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AQHA Incentive Fund

June 27, 2016

Whether you’re showing horses, breeding horses or both, AQHA’s Incentive Fund program provides a return on your investment.

3600-16-320-IF-Web-Banners-300x600For all of you who breed show horses, buy show horses or just plain get out there and show horses, AQHA’s Incentive Fund program is an excellent way to show your AQHA pride and get a return on your investment.

During these tough economic times, we are all choosing our investments very wisely. AQHA’s Incentive Fund program works the same way. It’s an investment in your horse. Each year, a point payout is decided upon via a formula, and that amount is multiplied by the number of points your horse received that year. You, as the horse owner, will get a check for 70 percent, the nominator will get 15 percent, and the horse’s sire nominator will get 15 percent.

Here’s an easy guide to how the AQHA Incentive Fund works. Read the rest of this entry »

Find Your AQHA Level

June 13, 2016

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

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AQHA levels group horses and riders with their peers of similar experience and achievements earned. (Credit: Journal)

Everyone has a place at AQHA shows, from beginners to the most highly accomplished competitor. AQHA levels group horses and riders with their peers of similar experience and achievements earned.

At AQHA shows, 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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Upgrade Your AQHA Membership

June 6, 2016

Add amateur status to your membership in a snap.

Amateur showmanship exhibitors at the EMO/PCQHA Novice Championship.

Exhibitors in amateur showmanship put on their game faces. (Pamela Britton-Baer photo)

Want to compete in AQHA’s amateur division at AQHA events? A general or life membership can be easily upgraded to an amateur membership so you can show in amateur classes.

To upgrade your membership, print and complete the amateur membership agreement portion of the AQHA membership application and mail or fax the application to AQHA.

Upgrading a general or life membership to amateur status for one year is $10. Upgrading for three years is $20.

Note that an amateur membership has to be renewed at least every three years.

Heading to a horse show soon and need to act fast? You may also upgrade your membership at an AQHA-approved show. There is an additional $5 fee for upgrading a membership at a show.

Membership upgrades cannot currently be processed online.

AQHA Transfers – The Multiple Transfer Process

May 31, 2016

Learn how to navigate a multiple transfer to get your new horse into your name.

Holding Your Reins.

You’ve found the perfect horse. Now it’s time to get him transferred into your name. AQHA can help! Share this post on Facebook.

Owning an American Quarter Horse is an amazing experience. The experience begins with the purchase of your horse and the completion of a transfer report. This report is a vital step in maintaining the overall value and integrity of your horse.

The good news is that AQHA’s transfer process can be quick and painless!

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AQHA Trail Challenges

May 23, 2016

These fun events are the perfect way to show off your trail horse’s skills in a competitive setting.

There are generally 6 to 16 obstacles in any given Trail Challenge, depending on the land and terrain of the host location. (AQHA photo)

Spring is quickly turning to summer, which means it is the perfect time to ride your American Quarter Horse at an AQHA Trail Challenge

“What’s an AQHA Trail Challenge?” you say. We’re glad you asked!

An AQHA Trail Challenge is a judged course that tests a horse and rider’s ability to work as a team and navigate through natural obstacles they might experience on a trail. By competing in a trail challenge, riders enhance their horsemanship skills while learning about safety and fun on the trail.

There are generally six to 16 obstacles in any given trail challenge, depending on the land and terrain of the host location. A judge or judges (determined by the amount of obstacles) are located throughout the course evaluating a rider’s skills to maneuver his horse through the obstacle. Each horse-and-rider team starts out with a value of 70 and then gains or loses points, depending on their ability to navigate the course. The horse and rider (partnership) with the highest overall value is declared the trail challenge winner in each division.

AQHA offers an all-breed division, as well as an American Quarter Horse division at each trail challenge. Every division will include a youth and adult category. Within each division, there are three levels:

  • Training level – new horse-and-rider partnerships
  • Intermediate level – established horse-and-rider partnerships
  • Master level – partnerships ready for a more demanding course

Riders compete for a first through fifth placing and must be an AQHA or AQHYA member to participate. Those aboard American Quarter Horses will have the chance to earn trail challenge merits to be put on the horse’s permanent AQHA record. (Note: At this time, trail challenge merits do not show up on a horse’s competition record. When the technology is available, these merits will be uploaded into the database.)

Riders can also earn great prizes while participating in trail challenges by enrolling in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program. Not only will you be recognized for each trail challenge you attend, you’ll also earn double the hours you spend on your horse during an AQHA Trail Challenge.

For more information on the trail challenges or to find a challenge near you, visit  

AQHA Memberships Defined

May 16, 2016

A detailed description of what AQHA has to offer!

AQHA offers three types of memberships: general, amateur and youth. We’ve discussed your membership discounts and how to get a new membership card if you’ve lost yours, but what about the type of membership that is right for you? This is definitely a frequently asked question, so read on for the answer!

When applying for your AQHA membership, keep a couple things in mind: Whether or not you are going to show in AQHA events and your age. Another nice little policy we’re going to share with you is that you have 60 days from the date AQHA receives your membership to change it or change your mind, unless horse-related work was completed within that 60-day time frame. So, don’t sweat it if you think you want to change. Just call AQHA Customer Service. Read the rest of this entry »

Making Sure Your Horse Is the Right Color

May 1, 2016

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’s important that your horse’s true coat color matches its registration papers. This horse is a cremello. Not sure about your horse’s color? Join AQHA Equine Coat Color Specialist Lisa Covey most Friday afternoons for a live chat on the AQHA Facebook page.

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 »

AQHA Horseback Riding Program

April 26, 2016

Earn rewards for what you love doing most – riding your horse!

AQHA’s Horseback Riding Program rewards you for doing what you love – saddling up and riding. Whether you are exclusive to the American Quarter Horse or also ride other breeds, you can participate in this fun and rewarding program. Read the rest of this entry »

AQHA Records and Pedigrees

April 18, 2016

Learn how to easily order AQHA records and pedigrees online.

Mixer Horse

AQHA members receive $10 in free records research each month. Log in to AQHA Member Services to choose from numerous pedigree and record options.

AQHA’s online records are a great resource for our members, whether you’re a recreational rider or a professional. AQHA records aid in buying, selling or breeding your American Quarter Horse, as well as keeping up with performance points.

The best part about AQHA’s online records system is that you don’t have to call and wait for the records you need! Read the rest of this entry »

The AQHA Facebook Connection

April 13, 2016

Try these tips for catching all of AQHA’s great posts and enjoying fast, friendly customer service.

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.

By AQHA Manager of Online/Interactive Communications Jody Reynolds

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 – followers would see. Why? Because Facebook’s complicated 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 »

How To Register Your AQHA Foal

April 4, 2016

Use these tips to make your foal a part of the world’s largest breed registry.

Register Your AQHA Foal

When it’s time to register your foal, you need to ask yourself a few questions, such as “Does my foal need to be parentage verified?” (Journal photo)

Everyone loves American Quarter Horse babies.

But it takes a lot more than a sire and dam to get a foal registration in the works. One of our most frequently asked questions by AQHA members is, ‘How do I register my foal?’

Every year, AQHA mails out a pre-printed registration application (also called a breeder’s certificate) to every stallion owner who files a stallion breeding report. This application will contain pertinent information such as the sire and dam’s information, mare and stallion owner’s name and address and the breeding dates. It’s up to you, the proud owner of a new foal, to fill in the rest.

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Make Your AQHA Membership Work for You

March 28, 2016

These AQHA corporate partners give you an extra bang for your membership buck.

AQHA member benefits

Learn the ways your AQHA membership can work for you.

We get asked a lot what comes with your AQHA membership. AQHA works hard to provide many discounts and awesome freebies, plus wonderful programs and even the award-winning America’s Horse magazine. All these member benefits are possible because of support from our generous corporate partners. So, who are these awesome partners, and what are the benefits you get from them?

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