Appaloosa Journal

AUG 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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YOUTH CONTEST WINNERS 83 "Wher ee the ApHC i ea rs" In order to have a solid vision of where the ApHC may be in 80 years, it is important to understand the journey the organization has taken to get where it is today. I don't think you can look forward to the future without taking a serious look back. The history of the Appaloosa and the struggles the breed overcame are details that help form the future and keep them one of the most popular breeds in the horse community. The Appaloosa is more than just a colorful horse that is famous for their spots and roles in western movies. Appaloosa horse lovers have spent decades ensuring the breed remains popular, and that commitment will not change! To understand how the breed and the ApHC has developed over time, it is important to know the history of both. The Appaloosa horses we see today are a direct result of the passion for quality shown by the Nez Perce. Their commitment to the beauty and quality of their animals resulted in some of the best bred horses of their time, and the most versatile. Following the Nez Perce war, the number of Appaloosas declined, and a group of passionate breeders struggled to keep the breed moving forward. This prompted the ApHC to form, and the organization has been committed to preserving and maintaining the quality of the breed ever since. The ApHC has been vital to the commitment to quality that the Nez Perce demanded in their horses, and as a result, the number of Appaloosa horses and their popularity rose over time. Today, the Appaloosa breed is one of the most popular around the world, and the ApHC has been es- sential to preserving and promoting the heritage of the breed. In 80 years, I see the ApHC continuing to be the leader in education, promotion, and preservation of the qualities of the breed, as they do today. I believe that technology will make this task easier, and I believe the ApHC will use every option available to improve the organization and the interest in the Appaloosa horse. The ApHC will remain the central force that educates horse enthusiasts about the versatility of the breed, and maintain the quality of the breed and how they are used. I hope in 80 years, the focus will remain on pre- serving the rich heritage of the breed and the characteristics required for registry. It seems like things are always changing, and it is my hope that the standards in the Appaloosa breed will not change too. There is a rich tradition with the Appaloosa horse, and the ApHC will continue to ensure the quality remains and continue to support those who are dedicated to preserving the heritage of the breed. I also see, in 80 years, technology making it easier to exhibit horses. The ApHC has and will continue to provide opportunities to show Appaloosa horses at a number of levels, and perhaps technology will provide more of these opportunities. I envision something like virtual shows, where central locations can be established and horses exhibited via the internet (or whatever it will be called in 80 years). I see the ApHC exploring all options available to increase the number of people who can exhibit, while reducing expenses to make these opportunities affordable for everyone. I believe the ApHC will be the leader in experimenting with technology to make exhibiting horses more enjoyable and convenient for all. I also think education is critical to keeping the interest in the breed high because there are many things that people don't know. Most people think Appaloosa horses are all spotted, when in fact, solid colored horses are becoming a large and important presence in the breed. I believe the ApHC will continue to be a leader in education and maintain a dedication to dealing with the stereotypes, while keeping the past, present, and future relevant. Again, I think technology will make it easier to promote facts about the breed, and the ApHC taking the lead in educating the public. I can't predict what technology will be in 80 years, but I believe it will be a huge benefit to promoting the organization and what it represents. Along with technology, I also see the ApHC supporting research that will improve the quality of the breed. I foresee research being able to determine what type of coat pattern or characteristics a foal will have before it is born, and the ApHC supporting and promot- ing such research. I also think research may be able to find a way to figure out how the coat will change after the foal is born and develops. I know many like to watch how the coat color changes as the horses grow, but I think being able to predict mature coloring will help when it comes to marketing the horses. Where I see the ApHC in 80 years is a really hard question to answer, simply because advancements in breeding, technology, and communication are hard to predict. I see the organization continuing to be the foundation for success within the breed, and continuing to maintain the rich history. I see the organization being crucial to ensuring the Appaloosa horse is viewed as a versatile animal, and providing opportunities for everyone to pursue their interests with the horses. But really, I think the future looks a lot like the past and present. I see the goals being the same, and the commitment to excellence continuing. I think that sometimes we forget that there were struggles in making the Appaloosa horse popular, especially because they are so popular today. So, in order to look ahead and to continue to succeed, it is vital we remember and honor the past. Spots or no spots, the Appaloosa will continue to be a favorite of horse enthusiasts, and the ApHC will be a huge part of that future. AYA Essay Contest: 14-18 1 st - Taylor McCReedy Age 14, Atlantic, IA

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