To play the devil's advocate, there are definitely cons to an association. For example, some associations are so clique-ish that it's practically impossible to get into the breed (PM me if you want an example, I don't want to get in trouble on the forum for "trash talk").
OMG, yes, I know, from other livestock species, and don't tell me about your experience, because I'd really rather not have my suspicions confirmed. And yes, that's awful, and no, don't want that.
And I have a tremendous amount of respect for Tom Walker and what he did to save the breed. My point is that if there had been a viable association, his extraordinary efforts would have been unneeded, I think.
And it would be helpful to contact the other big names in the breed. These people have been breeding cotton patch geese longer than some of us have been alive.
See, I didn't know this - I thought it was only Walker who had them, and a few people who got their geese from him. Not only did I not know that there were other BIG names, I didn't know there were other names AT ALL. (I am glad I know now!)
(I'm also glad to hear of Morgan's line of birds, which also was news to me.)
When I think about what an association is supposed to do (I mean, aside from drama & catfights and sabatoging each other at shows and all the rest) I think of recording and preserving this kind of history about the breed. I would love to hear the stories of these older breeders.
Back to a question that I had earlier & didn't ask - if we go for an APA standard, do we have to do it as a 'prescriptive' standard, or can we do it as a 'descriptive' standard? And can we set up CPG to be graded by card and not placement? (I'm asking questions from the ALBC's breeding strategies book, which I do not have a complete grasp of...so I am very open to correction and explaination.)