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Rule change proposals for 2022 Convention consideration now available for public viewing

The following rule change proposals are being forwarded to the appropriate APHA advisory committees for consideration at the 2022 APHA Convention. Rule change proposals that are passed out of their committees will then be voted on by elected state directors during the APHA Convention; these are for consideration of the 2023 APHA Rule Book unless early implementation is granted.

Why It Matters: APHA is a democratic organization, and all members in good standing are invited to submit rule change proposals by October 1 annually. Submitted proposals are vetted by applicable committees and might move forward for voting by the elected state directors, who represent the general membership. This is the general membership’s opportunity to view the rule change proposals that will be considered by committees and state directors at the 2022 APHA Convention, and share their thoughts with the applicable committees or their state director representatives.

Link to full rule change proposals: (click “Rule Change Resolutions for Consideration at 2022 Convention.”)

Link to State Director list (click “2021 State Director List” at top)

A summary of rule change proposals for 2022 consideration follow:

    Summary:  Allows Youth to stay on the AjPHA Executive Committee from the minimum to maximum age requirements, but they may only hold the same position for a maximum four years.
  • CONTROL #GR-020
    Summary:  RevisesGR-020 sections J. and K. to explain the details of life memberships.
  • CONTROL # RG-120
    Summary: Updates and simplifies the embryo transfer rules, and removes the requirement for an embryo transfer permit and fee for those used in the same year of harvest. The permit and fee is still required by October 1 of the collection year for vitrified embryo(s).
  • CONTROL #RG-125
    Summary: Simplifies and removes duplication of information in the existing RG-125 rule.
  • CONTROL #SC-105
    Summary:  Allows APHA regional clubs to co-host PORs outside of one of the hosts’ boundaries as long as the show is within one of the clubs’ boundaries.
  • CONTROL #SC-110
    Summary: Requires that show managers and secretaries cannot exhibit at the show they are working in those roles.
  • CONTROL #SC-110-1
    Requires certification of APHA show secretaries, and encourages education of APHA show managers, by completion of a certification program to increase the accuracy and completion of show applications and results to improve the associations ability to post approved shows and results on the APHA website in a timely manner.
  • CONTROL #SC-125
    Summary: Reduces the show submission deadline and assesses a late fee for late submissions of show results.
  • CONTROL #SC-192-2
    Summary: Prohibits use of raised poles for trot overs in the yearling and 2-year-old in-hand trail, .
  • CONTROL #SC-196
    Gives APHA show managers in Zones 12, 13 and 14 the option to add a 3 years & older in-hand trail class to their show bills with all performance rules as per SC-192.
  • CONTROL #SC-197
    Summary: Gives APHA show managers in Zones 12, 13 and 14 the option to add a longe line class for older horses to their show bills.
  • CONTROL #SC-250
    Summary: Expands the OP (Off Pattern) rule to all Novice, Walk-Trot and Green classes.
  • CONTROL #SC-303
    Summary: Offers the option to split age divisions in Ranch Rail Pleasure at shows with large class sizes.
  • CONTROL #AM-010-3
    Provides opportunities for Amateur lesson-givers.
  • CONTROL #AM-010-2
    Summary: Allows Amateurs to benefit from their name, image and likeness by receiving products or service endorsements without losing their Amateur eligibility.
  • CONTROL #AM-105-2
    Summary:  Allows clipping to be optional in showmanship at halter classes.
  • CONTROL #AM-125
    Summary:  Creates consistency in the rule, promotes participation and eliminates unnecessary fines imposed on exhibitors.
  • CONTROL #AM-245
    Summary:  Allows riders to ride any age horse with one hand on the reins or two hands with proper equipment, either a bosal or snaffle bit, in all APHA Novice and APHA Walk-Trot divisions.
  • CONTROL #AM-300
    Summary:  Adds Amateur Halter Classes (Amateur Halter or Amateur Performance Halter) to be included in Top 20 standings points for the Amateur Walk-Trot Division.
  • CONTROL #AM-300-1
    Summary:  Prohibits Amateur and/or Novice Amateur exhibitors from reclassifying to Walk-Trot during the calendar year.  
  • CONTROL #AM-300-3
    Summary: Requires Novice eligibility in riding classes for Walk-Trot exhibitors aged 19-64, while allowing all Amateur-eligible exhibitors age 65 and over to participate in the Amateur Walk-Trot program.
  • CONTROL #AM-300-5
    Summary: Exhibitors can’t compete in loping classes at other recognized equine associations or be a member of an intercollegiate team and hold an Amateur Walk-Trot card in the same calendar year.
  • CONTROL #JU-000
    Summary: Revises outdated and contradictory of halter rules.
  • CONTROL #JU-000-2
    Summary: Revises the judge review process from a three-year review cycle to a continuous review.


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