States, provinces and geographic areas included in each zone are as follows:
Zone 1: Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington Coordinating Committee
Zone 2: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah
Zone 3: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming
Zone 4: New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
Zone 5: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin Coordinating Committee
Zone 6: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee
Zone 7: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia Coordinating Committee
Zone 8: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio
Zone 9: Caribbean Islands, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina
Zone 10: Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, and Yukon
Zone 11: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec
Zone 12: All European Countries
Zone 13: All South American Countries and Mexico
Zone 14: Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand
Regional Clubs may be most effective when they work with other Regional Clubs to achieve a common goal. One of the most successful ways that two or more Regional Clubs have to organize themselves is through a Coordinating Committee.
The Coordinating Committee is responsible for ensuring uniformity and providing a structure through which neighboring Regional Clubs can work together. There may be multiple Regional Clubs in some states, such as Washington, California and Texas, which can benefit from a State Coordinating Committee. In other parts of the country, such as Zone 5, several states may benefit by organizing a Zone Coordinating Committee. Regardless of whether a Coordinating Committee is organized for a zone or a state, it must be established with equal representation, responsibility and support from each Regional Club that wants to participate.
The Coordinating Committee may be served by two or three representatives from each club. These representatives should be elected by the members of their respective clubs. Individuals attempting to organize a Coordinating Committee should recognize that not all area Regional Clubs will want to participate. However, all members of the APHA should understand that activities organized by a Coordinating Committee can be very successful and beneficial to both member clubs and individual members. The Coordinating Committee may be established as an informal ad hoc committee. In this instance, the responsibility for insurance and legal counsel rests with participating Regional Clubs. In other instances, members may be better served by establishing a formal group governed by a set of by-laws approved by state authorities according to the state’s laws.
The Coordinating Committee should elect a slate of officers, including a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer. Frequently, the office of secretary and treasurer are combined. The remaining representatives elected to serve the Coordinating Committee will comprise its Board of Directors. One of the Coordinating Committee’s first orders of business must be to establish the conduct and responsibilities of officers and board members. Written descriptions of these posts will help the Coordinating Committee avoid unnecessary conflict. The purpose of a Coordinating Committee must be consistent with the purpose of the American Paint Horse Association.
Though each region will have its own goals and objectives, the Coordinating Committee must serve three purposes in order to gain recognition from APHA.
- A Coordinating Committee must promote the American Paint Horse. Promoting the breed requires cooperation, dedication and a strong desire to abide by APHA, Regional Club and Coordinating Committee rules and regulations.
- A Coordinating Committee must function as a coordinating agency for member club activities so that the maximum benefit is realized by all member clubs and their individual members.
- A Coordinating Committee may act as a governing body only in those areas and activities that the Committee and member clubs agree to. These activities must be organized to allow all clubs equal benefits. They must be fair to every horse and person involved.
In addition to the required purpose, Coordinating Committees may accomplish several other missions, also.
- Recognize outstanding member clubs, people and horses.
- Provide meaningful awards for programs.
- Coordinate show schedules that minimize conflicts for exhibitors.
- Sponsor Zone Shows.
- Establish exhibitor requirements and standards to include Open, Amateur, Novice Amateur, Youth and Novice Youth classes. These requirements should be in writing to clearly define those standards established by the APHA.