US appaloosa nationals eliminates two-year-old ridden classes

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The Appaloosa Horse Club has taken an “important step forward” in equine welfare by removing two-year-old riding classes from its National Show in Texas later this year.

ApHC president Ken Johnson said: “Many of us, including myself, are very passionate about this issue. We’re convinced that giving our young horses some additional time to mature will benefit them immensely and pay dividends for the Appaloosa industry down the road.”

The club has also removed weanling halter classes from the show, which is planned to run between June 29 and July 3 in Fort Worth. Last year, the show drew participants from 40 states, in addition to Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. It is one of the longest-running horse shows in the US.

“I congratulate the Board of Directors for taking an important step forward when it comes to better safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of our young horses,” Johnson said.

He said there were also several new classes being added to the show. “Most importantly, though, we’ve been able to condense the schedule, eliminating one entire day and saving the ApHC nearly $40,000 in expenses. This also represents a big saving for many of our members when it comes to travel expenses. That’s a win-win for everyone.”

In light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the ApHC’s board of directors has also waived qualifying for the 2020 Appaloosa World Championship Show to be held October 30 through November 7, also in Fort Worth, Texas.

“We came at this decision the right way,” Johnson said. “We analyzed trends, gathered information, listened to our members, debated it among ourselves, and resisted overtures to move too quickly. While this action will benefit our show exhibitors tremendously, it was imperative that we help our regional clubs as well, during these tough economic times.”

In an effort to help trail and endurance riders, the ApHC took the further step of approving a motion to waive mileage requirements for the 2020 ANCER and ANCCTR.

“Despite the serious challenges we are facing, these decisions are a win-win for all of our members,” Johnson added. “I want to commend our entire Board for their hard work and input in putting these necessary measures into place. They have worked tirelessly on behalf of the ApHC and its membership.”

 

16 thoughts on “US appaloosa nationals eliminates two-year-old ridden classes

  • April 7, 2020 at 11:46 am
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    Finally and Thank goodness. I hope the Paint horse and Quarter horses do the same especially two year old jumping.

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    • April 8, 2020 at 3:11 pm
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      They jump two year olds!!!!!!

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      • April 14, 2020 at 3:24 am
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        It isn’t forbidden to enter 2yos in the jumping classes, but there isn’t a special 2 yo jumping class. As written, the ApHC still allows 2 year olds to be ridden in the Junior riding classes for horses 4 and under

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    • April 9, 2020 at 9:18 am
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      AQHA and APHA do not offer 2 year old jumping ‍♀️

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  • April 7, 2020 at 2:27 pm
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    good move, two is too young

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  • April 8, 2020 at 5:28 am
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    I commend the Appaloosa Horse Club for their decision to eliminate these classes! My first horse was an Appaloosa out.of Hands Up and a grandson of Lucy Palosey! He was a great horse. A beautiful Red Roan. This breed association seemed to in the fire front of making good decisions for the welfare of the Appaloosa breed! I took great care of him and my.horse, My Lucky Hands lived to the ripe old age of 32!

    Great job!

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  • April 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm
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    Excellent! About time! Now if only the same thing could be done for the precious 2 and 3 year old racehorses.

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  • April 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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    Duh. About time. But I’ll bet they’ll still keep running the two year old racing Appies, and that some will still do three year old reining futurities ( which means starting them at two). They’ll just take them to open shows.

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  • April 8, 2020 at 2:58 pm
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    Smart move that just might bring back more
    Hoses trainers

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  • April 9, 2020 at 8:36 am
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    Wonderful news!!! I may have to go purchase an Appaloosa because of your stand! I couldn’t be more thrilled with this decision to protect those youngsters. Thank you for beginning to enlighten others to this problem that’s existed for years.

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  • April 9, 2020 at 8:46 am
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    Thanks, Appaloosa Horse Club. Two years is too young, horses need to mature. And race horses need to be four years old, in my opinion.

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  • April 10, 2020 at 1:54 pm
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    Congratulations on wise decisions involving the breed’s babies. I hope you can convince the racers, the reiners and the cutters to hold off their futurities until their horses are old enough to perform safely. Thank you.

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  • April 12, 2020 at 4:17 pm
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    100% the right thing! Love this so much, I might consider an App as my next All-Around mount! If the other breeds would just get it right:(

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  • April 14, 2020 at 6:26 am
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    Three is too young too! Studies have shown that age is far too young too to expose them to the rigors of competition. I do think they could have kept some of the halter classes in though. Line classes give the babies a chance to experience the shows without too much stress. Good for the Appaloosa Horse Club! There are showing the horse world that the horse is their main consideration and not just the money involved! Hats off to you!

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