Montana Appaloosa Horse Club is a regional affiliate
of the international breed registry for Appaloosa Horses, Appaloosa
Horse Club, headquartered in Moscow, Idaho. The Montana Appaloosa
Horse Club was organized in the early 1950's and is one of the oldest
regional clubs with continued existence. The Montana Club (MTApHC) covers
the entire state of Montana and is probably one of the largest geographic
regional Appaloosa clubs in the nation. In addition to members throughout
Montana, Appaloosa owners from Northern Wyoming and Eastern Idaho have
also been members.
Because there are lots of miles between members, the MTApHC has only one
annual membership meeting, usually in October. However, the Directors
meet regularly to conduct the Club's business.
A major project of the Montana Appaloosa Horse Club is producing the annual
Montana Appaloosa Show. In the early years, the show was rotated around
the state. More recently, it has been either in Bozeman, Helena or Billings.
To many people, their Appaloosa horses are their recreation. They use
their Appaloosas in the show ring, as 4-H projects, competitive trail
riding and just plain recreational riding. Some use Appaloosas for their
routine ranch work and others are into serious competitive activities
such as barrel racing, roping, team penning, cutting and even horse racing.
There are currently several smaller local Appaloosa clubs that function
within the Montana Appaloosa Horse Club. Members of these clubs actively
promote Appaloosas in their communities. They participate in parades,
assist the 4-H horse program, and support their local Horse Fairs. They
are quite involved in trail riding/judged trail rides and other social
activities. The work force for the Annual Montana Appaloosa Show comes
from members of these clubs:
Vigilante Appaloosa Club: Members are mostly from the
Helena Valley. Members meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Grub
Steak at 6:30 pm, Helena. Contact person is Cindy
Fonger at 406-449-2009.
Valley Appaloosa Club: covers the Missoula area. Contact person
is Jan Phillips.
Country Appaloosa Club: covers the Bozeman/Livingston area.
Contact person is Kim Dishman.
Montana Appaloosa Club: covers the Billings area. Meetings
are usually held the first Monday each month, 6:30 pm in Billings. Contact
person is Lesli Glen.