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The APHA announced a major change in its 2021 convention. * Photo by Molly Montag.

APHA Changes Course for 2021 Convention

The 2021 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Convention will be held online.

Officials with the association announced the association’s Board of Directors decided to host the Convention and General meeting, scheduled for Feb. 26-28, virtually this year. It will not be held in person.

Members and state directors will participate in  Zoom-styled discussions with voting details to follow.

“For state directors, the general membership meeting is mandatory. We don’t want to risk the health and wellbeing of our members who may have underlying health conditions,” APHA President Casey West said. “We also don’t want to unnecessarily contribute to the spread of COVID-19 by meeting in close proximity where social distancing will be difficult, if not impossible, to maintain.”

In addition, officials say some states are beginning mandatory quarantine and testing for those who leave their respective states and then return, adding another challenge for State Directors. Reports of a vaccine in the near future put the date at widespread distribution at some time in the spring, lessening the chances that a February convention can safely occur in a live setting.

APHA will work through its committees to initiate some pre-Convention training to minimize the potential for technical problems. Attendees will use an enterprise version of Zoom that will give easy access and viewing of the addresses from Executive Director Billy Smith, CFO Jenny Mathis, President Casey West and President-Elect Alison Umberger.