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April 23, 2020



APHA Board of Directors passes emergency 2020 Stimulus Plan

In response to the COVID-19 catastrophe and the corresponding economic recession with a projected 5–10 year recovery timeline, APHA’s Board of Directors took swift action in April 2020 to pass a stimulus package of APHA rule modifications, which were designed to help the Paint Horse community weather the storm for the long haul and preserve the health of the Paint breed.
The modifications go into effect May 4, 2020. Details are summarized below.
Expanding the opportunities for genetics-based advancement to Regular Registry under RG-070.E
  • 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.
Extending an extra year of eligibility for Novice Youth and Amateurs, Youth in their last year of walk-trot, Youth 13 & Under and Youth 14–18, and for Green classes.
  • If you were eligible on January 1, 2020, then your eligibility will continue through 2021 without penalty.
Providing virtual showing opportunities from E-Shows and select other platforms to count for credit through APHA’s Paint Alternative Competition program
  • This allows participating Paint Horses to earn APHA performance records
Modifying the requirements for Regional Club eligibility, due to limitations they might encounter due to event restrictions in 2020 due to COVID-19
“The APHA Board of Directors carefully considered our options and ultimately passed the 2020 Stimulus Plan in an effort to help preserve the health of the Paint Horse market now and in the future,” APHA President Casey West said. “Our mission is to promote, preserve and provide meaningful experiences with Paint Horses, and therefore it’s critical that we take swift action to keep APHA and the Paint Horse market as robust as possible during this economic recession, so we emerge as a stronger, healthier organization on the other side.”

2020 Stimulus Plan – Registration Modifications to RG-070E

Due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic recession, the Board of Directors have implemented a modification to RG-070.E.—the pathway for some solid Paints to earn Regular Registry status through presence of Paint traits and Paint genetics—as part of their 2020 APHA Stimulus Plan, which goes into effect May 4, 2020. This modification provides a means for horses with one APHA-registered parent to participate in this rule and is designed to preserve the overall health of the APHA horse market.

Now, to qualify for the Regular Registry, a horse must meet the following requirements based on their pedigree:

Two Paint Parents:
Horse can meet Regular Registry requirements through natural Paint markings in the qualifying area; OR
Horse must have at least one Paint trait identified in RG-070.H.1–10 and at least one Paint pattern gene confirmed through APHA-approved genetic testing
One APHA Parent:
Horse can meet Regular Registry requirements through natural Paint markings in the qualifying area; OR
Horse must have at least two Paint traits identified in RG-070.H.1–10 and at least one Paint pattern gene confirmed through APHA-approved genetic testing
Tobiano Gene—If a horse has one APHA parent and the horse carries the Tobiano gene (confirmed through APHA-approved genetic testing), only one Paint trait as identified in RG-070.H.1–10 is
No APHA Parent (cropout):

Horse must meet Regular Registry requirements through natural Paint markings in the qualifying area.

If a horse with one or two APHA-registered parents does not meet those requirements, the horse will be registered in the Solid Paint-Bred Registry.
The traits used for consideration are listed in RG-070.H.1–10; while these were not designed for use specifically with the genetics-based rule, they have been adapted for that purpose. They are defined as:
1.  White leg markings—This was modified to remove the stipulation “above the knees or hocks”
2.  Glass, blue or watch eye(s)—Partial or full blue eyes are acceptable
3.  Apron or bald face—Defined in the rulebook as touching a line from the inside corner of the eye to the inside corner of the nostril
4.  White on the jaw or lower lip
5.  Blue zone around a “natural paint marking”—Be aware, this does not apply to normal face/leg markings
6.  Two color mane or tail, one color being natural white—This needs to be a “patch” of white, not just a few strands of gray or flaxen hair
7.  Dark spots or freckles in white hair on the face—This is a spot of colored hair and pigmented skin composed within the horse’s white face markings
8.  White areas in the non-visible zone, excluding the head, completely surrounded by a contrasting color—The non-visible zone is generally anything you cannot see from a standing position, such as white markings on the midline/abdomen, inner thigh, floor of the chest and buttocks
9.  A contrasting area of another color in the non-visible zone, including the head, on a predominantly white horse
10.  Ink spots/paw prints and/or coronet spots—These are dark spots typically found inside white markings on the horse’s legs or body
The Process
For horses already registered with APHA, a status change can applied for beginning May 4, 2020. This rule is retroactive and applies to any horse registered with APHA. The following must be provided to APHA:

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)

For foals applying for registration, the Color/Pattern test should be ordered as part of the registration process, and notation can be made on the application that you wish to use the new RG-070.E rules for consideration of Regular Registry status.
Mail to: APHA MemberCare, 122 E. Exchange Ave, Suite 420, Fort Worth, TX 76164.   Questions about this rule can be directed to jhein@apha.com.

2020 Stimulus Plan – Performance Eligibility Details

Due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic recession, the Board of Directors have implemented three performance eligibility extensions as part of their 2020 APHA Stimulus Plan, which goes into effect May 4, 2020. These extensions are granted due to exhibitors facing a significantly abbreviated year of eligibility in 2020. The performance eligibility extensions that will go into effect are the following:
  1. Novice Youth, Novice Amateur and Green Horse eligibility in 2020 will be maintained and extended until December 31, 2021.
  2. 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
  3. Allow Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 cardholders in 2020 to have three consecutive years of eligibility in that division instead of two consecutive years.
To be eligible for these extensions, exhibitors will still be required to maintain their membership status and if applicable they will still need to apply for their 2021 Novice Youth, Novice Amateur or Youth Walk-Trot 11-18 Card.
This was my final year to show in the youth division as I will be 19 as of January 1st, 2020. What does this stimulus plan do for me?
Any AjPHA member in his or her final year as an exhibitor would now have their eligibility extended into 2021. Youth in this situation just need to maintain their AjPHA membership through 2021.
Are there other eligibility extensions granted under this plan?

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.

Walk-Trot 5-10

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

I have an AjPHA lifetime membership that expires December 31, 2020. Do I need to get a 1-year AjPHA membership to be able to show in youth classes in 2021?
Lifetime Youth memberships will be valid for your extended Youth year through December 31, 2021.
What if I do not have a lifetime AjPHA Membership and my membership expires December 31, 2020?
If you do not have a lifetime AjPHA membership, you will be required to renew your AjPHA membership. A 1-year AjPHA membership is $25.
Will youth in their final year of Youth Walk-Trot 5-10 (as of 2020) be able to show in Youth Walk-Wrot-Lope classes in 2021?
Yes, but when an exhibitor enters any of the Walk-Trot classes at a show, he or she may not enter any other classes at that show except for halter and showmanship (YP-110.B).
Will youth in their final year of Youth 13 & Under (as of 2020) be able to show in the Youth 18 & Under classes in 2021?
Yes, a 13 & Under exhibitor may choose which division to compete on a per-class basis but cannot exhibit in both divisions in the same class (YP-075.A.1).
Is there anything in this that will assist clubs?
The reporting obligations required by clubs each year are waived for 2020 which includes show requirements and club membership. Beginning in 2021 those reporting obligations will return to normal.

2020 Stimulus Plan – E-Shows rolls into Paint Alternative Competition program

Due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic recession, the Board of Directors passed the 2020 APHA other select virtual horse shows—to count toward Paint Alternative Competition credits for participating PAC-enrolled Paint Horses.
E-Shows are a virtual horse showing platform developed and administered by APHA, open to all breeds. Now, Paint Horses participating in APHA E-Shows—who are also enrolled in the PAC program—can use their placings to earn PAC credits on their horses’ APHA performance records, which tally toward incremental and year-end awards. APHA will also approve other select virtual shows administered by approved organizations and for classes that are not offered by APHA E-Shows; pre-approval of the event (via written request submitted before hte show takes place) is required before outside virtual shows will count toward PAC credits.
PAC Eligibility
Once your horse is enrolled in the PAC program, you will complete a PAC Exhibitor Report form—based on your placings, you can receive PAC credits that will be recorded on your horse’s performance record.

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For more information check out our FAQs listed below!
Can I receive Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) credits for APHA E-Shows?
Yes, the Board of Directors has approved APHA E-Show for PAC approval. Credits are based on your placing and how many horses participate in the class.
Can I receive PAC credits for other virtual horse shows?
Yes (conditionally). The virtual show MUST submit a written request prior to the show dates and be approved by APHA, and only classes that are not offered in APHA E-Shows will be approved for PAC credits.
How do I receive PAC credits for an APHA E-SHOW or virtual horse show?
First, you will be required to enroll your horse in the PAC program. Once you have enrolled in the PAC program, you will need to complete a PAC Exhibitor Report form available at
https://apha.com/programs/pac/forms/. This is the same report you would use for a typical horse show.
I am already enrolled in PAC, and I showed in an APHA E-Show prior to this approval. Can I receive PAC credits for the APHA E-Shows I’ve already competed in?
Yes, you will just need to complete and submit the PAC Exhibitor Report form and based on your placings you could earn PAC credits. You have 90 days to make any changes/additions to your PAC record.
I have a virtual horse show. How do I get it approved as a PAC event?
To get your virtual horse show PAC approved, you need to submit a written request to PAC Coordinator Karen Utecht at pac@apha.com. Please note, APHA will not approve virtual shows that offer the same classes as APHA E-Shows.
How do I get more information on APHA’s E-Shows?
To get more details on upcoming APHA E-Shows, you can go to apha.com/showing/e-shows/. We also regularly post information on social media so be sure to follow APHA on Facebook and Instagram.
Have any non-APHA virtual shows been PAC approved yet?
Yes, Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) will be hosting a virtual show that has already been PAC approved.
How do I find out what virtual shows have been approved?
APHA will update the PAC website with APHA-approved virtual horse shows.
Do I need to have my non-virtual horse show approved as a PAC event?
No, a normal, non-virtual horse show does not need to be approved for PAC—they have blanket approval. You will just need to follow standard PAC rules that can be found at apha.com/programs/pac/.
What are the general rules for Virtual Horse Show PAC credits?
All PAC rules apply for the APHA E-Shows and other virtual horse shows. For more information on PAC rules and regulations, go to apha.com/programs/pac/.
Questions? Email Karen Utecht at pac@apha.com

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.

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Youth World Show Premium Book is now posted online!

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.

Nominate outstanding APHA members for the Distinguished Service Award

Deadline May 15, 2020

2020 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee and contact information.
Craig Wood (Chair) – chorse.wood@gmail.com
Richard Cox – rlcox1010@gmail.com
Tom Crowley – tom.crowley@ministryhealth.org
Paula Mullins – rocknppaints@rpt.coop
Carla Perri – carla@perrisleather.com
Laurie Roden – laurie@roden.com
Mike Short – mdshort53@gmail.com
Travis Titlow – travis1125@yahoo.com
Sue Woodson – jacsue512@aol.com

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. 
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

Horse Friends and Family,
What have you been doing during this “stay at home” order? While you have some extra time on your hands let me tell you about a few things APHA has to offer you. Paint owner or not there are lots of things just for you!



May 1
• APHF Therapeutic Riding instructor scholarship
applications due
May 15
• Distinguished Service Award nominations due
May 29
• APHA Youth World Show Pre-Entry, Stall & RV Deadline


New updates to the Gold Star and Clubs of Distinction awards for 2020.


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.
Membership List
Sample Financial Report

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APHA Executive Director
Billy Smith
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(email) billy@apha.com
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