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PHAA Office Closure During National Show
The Paint Horse Office will be closed from Monday 25th April to Friday 29th April, this is due to the Anzac Day Public Holiday and the 2016 Paint Horse National Show. The office will reopen on Monday 2nd May. You can continue to send emails and faxes to the regular addresses, during this time.

Rule 237 (B)
PHAA will introduce the new Masters Amateur rewards programme from the 1st of August 2016 because of administration requirements. The immediate rule change to Rule 237 (B) has been rescinded, further consideration will be given by the PHAA BOD on how the proposed changes affect the Amateur Competitors.

Genetic Tests

The PHAA, through AEGRC can now able to carry out testing for Sabino 1 and Splashed White 1, 2 & 3. You MUST contact the office and make payment through us not AEGRC.

Equine Genetic Screening Tests Offered by the AEGRC:

Colour & Pattern Testing
Base coat colours
Chestnut/Black /Red Factor (E)
Agouti (Bay /black pigment distribution) (A)
White spotting patterns
Overo Lethal White Foal Syndrome (OLW)
Sabino 1 (Sb1)
Splashed White (SW1,SW2,SW3)
Tobiano (T)
Dominant White (W1-22)
Cream (Cr)
Pearl (Prl)
Silver (Z)
Champagne (Ch)
Grey (G)
Genetic Diseases
Glycogen Branching Enzyme Deficiency (GBED)
Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA)
Malignant Hyperthermia (MH)
Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM1)
Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP)
Tests Available for Other Breeds
Leopard Complex/Appaloosa Spotting (Appaloosa)
Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB) (see Leopard Complex/Appaloosa Spotting)
Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA) (Arabians)
Lavender Foal Syndrome (LFS) (Arabians)
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) (Arabians)
Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD) (Connemara Ponies)
Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (JEB1 and JEB2) (Belgian Drafts and American Saddlebreds)

There can be discounts available for multiple test requests please speak with office to see what is available. The form to request testing is PHAA Genetic Testing Form

Immediate rule change 237 (a) Novice Amateur


Only 6 classes in total being, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Trail and Showmanship.

You must hold a current Full membership and an Amateur Permit with PHAA. If you have achieved an Amateur ROM with the PHAA, or a respective breed association, in any of the above classes, then you are NOT eligible as a Novice in that class but would be eligible for the class that you haven't achieved a ROM in. The Novice Ticket will have printed on it the Novice classes that you are eligible for and MUST be produced when entering a Novice class at a show. Any person competing in the Novice classes MUST have a Novice Ticket with their relevant breed association and the rules for gaining that Novice Ticket through their relevant breed association must be rules similar to the PHAA. If there is a NOVICE AMATEUR TRAIL on the show program and AMATEUR TRAILS, then the choice must be made, a horse cannot compete in both these trails at the same show. If there is no Novice Amateur Trail on the show program, you can compete in the amateur trails.

It is not compulsory for any Affiliate to run Novice classes on their programs. High points at shows - up to the Affiliate if they wish to run Novice High Points at shows

Any points gained in a Novice class will NOT go towards their Amateur ROM's.

10 points in an individual Novice class will mean a certificate will be issued notifying a Novice Amateur rider that they have pointed out of a particular class. They will also receive recognition in the next available journal, with a notice celebrating their success.

Note: The introduction of the Novice Amateur class is on a trial basis and the purpose of the immediate rule change is for the office administration of the new class.

Points Update

Your points are now online accessible through the Horse Enquiry form portal on the Studbook. Thanks to the team at ABRI who support the database (and us) for working with Jessica and the Board to make it happen for everyone. Any queries about your points, please email - please note she only works three days per week so you may not get an immediate response.

Weighted Tails

The Board has agreed (by majority decision vote of seven for and one against) that the maximum weight for a false tail will be one kilogram, an increase from the initial 500 gram limit set.

There was some discussion re the enforcing of the new limit but as with the majority of the show and contest rules, they are self-regulating. We rely on the competitor to abide by the completion rules and as with all regulations that are knowingly breached, they would be dealt with as laid down in the show and competition rules.

Immediate Rule Change

Rule 111. Genetic Testing

Current rule 111. "(d) All hair samples for testing are to be submitted to the Australian Equine Genetics Research Laboratory (AERGC) or any other organisation that the PHAA designates."

Amended rule 111. "(d) All hair samples for testing are to be submitted to the Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre (AEGRC) through the PHAA or any other organisation that the PHAA designates. Any sample submitted for DNA testing to the PHAA and subsequently the AEGRC and the resulting DNA profile remain the property of the PHAA."

Explanation: This change has been brought about by the AERGC who requested the clarification be made. They are responsible to the organization who requested the DNA profile not the owner of the horse from which the DNA sample was taken.

AGM Proposed Motion - Rule 3.

Following sub paragraph (f)

Insert new heading and allocate sub paragraph numbering to existing membership types:
"Types of memberships:
(a) Life member: (as written)
(b) Full member: (as written)
(c) Constituent member: (as written)
(d) Family members: (as written)
(e) Junior youth member: (as written)
(f) Senior youth member: (as written)"

Insert new (g) and (h)
"(g) Associate member: For a person who no longer own or show a paint horse and wish to remain associated with the PHAA or who have never owned a paint horse but who wish to be associated with the PHAA. Membership will entail voting privileges and a journal.
(h) Introductory membership: For a person who has never been a member of the PHAA and is considering the purchase of or has just purchased a paint horse. Membership will entail all privileges of a full membership. Introductory membership is only for the initial 12 months or part thereof when first joining the PHAA after which full membership must be purchased."

(Schedule of fees will need to be amended to incorporate the changes and both Associate and Introductory memberships will be set at $95)

Some of our 2011 Photo Competition entries