We are dedicated to promoting and upholding a fair and level playing field in the horse show arena, kind and ethical treatment of our horses and the people who own them, and the pursuit of excellence in all things relating to our sport.
We are committed to expanding the popularity of our breed by broadening the public’s awareness and appreciation of the Arabian horse, and to bring new enthusiasts to the sport of owning and showing Arabian horses. Our efforts are driven by the desire to make our breed known as the pinnacle of the horse show world, and our championship events premier public entertainment that reward participants and spectators in every way.
Prospective members are welcome and are encouraged to join. Please go to the membership section of this site for details.
What does APAHA do for me?
The Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association is the horsemen’s voice. The simple fact is that for over a decade, the horse show community has been the driving force behind the Arabian breed. Horses, enjoyed and exhibited by their owners, amateurs, and trainers in a wide variety of disciplines at Arabian horse shows and beyond have become the backbone of the breed, allowing owners the joy of participation as well as serving as a major promotional arm for the Arabian horse.
First and foremost, APAHA’s objective is to be the voice of the horse show enthusiast. Our united aim has been to speak for you, the Arabian horse show community, to the management of the associations and competitions that depend on the showing public for our patronage and participation. For the last decade, the APAHA has appointed members that have worked and continue to work closely with the US Show Commission to be the exhibitor’s voice in improving scheduling, footing, and stabling issues during the event. Last year, for the first time, APAHA member Christine Ryan organized an on-line auction, with the assistance of the Arabian Horse Times, to fund additional decorations for the event, an undertaking that will continue on as we go forward. Current Show Commission Advisory members John Ryan and Mary Jane Brown continue to travel to Show Commission meetings and interact throughout the year to make our premier event the best it can be.
Additionally, we are focused on the base of our industry pyramid. Plans for this year are already well under way to help re-build and energize an influx of new people into our sport of horse showing. In January, Rob Bick, on behalf of the APAHA, developed and circulated the A.C.T.S. Classes, designed to bring new people into the sport through our horse shows through an Academy-type classes geared specifically for our versatile Arabian show horses. CLICK HERE for more info
Additionally, APAHA is sponsoring and participating as clinicians with the inaugural Intrigue Arabian Horse Experience, a totally new concept debuting in Nashville TN at the end of March to introduce brand new people to the Arabian Horse through educational seminars and hands-on exposure to horses through a variety of events. CLICK HERE to learn more about Intrigue, and to see if an Intrigue event is something you or your club would like to do in your area.
The APAHA Giving Back Program continues with the development of a directory of Arabian Horse Lesson Programs throughout the United States, which you will find here on this site as well as on AHA’s website. APAHA members are traveling across the country this year to give seminars and clinics at various places, concluding with the Annual Youth Nationals Clinics sponsored by APAHA at the Youth National Show, featuring winners from the APAHA Horsemen’s Awards.
For our membership as a whole, our already existing web site is being beefed up and filled out for better member communication and interaction. As well, our social media presence is being expanded to keep the membership up to date on changing issues and upcoming events—click onto us at Facebook, and keep apprised of what the APAHA is doing, as well using the space to send us your questions and concerns.
Ongoing programs in 2012 have included the 20th anniversary of The APAHA Horsemen’s Awards, along with the inception of the new Hall of Fame, the development of a national list of Arabian Lesson programs that is shared both on this site as well as with AHA, multiple clinics throughout the country to support the APAHA Giving Back concept, the US National Show Advisory Commission, and much, much more. Additionally, the efforts of two completely separate organizations that emerged from APAHA , The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund and the Arabian English Pleasure Association, continue to energetically serve and promote the horses and people who make up our Arabian horse community.
In short, APAHA exists as a vehicle for the Arabian show community to influence our own destiny and contribute to the future of the Arabian Show Horse sport. Be a part of the solution, and join us today! Help us be a positive and creative voice for our Arabian future.
Links of Interest:
|Horseman’s Distress Fund|
|Arabian English Performance Association|