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ApHC-75th-anniversaryI’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.

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

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.”

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.

Online Stallion Breeding Reports

FILING STALLION BREEDING REPORTS – SIMPLIFIED!
Another ApHC Member Advantage!

The ApHC is pleased to announce that members owning Appaloosa breeding stallions now have the opportunity to file annual stallion breeding reports on-line.

To file your Appaloosa stallion breeding report(s) on-line simply log into the Members Only section of the ApHC website (www.appaloosa.com) and select the “My Stallion Reports” menu option.

To create your stallion breeding report(s), click on the “Create New Stallion Breeding Report” button and enter the requested information.

To update, delete, or add information to a report that has already been created simply click on the “Edit Report” link next to the open report that you wish to change.

On the My Stallion Report webpage you will see a listing for Open Reports and Submitted Reports.

Open Reports are stallion breeding reports that you are currently entering but have not completed or submitted. You have an ability to enter breeding information throughout the year and the system will retain all information. Just remember to submit the report prior to the November 30th deadline so late fees will not be incurred!

Submitted Reports are reports that you have submitted on-line to the ApHC for approval. Once your on-line stallion breeding report has been verified as being correctly filed it will be uploaded for you to view via the Web.

Users are required to pay stallion breeding report fees at the time of submission. All submitted stallion breeding reports will automatically have work orders allocated to them as proof of your payment. Any reports submitted after the November 30th deadline will be subject to late fees.

New! On-Line Breeders Certificates available

GREAT NEWS FOR STALLION OWNERS!
Pre-printed Breeder’s Certificates/Registration Applications are now available on-line! These applications are commonly referred to as “the blue forms” and in the past were sent by postal service to stallion owners who submitted on-time Stallion Breeding Reports.

QUICK AND CONVENIENT!
On-line, pre-printed Breeder’s Certificates/Registration Applications allow stallion owners the convenience of printing them as soon as their submitted Stallion Breeding Reports are entered in the ApHC data base. Also, a greater number of stallion owners will be able to take advantage of using pre-printed forms since it will be available for everyone, even those submitting late Stallion Breeding Reports.

THE SIMPLE 4-STEP PROCESS!
1. Go to www.appaloosa.com
2. Click on “Member Sign In” and sign into your ApHC Online Member Account. If you have not yet signed up for an online account you can do so by clicking on the “Create Online Account” link on the Member Sign In web page.
3. Click on “My Registration Applications” to view your Breeder’s Certificates/Registration Applications
4. Click on the “View & Print Application” link associated with the horse that you wish to work with to view and print your application. The data printed on the applications is based on information submitted to the ApHC on your 2011 Stallion Breeding Report.

When you print the Breeder’s Certificates/Registration Applications, a “Reminder for Mare Owners” notice will also be printed. This notice reminds mare owners of the importance of registering ApHC-eligible foals resulting from your stallion’s breedings, and updates them with current Rules and Regulations for ApHC-registration.

ADDITIONAL MARE OWNER INFORMATION AVAILABLE!
In an effort to further assist mare owners with the registration process, in some instances additional information will print along with the Breeder’s Certificates/Registration Applications. Please forward this information to mare owners along with the Breeder’s Certificates/Registration Applications and the Reminder to Mare Owners. General Rules and Regulations and a partially completed application for Appaloosa Breeders Trust will also be printed for eligible foals.

If your Stallion Breeding Report lists mare(s) that do not meet ApHC bloodline requirements, mare owner information titled, “Unknown/Unregistered Mares – Hardship Registration” will also be printed.

If your Stallion Breeding Report lists breedings in which one parent is not an ApHC-registered Appaloosa with Regular (#) registration classification, mare owner information titled, “One Parent is Not ApHC-Registered as Regular” will also be printed.

We hope you take advantage of our On-line, pre-printed Breeder’s Certificates/Registration Applications and find the process convenient and easy to use! As in the past, when pre-printed Breeder’s Certificates/Registration Applications are unavailable, blank applications may be downloaded at www.appaloosa.com/pdfs/regapp.pdf.

We’ll be happy to answer any questions that may arise. Please contact the ApHC Registration Department at 208.882.5578 ext. 300 or registration@appaloosa.com.

Generation Advancement Program access

It is now possible for our members to check the GAP Eligibility Status of any horse within the Members Inquiry System. This option works much in the same way that the FPD Eligibility inquiry functions. There is no fee associated with this option so members can check a horse’s eligibility status without having to pay.

Order test kits online

ApHC members now have the ability to purchase DNA and HYPP test kits online for Registered Appaloosas and Non-appaloosas that exist within our database.

The kits that are available online are as follows:

DNA TEST KIT
HYPP TEST KIT
HYPP & DNA TEST KIT

To purchase a test kit simply click on the “Online Services” link at the top our main webpage, Click on the “DNA/HYPP TEST KIT” link on the left hand side of the screen, then select the test kit that you would like to purchase.

Users will be required to enter additional information associated with the horse for which they are purchasing the kit. Once the kit request has been processed via the work order system, staff will create the kit and send it to the appropriate recipient.

Notice of decision on registration protest

Summary of Notice of Decision concerning the official ApHC Registration Protest and Hearing of 2010 foal out of a Regular (#) ApHC-registered dam, and by an AQHA/APHA dual-registered stallion.

The ApHC conducted a hearing on Thursday, December 16, 2010, concerning an official Registration Protest by which the registration status of a 2010 foal (subject horse) out of a Regular (#) classified, ApHC-registered Appaloosa dam, and by an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) registered sire was protested under ApHC Rule 269 of the 2010 Official Handbook of the ApHC and other applicable ApHC Rules. The protest alleged, in part, that the subject horse is ineligible for ApHC-registration due to his sire being dual-registered with the American Paint Horse Association, and pursuant to ApHC Rule 205.B. which states, “No horse shall be registered with the ApHC that has draft, pony, Pinto or Paint breeding.”

The ApHC Registrar, considered the testimony of the witnesses and the hearing record including but not limited to:

1. Rules and regulations relevant to this matter contained in the Official Handbook of the Appaloosa Horse Club in full force and effect beginning January 1, 2010.

2. ApHC records relevant to this matter as maintained by the ApHC in the regular course of conduct of its business.

SUMMARY
All APHC registration requirements were satisfied prior to the horse being ApHC-registered and shown in ApHC-approved and/or sponsored events. The sire of the subject horse does not exhibit undesirable/excess white to make the horse ineligible for ApHC breeding purposes. The subject horse does not exhibit undesirable/excess white to make the horse ineligible for ApHC-registration or exhibition.

3. ApHC, AQHA, and APHA-Registration history, background and practice relevant to this matter and as historically and customarily applied in the ApHC’s reviews of ApHC registration applications.

SUMMARY
The registration procedure followed by the ApHC has been to consistently allow dual AQHA/APHA-registered horses to be used as ApHC breeding animals, and resulting Appaloosa foals have been eligible for ApHC-registration as long as all other requirements for ApHC-registration were met.

4. A brief discussion of genetics relevant to this matter.

SUMMARY
The discussion on genetics contained in the Notice of Decision illustrates the point that excess/undesirable white markings are not evidence of Paint breeding in an AQHA-registered horse; rather, that undesirable/excess white markings are commonly present for genetic reasons in horses other than Paint horses.

5. Pedigree of the subject horse.

SUMMARY
The sire of the subject horse is dual-registered with AQHA and APHA. His sire, (the subject foal’s grandsire) and his dam, (the subject foal’s granddam) are dual-registered with AQHA and APHA. The dual-registration statuses on the top side of the subject foal’s pedigree are evident only of APHA-registration; they are not evident of Paint breeding. There is no persuasive evidence that the subject horse has Paint breeding.

6. Legal Considerations.

SUMMARY
For the ApHC Registrar, in this case, to part with past custom and practice in the interpretation and application of its registration rules could subject the ApHC to the claim that it had acted arbitrarily and, therefore, unreasonably, thus giving further cause for a potential restraint of trade claim against it.

7. Conclusions.

SUMMARY
The dam of the subject foal is an ApHC-registered Appaloosa classified as Regular (#), making her eligible for ApHC breeding purposes under ApHC Rule 204.

The sire of the subject foal is registered with AQHA and does not have an undesirable white notation on his AQHA Certificate of Registration, making him eligible for ApHC breeding purposes under ApHC Rule 204.

All ApHC-registration requirements according to the 2010 Official Handbook of the ApHC were met. The subject foal was parentage verified by DNA genetic testing, met all other ApHC-registration requirements and was properly registered by the ApHC as a Non-Characteristic (N) Appaloosa in accordance with ApHC rules and regulations contained in the 2010 Official Handbook of the ApHC and customary registration practices of the ApHC consistently applied and without mistakes. There is no persuasive evidence that the subject horse has Paint breeding.

8. Decision.

SUMMARY
The subject protest of the ApHC-registration status of the foal as a Non-Characteristic (N) Appaloosa is hereby denied.

Pending rule change regarding “Paint/Pinto breeding”

The ApHC Board of Directors yesterday approved a recommendation from the Breeders Committee that deals with the question of dual-registered horses and whether they can be considered an “approved outcross” by the ApHC. A second vote will be taken as early as December. Part of the reason for a board vote was to make sure ApHC members have an opportunity to consider and respond to this particular question. Directors want to hear from you. Proposed changes to the rule language are in italics below:

Breeders Committee Motion 01-09-10

INTENT:
To clarify the meaning of “Paint or Pinto breeding” regarding ApHC registration rules.

1. Definitions
Add:
133. Paint Horse – Any horse registered with the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) or whose sire or dam are registered with the APHA regardless of its registration status with another approved outcross breed.
138. Pinto Horse – Any horse registered with the Pinto Horse Association (PtHA) or whose sire or dam are registered with the PtHA regardless of its registration status with another approved outcross breed.
Renumber as appropriate.

2. ORIGINAL RULE:
204. BLOODLINE REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for registration with the ApHC, horses must have:
A. One parent with an ApHC registration classification of Regular (#); and
1. The other parent with one of the following ApHC registration classifications: Regular (#), N, CN, BT, B#, ID, PC, I#, IN; or
2. The other parent registered with one of the following ApHC-approved breed associations:

PROPOSED RULE CHANGE:
Add:
2. The other parent registered with one of the following ApHC-approved breed associations with the exception of horses carrying dual registration with the American Paint Horse Association and/or Pinto Horse Association:

3. ORIGINAL RULE:
205. HORSES NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION
B. No horse shall be registered with the ApHC that has draft, pony, Pinto, or Paint breeding.

PROPOSED RULE CHANGE:
205. HORSES NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION
B. No horse shall be registered with the ApHC that has draft, pony, Pinto, or Paint breeding. Pinto breeding is defined as Pinto Horse Association (PtHA) registration. Paint breeding is defined as American Paint Horse Association (APHA) registration.

4. ORIGINAL RULE:
208. APPROVED BREED LISTING
A. A one-time listing fee and a photocopy of the front and back of the Certificate of Registration is required for all stallions and mares registered with approved breed associations and being used for breeding purposes in the ApHC. Stallions must be listed prior to the filing of their Stallion Breeding Report. Mares must be listed prior to the registration of their foals in the ApHC. Failure to list a stallion or mare may result in suspension per these rules. Listing applications are available at no charge, upon request, through the ApHC.

PROPOSED RULE CHANGE:
208. APPROVED BREED LISTING
A. A one-time listing fee and a photocopy of the front and back of the Certificate of Registration is required for all stallions and mares registered with approved breed associations and being used for breeding purposes in the ApHC. Horses with dual registration with the APHA and PtHA are not eligible to be listed. Stallions must be listed prior to the filing of their Stallion Breeding Report. Mares must be listed prior to the registration of their foals in the ApHC. Failure to list a stallion or mare may result in suspension per these rules. Listing applications are available at no charge, upon request, through the ApHC.

5. PROPOSED POLICY CHANGES:
Add the following statements to the listed forms:
• Non-Appaloosa Listing Application
Approved Breed Associations
I certify that this horse is not dual registered with the American Paint Horse Association or the Pinto Horse Association.
American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo, Texas
 Arabian Horse Association (AHA) or any World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) member registry (must be a purebred Arabian recorded with AHA or WAHO)
The Jockey Club (Thoroughbred) (Must be recorded with the Jockey Club).

• Stallion Breeding Report
I certify that this horse is not dual registered with the American Paint Horse Association or the Pinto Horse Association

• Breeder’s Certificate on the Registration Form:

o OWNER OF DAM AT TIME OF BREEDING:
I certify that the dam is not dual registered with the APHA or PtHA.

o OWNER OF STALLION AT TIME OF BREEDING:
I certify that the sire is not dual registered with the APHA or PtHA.

Categories: Registration

Mail truck fire may have involved DNA lab samples

On Wednesday April 7th, a U.S. Postal Service contracted tractor-trailer in the Albany, NY district was involved in an accident and the vehicle was engulfed in flames. DNA samples mailed by our members/clients to Maxxam Labs in Ontario between April 1 -6 may have been destroyed. Horse owners should contact the ApHC Registration Department if they believe they mailed their samples during that time, have concerns, and have not received test results from the ApHC.

Transfer Sale

The ApHC is offering members a chance to catch up on those transfers of ownership that may be sitting with your Appaloosa’s Certificate of Registration!

For a limited time, beginning June 1, an Appaloosa can be transferred multiple times for the single fee of only $25 per horse. Send us as many transfers as you have and for only $25 per horse, all transfers will be completed and the certificate will be sent back to the most current owner.

All ApHC transfer rules and regulations apply.

Offered to current ApHC members only.

The importance of documenting ownership changes

ApHC-LogoI need to credit Kendra Carlson, one of our Registration Department staffers, for this short story. It fits well with a blurb for the January Journal regarding the importance of timely and accurate transfers. We suspect a number of Appaloosas have been lost from the system because some previous changes of ownership were not recorded.

Marilyn and I just thought we’d pass along some information to you about the two “lost and found” horses we’ve dealt with in 2009 that really highlight the need that horses, new owners, ApHC members, and the ApHC have for transfers to be completed.

Marilyn may have told you about Theresa Spinuzzi and her daughter Ashley, who bought (rescued, I believe) a mare named Mtn Mist Elegance, and then had to do some pretty intense digging to be able to get her transferred into Ashley’s name. I had a similar customer, named Laila Campbell, who had to run a similar gamut with a gelding she bought named Showmemos Lookatme. Both owners went through a lot of work (and I can only imagine, frustration) in order to be able to get the original Certificates of Registration for their horses (Laila had the added pain of needing a duplicate Certificate), and were ultimately able to transfer the horses into their names. Both families have related that their hard work really paid off, and even though it took them each months to get everything straight, their Appys were worth the effort.

Aged horse registration special returns

The Aged Horse Special will run from April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010.

Eligibility Requirements:
• ApHC members only; you may purchase a membership at the time of registration
• Applicant horse may be eligible for Regular (#) or Non-characteristic (N) classification
• Applicant horse must be two-years-old or older to benefit from the special
• Applicant horse must meet all registration requirements
• Applicant horse must meet ApHC bloodline requirement: at least one parent must be ApHC-registered with Regular (#) classification; non-Appaloosa parents must be registered with an approved breed association (AQHA, JC, or AHA)

Excess White Guidelines

An Appaloosa with “excess white” must be parentage verified as being out of and by an ApHC-registered sire and dam prior to acceptance for registration.

AQHA sires and dams with excess white noted on their certificates are ineligible as a sire or dam of an Appaloosa foal.

Horses with excess white are ineligible to show in ApHC-sponsored or -approved halter classes.

Categories: Registration /Show

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