Appaloosa Journal

SEP 2018

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

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18 Appaloosa Journal September 2018 W By Jennifer Weeks Photos by Miranda Swartzlander Lane Grant Photography hether or not you remember the GEAR show might depend on how many digits are in your Appaloosa Horse Club membership number. Some exhibitors fondly remember showing at GEAR shows from 1969 to 1989 and others had no idea what people were talking about when the idea to resurrect GEAR came about. According to Mike Briegel, former GEAR president, GEAR stands for the Greater Eastern Appaloosa Regional and was start- ed in 1966. It started with seven regional clubs and grew to a re- gional club membership of more than 80 clubs. Each club had a representative to GEAR that had a vote on the directors and officers as well as a vote for decision making. The two main objectives for the GEAR organization were to create a point system to recognize show accomplishments and to put on a large regional horse show each year. The point system was so successful that the national point system was modeled after the GEAR system in the late 1970s. The ApHC ROM is the equiva- lent of GEAR's certificate of achievement award. The first GEAR horse show was held in New Jersey in 1967. Each year the regional clubs that were members of the organization would submit bids to host the next year's show. The GEAR show became one of the largest shows in the country and was held at var- ious venues in the eastern part of the country including: Syracuse, NY, West Springfield, MA, Montgomery, AL, Raleigh, NC, India- napolis, IN, Springfield, IL, Wheeling, WV, and Lexington, KY. One of the biggest draws of the GEAR shows was the large class sizes. At the Wheeling, WV, show in 1973 there were 151 entries in the Junior Western Pleasure class and at the 1974 show in Syracuse, NY, there were 30 horses in the Aged Stallions class. The last GEAR horse show until this year was held in 1989. In the fall of last year Lori Wunderlich and several others float- ed the idea of trying to bring back the GEAR show to recreate some of the best aspects of showing. The group wanted to bring back the fun and fanfare to regional showing that has gotten lost over the years. In December 2017, the new GEAR was formed. Regional clubs and individuals were offered an opportunity to pur- chase a share of the show. For their share they received a spot on the board and input into decisions made about the show. The shareholders for the show were the Garden State Appaloosa As- sociation, the Keystone Appaloosa Club, the Delaware Appaloosa Club, Western Massachusetts and several private individuals. Se- Return GEAR The of Greater Eastern Appaloosa Regional

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