Letter to the Editor:
This letter must begin by saying how proud I am of a man whom I have never met. His name is Steve Stevens of Houston, TX, the current president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Mr. Stevens has given the membership of AQHA a voice. He has written personal letters of his activities as president and the goals of the Executive Committee, available on the AQHA website at www.aqha.org.
He has given us a vision to expect AQHA to “To record and preserve the pedigrees of the American Quarter Horse while maintaining the integrity of the breed,”—the very specific mission statement of AQHA written in 1940.
On October 17, 2003, Mr. Stevens published a letter to the membership of AQHA with the activities of the Executive Committee on October 7, 2003. One of the most explosive issues in the Quarter Horse history was a major topic during this meeting and from it came the following proposal:
“The next important topic relates to Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP). The stud book and registration committee has asked the executive committee to obtain input from the membership regarding this important matter that will appear on their agenda at the Reno convention in March 2004. The proposal is as follows:
1. Rule 227 will be amended making foals of calendar year 2006 and after ineligible for registration if they are descendants of the stallion Impressive, AQHA Number 0767246, and found to be HYPP positive (H/H).
2. Additionally, Rule 227 will be amended to provide that foals of 2010 and late