Many breeders think Appaloosa name selection
is one the best parts of applying for registration!
Appaloosa owners are so creative when it comes
to naming foals! With almost 700,000 Appaloosas
registered, it is often disappointing when
the name choices submitted cannot be used.
If you do not want the ApHC
to name your foal, when completing your
application for registration, be sure to
check the box right above the name choice
selection. This option reads:
- Check this box
if you DO NOT want the ApHC to name this
foal. Unless this box is checked, the
ApHC will select a name if your name choices
are in use or not acceptable.
In an effort to speed up
your registration process, when this box
is not checked, instead of putting the registration
into a file pending requirements (new name
choices) the ApHC will name the foal. We
do our best to use a name as close to your
first submitted choice as possible. When
we cannot find a name close to your first
choice, we will use names in the applicant
When applying for
name choices, please keep in mind:
- Names cannot conflict
with the name of any animal registered
with the ApHC, either living or dead.
- Names cannot conflict
with any previously reserved breeder,
bloodline, or ranch names (listed in Rule
211 of the Official Handbook of the ApHC.)
- Names cannot consist
of more than 20 letters and spaces combined.
For example SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER is too
long; 21 letters and spaces. But, SHAKE
YER MONEYMAKER works because it is only
20 letters and spaces.
- Names cannot end in
filly or colt.
- Names of famous horses
cannot be used.
- Names similar in spelling
to names already in use cannot be used.
- Names of famous or notorious
people cannot be used unless their notarized
consent is filed with the ApHC.
- Names that are suggestive
or have vulgar or obscene meanings cannot
- Names that are similar
in pronunciation to any of the above cannot
be used. For example, there is an animal
registered with the name MISTER BIG DEAL,
so the names MR BIG DEAL, MSTR BIGG DEAL,
MR BIG DEEL, etc. cannot be used because
they sound like the original name. However,
IMA MR BIG DEAL, or HEZA MISTER BIG DEAL,
or I AM MISTER BIG DEAL, or CALL ME MR
BIG DEAL could be used because they do
not sound like the original name.
- Numbers, including Arabic
and Roman, punctuation marks such as apostrophes
or hyphens and special characters such
as dollar signs or percentage signs cannot
Members can log into www.appaloosa.com
to see if name choices are in use. Remember
to spell the name several different ways
to verify that the name choice is not used
with a different spelling that sounds like
A horse’s name can be changed
by the registered owner, only if there have
been no get or produce registered to that
animal, if it has not started in a recognized
race, if it has no performance record or
any ACAAP merits, and if its name has not
been listed in a Stud Book.
To change the name of a
registered animal, return the Certificate
of Registration to the ApHC along with the
new name choice, and a$100 name change fee.
If the horse is more than one year old,
four current color photographs of the horse
including both sides, a direct face, and
a rear view are also required.
The new certificate will
show the former name as well as the new
name on the back of the certificate.