What is the Equine Disease Communication Center?

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.

The goal of the EDCC is to alert the horse industry about disease outbreak information to help mitigate and prevent the spread of disease. Ultimately frequent and accurate information about diseases outbreaks improves horse welfare and helps to prevent negative economic impact that can result from decreased horse use due to a fear of spreading infection. As part of the National Equine Health Plan the EDCC will serve as part of the communication to help educate and promote research about endemic and foreign disease.

Working in cooperation with state animal health officials and the United State Department of Agriculture, the EDCC seeks information about current disease outbreaks from news media, social media, official state reports and veterinary practitioners. Once information is confirmed, it is immediately posted on this website and messages sent to all states and horse organizations by email. Daily updates are posted until each outbreak is contained or deemed no longer a threat.

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2016 Board of Directors Election

small web bannerThese folks have been elected to four-year terms that will begin in January of 2017:

Territory 1 – Thomas Hodges; Dexter, Oregon

Territory 2 – Megan Disselkoen; Greeley, Colorado

Territory 3 – Ken Johnson; Dahinda, Illinois

Territory 4 – Sean Schembri; Myakka City, Florida

Territory 5 – Paula Gatewood; Dry Ridge, Kentucky

Territory 6 – Bill Ready; Suffield, Connecticut

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ApHC On-Line Sale

smallThere’s still time to consign horses to this new version of the ApHC World Sale. If you happen to be in the market, check out the current consignments and set your schedule for bidding October 27-29. Visit:

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ApHC Year-End Numbers

small web bannerThese statistics are for calendar year 2014:

Top Five Registration States
Texas 198
North Dakota 102
Oklahoma 94
California 80
Oregon 80

Top Five Registration Countries
Canada 160
Germany 145
France 84
Italy 84
Mexico 58

TRANSFERS 3,311 – 6.5%
MEMBERS 12,096 – 6%
Non-Pro Members 2,213

NRCHA Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

Deborah Anderson_Signed PrescriptionExciting Appaloosa news from the Reined Cow Horse Championships in Fort Worth:

Deborah Anderson rode Signed Prescription (High Sign Nugget x Ima Docs Dolly) to the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship with a composite 429 score (216 rein/213 cow). The Championship paid $2,693.75 and came with a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Kit and Charlie Moncrief, a Gist buckle sponsored by Smart Boons/Eric & Wendy Dunn, boots from Rios of Mercedes, a gift certificate from Platinum Performance, and a World Finals jacket from Hickory Holly Time and Gardiner Quarter Horses.

Anderson admitted she was incredibly nervous before her run. However, she said, “this time I just really wanted to try and do my best, and just enjoy every second of it.”

Deb has owned “Sadie” since she was a 2 year old, and until she was five, she hauled her to cutting shows as her turn back horse. When her cutter needed time off, she decided to show her as a hackamore horse in the reined cow horse The next year she didn’t compete on her, but instead rode her as her trail horse. Deb has always wanted to show cow horse seriously, and decided she better send her to get trained as a bridle horse. She choose to send her to John Swales, who showed her successfully in the two rein.

This past year she had a goal to qualify for the World Show and learn how to show a cow horse. This season she won two shows, and her trainer, Travis Rempel showing in the Limited Open won Championship titles in Canada and the Northwest Region as well as the preliminaries here at the Celebration of Champions and tying for Reserve Champion Limited Open Bridle Finals for a paycheck of $2,307.60.

Anderson said, “This is my once in a lifetime horse, I will never sell her.” Her plans for Sadie, now 10, is to take her home and raise some foals.

Photo Credit: Primo Morales Photography

ApHC Top Tens

small web bannerFactoid of the day…. Here are the Top Ten states for membership this past year:


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Horse & Rider features “Dude”

It’s certainly worth mentioning that the latest issue of Horse & Rider magazine features an Appaloosa star in the regular section know as “A horse we’d love to own.” Blue Suede Dude, known to his friends as “Dude,” is a 2003 gelding by Sonny’s Cowboy and out of Miss Blue Smoke, by I Love Willie. He’s owned by Christy Wood of Three Rivers, California. Dude is shown in some of his costume class regalia. Congrats to Dude and Christy for the positive publicity!

Summer fun

I know, we still haven’t given you a comprehensive wrap-up of the National Show and Youth World. Let’s say at the beginning that things went well. The Will Rogers facility did a fine job of hosting our shows and the Paint Youth Championships. The days that overlapped were managed in good fashion and I can state with confidence that the “kids” had a good time. Extra fun was had during the combined activities, my favorites being the shankless showmanship and champion of champions. Both breeds have a lot to be proud of and the opportunity to meet and mingle was well-received. It’s important to acknowledge and thank the army of staff members, vendors, contractors, trainers, families and whoever else needs to be included in the “crew.” We look forward to another visit to Fort Worth in October. Stay tuned for details about deadlines and schedules. In the meantime, be sure to visit with your regional club representatives to remind them that nominations are important to everyone and that we’ll really need everyone’s help and cooperation in making an efficient turnaround on entries, etc.

A couple hundred folks are traveling this week to rendezvous near Cooke City, Montana, for the 2013 Chief Joseph Trail Ride. Veterans tell me this is probably the most scenic portion of the Nez Perce Trail. It’s always a great reunion and especially gratifying to see so many Appaloosa loyalists who appreciate the uniqueness and importance of this event. See some of you there!

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Board of Directors temporary appointments

Brian Irvin, Fall Branch, Tennessee, has been appointed to serve on the ApHC Board of Directors to fill the vacancy in Territory V, Zone A. Dena Raggio, Pilot Point, Texas, has been appointed to fill the vacancy in Territory IV, Zone A. These individuals may also choose to be on the ballot when a special election for these two positions will held in conjunction with the regular election this fall.

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ApHC notes

AHP Awards Finalists
The Appaloosa Journal is among finalists in the 2013 American Horse Publications Annual Awards Contest for material published in and dated 2012. Participation in this year’s contest increased over last year with 104 AHP members entering a total of 758 entries. Held since 1974, the AHP Annual Awards Contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine media as well as professional critiques for improvement. Winners will be announced at the AHP Annual Meeting in June.

Appaloosas in the Spotlight
A special advertising section of the May issue of Southwest Art is entitled “The Art of the Horse” features a portrait of State of Dee Heart, Versatility Champion and Superior Event Horse owned by Ed and Missy Millhouse of Stillwater, Minnesota. The painting is by Nanci Fulmek of St. Paul.

On the Trail
The May issue of The Trail Rider magazine includes a feature on the Appaloosa Museum’s benefit ride known as the Apalousey Trail Ride – recently renamed the George B. Hatley Memorial Ride. Written by Kent and Charlene Krone, the article is a mix of regional and Appaloosa history along with positive publicity for the ride August 9-11.

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Office & Industry Notes

In case you didn’t notice, the 2013 Handbook is now available on the website.

USDA Adopts Animal Disease Traceability Program
Under the new federal regulations, horses moving interstate must be identified and accompanied by an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI). The new system is built on methods of identification and movement documentation that are already employed by the horse industry. The new rules will be effective March 11, 2013, and will be administered by the states. Check out the American Horse Council website or the USDA site.

USDA Conducting Census of Agriculture, Including Horses
The American Horse Council wants to ensure that the American horse community is properly accounted for in the upcoming Census. Please participate. There are three ways in which horse owners can take part in the Census.
1. If a farm or ranch received a survey in the past, the farm will be mailed a survey that can be filled in and mailed back.
2. If a farm or ranch was not part of the 2007 Census and has not received a form in the mail, the owner must go to the USDA’s census website and register. Once this form is submitted online, a survey will be mailed to you.
3. Horse owners can also fill out the census online at the above address. Even if you plan to fill out the Census online, you will still need to register with the USDA if you have not received a form in the mail.


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!

Team Appaloosa wins the battle

It was another exciting year for the Battle of the Breeds at the Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament in Calgary. In the last of five events, Team Appaloosa pulled ahead to win the competition. Congrats to Lynn Johnson of Rimbey, AB; Sherry Gresko of Leduc, AB; Laura-Gene Haga and Kaylee McLachlin, both of Red Deer. Placings included third in compulsory skills and jumping, fifth in driving, first in barrels and second in trail.

We’ll have a follow-up story in the Journal that will include a photo-documentary about preparing for and participating in the battle.

Categories: Miscellaneous Announces Partnership with The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC)

As part of its continued commitment to bringing equine enthusiasts the latest tips, advice and information that makes a difference in the lives of horses and horse owners, is excited to announce a new partnership with The Appaloosa Horse Club! has had many Appaloosa owners and breeders as part of its and Show Horse Today communities for years, so the team is pleased to take this next step in developing a strong relationship with such a great organization.

As part of the partnership, will be getting more involved in ApHC events, including providing coverage and a special ApHC show section on for the National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, and the World Championship Appaloosa Show. In addition, is now an official Sponsor and will be contributing to the ApHC membership in that role. In turn, the ApHC will be contributing insights and information about this beautiful breed to the and Show Horse Today online communities. Both organizations will work closely together to promote the wonderful benefits of breeding, showing, riding and otherwise enjoying Appaloosas nationally, regionally and locally.

About / Show Horse Today
Since 1998, has been providing an online forum and website for horse people to come together to share their passions, stay current with what is happening in our industry and with each other, and conduct business with one another. Over the years, the website has grown to become one of the largest online meeting places and business exchanges for its growing community of equine enthusiasts. Whether your passion is focused on AQHA, APHA, ApHC, POAC or other breeds, and regardless of your preferred discipline, the online community, including its 24,000+ Facebook fan base, is a welcome place to connect with others, get the latest news, learn from the pros, buy and sell horses and products, and most importantly, feel like you belong.

Show Horse Today, a digital magazine published by the team at, is an extension of the community and brings the latest news, tips, and ideas from leaders in the equine industry, as well as showcased horses, exhibitors, products and For Sale listings to your desktop, iPad, smartphone and Facebook.

About The Appaloosa Horse Club
The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was established in 1938, with a mission of preserving, promoting and enhancing the Appaloosa breed. The ApHC has since registered nearly 700,000 Appaloosas, which are known for their distinctive color, intelligence and even temperament. True to their reputation as an extremely versatile breed, Appaloosas can be found in nearly every discipline including racing, endurance riding and serving as reliable family horses. The international breed registry is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, the heart of the Palouse region—the Appaloosa breed’s namesake and point of origin.

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2011 ApHC Election & Bylaw Voting

The 2011 ApHC election closed today, October 20, 2011 at 12:00 A.M. The election results are as follows:

Bylaw Results
Amend ARTICLE VI, Section 3 of the bylaws: Passed.

Amend ARTICLE VI, Section 3 and renumber as ARTICLE VI, Section 4 of the bylaws: Passed.


Amend ARTICLE XV of the bylaws: Passed.

To view full verbiage of the bylaw changes, please go to These bylaw changes will take effect January 1, 2012 and will be printed in the 2012 ApHC Official Handbook.

ApHC Board of Director Election Results:
Territory I, Zone A
Lynette Thompson

Territory II, Zone A
Leslie Foxvog

Territory III, Zone A
Jim Jirkovsky

Territory IV, Zone A
Lonnie Ledbetter

Territory V, Zone A
Monty Holmes (unopposed)

Territory VI, Zone A
Todd Michael

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