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July 17, 2020

Message from APHA President Casey West

With the recent initiative regarding the creation of a third registry concerning some Solid Paint-Bred horses, I elected to create a Presidential Commission to take a fresh look at this proposal, with the directive to report back to the Board of Directors their findings.


This “think tank” of people is comprised of individuals with diverse viewpoints of the industry who I have asked to provide an objective, unemotional review of the proposal. I know many of you are well aware of the highly charged discussion that has occurred on social media the past few weeks. Rest assured; this Commission has the best interests of our Association in mind—-as do the Board of Directors.


This initiative has the potential to greatly change our breed association. To that end, this discussion deserves to be elevated to another level of review. The careful due diligence of this commission, and the Board of Directors, is important as we make this next step together in consideration.


As a State Director, you deserve the fullest and most complete review of this significant proposal that can be provided.  It is my expectation that the Commission will provide this kind of review.
Earlier this year, the Board of Directors—in an effort to reduce the negative effects of COVID-19 on the Paint Horse community—chose to extend the genetic testing options to one Paint parent offspring through expansion of the RG-070.E. rule. Both the new and the previous bylaws gave the Board of Directors (formerly the Executive Committee) authority to fast-track rule changes. However, the Board of Directors has always taken the position that these kinds of actions should be done rarely and wisely. The State Directors deserve a full and thorough vetting of this proposal. If, after they review all the pertinent information, State Directors will have an opportunity to make a fully informed decision.


We have received recommendations from a very hard-working Breed Integrity Committee and from staff regarding the cost and implications of this proposal. The Presidential Commission is a tool provided in the APHA Bylaws to maximize the flow of information to both the Board of Directors and the State Directors.
I appreciate the phone calls from all of you concerned about this important issue. Your concern heartens me in knowing that APHA members are as passionate and engaged as ever. That bodes well for our future and for our breed. I also encourage you to keep in mind that much of what you read in social media may support only a particular point of view. The job of the Board of Directors and State Directors is to consider the impact of any proposal on the entire 45,000 members of APHA and to make decisions that most positively benefit the majority.


Kind Regards,
Casey West

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