That is perhaps the most exciting thing about the movement. Owners, breeders and trainers all agreed that creating an organization with a unified voice was critical to the future of the industry. A diminishing market certainly served as catalyst for the first meeting in May 2007, but the result was a focus on the bigger
The founders of the WCHA recognize that conformation is a crucial element to the soundness and athletic ability of the horse, regardless of the discipline in which it might be involved. While the WCHA will develop and promote halter horse competition, its primary mission will be to educate the public about the value of and
All breeds are welcome to be a part of this effort. While the initial focus is on stock horse breeds, i.e. Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, Palominos, etc., we believe the educational efforts of the WCHA will apply to any breed of horse, large or small.
For now, the WCHA is focusing on steps that need to be taken to become recognized as a not for profit and in forming an association. It knows, however, that issues like you’ve mentioned will need to be addressed. Again, the WCHA is working to form a unified voice which will work pro-actively in developing
The WCHA is offering, for a limited time, founding memberships only for a fee of $500. These funds will be used as the start up capital for the association. Founding memberships will be converted to Founding Lifetime Membership after the WCHA has been incorporated and membership certificates will be issued. Founding Memberships will
Yes, the WCHA will file with the IRS as a not for profit 501(c)(6). Fees or donations made to the WCHA may not be tax deductible so check with your tax professional.
Just let members of the WCHA steering committee know you’re interested or call 817-443-0686. Current committees include governance, events, competition and promotion. We will try to keep committee numbers to a reasonable level in order to ensure effective decision making, so if you are not invited to participate, don’t fret. Members will be
The WCHA has formed a task force to address that question in the near future and again, will work to develop positive consensus that takes the welfare of the horse into consideration, as well as a number of other factors that contribute to the breeding and development of well-conformed horses.