The International Colored Appaloosa Association, Inc (ICAA) was founded in 1991 by a small group of Appaloosa enthusiasts who recognized the impact rampant crossbreeding was having on the Appaloosa. The ICAA is incorporated in Nevada.
The ICAA was conceived by several concerned, long-time breeders and owners for the purpose of saving and restoring the Appaloosa as a breed. The ICAA's intent is to preserve the blood-breed Appaloosa and its heritage, to promote this versatile and athletic breed throughout the world, and to develop the Purebred Appaloosa. In great part, this can be accomplished through educational materials, shows, and other programs of interest to owners, breeders, and Appaloosa enthusiasts.
A joint statement from the founding ICAA Board of Trustees states:
Today the Appaloosa breed is suffering and teeters on the brink of extinction. We want to go on record with our solution to the otherwise final demise of the Appaloosa breed:
We are principled breeders who firmly believe in this breed, and in proper breeding practices that will return the breed to its own conformation, and from otherwise certain extinction. There is no such thing as "too much Appaloosa" in a pedigree.
The ICAA is the incorporated blood-breed Appaloosa registry with its books closed to other breeds. From the ICAA bylaws: "... to preserve the (equine breed of Appaloosa) from undesirable introductions, or influences of equine breeds, or colors, by maintaining stud books closed to other equine breeds, or by declaring ineligible for registry breeding animals of unacceptable colorations."
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