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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84 Appaloosa Journal August 2018 For thousands of years, the Appaloosa breed has been used to fulfill the work and dreams of the human race; from Native Americans traveling across the plain states, to cattle drivers who would move their herds east to west. The breed, and the later created Appaloosa Horse Club, has been essential to the industrial and geographic evolution of the United States and the world. In order to hypothesize about the Appaloosa Horse Club's next eighty years, one must look at the breed's past, present and future. Thus, as society progresses further into the twenty-first century, individuals will still relish the feeling of freedom and excitement an Appaloosa can provide in each ride as horse and rider work together to become one. The past of the Appaloosa breed has been colourful, with these horses working tirelessly with their riders to complete difficult labor tasks. An example of their work ethic is shown in history through their assistance in cattle drives for hundreds of years. Cowboys sitting atop their prized Appaloosa horses would guide herds of cattle, close to three thousand in count, from Texas to the railroads of Kansas; a task that could not have been completed without the aid of Appaloosas. Yet, the breed has become more obsolete in the workforce following the invention of steam engine trains which would later transport citizens east to west. Furthermore, while horses did play a large and influential role in World War I, tanks and cars that were later invented provided stronger protection from the perils of warfare hence making the breed's need slim. But, the breed continued to increase in popularity as people learned that these horses could not only be used for work, but for pleasure too. To ensure that the breed would not lose its prominent place in history, the Appaloosa Horse Club was founded by Claude and Faye Thompson, Dr. Francis Haines, Ernest Kuck and Frank Dick in December of 1938. Ten years later, the club had just under three hundred horses registered. The year of 1948 would be the first national show where riders competed "hand and hoof' with their precious Ap- paloosas. The national show and breed itself continued to grow in popularity throughout the United States as well as the world, making the Appaloosa the seventh most popular breed internationally. Today, just over 630,000 Appaloosas have been registered with the club making the bread immensely popular with all comers of the country. This is partly in thanks to the Appaloosa Horse Club for their dedication and assistance to this magnificent breed. As time passes, humanity is constantly developing and inventing faster cars, smarter phones, and artificial intelligence to replace workers within factories. With new advancements, people are becoming more inclined to move to cities where high paying jobs are promised and the commute to work is often within walking distance. Yet, in the year 2098, most of2018's current technology and items will be obsolete; this has been seen in the past as well, such as the development of the modem iPod to replace vintage record players. For the past eighty years, the Appaloosa breed has been used for pleasure riding and will continue to be used for this purpose for the next eighty years. The Appaloosa Horse Club has made certain that the breed will remain a substantial part of the "equestrian world" and will continue to do so for the next eighty years. Humanity maintains the Appaloosa's history through museums along with monuments, thus, people will ensure that the breed who helped develop the United States to what it is now, will not be forgotten. Furthermore, with cities and population growing, the countryside where horses are kept will become "vacation-like" and an escape from the urban settings that most people will live in. In the countryside, people will find that Appaloosas hold the fun and timelessness experience that has intrigued people for hundreds of years making the breed an essential part of an equestrian's life. As horse and human continue to ride and compete together for the next eighty years, whether it be at the local schooling shows or national Appaloosa Horse Club show, the breed will continue to remind thousands of riders to slow down from their active lives and appreciate the world around them. The breed has given so much to the development of the United States and the world that riders are inclined to give back compassion to these animals. From young children learning how to brush a horse to older people greeting their Appaloosa like an old friend, horses will continue to have a special place in all the hearts of all animal lovers. The lessons these horses have taught people from the past, present, and future will continue for years to come, thus, the sport of equestrian riding will continue to thrive, as horse and human work together as a team just as they have done for thousands of years. AYA Essay Contest: 14-18 2 nd - Siena G. Kitch Age 15, Newcastle, WA

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