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The American Paint Horse is an all purpose breed that can dazzle spectators with its grace no matter what the venue. They can be seen performing in competitive events such as barrel racing or gently meandering down recreational trails. Thanks to the American Paint Horse Association, there are many events and competitions held throughout the year in the United States. Competitions can be held at national or regional levels and members of all ages and skill levels are openly invited to participate. These enjoyable events give the American Paint's enthusiasts plenty of opportunity to see their favorite breed full action.
Each year, APHA members flock to events that allow them to demonstrate their horse's talents in competitions for showcasing, jumping and even dressage. These events are open to all ages and skill levels. The biggest, all encompassing event for APHA members is the World Championship Paint Horse Show. American Paint owners from not only the United States but around the world turn up for this much loved event. There are nearly two thousand entries for enthusiasts to observe in everything from trick riding to roping. [...]
There are many different associations and breeders groups that are available for the Canadian horse. These organizations offer support and information to anyone who is interested in the Canadian horse. While each of them have different focuses and goals, they are all united in the purpose of promoting the Canadian horse.
[h]Canadian Livestock Records Corporation[/h]-The CLRC is known as the national pedigree service for all livestock in Canada, both purebred and non-purebred. They are a non-profit organization that is private and has been in existence since 1905.
The Canadian Livestock Records Corporation is incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act. This act is a federal legislation which regulates the keeping of all of the pedigree records of animals in Canada. The many different breed associations are also incorporated due to and under the same Act. Any of the associations that are so incorporated are eligible to become a member of the CLRC. The CLRC maintains the records for around 50 associations that are members of its organization. [...]
Despite the fact that the Gypsy Vanner has been around for at least the last fifty years, thanks to the selective breeding by the Gypsies that gave the breed its name, a registry dedicated to the breed has only been in existence since 1996. Created by the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society and based in the United States, this registry has since become the main registry for selectively bred Gypsy Vanners, as opposed to other registries that accept crossbreeds. Having developed a breed standard with the assistance of one of the Gypsies that had a strong hand in its breeding, the Society now welcomes those Gypsy Vanners into their studbook through two different types of registration. [...]
The Hackney Horse has enjoyed popularity in its native country for centuries, thanks to its wonderful trot, stamina and proud bearing. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the Hackney started to find itself exported all throughout the world, from North America to Australia. The Hackney's appearance in the United States happened relatively early as compared to other countries, and the horse arrived thanks in no small part to one wealthy businessman and horse enthusiast. Not only did the Hackney arrive in America early, but its dedicated breed society was formed hot on the heels of the society formed in its native country. [...]
Registering a Half-Arabian is not as difficult as it may seem. Unlike other breeds, Half-Arabians are welcome with open arms in a variety of different registries, most notably the Arabian Horse Association. Some of the crosses with Arabians have become so commonplace and popular that they have become recognized as breeds themselves and have their own registries. Here we'll take a look at how to register a Half-Arabian with the Arabian Horse Association and other registries that will accept some of the more popular Arabian crosses. [...]
Although it is widely known that no horses have been imported into Iceland for over eight hundred years, making this horse possibly the purest of all breeds, some may be surprised to learn that the Icelandic Horse has been exported almost since the beginning of its history. First sent to Norwegian kings as gifts, Icelandic Horses also made appearances in Denmark and the British Isles in different periods in history. By the 20th century, the horse was so widely exported that there were easily as many Icelandic Horses in Europe as there were in Iceland, an impressive feat when the horse is so incredibly popular in its native country. [...]
Many of Europe's most famous breeds of horses were nearly wiped out as a result of the two world wars that ravaged the continent during the twentieth century. But none perhaps came so close to the brink as the Hungarian Warmblood. In a story that sounds like it was made for the big screen, the breed was saved by no less a personage than General Patton, in addition to two Hungarian Countesses who made their own daring escapes to the United States after World War II and other enthusiasts of the breed. [...]
The non-profit Tiger Horse Association was fully incorporated in 2004, making it one of the newest of the horse associations in the United States. The registry exists to maintain the characteristics of the Tiger Horse that was the famous hunting horse in Siberia throughout the 18th century and before. Even though the actual original Tiger Horse breed is now extinct, horses with the genetic components of the Tiger Horse are identified and can be registered as a Tiger Horse in an effort to refine and preserve the genetics that produced the original Tiger Horse line.
To register a Tiger Horse the horse must pass the visual inspection as per the Tiger Horse Association's listed breed standards. Basically the horse must meet specific physical qualifications that include the general shape of the head and body as well as the frame and size of the horse. Horses must be between 14 and 16 hands to be registered, and must also have the Tiger pattern in the coat. This pattern is different from the Appaloosa genetics although there are some similarities especially in the blanket, spotting and even the snowflake and frosting pattern. [...]
The Hungarian Horse Association of America was established in 1966 in order to keep records of the Hungarian Horses that were imported to the United States immediately following the Second World War. These horses included those that were imported by the United States Army in order to replenish the US Remount Breeding Program which was disbanded in 1949, those horses that went from the breeding program which were sold to ranchers Jim Edwards, the Cooksley family, and Baroness Bessenyey, plus those that were imported by Countess Judith Gyurky and Temple Smith. [...]
The Walkaloosa Registry, managed by the Walkaloosa Horse Association, was developed to preserve the naturally gaited Appaloosa horse. Unlike other horse registries, the Appaloosa horse does not allow gaited horses to be shown and they are considered to be less than desirable in the breed by the Appaloosa breeders. Any horse showing the Appaloosa shuffle, more commonly known as the Indian Shuffle, in competition is severely penalized and may even be disqualified from the event. The shuffle, a natural four beat lateral gait similar to a running walk is used in place of the standard trot, a pace for non-gaited horses. Throughout the development of the Appaloosa breed the gaited trait has been bred out of the show Appys, resulting in a large number of beautiful, gaited horses that cannot be shown or typically are not used for breeding. One of the reasons that the gaited Appaloosa is not used in breeding programs is that the gaited movement is almost 100% passed down to offspring so a gaited horse will continue to produce gaited horses unless under very specific breeding conditions. [...]
As with many groups of wild or semi-feral horses the original Waler Horses were considered nuisances by many of the larger and smaller ranches and farms throughout Australia. The wild horses were military horses and remounts that had simply been left to run free over the vast areas and acreages when war horses were no longer needed. Excellent foundation stock started the Waler breed, and the Society worked with increasing effort to help preserve these horses and define them as a unique, Australian breed.
The Waler Horse Society was founded to try to protect the existing Waler horses that were being rounded up and slaughtered. One of the reasons for the attempted eradication of the breed was due to the Tuberculosis Brucellosis Eradication Scheme implemented by the Northern Territories Government to eliminate all feral animals that may be carriers of either tuberculosis or brucellosis. Rather than testing the animals the horses were either rounded up and killed at meat processing facilities or they were simply shot and left. [...]
For people new to the world of dog breed clubs, associations and registries it can all be a bit confusing as to what is what and the benefits of each type of organization. In reality the type of breed club, association or registry that you can belong to has a lot to do with the type and breed of dog that you have.
Since registries are usually the most clear cut it is relatively easy to define a registry. A registry is a listing, kept by an accredited or recognized body that registers or records purebred dogs. [...]
If you do join a breed club there are several different benefits that you and your dog can take advantage of. These benefits will vary from location to location as well as from club to club so it may be a good idea to shop around and find out what is available in your area. You may also want to decide if you want to be in a breed club that is more geared towards promoting a breed or breeding to specific physical standards or a breed club that focuses more on developing the dog's abilities or specialized skills for the specific type of dog. [...]
Many breed clubs, either on their own or through affiliated breed clubs in different locations, manage breed specific rescue facilities. These breed specific rescues are different than the government run or community run animal shelters and SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) facilities since they are almost all non-kill facilities. This means that any dog that is accepted into these privately run rescues will not be destroyed or euthanized if they are not adopted. On the other hand, unlike a community run shelter, breed rescues do not have to take all dogs that are brought to the rescue facility. Typically they will only take dogs that are of their specific breed or a mixed breed that favors the appearance, temperament and behaviors characteristic of the breed rescue. [...]
One of the great things about dogs is that most breeds are going to be ideal companions for everyone in the family from relatively young children through to seniors. Of course not all breeds are ideal for very young children, especially those breeds that are more aloof, timid or more territorial and possessive. Toy breeds are also not recommended for households with small children due to the chance of injury to these tiny puppies and dogs. This is not because the children are mean or uncaring; rather it is simply because of the small and delicate nature of the dogs themselves. [...]