On March 3rd, APHA national directors voted on 17 rule change proposals that advanced to the floor for consideration at the 2019 APHA Convention, which took place March 1–3 in Fort Worth, Texas. No rules were passed for early implementation; rules will go into effect with the 2020 APHA Rule Book.
Below is a summary of rules that were voted on at the 2019 APHA Convention; find full details of passed rule proposals here.
The following rules were passed:
CONTROL # ART III-3
Summary: Rule explains voting responsibilities of a Director.
CONTROL # ART IX-1
Summary: Purposes of this rule change proposal: 1) To promote and improve customer service to APHA Regional Clubs by administering actions which foster greater consistency, accuracy and opportunity for club viability. 2) Generate practices which are labor saving for APHA staff.
CONTROL # ART IX-3
Summary: To promote and improve customer service to APHA Regional Clubs by administering actions which foster greater consistency, accuracy and opportunity for club viability.
CONTROL # ART IX-4 (as clarified)
Summary: Purpose of this rule change: 1) To promote and improve customer service to APHA Regional Clubs by administering actions which foster greater consistency, accuracy and opportunity for club viability. 2) Provide the APHA with specific procedure to obtain required information from all active clubs in timely manner and reduce staff hours in facilitating follow-up measures.
CONTROL # ART X
Summary: Rule explains Zone Show requirements.
CONTROL # ART XIV
Summary: Eliminates confusion on where to find a list of regional clubs and Racing affiliates.
CONTROL # GR-010
Summary: Clarifies the procedure for requesting early implementation on rule change proposals.
CONTROL # SC-192
Summary: Allows cords to be used in the same way as chains in in-hand trail.
CONTROL # SC-206 (as amended)
Summary: To increase the number of points a horse can earn before becoming ineligible for the green classes from 10 to 25 to be consistent with other breed and show associations.
[Amended to provide exception for Zones 12, 13 & 14]
CONTROL # SC-301-2 (Amended)
Summary: Adds Ranch Cutting to the list of APHA-approved events.
[amended to bring rule in agreement with current industry standards]
CONTROL # SC-301-3 (Amended)
Summary: Clarification and modification of the ranch horse class rules.
CONTROL # AM-176
Summary: Adds color classes to the Amateur Division.
CONTROL # YP-109 (Clarified)
Summary: Creates an 11- to 18-year-old Walk-Trot division for APHA-approved competition. Eligibility restrictions apply.
Full rule change text for those proposals passed at the 2019 Convention is available at apha.com/forms/rule-books.
The following rules did not pass:
Summary: Allows Quarter Horse or Thoroughbreds that have a Paint pattern gene (but without white markings consistent with APHA registration standards) to be registered in the APHA Solid Registry.
CONTROL # RG-070-1
Summary: Amends the current RG-070-E rule to allow advancement of a solid horse to the Regular Registry if the horse has: a) at least one registered APHA parent, with the other parent being registered with APHA, AQHA, the Jockey Club or any other international Thoroughbred Registry recognized by the Jockey Club, along with b) at least one Paint trait, and c) APHA genetic testing confirming the horse carries at least one Paint pattern gene.
Summary: Denotes all breedings as “released” on a stallion breeding report as a function of submission of a stallion breeding report to APHA.
CONTROL # YP-109-1*
Summary: Creates an additional Youth Walk-Trot Division for the age groups of 11-18 years.
[clarified – cannot be combined with WT 5-10]
*Because CONTROL #YP-109 passed, this rule could not be voted on.