Why was the Canadian Horse Heritage and
Preservation Society (CHHAPS) formed?
CHHAPS was formed
to assist in the preservation of the integrity of this historic
Like other individuals
and organizations with a similar mandate across North America,
we support the maintenance of the original Canadian Horse "type"
and breed standards. We feel that it is important to continue
to breed for good temperament and substance as opposed to today's
trend of striving to breed a taller, "leaner, more agile
We treasure the
versatility and conformation of today's Canadian Horse, and
are very proud of our breed's history and heritage. Why change
a good thing?
We feel that breeding
for conformation, temperament and the preservation of the foundation
bloodlines is much more important than trying to breed for size
or any one specific discipline. Not everyone wants a tall or
more refined horse. We don't want to see quality smaller or
stockier Canadians undervalued or "bred out" of the
breed just because they don't fit the current breed "trend".
oriented groups in other breeds such as the Morgan and the Quarter
Horse, we seek to ensure the survival of the traditional type,
and of the rarer bloodlines, no matter what the fashion of the
Why is CHHAPS not affiliated with the
Canadian Horse Breeders Association (CHBA)?
CHHAPS is not officially
recognized by the Canadian
Horse Breeders Association (CHBA) or any of its provincial
districts, since the CHBA's mandate is quite different from
ours, and also because the CHBA districts are defined by geographical
The mission statement
of the CHBA notes: "The Associations primary mission
is to register and identify individual animals belonging to
the Canadian horse breed, and keep up-to-date pedigree files
on these animals."
The mandate of CHHAPS
is to have a more "hands on" role in the breed. We
seek to form a non-recognized, relaxed, informal group of individuals
whose interests lie with the breed's preservation, and in networking
with others of a similar mindset.
The CHBA constitution
dictates, "only one provincial regrouping may be recognized
by the CHBA in any one province or geographical location".
Since CHHAPS has an international membership base with members
from both Canada and the US, the only option was for CHHAPS
to be a completely independent organization governed by its
own executive and constitution.
Can I belong to more than one Canadian
Any members of the
CHBA (or for that matter, any other equine organizations) are
more than welcome to join our group if they feel they like what
we offer and support our goals. Many CHHAPS members are also
members of the CHBA.
Again, it is important
to reiterate that our group is in no way in conflict or competition
with any provincial regroupings recognized by the national organization,
and that our mandate and goals are quite different. The CHBA
has been very supportive of CHHAPS and sanctions our events,
and gives us coverage in the national newsletter.
I live outside of BC. Can I join CHHAPS?
Our group, although
based and legally incorporated in British Columbia, is not limited
to residents of BC. We encourage anyone from any geographical
area to become a CHHAPS member if you like our goals and would
like to be aware of, and involved in, our activities.
At present, our
CHHAPS events do take place in a variety of locations throughout
BC. We also sponsor a Canadian Horse demonstration in the U.S.
(Oregon). With time and more members from elsewhere, we hope
that we will expand the number of events outside BC! It is important
to note that CHHAPS will be happy to be of assistance in helping
to facilitate members from outside of BC to organize CHHAPS
Why should I join CHHAPS?
Aside from our dedication
to the preservation of the traditional Canadian Horse, we also
wish to focus on the development of educational, competitive
(in a friendly, educational and non-threatening way), breed
promotion and/or just "plain old" enjoyable events
and functions. We embrace sharing our news and views with like-minded
Canadian Horse fans across Canada, Germany and the United States.
We encourage the
versatility of the breed, and have a wide variety of talents
and interests represented in our membership. Some of our members
are dedicated horse show participants, both in driving and all
disciplines of riding. Others enjoy cattle penning, competitive
trail riding or pleasure and family type activities. Some are
fascinated by the history of the breed, some are wonderful organizers
and are able to put on successful events, and then there are
those who simply just enjoy helping out.
CHHAPS offers several
exciting programs which recognize and rewards a member's horse's
versatility as well as performance achievements. These programs
can be entered and participated in, no matter where one's location.
Accordingly, they are an excellent way for our far away members
to participate long distance in CHHAPS activities. For more
information on these, see Versatility
Rewards Program, Iron Horse Competition,
and the Performance Awards Program.
Our aim is to be
responsive and accountable to our members. We wish to create
a welcome place, and a forum for all members. A place where
the interests and contributions of all will be valued and respected,
and where no one discipline, type or particular bloodline of
horse, or interest is favoured above another.
As a group, our
focus is definitely not one of sales or advertising, preferring
to leave this type of promotion up to individual breeders or
What comes with my CHHAPS membership?
With your membership
comes a reduced fee (or in many cases free admission) to any
of CHHAPS sponsored shows, clinics, educational, or social events.
All CHHAPS members
have the opportunity to enroll their horse (and to win awards)
in our CHHAPS sponsored Versatility and Performance Award Programs.
linked to the CHHAPS website.
In addition, you
will receive a quarterly CHHAPS newsletter, and membership to
a CHHAPS - "members only" email list.
I don't have a Canadian Horse. Can I
We welcome anyone
with an interest in the Canadian Horse breed to join our organization
regardless of whether you own a horse or not. You will be welcome
to attend any and all of our events, and to learn more about
Canadians and all horses of other breeds are welcome to participate
in any of our informal events, we do limit our CHHAPS breed
show to purebred Canadian Horses registered with the Canadian
Livestock Records Corporation (CLRC).
All are welcome
to any and all of our events. And if you want to volunteer,
Who do I contact for more information
or to join CHHAPS?
You can contact
any of our CHHAPS Executive for
more information, or simply print a membership
form (in pdf format) off this website and mail it in.