2022 APHA Convention

2022 APHA Convention tentatively scheduled for:
February 15-22, 2022 ~ Zoom Committee Meetings
February 25, 2022 ~ Welcome Party & Registration
February 26, 2022 ~ Registration
General Membership Meeting – Session 1
Meet the Candidates & Happy Hour
February 27, 2022 ~ General membership Meeting – Session 2

Find all of the details: https://apha.com/events/convention/

New APHA Rules for 2022

Download the complete 2022 APHA Rule Book here: http://press.apha.com/2022_Rule_Book_Online.pdf

English attire and ranch-event rules among the new modifications in effect for 2022

Several new show rules are in effect as of January 1, 2022. They are summarized below and reflect rule changes or clarifications passed during the 2021 Convention last February. Full rule text is available in the 2022 APHA Rule Book.

  • No minimum class requirements for stand-alone 1- and 2-judge shows (SC-100 & SC-105.B.1)
  • Flat caps and fedoras are legal English attire for exhibitors showing hunter prospects in Longe Line and Performance Halter. (SC-191.D, SC-193.E, & SC-195.A)
  • Water will be no longer allowed in water hazards for Trail, Yearling In-Hand Trail and 2-Year-Old In-Hand Trail. Water may be simulated by using a solid piece of painted wood. (SC-192.F.Division C, SC-194.F.Division C, SC-250.I.Division C.3)
  • ASTM/SEI helmets with harness are required for all Youth, Novice Amateur and Amateur Walk/Trot English classes. (SC-195.A.1)
  • Ranch Conformation is a new class. A blanket variance has been passed to suspend section 4 to this rule that requires the class to be held after the conclusion of the other ranch horse classes for 2022. (SC-301.E.1.g)
  • Standing in the stirrups or posting the extended trot in Ranch Riding is acceptable. (SC-302.D.8)
  • Penalties were revised for Ranch Cow Work and Western Riding to remain consistent with NSBA and AQHA class rules. (SC-301.E.c.5, SC-255.G)

Any questions regarding rules for the 2022 show season can be directed to [email protected].

10 rules go into effect April 1

Ten rule changes passed at the 2022 APHA Convention in February with early implementation go into effect April 1, 2022. The full text for each rule can be found in the Rule Change Resolutions link on the APHA website, apha.com/rule-books, which also includes the list of all rules passed at the 2022 Convention; the updated 2022 APHA Rule Book reflecting the early implementation rules will be posted by April 1.

The rule changes with early implementation for 2022 are summarized below:

  • CONTROL #RG-120
    Summary: Updates and simplifies the embryo transfer rules, and removes the requirement for an embryo transfer permit and fee for those used in the same year of harvest. The permit and fee is still required by October 1 of the collection year for vitrified embryo(s).
  • CONTROL #RG-125
    Summary: Simplifies and removes duplication of information in the existing RG-125 rule.
  • CONTROL #SC-105
    Summary:  Allows APHA regional clubs to co-host PORs outside of one of the hosts’ boundaries as long as the show is within one of the clubs’ boundaries.
  • CONTROL #SC-125
    Summary: Reduces the show submission deadline and assesses a late fee for late submissions of show results.
  • CONTROL #SC-192-2
    Summary: Prohibits use of raised poles for trot-overs in the yearling and 2-year-old in-hand trail,
  • CONTROL #AM-105-2
    Summary:  Allows clipping to be optional in showmanship at halter classes.
  • CONTROL #AM-245
    Summary:  Allows riders to ride any age horse with one hand on the reins or two hands with proper equipment, either a bosal or snaffle bit, in all APHA Novice and APHA Walk-Trot divisions.
  • CONTROL #JU-000
    Summary: Revises outdated and contradictory of halter rules.
  • CONTROL #JU-000-2
    Summary: Revises the judge review process from a three-year review cycle to a continuous review.
    Summary:  Allows Youth to stay on the AjPHA Executive Committee from the minimum to maximum age requirements, but they may only hold the same position for a maximum four years.