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25 March 2021

Equine Herpes Virus 2021 (Source: Equine Register, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs)

There has been a serious outbreak of the EHV-1 strain of Equine Herpes Virus on the Continent and over 80 equines have tested positive.

Horses have had to be hospitalised and a number have died.

Equine Herpes Virus is spread mainly by nasal droplets which means it can be spread easily by:

  • animals between themselves
  • people that have been with infected animals (accidentally on their unwashed hands and clothing)
  • sharing unsterilised horseboxes, stables, tack and feed equipment that has been used by infected animals

So it is important for the health and wellbeing of your equine that you follow guidance on biosecurity detailed below:

Your equine is at risk if in the last 30 days it has:

  • been imported to the UK from mainland Europe
  • had contact with equines that have been imported from mainland Europe
  • used a transporter that has transported equines from mainland Europe

What to do if your equine is at risk

  • Monitor your equine for clinical signs (including twice daily temperature checks) before coming into contact with other horses.  If you're not sure how to do this ask your vet.


  • Isolate the equine for a minimum of 28 days (assuming it remains free from symptoms)

What to do if your equine develops symptoms

If your equine starts to develop any of the above symptoms you should:

  • Call your vet


  • Isolate the equine until two consecutive tests (serum nasopharyngeal swabs) have been taken and tested a minimum of 10 days apart, to demonstrate that the equine is free from the disease - your vet will help you with these.

Symptoms of EHV-1

The signs of EHV-1 you should look for include:

  • raised temperature
  • lack of appetite (inappetence)
  • tiredness and/or lack of energy (lethargy)
  • runny nose (nasal discharge)
  • coughing
  • other signs may range from slight hind limb weakness through to paralysis (these are known as 'neurological' signs')

Important note: You should contact your vet immediately if you suspect your equine may be infected with EHV-1.

Remember the virus can lie dormant and subsequently re-emerge when an equine is stressed at a later date (such as when transported or mixed with new equines).

Other helpful information and guidance can be found at:





12 January 2021

The ApHC 2021 The Members Monthly Model supported by  

We are starting 2021 with a photo competition of our members current Registered Appaloosa (A, B, P & C).  This 2021 promotion is supported by Farm & Stable, they will choose ONE picture at the end of each month and deliver the WINNER a surprise bucket of 'treats' for the owner and horse.

Entry fee is £3 per image, one entry per horse, please send payment via our PayPal or BACS and images to or use our Facebook Messenger Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) UK/Facebook.

The 12 images will be used to create an ApHC UK 2022 Calendar.

We very much look forward to creating our 2022 Calendar.

Stay safe, The Directors.


12 January 2021

Exporters wishing to send Products of Animal Origin (POAO).  Animal by-products (ABP) or Germinal Products to the European Union (EU) must have their Exporting Business approved in order to do this.  Approval is given by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Food Standards Scotland (FSS), or the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) depending upon the commodity.

Once approval has been granted, the Exporting Business are allocated a unique identification number (TRACES approval number).  This number is recorded on the EU's TRACES NT system, along with the business details and its approved activities.  This TRACES approval number must be used to fully complete required Export Health Certificates (EHC).

Approved exporting businesses who do not know their TRACES/approval number can find it by following this link:


29 December 2020

Latest Defra advice ... In the interest of protecting animal welfare, and with the possibility of traffic disruption in the Kent area after 1st January 2021, Defra would strongly advise equine transporters to consider using vehicles with a combined weight of less than 7.5 tonnes, enabling them to proceed to the Short Straits using the Operation Brock contraflow between J8-9 of the M20.

If you are transporting equines in a vehicle with a combined weight above 7.5 tonnes and there is traffic disruption in Kent, Defra strongly advises against travel and if you do choose to travel you plan your journey carefully, in anticipation of the possibility of delays.  These vehicles will not be prioritised to use the Operation Brock contraflow.  The animal welfare of equines in transit should be a priority for all equine movements.  Make sure that you have the correct authorisations and vertifications to transport live animals, find out more here.


16 December 2020


Notification to our members of the National Stallion Association (NASTA) performance testing programme.  ApHC UK licensed stallions and breeding mares can take part in the NASTA performance testing programme which takes place over 2 days in August.  Please see the flyer and the bottom of the News page and visit the website  If you are interested in taking part next year contact the


13 December 2020


If you are planning to move any equines into the UK from 1 January 2021 (including from Great Britain to Northern Ireland) there will be significant changes from 1 January.  This may cause problems at border controls with new documentation, health checks and possible general delays at ports.  Defra have organised a webinar on 15 December at 10am to explain the changes.  Please see the attached Government's UK Transition document for further details and information.


HM Government - New Measures for Moving Live Animals (including Equines) from Great Britain to Northern Ireland


26 November 2020


BEF update: Activity in England post-lockdown

The government announced details of the revised three tier alert system for England earlier today and which areas would fall into each tier. The positive news is that equestrian activity can largely continue within number and setting restrictions based on the area’s tier level. Current lockdown restrictions remain in place until 00.01 on Wednesday 2 December and should be followed until then.

Overview of the tiers and how it relates to equestrianism

Tier 1 – Medium alert

  • organised outdoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue (Please note, the use of indoor/covered arenas for equestrian activity has previously been classified as outdoor activity in England and Scotland)
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue to take place, if the rule of six is followed. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes, and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • if you live in a tier 1 area and travel to an area in a higher tier you should follow the rules for that area while you are there. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as part of a longer journey.


Tier 2 – High alert

  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue (Please note, the use of indoor/covered arenas for equestrian activity has previously been classified as outdoor activity in England and Scotland)
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • you can't socialise with other households indoors
  • you can meet in a group of up to six outside - including in a garden, or a public place
  • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.


Tier 3 – Very High alert

  • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place (Please note, the use of indoor/covered arenas for equestrian activity has previously been classified as outdoor activity in England and Scotland)
  • you can't mix with other households indoors, or in private gardens and pub gardens
  • you can meet in a group of up to six in other outdoor spaces, such as parks, beaches or countryside
  • avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey. You may travel out of a tier 3 area for individual exercise.


In all tiers, all equestrian facilities, yards and centres can open for lessons, hire and competitions. Horse owners and guardians can travel to care and exercise horses without restriction including travelling horses away from the yard for exercise, training/lessons, hire or competition. Hacking on a social basis should only be done within the rule of six. Where possible, travel into and out of tier three should be avoided.


In all tiers, coaches and equestrian practitioners can continue to operate within COVID protocols and risk assessments for the provision of a safe workplace. Travel is permitted between tiers but please observe the requirements of the tier you live in.

Check what tier your area has been placed in by postcode here. Link:

BEF Chief Executive Iain Graham commented; “While coming out of lockdown in England will enable much of our activity to continue, we must continue to remain vigilant and strictly follow all COVID protocols and guidance in place at venues, in the workplace, on yards and in any areas you visit and at home.

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel but we must all continue to play our part across the United Kingdom. So, be it in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, please enjoy your horses, carry out your work and open your businesses and centres of learning but please do it safely so we can avoid any further lockdowns in any areas.”

We published a guide to the help available for the self-employed and freelancers today to help this group who may have suffered under the restrictions hampering their ability to work.

 Useful links

GOV.UK – local restriction tiers: what you need to know

GOV.UK – meeting others safely

GOV.UK – local restriction post code checker


7 October 2020

Urgent: Very important information for our members about movement of horses after Brexit from 31 December 2020.

If any of our members are planning on exporting horses to the EU or Northern Ireland after the end of December 2020 please read this latest advice on the link below as this may not be possible due to the fact that the UK may not have the relevant 'third country listing' in place in time.


12 February 2019

Appy Camp News

As Members are aware (Winter Newsletter) the Club are running an Appy Camp at the Crescent Arena in Somerset, EX15 2EX, over a long weekend - Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June. (Junction 28 M5 through to Kentisbeare). The Crescent has a huge Indoor Arena.

Clinicians include:

Friday at 3pm Dr Dave Siemens International Chiropractor giving a talk on Anatomy and Saddle fit. ( with BBQ

Saturday we have the honour of presenting Kirsty Whitfield Horsemanship - open to all abilities, all tack. (Kirsty Whitfield Horsemanship is on Facebook)

Saturday evening we have a talk by Endurance GB. Followed by BBQ

Sunday we have British Working Equitation visiting to teach us about ‘the horse as a working animal, combining training for farming and herding, response to the rider whatever terrain and difficulties they may face’ Again any ability any tack. (

The weekend includes camping, shower, toilet and BBQs with onsite clubhouse facilities for refreshments and stables or paddocks for our equine friends.

Members (and Appaloosa owners) were invited to register their interest and pay a non-refundable £50 deposit before the 28th February 2019. After this date the Camp will be opened up to other breeds (there is a waiting list).

So Don’t Delay - Book today - Use it or Lose it.

Contact: or one of the Directors on the contacts page to register your interest.


29th October 2018

This is to notify our members that access to the Pedeweb service will finish on 30 November 2018.  We are currently reviewing alternative options and will advise members in due course.  Meanwhile, we would like to remind breeders that the latest deadline for obtaining new passports has moved forward a month to the 30th November or 6 months from date of birth of the foal.  Please send your paperwork in to Registrations in plenty of time and check the website for the latest price information.  If you have any queries please speak to our Registrar, Auriol Thorne who will be happy to help you.

Thank you 


8th October 2018



For those with foals born in 2018 and for those who intend to register and passport with the ApHC UK Ltd - who are a recognised Passport Issuing Office (PIO) - (or any other PIO)


It has come to the notice of the Directors of the ApHC UK Ltd a change in the dates for Passport Application -


“Horse owners in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must now ensure that a PIO receives their passport application by the later of: 


6 months from the horse’s date of birth 


by 30 November in the year of birth. 

(NOT 31 December as previously)


First passports must be issued within 12 months of birth so they are not classified as “late”. Remember ALL information is now being added to the Central Equine Database.


Plus - NEW regulations came into operation on the 1 Oct 2018.

Equines born before 2009 and not microchipped have up to the 1 Oct 2020 to comply with NEW microchip regulations. 


Contact: Auriol Thorne - 


27th February 2018

We look forward to welcoming our members to the Annual General Meeting of the club on Saturday 21 April 2018 at 11am to be held at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, CV35 9BL to discuss all the latest appy news and join in the social/buffet after the meeting.


20th November 2017



Our WEBSITE ( needs your registered APPALOOSA STALLION/STUD 

(UK/Ireland/Europe residents preferably)


The ApHC UK are updating the Stud & Stallion page of the website:


We have already invited existing advertisers to update their advert for free........

• Members will get a FREE HALF PAGE advert in the WINTER NEWSLETTER* as well as 

• updating their information on the Webpage. *(Full page UPGRADE is only £10).

• We are also going to make the latest information into a PDF for downloading from website.

   (In Return We Need You to Renew Your Membership before 1st December 2017)

   (Email: for current Membership Application Form)

• All Stallions MUST show their PSSM1 results (better still their 5 panel test result).


For those wishing to advertise but not wishing to become members the cost is £25.


λ We are also compiling a HALL of FAME for those Stallions that are no longer with us (or not standing at public stud / Aged or Retired). We appreciate the contribution that the Appaloosa Stallions that have been standing in the UK have made to the Breed, therefore we would love to add your boy(s) to the ApHC UK Website for ALL TO SEE. Information on offspring/pedigree details welcome.  

• If you join or renew your membership for 2018 the listing will be FREE and will remain on the website indefinitely or until such time as you wish it to be removed.  

• We require that the Stallion was/is registered with the ApHC UK and/or ApHC (USA).  • • •


6th May 2016

Please note : the ONLY way to register on our A (American) register is to produce a copy of your APHC certificate of registration, (this includes the Hardship register of geldings with no known breeding.)
The Amnesty will only apply to our B (British) register. The horses applying must have APHC USA or UK Grandparents, so they WOULD BE ELIGIBLE for our B register had the APHC lineage been continued. Although the parents were eligible for the APHC USA or UK, they were registered with BAPS only so making their offspring ineligible. 
The criteria for BAPS registration and APHC registration is different and as daughter society of the APHC we follow the USA rules including accepting outcrosses (TB, QH and arab) but we license our stallions for the B register to ensure they pass a 5 stage vetting and are PSSM and Grey gene negative. The USA do not have stallion licensing.
I hope this clears up any misunderstandings but please contact me if you need more information.
Auriol (Registrar)


1st May 2016


Following the recent AGM, the ApHC UK directors have considered recent requests for an Amnesty to register Appaloosas with the ApHC UK and are pleased to advise that we have decided to introduce an Amnesty with effect from 1 May to 31 December 2016 to register Appaloosas who would have been eligible for our A - American or B - British registers had their registration been maintained with the ApHC USA or the APHC UK and therefore their pedigree line would have continued. Please also remember that any Appaloosas with ineligible breeding can register on our C - Characteristic Register provided they show Appaloosa characteristics and meet our height and type criteria. Any Appaloosa that meets our normal registration criteria can be overstamped into the relevant register without needing to apply for an Amnesty and this includes Part Bred Appaloosas. We provide relevant classes for all our registers at our national and regional shows. All new members and registrations are very welcome to join us. Please contact our registrar Auriol Thorne to find out more information. Email: Mobile: 07827 858120 or visit our website
C register for non-eligible/unknown breeding Appaloosas (see website for full criteria) £38 for member or £60 for non-member - this includes membership.
Amnesty overstamp - Appaloosas who would have been eligible for our A - American or B - British registers had their registration been maintained with the ApHC USA or the APHC UK and therefore their pedigree line would have continued. £38 for member or £60 for non-member which includes a membership.
Overstamp for eligible horses - their Sire and Dam must be registered with us and the Sire must be licensed with us (B reg) or the horse must be registered in the USA -APHC (A reg) a copy of the certificate must be produced. £20 for members, £45 for non-members.
Part-bred overstamps - one of the parents must be registered on the A or B register and if it is the sire and he is B reg, he must be licensed with us as well. £20 for members, £45 for non-members

1st February 2015 - ApHC European Judges Seminar

Anyone interested in attending ApHC European judges Seminar? Details below, I couldn't put all of the forms on here so if you are interested please contact one of the directors and we will send you the forms to apply, closing date 15th Feb.

The AQHA, APHA, ApHC and NSBA will conduct an AQHA European Judges Seminar on (April 5 -10) 2016 in Germany. From April 5 – 7th noon, the seminar is for existing judges only. On the 7th at 1 pm the seminar starts for applicants until April 9, existing judges are welcome. Sunday, April 10 is for judge applicants only. The seminar will be arranged at Business-Sporthotel Grosswallstadt, 63868 Grosswallstadt, 80 km east of Frankfurt/Main.

Fees AQHA/APHA/ApHC/NSBA-Judges Seminar for Existing European Judges
2 ½ days (April 5 – 7, 2016): 150 Euro
3 ½ days (April 5 – 8, 2016): 200 Euro

Fees AQHA/APHA/ApHC/NSBA-Judges Seminar for European Judge Applicants
2 ½ days (April 7 – 9, 2016): 150 Euro
3 ½ days (April 7 – 10, 2016): 250 Euro 
Exam fee for each association: 100 Euro
The fees include: 
• Documentation 
• Lunch (April 6 + 8-10) and coffee break (April 5 – 10)

Personal hotel accommodation costs (room, mini-bar etc.) are not included in the seminar fees.
The AQHA/APHA/ApHC/NSBA European Judges Seminar (for judge applicants) will be held on April 7 - 9, 2016. The rule book test(s) for applicants will be the last item of business on April 9 followed by the video tests and interviews on April 10, 2016.

NOTE: The European Judges Seminar on April 7 – 9 may be attended by any AQHA/APHA/ApHC or NSBA member without taking the test. The fee will be 150 Euro.

The seminar is held in English language by AQHA/APHA/ApHC/NSBA judge trainers. Applicants should be familiar with the AQHA/APHA/ApHC/NSBA rulebook and must have a valid individual AQHA/APHA/ApHC/NSBA membership. A NSBA judge certification exam will be held in conjunction with the classes for existing judges on April 5-7, the application fee is 100 Euro.
• All applicants have to submit the AQHA/APHA/ApHC/NSBA European judge application forms by 
February 15, 2016
• AQHA applicants have to submit a reference from the President of the International Quarter Horse Association of the country in which they reside
• The minimum age for applicants is: AQHA-25 years, APHA-21 years, ApHC-25 years, NSBA-
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22nd May 2015 - Liz and Leggs 500 mile ride.

Hello there everyone,
Liz and Leggs are hoping to ride a 500 mile round trip from Gloucester to Weymouth and back in June this year. Please could you put the folowing information up on your website and/or facebook page in case anyone can help in to find us safe overnight stops?

Liz and Leggs have done a few long rides over the last five years including one to the Nationals at Moreton Morrel a few years ago. This year's ride is 500 mile circular round trip from Gloucester to Weymouth and back. 
Can you help us out. Leggs and I need some safe overnight stops. A paddock or the corner of a field are great as we ususally share our space but we also need access to some fresh drinking water as well. E-mail - or phone 07538733422
The route is designed to be predominantely off road and initially follows the Sabrina Way, the Claude Duval Way, the Swan's Way and The Ridgeway before heading across the Salisbury Plains, Cranbourne Chase and the Purbecks taking us into Weymouth.
Leggs and I travel alone as we can't find anyone mad enough to come with us. Leggs has the pleasure of carrying me, my tent and the kitchen sink, making us quite self surficient.
Although, it has to be said, that this year, we have a stroke of luck and will be travelling half of each week with a day pack only, meeting a friend each night with our gear. This means we can travel further and faster on these days and wil cover 25-30 miles per day. On days where Leggs carries full kit we will travel 18-20 miles at a slower pace. Leggs now experienced in her long riding sets her own speed and works hard. If all goes well and Endurance GB will have us, Leggs and I will drop into Cirencester Park to try a 40km competitive ride during their Heart of England event before turning for home.

Overnight stops needed at:
We depart from Gloucester on Friday 5th June heading north of the A40 towards Oxford through the Cotswolds.
Great Barrington - June 6th
Statton Audley - June 7th

East of Oxford Heading south for Streatley
Stone - June 8th
Watllington June 9th

Ridgeway, Salisbury Plains and Cranbourne Chase
Sparsholt - June 12th
Ogboune Maizey/Clyfe Pyiard area June 13th
Market Lavington - June 14th
Berwick St James - June 15th
Berwick St John - June 16th

Purbecks and Dorset
Weymouth area - June 20th
Cerne Abbas/Syling St Nicholas - June 22nd
Woolland/Ibberton - June 23rd

Cranbourne Chase and Salisbury Plains
Tarrant Monkton - June 26th
Dinton - June 27th
Market Lavington - June 28th

North Wessex Downs
Stanton St Bernard - June 29th
Lacock - June 30th

South Cotswolds
Ashley/Chedglow/Long Newnton - July 3rd
Circencester Park - July 4th & 5th
Anywhere between Circenester and Gloucester please as we haven't decided our route home yet! June - 6th

Many thanks are already owed to William Reddaway - Long Rider, Andy Reader-Smith Farrier and Pat Harris Mid Cotswold Tracks and Trails Group.

It is hoped that anyone interested in our trip can follow our progress on a blog via Mid Cotswold Tracks and Trails Group Facebook site - thanks Pat.


National show round up...................................

When i pulled up on the Friday evening at Warwickshire College, Morton Morrell to prepare for the 2014 NATIONAL SHOW, over the weekend of the 9 and 10 August, I was already excited about what was in store for the national this year.  This included a fantastic line up of  judges, plenty of volunteers to help run the show, a special display of Phantom of the Opera by Di Wilson and Joe Glow with our very own Auriol Thorne as Christine, Line Dancing with Wild Bill and 50 pre-entered competitors and their horses.  I was also in for a very pleasant surprise as I drove around the corner to unload all the paraphernalia we need in order to run the show.  In place of the two old stables on the end block was a splendid new show office and equine centre.  I thought I had arrived at the wrong place!  The college has generally upgraded the facilities and invested in new equipment in the therapy centre including a horse spa and ice water walker.  The venue looked spick and span with a new surround to the outdoor arena, some very nice planters and best of all no wasps!  The new show office made a huge difference to the show team with space to set up the show entries secretary and the helpers.  We also had access to the kitchen and fridge which meant we were able to host the judges for lunch and refreshments in a much more professional and comfortable environment.  We also went a bit high tech this year by using the two way radios and headsets which did save some running about and worked really well.

The judges this year were Richard Rau (Toledo, Ohio) our American judge and Beverley Beresford Batten (Southampton) our UK judge.  Beverley’s husband Bob also assisted us by taking on the role of ring steward for the UK classes whilst Box Cox was our USA steward.  Both of our judges gave positive feedback about the quality of horses presented to them and really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and unique experience that is the ApHC UK national.  The main selling point for us is the combination and variety of the classes and the mixture of English and traditional USA/Heritage culture. 

We made some changes to the schedule this year by introducing some more classes to accommodate the new C register competitors who were able to show under both the UK judge and the American judge.  The ‘on the triangle’ classes judged by Richard Rau proved popular on the Saturday afternoon and I think that is because they are a little different to the normal showing class. 

On the Sunday we re-organised the

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