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2003/09/05

Nesbit Business Owner Elected To Appaloosa Horse Club Board Of Directors Nesbit, Mississippi, business owner Eric Been has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Appaloosa Horse Club. Mr. Been's official title is Director of Territory V, Zone A, representing the great states of Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Mr. Been has grown up with the Appaloosa breed. "I have been involved with Appaloosas since I was a kid," says Been. "It has been within the last five years that I have started showing and breeding Appaloosas." As a newly elected Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) board member, Been hopes to promote the Appaloosa breed in many different aspects. "Our marketing is weak," says Been, "I hope to help the ApHC regain the popularity it once had. A lot of people have a misconception about the Appaloosa and I want to change the public's perspective." During the 56th National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Youth Show held in Oklahoma City in July, Mr. Been attended his official swearing-in ceremony and was seated for the semi-annual board meetings. Many opportunities lie ahead for both Mr. Been and the ApHC. Board members appointed a new C.E.O. and voted to initiate some very exciting marketing and promotional campaigns that will be aired in the form of television programming and media pieces. Been is on the committee to develop a new television show featuring Appaloosas. The first show is scheduled to air in March 2004 on network television. "Frank Larrabee, our president, started the show and it is gaining a lot of momentum," says Been. "Our new C.E.O., Wayne Hipsley, is really excited for the show and we have a lot of sponsors for it." The Appaloosa Horse Club is the international breed registry for Appaloosa horses and is located in Moscow, Idaho. Since 1938, the APHC has been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the breed. Agile, intelligent and distinctively colorful, Appaloosas excel in a variety of events, and are beloved around the world for their even temperaments and reliability.

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