August 11, 2014 11:11 by Jaime
Recently APHA changed the way it is going to handle eligibilty for their Breeders' Trust. As many of you know, I was quite disgruntled at how the AQHA handled its changes to the Incentive Fund a few years ago.
APHA will charge a second enrollment fee to new owners of Breeders' Trust-nominated horses. The initial enrollment will cover the nominator and one transfer, but additional transfers will have to pay another $100. This process will begin in 2015.
Perhaps they looked at the disgruntled folks from AQHA's change (I wasn't the only one) and found another way. I have to say I like this much better. Paying per horse is way better than per year per division. Plus it includes one transfer, which still gives the breeder incentive to nominate a baby in the first place. Folks shopping directly from breeders (often for youngstock two and under) will see no change. Folks buying an established horse for showing will need to pay the $100, but that's unlikely to deter a determined shopper who's looking in the "established show horse" price range anyway.
Overall, who likes to pay more money? Nobody. But with the decrease in payout, I am in agreement something needed to be done. Overall I think this is a good way to start, and applaud APHA for giving us some time to get used to it and setting it up in a way it didn't affect everyone right in the pocket book right off the bat.
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