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Representatives of the CPEA were once again at the Convention to promote the rule change and were there to receive the news in person.
From the AQHA website:
"RULE 227(c) REMAINS AQHA's Board of Directors voted to retain Rule 227(c) limiting the amount of white on horses eligible for registration within AQHA.
As a result of the vote, Rule 227(c) remains unchanged, meaning the rule will continue to read as it is written in the 2003 Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.
AQHA's Board of Directors also approved the Stud Book and Registration Committee recommendation to delete Rule 227(i). By eliminating Rule 227(i), AQHA now allows horses commonly known as Cremellos and Perlinos to be eligible for registration, provided they meet all other rules of registration.
People who have horses they believe might now be eligible for registration should contact AQHA at 806-376-4811."
In October, Wendy and Nat had an opportunity to go to Amarillo and were given first hand the news about the committee's vote regarding Double Dilutes. The following text is the notice that was given to Wendy and Nat.
Monday October 7th the AQHA Stud Book & Registration Committee had a specially scheduled meeting at the AQHA Headquarters in Amarillo. They met to discuss several issues including rule 227(i). We were informed that the Committee had voted to eliminate Rule 227(i)! They also said that they appreciated all of our efforts and the fact that we had worked WITHIN THE SYSTEM to get the rule removed. The new chairman said they had reviewed the information our group had presented and the follow up research done by Gary Griffith, they discussed it and felt there were no longer any valid reasons to continue to exclude cremellos and perlinos from registration.
The Committee's recommendation for removal of the rule will be announced in the Quarter Horse Journal along with the agenda for the next convention. At the convention in March of 2003, it will go to the Board of Directors and General Membership to be approved.
Once it is approved at the Convention the change will be retroactive for horses born before the rule change.
Registration fees will be based on the age (see Rule 222 b) of the horse unless the application was previously submitted to AQHA and is in their pending files. If a double dilute horse was previously AQHA registered and the papers were pulled or voluntarily cancelled they can be reinstated for a $25 fee. Horses that have had multiple owners will also need SIGNED transfers from each previous owner.
DNA parentage verification will be required for all double dilutes born prior to the rule change that are OVER 48 months of age as per rule 203(a) OR if they fall under the other DNA requirements in Rule 201(g) which include parents less than 2 years of age; result of embryo transfer, cooled or frozen semen. If the double dilute is less than 48 months parentage verification is not required unless the mare falls under DNA requirements in Rule 201(h).
If you have a horse who's dam or sire died without having their DNA on file, a DNA profile can be built IF there are 5 or more offspring from that horse that can be DNA'd. If that can't be done the horse WON'T be able to be registered. (Nat has a mare who's dam died, that she most likely won't be able to AQHA registered).
NEXT if you have offspring already born or bred for, out of or by your double dilute, you will need to file a stallion breeder's report to the AQHA. It is recommended that 2002 reports be filed before November 30th deadline this year.
For 2001 and earlier AQHA recommended to issue breeders certificates for the foals and have the foal's owners submit them to the AQHA as soon as possible. The registration fees for the offspring will also be based on their age (per rule 222 b)when the breeder's certificates are submitted. Also AQHA registration fees will be increasing as of January 1st, so we advise submitting signed Breeder's Certificates prior to January 1st for all foals already born that you want to register. This will lock in your fees at current prices!
IMPORTANT: Send all paperwork to the Registration Department attention of TAMMY CANIDA. Do not send money at this time (unless you want to) the AQHA will bill you accordingly after the rule changes and goes into effect. Tammy will date stamp and hold all the paperwork until the rule becomes effective.
One last note - NO horse can be advertised as registered AQHA horses UNTIL they are officially registered and issued AQHA papers. However, you can state that Rule 227(i) has been recommended removal from the rule book by the Stud Book & Registration Committee at a specially called meeting and is PENDING APPROVAL of the Board of the Directors and General Membership at the 2003 Convention.
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The Quarter Horse is descended from a mixture of horses that came to the New World with the Europeans; Spanish, English and other breeds. It was developed to meet the needs of the early Americans, which haven't changed much from our needs today: a horse with good sense, a willing disposition, agility, speed and strength... and the conformation to make those things possible.
"The Quarter Horse is a breed, and not a color breed, either. But if you breed a Quarter Horse to a Quarter Horse and get too much white, they say it's not a Quarter Horse. But if it's a solid color, with no class or conformation, it's still a Quarter Horse. I disagree..." Hank Wiescamp, 1979
|Q: What happens when two good AQHA registered Quarter Horses each give their foal one dilute gene?|
|A: The AQHA loses another good Quarter Horse!|
Sounds preposterous, doesn't it? And yet, this is the truth: the same gene that makes a potential sorrel a Palomino, and makes a potential bay into a buckskin, when simply doubled, makes the striking cremello and perlino colors ... and the AQHA will not register those!
The foal in this photo is just one example of the many horses that are born to AQHA registered parents, yet cannot be AQHA registered themselves just because of their (beautiful!) color. Even if the sire and dam are AQHA registered champions, and even have other AQHA registered foals, under the current rule 227i (formerly 227J) you would not be able to register the "double diluted" foal with the AQHA; does that mean it is "not a Quarter Horse"?
|What we are wanting to do is raise the awareness about this situation and correct some common misconceptions about these colorations and the genetics behind them. We do this in the hopes that we can get these fine horses recognized as the DNA verifiable Quarter Horses that they are, and quit throwing them (and their often-valuable bloodlines) away.
If you look at the pedigrees and quality of the horses found throughout this website, and understand what causes these colors, you can see how baseless this is. Of course they're Quarter Horses...and valuable ones!
Thankfully, the APHA registers these Quarter Horses as "breeding stock", and as you can see from this picture, gives them the recognition they deserve. Until now, the AQHA's loss has been, and still is, the APHA's gain. And we do appreciate the APHA!
AQHA = American Quarter Horse Association
APHA = American Paint Horse Association
If you feel that a Quarter Horse crossed with a Quarter Horse should equal a Quarter Horse foal, you may read our letter to the AQHA by clicking HERE. If you wish to help, you may print a copy and mail it to the address at its top. Use your browser's "back" button to return to this page.
For some more history of this "cause", see this page.
Due to our efforts, this year at the convention the AQHA recognized that there are no albino horses and removed that wording from the rule, but they still would not remove the entire rule. This means we will be doing more research to prove that there is no reason to not accept these horses.
The Word Is Getting Out There!
Membership in the CPEA has grown by leaps and bounds, adding new veiwpoints and much needed extra help. This year, some members of the CPEA worked together and composed a 4 part series of articles that were published in a regional horse magazine. This magazine was shipped nation wide and distributed by CPEA members from everywhere. To read the articles titled "The color of a storm" Please click HERE.
This site is not intended to give the visitor a complete education in the science of equine genetics, but merely to explain the cream gene in layman's terms, and thus help dispel some of the myths associated with it. If you have questions about these horses and their coloration, please visit the Cream Gene Facts page, or our Color Discussion Board.
The American Quarter Horse Association had a rule on its books, 227i (formerly known as 227j), that disallowed registration of purebred Quarter Horses with two cream genes. The organization that has gotten the AQHA Rule 227i eliminated has an email list you may join:
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membership with the CPEA, and what services we provide, click HERE.
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