The following information was obtained from an essay, written in early 1982 (at a guess), representing an unknown author’s personal view of the facts and figures as presented. I, Jean Cavanagh, Appaloosa News Editor, have attempted to extract the facts and figures from this essay and, as stated by the author, “All the information is as factual as possible and the author apologizes for any inaccuracies contained therein.”
The Maritime Appaloosa Horse Club was formed on March 4, 1971 when a group of people gathered in Wilmot, Nova Scotia, to discuss the future of the Appaloosa breed in Nova Scotia. The executive officers were: Mr. Peter Losier, President; Mr. Roy Robinson, Vice-President; Mary Ellen McFarlane, Secretary and Mr. Bill Schrage, Treasurer. The membership was approximately 25.
The first Appaloosa registered by the Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada from this area was “Newfy Patch” (#1216) in 1962. He was owned by J. S. Goodyear of Gander, Newfoundland; the breeder unknown. The first from New Brunswick was “Rio’s Running Bear” (#2278), bred by John Drewry of Welling, Alberta, but owned and registered by Kenneth Welling of Shediac Cape, New Brunswick, in 1965.
The first Appaloosa to be transferred to a resident of Nova Scotia was “Colonel Kit” (#1079), sometime between 1964 and 1967, from George Collins of Brandon, Manitoba to Eric Hill of Amherst. The first sign of Appaloosas registered by residents of Nova Scotia was in 1969 with a total of three registered within that one year. They were: “Louecho” (#4238), owned by E. L. Robinson, Aylesford, and bred by L. R. Trussell; “Mr. C’s Firefly” (#4042), owed by M. Mullen, Weymouth, and bred by B. Cunningham of Fairfield, Conneticutt; and “Twinbrooks Topcat” (#4043), owned by M. Mullen and bred by R. Brent of Richex, Montana.
It should be noted that the above mentioned horses were the first Appaloosas to be registered by the Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada from residents of Atlantic Canada. There may have been other Appaloosas here earlier, but they were not registered by the Canadian Club.
In 1979, there were a total of 41 horses registered and 46 transferred during that year. Before there were any registered Appaloosas in Nova Scotia, there were two Canadian registered Appaloosas in Italy. Between 1970 and 1980, there were a total of 340 registrations and 259 transfers.
On September 27, 1971, the Maritime Appaloosa Horse Club (MAHC) was officially considered an Affiliate Club of the Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada. One year after the MAHC had been in operation, its membership had increased to approximately 50 members. After five years, it was approximately 90 members. By the end of 1981, there were 125 senior members.
The MAHC held its first show in September, 1971 at Lawrencetown, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. The following year, the Club held its first nationally approved show, also in September in Lawrencetown. Mr. Lester Spears from East Concord, New Hampshire, was the judge. In 1981, the Club held nine approved shows with an average attendance being 35-50% of the membership. Since the beginning, the Club has published a newsletter every two months that was exchanged with some other Clubs, both Appaloosa and other breeds. The Club had been holding futurities for the past few years. In November, 1977, the MAHC hosted the Canadian National Convention at the Chateau Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In August, 1979, the MAHC recognized the need for a separate youth club. The Youth Club had an initial membership of approximately ten members and its own executive of which Donna Milne was President and Beth Woodworth was Secretary/Treasurer. By 1981, the membership had increased to 49 and the Club had become one of the most active in Canada. The youth members had been involved in three Youth Team Tournaments (one each year for the past three years [1979-81?]).
In 1982, the MAHC changed to the Appaloosa Horse Club of Nova Scotia and a new club started in New Brunswick. Because of the name change, the ApHCNS could qualify for government assistance through grants for recreation and amateur sport.