Jan. 6, 2006 -- With varied coats of bold spotted patterns, the Appaloosa continues to chart a solid course as one of America's favorite companion and competitive horses today, just as it did more than a hundred years ago. Thousands of these horses can be found around the world, demonstrating their versatility as they compete in multiple disciplines and show classes.
As this breed continues to demonstrate notable growth in membership and horse recordings, the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) has joined the national federation's equestrian family for the first time, as a 2006 U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Affiliated Association. There are more than 28,000 members and hundreds of thousands of horses registered through the ApHC's International Breed Registry.
"We're delighted to have the Appaloosas join the Federation as an Affiliated Association," said USEF CEO John Long. "The Appaloosa possesses a rare beauty combined with athleticism that make it a favorite companion of many equestrians, and we gladly welcome the Appaloosa Horse Club to our equestrian family."
"We too are excited about the opportunity to join forces with the USEF," said Frank Holmes, Appaloosa Horse Club Director of Public Relations and Communication. "We look forward to forging a mutually-beneficial partnership that will add a new dimension to the efforts of both organizations."