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Registering your Appaloosa Horse

To register your Appaloosa you will need to:

* Download and complete the "Application for Pedigree Registration" form OR
* Download and complete the "Application for ApHC (USA) to ApHCC Pedigree Registration" form
* Meet the Photograph Requirements
* Complete the Check List
* Review the Registration FAQ's


Meet the Photograph Requirements

When you apply for registration of your Appaloosa Horse a "Photo Inspection" is required. The ApHCC Registrar through examination of recent colored photographs performs the "Photo Inspections". As the physical identification of all Appaloosas is achieved through the description of base color, face and leg markings, coat pattern, other characteristics, notable scars, brands, freeze marks and/or microchip or tattoo, it is imperative to have high quality photographs submitted for the Photo Inspection.

At least four current, color photographs shall accompany all "Applications for Registration of Pedigree". Altering of photographs in any way is strictly prohibited. The four photographs present four views of the horse:

frontleft sideright siderear photo
Direct Front View     Full Left Side View            Full Right Side View          Direct Hind View


If applicable, the photographs should be sure to capture the following:

* Mottled Skin
* White Sclera
* Striped Hooves (on legs without white leg markings)
* Markings and Spots on Legs, Face, and Body
* Base Color (Bay, Chestnut, etc)
* Appaloosa Coat Pattern
* Notable Scars
* Brands, Tattoo and/or Freeze Mark


Labeling of photographs is required to provide confirmation of the Application for Registration of Pedigree form to which the photos belong, and for future reference. Labeling on the back of the photograph shall include:

* name of the applicant horse
* date the photograph was taken
* name and address of the person taking the photograph


Several labeling techniques have been utilized by ApHCC customers, including printing the information on the back of the photograph and preparing computer labels and affixing them to the back of the photograph.


Complete the Checklist

Review this list prior to submitting your Application for Registration of Pedigree to the ApHCC. It will help insure your application is complete. Remember, a delay in processing will result if application is not complete.

    [  ]  Photographs – direct front, left side profile view, right side profile view, direct hind

    [  ]  Application for Registration of Pedigree – completed form

    [  ]  Stallion Owner Requirements have been fulfilled

    [  ]  Outcross Sire or Dam Requirements have been fulfilled or are included with this application

    [  ]  Fees – appropriate fees are accompanying this application. See Application for Registration of Pedigree form for details

    [  ]  Is the applicant horse a stallion or mare 2 years of age or older? If yes, an ApHCC Veterinary Evaluation form is required.

    [  ]  Is this horse a descendant of the AQHA stallion Impressive? If yes, refer to ApHCC Bylaws, Section XI C. Genetic Disorders.

    [  ]  Review the instructions included with the Application for Registration of Pedigree form and the ApHCC Official Handbook.


Review the Registration FAQs

1. Can I outcross to Quarter horses in my Appaloosa breeding program?

Yes. ApHCC By-laws accept the following crosses provided one registered parents have coat pattern.
Appaloosa to Appaloosa or Appaloosa to Quarter or Appaloosa to Thoroughbred
Quarter horses must be registered or appendix with the AQHA Thoroughbreds must be registered with the Jockey Club or Canadian Thoroughbred Society (By-laws, section VII, 1. The Book of Parental Stock).


2. I have heard that Quarter horses or TBs used in an Appaloosa breeding program require "Listing" with the ApHCC. What is this?

The "Listing" that you refer to is simply submission of a copy of the AQHA, Jockey Club, Canadian Thoroughbred Society or ApHC (if American owned Appaloosa), a completed form certifying the copy is unaltered, and the current listing fee. This is a one time procedure which insures the ownership and pedigree of the outcross is entered correctly into the ApHCC registration system.  (By-laws, Section XII, B, 1. b)


3. If the foal produced from the cross of a Quarter Horse of TB to an Appaloosa with coat pattern is solid, can the foal be registered?

Yes, the solid foal can be ApHCC registered and shown at ApHCC approved events provided all other ApHCC registration requirements have been fulfilled. (By-laws, Section VII, and General Show Rules)


4. Does ApHCC have any regulations regarding HYPP?

Yes, ApHCC By-laws Section XI, C reads as follows:
i. Effective January 01, 2000, any horse applying for identification or registration in the Register of Appaloosa Horses and carrying a known and/or identified genetic disorder, including but notlimited to, HYPP (Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis) and SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency) shall only be eligible for entry into the Registry of Appaloosa Horses upon receipt by the ApHCC of Application for Pedigree Registration/Identification and veterinary verification that the horse is a gelding or spayed mare.

ii. Effective January 01, 2002, any horse applying for identification or registration in the Register of Appaloosa Horses and carrying a known and/or identified genetic disorder, including but not limited to HYPP (Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis) and SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency) shall be denied identification or registration with the ApHCC.



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