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The AQHA Facebook Connection

April 14, 2014

Take these two easy steps to outsmart Facebook and make sure you see all of AQHA’s great posts.

Youre not catching all of our Facebook posts? Weve got an easy fix to help you hear us loud and clear

What’s that? You’re not catching all of AQHA’s Facebook posts? We’ve got an easy fix to help you hear us loud and clear.

Facebook has become a lot like my kids. Thanks to its new algorithm, it has developed selective hearing.

Take, for instance, these two messages:

  • “Who wants ice cream?”
  • “Time to do your homework.”

It’s no secret which of the two messages my kids will hear and which they’ll accidentally ignore.

But if I posted both messages to Facebook today, there’s no telling which message – if any – they’d see. Why? Because Facebook’s complicated new algorithm makes it harder than ever to get our messages to the people who need them. Facebook wants us Read the rest of this entry »

Find Your AQHA Level

April 7, 2014

Get the lowdown on how to find your level for AQHA shows.

AQHA leveling program

The leveling program groups horses and riders with their peers of similar experience and achievements earned. Journal photo.

AQHA rewrote the book on AQHA shows when the Association introduced the leveling program. Thanks to the leveling program, everyone has a place at AQHA shows, from beginners to the most highly accomplished competitor.

The leveling program groups horses and riders with their peers of similar experience and achievements earned.

Under the leveling program, classes are leveled based on exhibitor or horse records. Levels eligibility is based on both points and awards earned.

  • Leveled by exhibitor record: youth, amateur, Select amateur, halter and cattle classes
  • Leveled by horse record: open division classes (excluding halter and cattle events)

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DNA and Parentage Verification

March 24, 2014

Get the lowdown on the DNA and parentage requirements for registering your new American Quarter Horse.

American Quarter Horse foal

Since AQHA’s inception in 1940, science and information technology have advanced by leaps and bounds, making it easier than ever to verify an American Quarter Horse’s identity. Utilizing these advancements, AQHA has certain DNA testing and parentage verification requirements in place to protect owners and breeders of American Quarter Horses. Read the rest of this entry »

Leasing a Horse

March 17, 2014

Get the facts on how to lease an American Quarter Horse.

Reining horse

A showing lease has a one-year minimum and a maximum of three years. (Journal photo)

Lease agreements are designed to protect both the owner and the lessee of the American Quarter Horse, and as a business decision, it’s a very wise one to make.

A horse can be leased, according to the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations, for two purposes: breeding or showing.

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Making Sure Your Horse Is the Right Color

March 3, 2014

Does your American Quarter Horse’s registration certificate reflect his correct coat color?

The Midas Touch Kid, owned and bred by Kimberlee Brown of New Richmond, Wisconsin, is a cremello.

It is important that your horse’s true coat color matches the registration papers. This horse is a cremello.

It’s a common scenario: You welcome your new American Quarter Horse foal into the world in spring and use the AQHA Coat Color Chart to chose the most logical color and get him registered with AQHA. Come summer, he loses his foal coat and appears to be a color very different from what his registration papers reflect. Now it’s fall, and you have a very different opinion of his coat color.

Fear not!

It’s important to get your horse’s papers corrected, and we’re here to help every step of the way.

AQHA equine color specialist Lisa Covey is one of several people at AQHA who specialize in Quarter Horse color genetics. Here, she takes some time to answer your important questions regarding your horse’s coat color.

Why is it important for your Quarter Horse’s coat color to be correct on his registration certificate?

Identification of a horse is one important reason the color should be correct on his papers. Whether you’re purchasing a horse or trying to identify horses in various situations, being able to verify the correct color and markings is important. Read the rest of this entry »

Competition Licenses

February 24, 2014

In the quest for point payback, an AQHA Incentive Fund competition license must be filed every year.

Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show

There’s a great way to earn renumeration for earning AQHA points – it’s called the AQHA Incentive Fund. (Journal photo)

Between training, shoeing, feeding, grooming and hauling, the costs all add up before you even get to an AQHA show. But what if there was a way to receive remuneration for every AQHA point earned? Wait – there is a way! It’s called the AQHA Incentive Fund, and when it was created in the early 1980s, putting money in owners’ and breeders’ pockets was exactly what the founders had in mind.

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AQHA Registration Certificate Photo

February 17, 2014

Learn the benefits of adding a photo to your American Quarter Horse’s registration certificate.

AQHA Registration Certificate photo

Get help with taking a great photo of your American Quarter Horse. Download AQHA’s “Picture This” brochure.

Since the introduction of AQHA’s new registration certificate, submitting photos of your horse has been an ever-increasing inquiry at AQHA. Many members aren’t aware of the procedure behind the photo certificate. We want you to know your options.

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AQHA Show Schedule

February 10, 2014

This online resource is available to help you find the upcoming event nearest to you and your American Quarter Horse.


Find an AQHA show near you, no matter what your competition level may be. Journal photo.

AQHA designed a show program that’s enjoyable for every level of rider and their American Quarter Horse, from Rookie competitors to weekend warriors. With fun and exciting new classes like ranch horse pleasure and boxing, an AQHA show is the perfect venue to test your skills with your American Quarter Horse.

But before you can pack your polo wraps, chaps and shined-up steed, you first need to find an AQHA show near you. Read the rest of this entry »

Transfer Video Tutorial

February 3, 2014

Check out video tutorials,  AQHA’s latest digital customer service tool.

AQHA Transfer Report Video Tutorial

AQHA customer service gets asked for help filling out our forms a lot. With that in mind, we created a video tutorial that will help you complete your horse’s transfer report anytime, anywhere! Watch the video for a step-by-step guide to completing an AQHA transfer report. Be sure to read the rest of this post for some extra pointers on doing your homework before you buy.

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AQHA Convention

January 27, 2014

Learn more about the annual AQHA convention and how you can be more involved with the decision-making processes of your Association.

The 2014 AQHA Convention is March 7-10, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.

The 2014 AQHA Convention is March 7-10, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.

One of the great things about AQHA is that it is governed by our members. Each spring, AQHA members gather for the annual AQHA convention to discuss AQHA rules and policies, review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA directors, induct new members into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and present year-end awards.

While this event is a lot of fun, with entertaining banquets and social events, AQHA convention is an important opportunity for the AQHA Executive Committee and board of directors to hear the ideas and suggestions of our valued membership.

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AQHA Shows

January 13, 2014

Find out how American Quarter Horses and their riders compete on a level playing field at AQHA shows.

AQHA shows

From the bottom up, the leveling program is designed to improve exhibitor experiences at AQHA shows and further American Quarter Horses as competitors. Journal photo.

From the brand-new competitor to the seasoned road warrior, everyone has a place at AQHA shows, thanks to the AQHA leveling program.

The leveling program was developed by AQHA members for AQHA members. Here’s how it works: The leveling program is a handicapping system that groups horses and riders with their peers of similar experience and achievements earned.

Levels are formulated from an objective handicapping system that assigns exhibitors and horses to competition levels.

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Stallion Directory

December 17, 2013

Use the free online directory of AQHA Incentive Fund-nominated stallions.


Mare owners also have the opportunity to peruse through Incentive Fund-nominated stallions in the free online AQHA stallion directory at (AQHA photo)

It’s a competitive world out there. To give your upcoming foal a leg up on the competition, start with a sire nominated to the American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund.

For a foal to be enrolled in the AQHA Incentive Fund, the foal’s sire must first be nominated to the program. To make life easier on mare owners, the December 2013, January and February 2014 editions of The American Quarter Horse Journal feature a list of all current Incentive Fund-nominated stallions, as well as a special advertising section spotlighting just those American Quarter Horse stallions.

Mare owners also have the opportunity to peruse through Incentive Fund-nominated stallions in the free online AQHA stallion directory at

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