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Performance Permits for Non-Characteristic Appaloosas
Posted on July 20, 2006   From the Appaloosa Horse Club
 Moscow, Idaho -Beginning January 1, 2007, the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) will issue Performance Permits to ApHC-registered, non-characteristic (N) Appaloosas. Permits allow all non-characteristic Appaloosas, regardless of parentage or age, to show in ApHC-approved and sponsored events as well as race with results counting toward ApHC race awards. Once a permit is issued, it remains in effect for the life of the horse, regardless of ownership changes.

Performance Permits eliminate the current Certified Pedigree Option (CPO) program, as well as costly CPO fees and inspections. Non-characteristic horses planning to show in 2006 are required to complete the CPO program prior to showing. Appaloosas entered in the current CPO program shall remain eligible to show in ApHC-approved or sponsored events as well as earn ApHC race awards for the life of that horse.

Prior to applying for Performance Permits, Appaloosas must be ApHC-registered. If you own unregistered, non-characteristic Appaloosas, look for the upcoming Aged Horse Special later this year to receive reduced rates of registration for older Appaloosas.

Prior to permits being issued, Appaloosas must be parentage verified through DNA analysis by an ApHC-approved laboratory. The original certificate of registration, current photographs of the horse, and applicable fees (see fee schedule) must be submitted to the ApHC along with a permit application. Upon issuance of a permit, an updated certificate of registration will be returned to the horse owner. Permit application forms will be available through the ApHC and on the official Website at in November 2006.

In an effort to alleviate a backlog of parentage analysis in January, it is recommended that owners considering purchase of Performance Permits, parentage verify all applicant horses as soon as possible. This is especially important if you wish to show or race your non-characteristic Appaloosa in January.

Performance Permit Fees:
Foal date to 12 months 
Appaloosa x Appaloosa $150 (member) $215 (non-member)
Appaloosa x Approved Outcross $250 (member) $315 (non-member)
13 months and older
Appaloosa x Appaloosa $300 (member) $365 (non-member)
Appaloosa x Approved Outcross $500 (member) $565 (non-member)

For a one-year introductory period, January 1 through December 31, 2007, eligible Appaloosas may enroll at the applicable weanling fee, regardless of age. These introductory enrollment fees shall expire in 2007 and the applicable fees for yearlings and older horses will apply beginning January 1, 2008.

The Appaloosa Horse Club is the international breed registry for Appaloosa horses and is located in Moscow, Idaho. Since 1938, the ApHC has been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the breed. Agile, intelligent and distinctively colorful, Appaloosas excel in a variety of events and are beloved around the world for their even temperaments and reliability.

Contact: Krystina McCoy, ApHC Public Relations Coordinator at (208) 882-5578 ext. 229 or


Posted on July 20, 2006      From the Appaloosa Horse Club



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