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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 Stimulus Plan, which goes into effect May 4, 2020. This plan includes allowing APHA E-Shows—and 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 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.

[Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal and a link provided back to apha.com.]
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