Get Paid for Showing Your Horse!

AQHA’s Incentive Fund pays out millions of dollars to stallion nominators, foal nominators and owners of competing horses enrolled in the program.

AQHA’s Incentive Fund pays out millions of dollars to stallion nominators, foal nominators and owners of competing horses enrolled in the program.

Photo courtesy of Don Trout
Photo courtesy of Don Trout

Are you in on the money-making action?

Learn more about the AQHA Incentive Fund, and get involved today.

The AQHA Incentive Fund pays you to show your American Quarter Horse. All you have to do is enroll your horse in the program. The Incentive Fund pays stallion nominators, foal nominators and owners of competing horses, based on points earned at AQHA-approved shows.

AQHA is here to help you get involved. Click here to learn more about this exciting program. And contact AQHA Customer Service if you have any questions.

By the Numbers

Check out the figures for Candy Bava of Modesto, California, and her stallion, A Special Assignment.

A Special Assignment, “Tucker,” 1992 chestnut stallion

  • Nominated as a foal for $100 then earned $5,300 showing
  • Foals earned: $14,341

Plus, Candy earns higher breeding fee income than non-Incentive Fund-enrolled stallions.

“The Incentive Fund makes horses more valuable for breeding and resale,” Candy said. “It’s an established program that’s trustworthy. It helps pay for entry fees and gas to get to the shows. This program works!”

Learn how you can earn money doing what you love: showing and breeding American Quarter Horses. Get involved in the AQHA Incentive Fund today.

We want to hear your story! Use the comments below to tell us how the AQHA Incentive Fund has enriched your horse experience.

Train Your Horse to Disengage

Easy tips from renowned horsewoman Julie Goodnight

Easy tips from renowned horsewoman Julie Goodnight.

Disengagement of the hindquarters occurs when your horse crosses his hind legs. Your horse’s “motor” is in his hind end. So, when his hind legs cross, the engine is in neutral; your horse stops forward impulsion. Disengagement also encourages your horse to have a submissive attitude. You’re taking away his flight response. Disengagement is a natural, voluntary behavior for horses and it signals contrition. In natural settings, it’s only seen in neonatal foals. Use disengagement as a tool to refocus your horse and stop his forward impulsion. You should be able to disengage your horse from the ground and from the saddle – both are easy to do. Simply drive your horse forward then tip his nose up and to the inside as he steps up under himself with his inside hind leg. Continue reading “Train Your Horse to Disengage”

All About the Racing American Quarter Horse

You can get in on the excitement!

Heartswideopen leads the field in the 2007 All American Futurity.
Heartswideopen leads the field in the 2007 All American Futurity.

American Quarter Horses are the fastest horses in the world, and among the fastest of all animals. Able to run at speeds up to 55 mph, they can travel a quarter mile in less than 21 seconds, starting from a flat-footed standstill. Continue reading “All About the Racing American Quarter Horse”

Buying a Horse for Kids

Seven tips for finding the horse of your kids’ dreams.

Buying a Horse for Kids

The right horse can instill invaluable confidence in a child. Children can learn patience, kindness, teamwork, responsibility, trust and myriad other life skills on the back of a trusty horse. Check out these seven tips to get you started on your search for a great kids’ horse. Continue reading “Buying a Horse for Kids”

Three Steps to Perfect Helmet Fit

Important advice from helmet manufacturer Troxel.

Important advice from helmet manufacturer Troxel.

Determine which Troxel helmet is right for your riding discipline or style preference.

First, decide in what discipline or disciplines you will be participating.

Do you need a specific style, such as dressage or western? Or do you need a helmet that can cross-over multiple disciplines?

Consider a second, performance type helmet, to preserve a show helmet and provide greater all-day comfort. Continue reading “Three Steps to Perfect Helmet Fit”

Keep Your Foal Healthy

Dr. Tom Lenz offers nine warning signs that your foal might be sick and in need of immediate veterinary attention.

Dr. Tom Lenz offers nine warning signs that your foal might be sick and in need of immediate veterinary attention.

  1. The foal doesn’t roll up on its chest or exhibit a suckling reflex within 20 minutes of birth.
  2. The foal fails to stand and nurse within three hours.
  3. The foal seems dull and depressed.
  4. The foal’s navel is raw, red or swollen.
  5. Urine drips from the foal’s navel.
  6. The foal’s joints are hot and swollen, or it appears lame.
  7. The foal’s gums are white, or the gums and the whites of the foal’s eyes are yellow.
  8. The foal’s body temperature is outside (too high or too low) the normal range of 99 to 101.5° F.
  9. The foal loses its appetite (most foals nurse 4-5 times an hour during the first week of life).

Barrel Racing “Don’ts”

Sharon Camarillo shows you what not to do.

Sharon Camarillo runs down a list of common problems in the barrel-racing arena.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

  1. Poor selection of a start point
  2. Failure to keep the horse straight
  3. Dropping shoulders
  4. Dropping rib cage
  5. Approaching the barrel in the wrong lead
  6. Riding one rein in between the barrels
  7. Hands too high or low
  8. Balance issues with horse or rider
  9. Legs too far forward or back
  10. Inappropriate equipment

Read more about improving your barrel run in the November 2006 Journal article, “The A.R.T of Barrel Racing.”

Elements of Handicapping

Dive into the exciting sport of Quarter Horse racing by learning the basics.

Dive into the exciting sport of Quarter Horse racing by learning the basics.

America’s fastest athlete, the American Quarter Horse, might be America’s most consistent athlete. Look at these figures: From 1999 to 2003, Quarter Horse wagering favorites finished in the money (first, second or third) 70 percent of the time, while winning 36 percent of the time. Continue reading “Elements of Handicapping”