Appaloosa Journal

OCT 2018

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

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ceo NORMAN WIEMKEN has been around Appa- loosas for about 16 years after meeting Tim Barnes and his family and currently works at Cedar Springs Farm in Illinois. He is a Mili- tary Veteran (Army) and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management. Norman is known in the ApHC community for his up- beat support, positive outlook—and cooking skills. contributors DR. REBECCA BELLONE is the Associate Di- rector of Education and Outreach at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory and Associ- ate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction at the School of Veterinary Medicine University of California - Davis where she studies the genetics of both pigmentation and ocular disorders in horses. 4 Appaloosa Journal October 2018 LARRY & KAREN WILLIAMS run a professional photography and graphic design business and are long-time supporters of the equine industry. Larry Williams Photography is the official photographer of the Appaloosa Horse Club. Industry Groups Horse Council Address the Issues Helps A P P A L O O S A H O R S E C L U B 1938 - 2018 I n today's world of information overload, it can sometimes be tempting to confine our conversations and observations to our personal realm of activity. "Minding our own business" is a natural reaction to the flood of stuff around us, but it is important to keep watching and learning about the way other segments of business, specifically the recreation industry, are dealing with change. At this summer's American Horse Council Issues Forum, there was an interesting variety of presenters who discussed some of the very similar challenges being faced by organizations of all types. Recreational riding, for example, depends on finding ways to encourage and motivate young people to experi- ence the outdoors and then introduce them to horses. It also means getting involved with issues such as land use, access, conservation and trail maintenance. Coincidentally, the Coalition of State Horse Councils is working with the Arizona group to host a National Sharing the Trails Conference next month in Phoenix. One of the aims of the conference is "to establish the equestrian community as a leader in sharing, managing and preserving trails and trail access." The issues forum also heard from a group of folks involved in efforts to "build the youth pipeline." Excellent examples can be found in the Take Me Fishing program and golf's PGA First Tee. A consistent theme was that participants are aging out of their respective organizations and innovative efforts to target the younger generation are needed by the entire outdoor rec- reation industry. So, we are not alone in the challenge and we can benefit from shared ideas. Forum attendees learned about the Man O' War Project, which is a program that is developing and testing Equine Assisted Treatment for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to one of the researchers in the project, up to 30 percent of veterans suffer from PTSD, including many veterans from previous eras who remain symptomatic. Because of this, they have an increased suicide rate – approximately 20 veterans a day commit suicide. The Man O' War Project is also putting concrete data with the treatment – veterans undergo MRI scans to compare brain regions before and after working with horses. The group had discussion sessions on other important topics for the industry: disaster preparedness and response, Safe Sport (a USEF program targeting strategies for dealing with workplace abuse in all its forms), immigration and Visa challenges, import/export and general trends. We value ApHC's membership with the American Horse Council if for no other reason than the opportunity to be reminded that we are part of an important industry and that challenges are best met with coordinated efforts. Steve Taylor CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER A P P A L O O S A H O R S E C L U B 1938 - 2018

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