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New APHA rules in effect April 1, 2020

The following seven rule change proposals were passed with early implementation at the 2020 APHA Convention on March 1. Six go into effect April 1, and one goes into effect May 1. Additionally, the elected directorship voted on implementation of new APHA By-Laws, which went into immediate effect as of March 1, 2020.

A summary of the early-implementation rules appear below; find the most current APHA Rule Book with full verbiage at apha.com/rule-books.

In all, 11 rules were passed at the 2020 Convention; the remainder go into effect January 1, 2021. Read a summary here, or view “2019 Rule Change Proposals – Passed 2020 Convention” at apha.com/rule-books to read the full rules.
CONTROL #ART IX-2Starts May 1
SUMMARY: Changes wording to ensure that APHA Regional Clubs are consistent with maintaining compliance with the APHA by-laws.
CONTROL #JU-000-1Starts April 1
SUMMARY: Eliminates some restrictions on one and two judge shows in hiring their judges.
CONTROL #RG-095-1Starts April 1
SUMMARY: Streamlines and updates the requirements and process for horse name changes.
CONTROL #SC-301-1Starts April 1
SUMMARY: Requires a stool/mounting block be provided for any ranch horse class obstacle in which mounting/unmounting is required.
CONTROL #SC-301-4Starts April 1
SUMMARY: Provides additional patterns for use in Ranch Reining classes.
CONTROL #SC-305-1Starts April 1
SUMMARY: This rule allows for any recognized mounted shooting organization and/or event to be eligible for APHA special event approval.
CONTROL #YP-086-1Starts April 1
SUMMARY: Adds Youth Color Classes as approved APHA classes.
Access the most current APHA Rule Book for free online, anytime, at apha.com/rule-books.
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