April 23, 2020
KEEPING YOU INFORMED
APHA Board of Directors passes emergency 2020 Stimulus Plan
- Now, this opportunity will be offered to horses with one Paint parent in addition to those with two APHA parents. For horse with only one APHA sire/dam, the horse must have two qualifying Paint traits and at least one Paint pattern gene confirmed through DNA genetic testing.
- If you were eligible on January 1, 2020, then your eligibility will continue through 2021 without penalty.
- This allows participating Paint Horses to earn APHA performance records
2020 Stimulus Plan – Registration Modifications to RG-070E
Now, to qualify for the Regular Registry, a horse must meet the following requirements based on their pedigree:
Horse must meet Regular Registry requirements through natural Paint markings in the qualifying area.
The horse’s original APHA registration certificate, with “registry change” marked on the back
Photos of the applicable trait(s) on the horse in question
DNA Color/Pattern order form, or reference to test results that have been competed (copies required if testing is not already on file at APHA)
Testing must come form an APHA-approved lab (UC-Davis or Etalon Diagnostics).
DNA recording fee applies if testing was completed privately at one of those approved labs
Status change fee ($75* *member rate)
2020 Stimulus Plan – Performance Eligibility Details
- Novice Youth, Novice Amateur and Green Horse eligibility in 2020 will be maintained and extended until December 31, 2021.
- Youth Walk-Trot 5-10, Youth 13 & Under, Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 and Youth 18 & Under exhibitors in their last year of their respective division will maintain their January 1, 2020, eligibility for that division through December 31, 2021
- Allow Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 cardholders in 2020 to have three consecutive years of eligibility in that division instead of two consecutive years.
Novice Youth, Novice Amateur and Green horse eligibility in 2020 will be extended into 2021.
Novice Youth and Novice Amateur application still need to be submitted for 2021.
Youth in their final year of the following divisions will receive another year of eligibility in that division through December 31, 2021.
Youth 13 & Under
Youth Walk-Trot 11-18
Youth 18 & Under
Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 card holders in 2020 will have three consecutive years of eligibility instead of two consecutive years. You are still required to apply for a 2021 Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 card when the card expires December 31, 2020
2020 Stimulus Plan – E-Shows rolls into Paint Alternative Competition program
Enroll in PAC Online
Other Covid-19 changes
- APHA will be waiving certain show requirements to allow maximum flexibility in rescheduling shows.
- APHA will be waiving world show qualifying requirements for 2020.
- The Youth World Show entry deadline is being extended and refunds are being guaranteed if the show has to be canceled or postponed.
Marked For Greatness
Join us for a “Marked for Greatness” Leadership Exchange
Answers to your questions about our new and exciting E-Shows brought to you by HorseIQ.
When: April 30, 2020
Time: 7 p.m. CST
Zoom Webinar Invitation
Entries will not open until May 1. So, online entry forms will be available at that time. Pre-entry deadline is May 29, 2020.
Youth Team Tournament and Judging Contest registration forms available.
Deadline May 15, 2020
2020 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee and contact information.
Craig Wood (Chair) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Cox – email@example.com
Tom Crowley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Mullins – email@example.com
Carla Perri – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Roden – email@example.com
Mike Short – firstname.lastname@example.org
Travis Titlow – email@example.com
Sue Woodson – firstname.lastname@example.org
House Passes Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Addresses Many Horse Industry Concerns
Early Friday afternoon, House lawmakers passed the CARES Act, teeing up approximately $2 trillion in emergency aid to American taxpayers, small business, and non-profits and charities. Because most equine enterprises characterize themselves as small businesses and include many non-profits such as state associations and equine rescue operations, the package addresses many challenges facing the horse industry. The following are highlights, with more details to follow after President Trump signs the bill into law.
Small Business and Non-Profits
The bill bolsters the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program, establishing a maximum loan amount to $10 million through December 31, 2020. The bill defines eligibility for loans as a small business or 501(c)(3) nonprofit with not more than 500 employees “or the applicable size standard for the industry as provided by SBA.” The bill further extends eligibility to sole-proprietors, independent contractors, and other self-employed individuals. This should provide assistance to trainers, farriers, and veterinarians, among other solo practitioners.
APPLY FOR DISASTER LOAN
Getting Cash for Your Small Business Through the CARES Act
CARES Act Small Business Guide
The bill also expands the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program currently available to small business to include “any individual operating as a sole proprietor or an independent contractor during the covered period” from January 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Luckily for many breed-specific associations and state groups, for example, the bill extends the program to private non-profits. The American Horse Council (AHC) COVID-19 Resources web page includes links related to the EIDL program and will post updated information as details unfold.
Tax and Payroll Flexibility
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – The bill extends unemployment benefits to the self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, and others who are unable to work as a direct result of the pandemic. Self-employed professionals such as trainers and other independent contractors impacted by economic disruptions, including event cancellations, caused by “social distancing” should find this provision helpful.
Individual “Recovery Rebates” – Individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 are eligible for a $1200 cash rebate from the IRS. The amount rises to $2400 for married couples.
Charitable Contribution Flexibility – The provision encourages Americans to contribute to churches and charitable organizations in 2020 by permitting them to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions, whether they itemize their deductions or not. This provision should blunt the impact of equine charities including rescue operations.
Charitable Contribution Increases – The bill increases the limitations on deductions for charitable contributions by individuals who itemize, as well as corporations. Technical details to follow.
Employer Payroll Tax Flexibility – The bill allows employers and self-employed individuals to defer payment of the Social Security tax until 2021 and beyond. Employers generally pay a 6.2-percent Social Security tax on employee wages. While the scope of this provision is not yet clear, it could extend to equine equipment makers and other manufacturers and merchants that comprise the complex supply-chain for the horse industry.
Stay tuned to all our channels for the latest developments
• APHF Therapeutic Riding instructor scholarship
• Distinguished Service Award nominations due
• APHA Youth World Show Pre-Entry, Stall & RV Deadline
2020 Rule Change Proposal changes dates for Regional Clubs to provide required information to APHA
See Article IX, page 28-30 of the Official 2020 APHA Rule Book where it states the requirements to maintain a regional club charter. March 1 is the new deadline for receipt of newly elected officers, financial statements, membership lists and current club by-laws. Use the links below for the required electronic templates for these items.
Sample Financial Report
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