Motions to go into the Rule book 2023
Motion 03-12-2021 – Rule 70D’d
704. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPALOOSA SHOW
A. National points will be awarded, as outlined in rule 701.A, in each nationally pointed open, nonpro, and youth class held at the National Championship Appaloosa Show and the World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show for the judges’ composite placing in the class.
B. Points earned at this show will not count toward territorial high-point awards
C. Points earned at this show will count toward qualifying for the World Championship Appaloosa Show and will count for year-end high point awards per rule 702 B 4.
Motion 02-06-2022 – Seconded and Rule 70D’d
741. WORKING COW HORSE
K. Box Drive Beginning Fence Work Class Cow Work Guidelines – The goal of this class is to
introduce the exhibitor to the “fence work” phase of the cow work.
1. This class may be held for youth, non-pro, or junior horses. Cross-entry will be allowed between this and any other Boxing, Hackamore/Snaffle Bit Working Cow Horse, or Working Cow Horse classes.
2. The horse will be scored using the “beginning fence work scoring guidelines.”
3. Judging begins when the contestant enters the arena.
4. There shall be no schooling between entering the arena and the completion of the cow work, or between cows if a new cow is awarded. The penalty for this is -0-.
5. Pattern – The required pattern for the cow work is: box, drive, box, drive, in that order.
a. Part One – Box: At the start of the work, each contestant, upon receiving a cow in the arena, shall hold that cow on the prescribed end of the arena for a sufficient time to demonstrate the ability of the horse to contain the cow at that end. If the cow does not immediately challenge the horse, the exhibitor shall aggressively move in on the cow to demonstrate his horse’s ability to drive and block the cow on the entry fence.
b. Part Two – Drive: After a reasonable amount of time, the contestant shall set up and drive/rate the cow down the fence, opposite fence of the judge(s), to the opposite end of the arena. When coming out of the corner, the horse shall be close enough to the cow to demonstrate control with the cow against the fence. This distance and control should be maintained for approximately ½ to ¾ the length of the arena. Upon reaching the opposite end of the arena, the exhibitor will then stop the horse square or parallel to the fence, without making a fence turn, and release the cow.
c. Part Three – Box: Move horse toward center of arena to set the cow up for boxing. Again, box the cow for a sufficient time to demonstrate the ability of the horse to contain the cow at that end. If the cow does not immediately challenge the horse, the exhibitor shall aggressively move in on the cow to demonstrate
his/her horse’s ability to drive and block the cow on the entry fence.
d. Part Four – Drive: After a reasonable amount of time, the contestant shall set up and drive/rate the cow down the fence, opposite fence of the judge(s), to the opposite end of the arena. When coming out of corner, the horse shall be close enough to cow to demonstrate control with cow against the fence. This distance and control should be maintained past the center marker and continue until the judge signifies the completion of the run or time expires. The exhibitor will then stop the horse square or parallel to the fence, without making a fence turn, and release the cow.
6. Time Limit/Terminating the Work – Each contestant is allotted one minute and forty- five seconds to complete the four-part cow work patter.
a. The judge may blow his/her whistle at any time during the work – one whistle to terminate the work, two whistles to award a new cow.
b. If at any time a judge feels that the contestant is out of control, endangering themselves and/or their horse, the judge may terminate the work, and a score of zero will be given.
c. Time shall begin when the gate closes behind the cow after being let into the arena. When there are 30 seconds left, the announcer will announce, “30 seconds remaining” and at one minute and forty-five seconds, the announcer will call for time.
d. Judging ends when the exhibitor drives the cow past the middle marker a second time, judge ends the run with a whistle/horn or the allotted time ends, whichever occurs first.
7. Scoring. Each horse/rider team is scored between 0-100 points and automatically begins the run with a score of 70 points. The horse/rider team is scored on the quality of each maneuver (e.g., -1 1/2 extremely poor, -1 very poor, -1/2 poor, 0 correct, +1/2 good, +1 very good, +1 1/2 excellent)
8. PENALTIES. Maneuver evaluations and penalty applications are to be determined independently. The following penalties will be applied for each occurrence and will be deducted from the final score:
a. One (1) point penalties
A Loss of working advantage P Working out of position
C Changing sides on the second drive/rate M Failure to drive past the middle marker
b. Three (3) point penalties
D Failure to drive cow past middle marker on second drive before time expires
K Knocking down the cow without having a working advantage L Loss of control and cow leaves the end of the arena
T Performing a fence turn (whether initiated by horse or exhibitor)
c. Five (5) point penalties
B Spurring or hitting in front of cinch at any time, or excessively whipping or spurring horse.
C Blatant disobedience, including but not limited to kicking, biting, bucking, rearing, striking, or obviously insubordinate
X Running the cow into the back fence with force
d. Zero (-0-) score. Disqualified entries are counted as an entry in the class but cannot receive points or credits for that class toward the all around.
A. Turn tail
B. Using 2 hands on the reins when using a bridle or two rein
C. Fingers between the reins, except when using a two rein
D. Balking E. Extremely out of control
F. Leaving the work area before the pattern or work is complete
G. Fall of horse or exhibitor H. Schooling of the horse between entering the arena and cow work
I. Schooling of the horse between cows when a new cow is awarded Disrespect or misconduct
J. Improper Western Attire
K. Illegal equipment
L. Judges may disqualify horse(s) from the class if fresh blood is found on the mouth and/or body areas of a horse (i.e., including but not limited to the barrel, flanks, belly, sides, and shoulders). Judges have the sole authority to determine if the blood found on the horse warrants disqualification from the class and the judge’s decision is final and not protestable.
5. Failure of an exhibitor to attempt to complete the work (call for cow) shall result in that exhibitor not being counted as an entry in the class.
6. No score
b. Lameness of the horse
a. Maintaining control of the cow at all times
b. Maintaining proper position
c. Degree of difficulty
d. Eye appeal
Motion 7-3-2021 – Seconded and Rule 70D’d
20. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE
D. COMPLAINT. A complaint of possible or alleged violation(s) by a member or non-member of any bylaw, rule or regulation, decision or policy of the ApHC must be processed as follows:
1. A written complaint, which must be dated and signed, must be submitted by a member, ApHC director or ApHC employee, to the ApHC Executive Secretary and/or the ApHC President, and state the specific bylaw, rule or regulation, decision or policy alleged to have been violated and the person(s) allegedly responsible for such violation(s). Any member filing a complaint, except ApHC directors or employees acting in that capacity, shall be required to pay a filing fee of $250 to defer costs of hearing.
2. The Executive Secretary or President will refer the complaint to the Disciplinary Committee for review. The complaint must set forth prima facie evidence in support of any allegation. 3 The individual(s) filing the complaint will be required to present testimony and/or evidence at a hearing if a hearing is deemed necessary by the Disciplinary Committee, or the complaint may be dismissed by the Disciplinary Committee.
3. The Discipline Committee, Full disclosure of the complaint will be made to the person(s) charged with such violation(s) prior to any disciplinary action. In the case of a complaint involving a youth member, either as a complainant or person charged, an investigation must take place, and the evidence be reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee.
4. The Disciplinary Committee, with advice from ApHC legal counsel, shall determine if prima facie evidence has been presented in the complaint sufficient to warrant a hearing. If such prima facie evidence has not been so presented, the complaint will be dismissed. The Disciplinary Committee may agree to assess against the person filing the
complaint costs, including attorney fees, incurred by the ApHC in reviewing any frivolous or unfounded complaint. The complainant will be so notified but shall have a right to resubmit the complaint with new or additional evidence up to ninety (90) days from the date of the dismissal of the original complaint otherwise complainant will have no right to resubmit the complaint.
5. If it is determined that sufficient prima facie evidence has been presented, the Executive Secretary will cause notice of the hearing to be given to the charged member or nonmember as provided in rule 20.E.1. In such cases involving alleged violation(s) of any ApHC rule(s) pertaining to the administration of a forbidden substance, a notice of hearing shall be given and the hearing shall occur as close to 30 days after the notice is given as is possible under the circumstances. Either the Disciplinary Committee or the Executive Secretary, upon instruction by the Disciplinary Committee, is authorized to
issue the Disciplinary Committee’s written decision by notice to the parties.
a. If two or more complaints are filed concerning the same incident, prima facie evidence presented by the complaining parties may be reviewed in order to determine the validity of any such complaints and the hearing(s) related to any such complaints may, at the ApHC’s discretion, occur simultaneously.
6. The Executive Secretary, with approval from the ApHC Disciplinary Committee, shall have the authority of the Disciplinary Committee to enter into an appropriate agreement, including the imposition of sanctions and penalties called for under these rules, in the best interests of the ApHC settling and/or compromising and satisfying a complaint before any such complaint is heard by the Disciplinary Committee.
7. The Disciplinary Committee shall have the authority to enter into an appropriate agreement at any stage of these proceedings, in the best interests of the ApHC, settling and/or compromising and satisfying the complaint. A complainant may withdraw a complaint at any time, forfeiting all fees and costs for the complaint, and may also be subject to an assessment of the costs of hearing the complaint, including attorney fees in reviewing any frivolous or unfounded complaint.
8. Any agreement entered into under Rules 20.D.6. & 20.D.7. shall not be binding and effective until executed by Executive Secretary on behalf of the Disciplinary Committee, and all affected parties.
E. HEARING PROCEDURES
1. Written notice of the date, time and location of a hearing, together with a description of the violation charged and accompanying statement of evidence shall be mailed to the charged member or nonmember not less than thirty (30) days prior to the hearing.
2. All disciplinary hearings will be held at the offices of the ApHC in Moscow, Idaho or as specified by the Disciplinary Committee. Any person participating in a hearing, including Disciplinary Committee members, persons charged, counsel and witnesses may appear at the hearing in person by way of teleconferencing. Any person appearing by teleconferencing shall notify the Executive Secretary in writing at least ten (10) days
before the hearing and include a telephone number at which they can be reached at the time set for the hearing.
3. Any interested person may submit a written, verified statement to the Disciplinary Committee prior to the hearing that shall be made part of the hearing record.
4. No continuance will be granted unless requested in writing and received in the ApHC office at least ten (10) days before the hearing and good cause is shown. A continuance will be granted or denied at the sole discretion of the Disciplinary Committee.
5. The member or non-member charged by the complaint and the Complainant shall have the right to call witnesses, present testimony, under oath, and offer evidence to cross-examine any adverse witnesses and to provide rebuttal testimony and evidence.
6. The ApHC reserves the right to appear in any hearing, through designees and/or counsel, and call witnesses, present testimony, under oath, and offer other evidence to cross-examine any other witnesses and to provide rebuttal testimony and evidence.
7. The Disciplinary Committee may call and interrogate witnesses.
8. The decision of the Disciplinary Committee will be final.
Motion 14-12-2022 – Pilot Program
The 2022 ApHC Board of Directors moves to approve the new revision of 601.G. for a pilot program for 2023. To be reevaluated at the end of 2023.
601. Show Approval Requirements
G. No more than 4 judges may be in the arena at any time. Two separate regional clubs must co-sponsor an event hosting no more than 8 sets of points within 6 consecutive days at the same facility or arena provided that those events do not hold any classes concurrently. No “ghost” or “guest” judges will be permitted. Each Regional club will be limited to co-sponsoring only one of these events per year.
Motion 21-12-2022 – Pilot Program
The 2022 ApHC Board of Directors moves to approve the rules changes as follows for a pilot program, and the ghost judge fees would be waived for this program.
601. SHOW APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS
U. In addition to the double-pointed judge allowed in 601.T., an ApHC Regional Club may host a one (1) judge show that includes a complimentary double-pointed judge. Each club will be limited to the use of this type of show once per year. The judge must be ApHC carded and
will be designated as double-pointed on the ApHC website and as part of such show’s
printed material and information.
The 2022 ApHC Board of Directors moves to add the Appaloosa Ranch Riding Association (ApRRA) as an approved affiliate organization of the ApHC and to recognize them as such in rule 402.
402. SPECIALTY ASSOCIATIONS
A. Specialty Associations may be formed to promote areas of interest to members of the ApHC and to the Appaloosa horse industry.
B. Currently recognized Specialty Associations include Appaloosa Game Horse Association, Appaloosa Pleasure Horse Association, Appaloosa Reining Horse Association and, Appaloosa Cutting Horse Association, and the Appaloosa Ranch Riding Association.
Motion 02-12-2022 was 70.D.’d
The 2022 ApHC Board of Directors moves to approve the Show Committee’s suggestion to make the
following classes available at the Regional ApHC Shows:
– Walk-Trot Ranch Rail
– Walk-Trot Ranch Trail
– Walk-Trot Ranch Riding
Motion 04-12-2022 was 70.D.’d
The 2022 ApHC Board of Directors moves to approve the Show Committee’s suggestion to make the
following classes available at the Regional, National, and World ApHC Shows:
– Green Ranch Trail
– Green Ranch Rail
– Green Ranch Riding
– Green Ranch Reining
The points system assigned to these classes will align with the current Green Horse points schedule.
807. YOUTH WALK-TROT DIVISION
C. Once a walk-trot exhibitor 10 & Under or 11-18 shows in a three-gaited class at an ApHC- sponsored event and/or an ApHC Approved show during the calendar year they may not show in a walk- trot 10 & Under or 11-18 class for the remainder of that calendar year. Otherwise, there are no
restrictions on how long a youth exhibitor may show in walk-trot classes. 807 D. A walk-trot exhibitor 10 & Under
D. A walk-trot exhibitor 10 & Under or 11-18 will not be allowed to show in any walk-trot class and any three-gait class at the same show.
Motion 08-06-2022 – Rule 70D’d
The 2022 ApHC Board of Directors moves to approve the following as proposed by the Rule Committee. Effective June 9, 2022, the Appaloosa Horse Club will begin phasing out the IRIP program due to the continued ineffectiveness of the program and the inability of the ApHC registration staff to receive reliable records from many of the countries approved. This program also is not a service that all ApHC members can use. removal of IRIP: 228 and 204, Rules 126 and 201 J will be changed to also reflect the end date of the program
Motion 03-10-2022 – Rule 70. D’d
907. ELIGIBILITY FOR NATIONAL AND WORLD SHOWS
B. In order to compete in non-pro events, the non-pro or member of their family (as outlined in Rule 900. J) must own the horse as evidenced by ApHC records prior to the first day of the show or transfer the horse at the ApHC Sponsored National Show and/or world show using a Show Rush. Each horse may be transferred only one time at each ApHC Sponsored National Show and/or World Show.
Rule 741. Working Cow Horse
There will now be allowed cross-entry with this class and any other Boxing, Hackamore/Snaffle Bit Working Cow Horse, or Working Cow Horse Classes
The 2022 ApHC Board of Directors moves to approve the rule changes as follows:
715. WESTERN PERFORMANCE
7. Whenever this handbook refers to a romal, it means an extension of braided material attached to closed reins. This extension may be carried in the free hand with a 16-inch (40.64 cm) spacing between the reining hand and the free hand holding the romal.
When using a romal, the rider’s hand shall be around the reins with the wrist kept straight and relaxed, the thumb on top and the fingers closed around the reins. The non- rein hand must be on the romal, with the exception of the boxing class only, where romal reins can be held in one hand. When using the romal, no fingers between the
reins are allowed, except in the two-rein class. In working cow horse, boxing, and box drive classes, the rider’s free hand is allowed to shorten the reins while the horse is in motion as long as their hands are held in a legal manner. In all other classes, use of the free hand while holding the romal to alter the tension or length of the reins from the bridle to reining hand is considered to be use of two hands and score of 0 will be applied, with the exception of any place a horse is allowed to be completely stopped during the pattern.
9. In working cow horse, boxing, box drive classes, the following equipment aligns with NRCHA rules. The equipment outlined in sections a-c below is permitted in ApHC classes but does not supersede western equipment allowances outlined in section 715.
a. When using a curb bit (bridle class), a spade bit or a bit having the following characteristics must be used:
1. Unbroken bar mouthpiece
2. One inch or higher port measured from the bottom of the bar to the top of the port.
3. There must be an operable cricket or roller (with single or multiple rings) incorporated within the mouthpiece of the bit.
4. It is legal to have a barrel made of copper or metal, wrapped around the bar space of the bit and is to be considered a part of the mouthpiece.
5. The barrel must be round, smooth and made up of one continuous, unbroken piece.
6. The minimum diameter, on any part of the bar of the mouthpiece is 5/16 inch.
7. Bars must be round, oval or egg shaped smooth and unwrapped metal. Latex wrap or any foreign material is not acceptable.
8. Nothing abnormal may protrude from either the bars or the port, such as extensions or prongs.
9. The cheeks must be connected at the bottom. It is acceptable to use metal, chain, wire, leather or braided rawhide. It is not acceptable to use duct tape, braided tail hair or bailing twine.
10. The overall length of the bit shall not be longer than 8 ½ inches measured from the inside bottom of the top of the headstall ring to the bottom of the rein ring.
11. Optional tongue release shall not exceed 3 inches in width.
12. Braces, copper port cover and/or having copper smoothly inlaid in the mouthpiece are optional.
13. No wire, chain or other metal or rawhide device may be used in conjunction with the bit or part of leather chin strap.
b. Chin strap must be smooth leather. No wire, chain or other metal or rawhide device may be used in conjunction with a part of the leather chin strap. Leather chin strap must be flat, flexible and at least ½ inch wide. No metal rivets are allowed to come in contact with the chin, or chin groove of the horse. Metal keepers are not acceptable on the chin strap.
c. Reins with romal required. The reins can be held in either hand, with hand around reins in a fist position with thumbs up. The non-rein hand must be on the romal. (The keeper, or hobble, that attaches the romal to the reins is considered to be part of the romal.) The nonrein hand is not allowed, at any time, to touch the reins or a score of -0- will be applied. The rider is allowed to shorten the reins while the horse
is in motion as long as their hands are held in a legal manner. No fingers are permitted between the reins in bridle classes, except in the two-rein class. In the boxing class only, romal reins can be held in one hand.
A. ApHC-approved or -sponsored cutting events will be held in accordance with the National Cutting Horse Association rules for judging and scoring. Contact the National Cutting Horse Association, for more information.
D. ApHC equipment rules will be as follows as outlined in Rule 715A, with the exception of the use of reins with a romal. These are not permitted in ApHC-approved or sponsored cutting events.
Intent: This is to bring the ApHC rules up to date with the NRCHA rules as they currently stand.
The 2022 ApHC Board of Directors moves to approve to add $200 show transfer fee to the fee schedule.