Only” section of www.appaloosa.com. Once logged on, members may download and print the prescription drug card, which is pre-activated and may be used immediately! Simply take the card to a participating pharmacy with a prescription to receive discounts on medication.

The prescription drug card program was launched to help uninsured and underinsured ApHC members to afford their prescription medications. For members who are fully insured, this program may provide a discount on drugs not covered by their insurance. All prescriptions processed through the program are completely confidential with the guarantee that members are paying the lowest possible price. The program, which is only available to ApHC members, not only includes discounts on prescription drugs, but also eyeglasses, hearing apparatuses, nutritional supplements, diabetic supplies and more.

To become an ApHC member and receive these great benefits, among many others, visit www.appaloosa.com.

Membership renewal reminder

member cardTo continue receiving the Appaloosa Journal uninterrupted, be sure to renew your ApHC membership by December 8th.

To be eligible for our prize drawing for all renewing members, the deadline is December 1st.

2010 ApHC Membership Drive

member cardThe Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) has joined forces with some of the equine industry’s top brands to reward new and returning ApHC members who purchase their 2010 memberships by Dec. 1, 2009!

Signing up for an ApHC membership by Dec. 1 not only ensures that members receive the January issue of Appaloosa Journal, the 2009 World Championship Appaloosa Show coverage issue, but they also qualify for a random drawing to win one of 100 prizes totaling more than $10,000!

Prizes include: Two LA105 John Deere Riding Lawn Tractors, one each – $100 Gift cards to Sherwin-Williams & Office Depot, Toshiba Mini-Netbook, Moxie Equestrian Bamboo Cooler & Moxie Bodyguard Scrim Sheet, Sets of 2 Classy Numbers Show Saddle Blanket pad numbers in Sterling Silver from Three Feather Enterprises, Wireless Barn Cam 500 System, Grooming Kits from Horse Spa & Merial, Emergency Roadside Kits from Liberty Mutual, two Saddle & two Bridle Racks from Lonestar Barns, a pair of Ariat Boots, Sterling Silver SR Gold Earrings, Cowboy Magic Grooming products, Santana Show Halter from Kathy’s Show Equipment, two sets of 1:32 scale die-cast collectable Featherlite trailers (truck included), two Featherlite Vests, great products from Schneider’s Saddlery (Pinnacle Hunt Bridle, Billy Royal Show Headstall, Assorted Ultra Grooming Products, Ultra Rapid Scrub II), premium advertising packages with MyHorseForSale.com, wonderful gifts from Montana Silversmiths (earring & necklace combo’s, necklaces, bracelets, and an assortment of women’s and men’s watches) and Official Appaloosa Pro Collection merchandise from Tioga Territory.

New ApHC Membership Option
The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is proud to offer a new option for new and renewing ApHC members! In addition to the traditional one calendar year membership for $55, Appaloosa enthusiasts may now save time and money with the three-year membership option for only $140!

New and renewing ApHC members that select the three-year option will enjoy all of the same benefits traditional one-year members enjoy including the Appaloosa Member Advantage Program, subscription to Appaloosa Journal, monthly e-newsletter, voting privileges, discounted rates for ApHC services, opportunity to participate in exclusive activities, free Appaloosa e-mail service and so much more!

Remember, new and renewing ApHC members who sign-up by Dec. 1, qualify for the random drawing to win one of many prizes totaling more than $10,000!

More info about your horses available at appaloosa.com

MORE NEW Online Services
The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is proud to offer extensive online services to its membership with the recently launched “Members Only” page. Finding trainers, show dates and forms has never been easier thanks to the portal developed exclusively for ApHC members. Now ApHC members have the ability to view information specific to their horses using the “My Horse” feature on the “Members Only” page—all from the comfort of home. For each Appaloosa owned or leased, members can view pedigrees, production, show points, racing data and more.

Members can also check on their horse’s National Show entries. Just go to the MY HORSE section and click on the horse in question. You’ll be able to see in which classes the horse has been entered. The information is available on-line as soon as it’s keyed by a staff member in the ApHC office!

National Show update

We received our first National Show entries in the mail today. The entry deadline is May 11 and the stall reservation deadline is May 18.

Membership Annual Meeting – Tuesday, June 23, 1:00 p.m.
Regional Club Workshop – Wednesday, June 24, 9:00 a.m. (repeat at 2:00 p.m.)
Board of Directors Meeting – July 3 – July 5

Award Banquets
There are currently about 100 banquet attendees for each of the youth and open/non-pro award banquets. We will continue to accept reservations (without late fee penalty) through the end of April. Starting May 1 we’ll charge a late fee but will accept reservations up until 72 hours prior to the banquet when a final head count is due to the caterer.

New feature on “members only” Web page

The Appaloosa Horse Club is proud to offer the membership new and exciting features on the Members Only web page! The new My Horses feature is now available! ApHC members have the ability to view information specific to their horses—all from the comfort of home. For each Appaloosa owned or leased, members can view pedigree, production, show points, racing data and look forward to more options on the way!

What else can the ApHC Members only web page do for you? Check show results and race leaders, download wallpaper for your computer, access downloadable forms, buy an Appaloosa license plate—and so much more!

Stay tuned to www.appaloosa.com as more great online services become available.

Ontario ApHA Web site announced

Hi Everyone,
I am pleased to announce that OAHA has launched a new website. For all the upcoming & current information on the OAHA please see our new site at www.ontarioappaloosa.org

Thanks
Amy Johnson

The Ontario Appaloosa Horse Association is a recogized ApHC regional club.

New partnership with Liberty Mutual offers auto & home insurance savings to ApHC members

The Appaloosa Horse Club’s (ApHC’s) new Group Savings Plus® partnership with Liberty Mutual, the eighth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., may save ApHC members up to 10 percent on auto insurance and 5 percent on their home insurance*. That can be hundreds of dollars back into ApHC members’ pockets. In addition, Liberty Mutual offers customers who have both auto and home policies an attractive added multi-policy discount.

“Who doesn’t love to save money? And forward-thinking associations are enriching their membership benefits with an array of affinity programs,” says Kim Cohen, a Liberty Mutual regional account executive in Highlands Ranch, Colo. “The Appaloosa Horse Club is adding a benefit that is relevant to virtually 100 percent of their members – almost everyone needs insurance for their car and home.”

In addition to discounts, Group Savings Plus® offers ApHC members:

• Convenient payment by automatic checking account deduction or direct billing to your home
• 24-hour toll-free claims service
• 24-hour emergency roadside assistance
• 24-hour homeowner emergency repair service
• The freedom to purchase insurance the way you want: through a personal sales representative at more than 400 offices countrywide, a toll-free telesales center, or online.
• Outstanding customer service from a local office, or from Liberty Mutual’s J.D. Powers and Associates-certified call centers.

“The ApHC is proud to have a company like Liberty Mutual participating in our member benefits program. They have a proven history of providing their customers with quality insurance options and exceptional service,” said Steve Taylor, ApHC CEO. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Liberty Mutual to ensure our members’ home and car insurance needs are well-met.”

To find out how much ApHC members can save, call 1-800-524-9400, or visit www.libertymutual.com/lm/appaloosa for an immediate, no-obligation quote. *Discounts are available where state law and regulations allow, and may vary by state.

Not an ApHC member? No problem—signing up or renewing a membership is easy! Visit the ApHC’s official web site (www.appaloosa.com) or call (208) 882-5578 to become a member and start saving today!

Question of the week #6-8

We’re looking at a potential business partnership with a company that would offer ApHC members a discount rate for an identity-protection program. Would you be interested?

Since we’re closing in on the deadline for declarations of candidacy from folks interested in becoming a director of the ApHC, I’ve been looking at procedures used by other groups and notice that some equine groups require an endorsement from a regional club as well as individual members? Would that matter to you?

Share your successes. Tell us about a good experience you’ve had with regional club community outreach (partnerships with charitable groups, fund-raising or educational activities, public service projects or unique promotional opportunities).

John Deere Caravan highlights for ApHC members

Greetings everyone,

I hope your year is starting off well. I wanted to send an update around as I’ve received dates of a promotion that John Deere is running across the Eastern half of our country. Last fall I went to a John Deere Equipment training in Florida and they are caravanning that equipment throughout your member areas over the next few months showcasing their new tractor line. They are giving away three tractors with a 1 year lease in a random drawing of attendees. They will also have food and some other giveaways at each of these events and allow time for people to test out the equipment.

This is a great thing to promote to the ApHC members in your territories and we can further help them to know that there are programs like our John Deere program that can help save them money in 2009 through our Appaloosa Members Advantage Program.

Here’s the link to a schedule of upcoming events: www.JohnDeere.com/DriveGreen

Our NTRA Advantage office is working with the majority of the event dates by providing them info on our NTRA & ApHC programs to the dealers for distribution at the events as well as seeking to get the word out to members to let them know about it so they can attend.

The next event will be next week with Southern Tractor in MS. For all those ApHC members that want to attend there are two locations. This is the dealership that we’ve worked with in the past to provide tractors for use at the National Show. They also help with the Dixie Nationals and are very supportive of our Equine John Deere Savings Program with the ApHC and other equine association groups.

February the John Deere Caravan will visit through: MS, TN, AL, & GA
March it will continue on to: NC, VA, KY, OH
April it will finish through: PA, NY, DE

Jennifer Evely
Appaloosa Members Advantage
Toll Free: 888-304-SPOT (7768)

Reasons for belonging, Question of the Week #5

The most recent e-newsletter asks the question: Why do you enjoy being part of the Appaloosa Horse Club? We’d like feedback about the various reasons ApHC members choose to become members. Friendly competition in the show ring? Camaraderie on the trail? Whatever the reason, set it to paper (or pixels) and tell us why the ApHC is your association. The testimonials that best embody the spirit of the Appaloosa association will receive a FREE custom Appaloosa E-mail account and will be published in Appaloosa Journal for the world to read. Submit your testimonial to the ApHC Marketing Department at publicrelations@appaloosa.com or post a comment here.

Question of the week (#2)

Let’s talk about World Show qualifying. We hear from regional clubs that it’s getting tougher to pay for facilities, judges and other expenses related to hosting an ApHC-approved show. We’ve heard the viewpoint expressed that it’s too easy for horses to qualify by going to one or two shows. Some folks say we need the bigger, multi-judged shows in order to attract exhibitor numbers, but at the same time, many regional clubs wonder why we can’t level the playing field and insist that everyone have two-judge shows.

Question: Should the point system for qualifying be adjusted upward, be changed in some other way or left as is?

Question: Should Open and Non-Pro horses/exhibitors be required to earn the same number of points to qualify?

Question: Should Youth exhibitors be required to earn qualifying points for the World Youth Show?

Question: What would you do with the system to make it better for ApHC and the regional clubs?

Okay, I know I keep sneaking extra questions in there, but most of you like to cover several angles at the same time anyway. So, let’s see what happens.


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