Quarter's Worth

Give Back to American Quarter Horses

October 3, 2011

American Quarter Horses give us their all – find out how to give back to them.


The American Quarter Horse Foundation provides monetary support to therapeutic riding centers. A gift to the Foundation would ensure that this support continues. (Journal photo).

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Whether it’s out in the mountains of Montana or in the Jim Norick Arena at the AQHA World Championship Show, your American Quarter Horse gives you his best.

Have you ever thought about how much your American Quarter Horses gives? And have you noticed that he asks so little in return? Did you know that there’s a way to give back to your horse and to ensure that the heritage of his breed will live on?

A gift to the American Quarter Horse Foundation Endowment Fund is an investment in the future of the American Quarter Horse Foundation – it’s also an investment in the heritage of the American Quarter Horse.

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Get Out and Vote

October 26, 2010

In light of the upcoming elections, here’s an update on your Association’s Public Policy efforts and AQHPac activity.

AQHA advocates members' concerns in Washington, D.C.

With election season in full swing, I  encourage you to vote on Tuesday, November 2. If early voting is an option, certainly exercise that option!

In light of the elections, I wanted to give you a quick update on your Association’s Public Policy efforts and AQHPac activity over the past few months. Remember, as horsemen and women, it’s important for us to support candidates who understand and support equine activities. With the make up of our country becoming more urban, education will continue to play a key role with our elected officials.

With our partner, the American Horse Council, public policy efforts continue in the following areas:

  • Equine Infectious Diseases – Attempts are underway to specify funding in the next ag appropriations bill specifically for equines for the purpose of equine health issues. Specific funding in that bill would better help the industry when infectious outbreaks occur. AHC will be stepping up its efforts for this in the coming weeks. For more information on this, please call AQHA or AHC.
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World Equestrian Games

October 6, 2010

From test rides behind the scenes to world-class performances in front of packed crowds, the 2010 Games was an experience of a lifetime.

This event will go down for all of us at AQHA as an experience of a lifetime.

My head is still spinning (no pun intended) with what we have accomplished at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. After a sell-out individual finals performance, the evening concluded with another sold out exhibition of our best freestyle reiners. The Allltech Arena literally rocked with excitement! Front page coverage in local Lexington, Kentucky, papers featured a near half page photo of Tom McCutcheon aboard Gunners Special Nite, who together won the individual gold medal with a 228. The silver went to Craig Schmersal, with Duane Latimer winning the bronze.

Get the details at our special Games website.

But we have garnered so much more than showing off top reining competition. E-mails are coming to me about a nice story that appeared in the online and printed editions of the New York Times; USA Today lists the reining winners. Wherever we went on the massive Kentucky Horse Park grounds, people noticed our cowboy hats and many stopped to compliment us on the exciting competition.

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Horse Sales

September 20, 2010

During this busy season, it’s fun to get a first-hand look at this important part of our industry.

These past few weekends, I’ve had the pleasure of attending several sales. These included the Ruidoso Select and Heritage Place yearling sales, as well as several production sales, featuring primarily weanlings and occasional older horses from our ranching members.

I really enjoy attending these sales and visiting with our members. At the ranching sales in particular, it gave me a first hand look at the compassion our members have for the American Quarter Horse, our country and their ranching way of life. Also, it reaffirmed with me how our ranching members have a keen desire to produce quality horses that are easily trained, with good dispositions that people want to be around.

The first stop on the ranch production sale circuit was at the “Come to the Source” sale in Laramie, Wyoming, featuring consignments from four entities: Randy and Laurie Dunn of Bath Brothers Ranch, Laramie, Wyoming; Chip and Kathy Merritt, Fort Collins, Colorado; Sam Shoultz and Ken Matzner of Fort Collins; and Dick and Dianne Van Pelt of Laramie. AQHA President Johannes Orgeldinger was able to make the trip with me to witness a good crowd on Read the rest of this entry »

Market Stimulus Plans

July 26, 2010

Discussions with stock show/state fair managers, ranchers, and show managers further encourage AQHA’s Executive Committee to bring together focus groups to discuss suggestions relative to shows.

Mike Major ropes his cow under the judges' eyes during the ranch remuda contest at Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City in July 2010.

The past couple of weeks have been busy with several meetings taking place. In addition to the AQHA Executive Committee, the past presidents, the American Quarter Horse Foundation Council, AQHA Investment Oversight Committee and the AQHA Hall of Fame Selection Committee all met. Among the items the Executive Committee reviewed and discussed was criteria for racing at the Jockey Club de Sorocaba in Brazil, the AQHA World Show financial statements along with regular business items related to registration and show issues that require the committee’s action.

The Executive Committee also met with stock show managers. Discussion focused on the changing demographics of the stock show/state fair audience, which is typical of the changing demographics of the horse industry enthusiasts. In previous years, spectators at stock shows and rodeos were “in tune” with agriculture-related events and had a knowledge of livestock events. Today’s audience strictly wants entertainment.

Many different scenarios and suggestions were discussed to attract more spectators and exhibitors. These discussions, coupled with a show managers’ summit held in June, have further encouraged the Executive Committee to move forward with bringing together focus groups to discuss a wide range of suggestions relative to AQHA shows. Read the rest of this entry »

AQHA’s Stewards Program

June 25, 2010

AQHA is committed to the health and welfare of the American Quarter Horse.

As AQHA continues its commitment to ensure that the health and welfare of the American Quarter Horse remains paramount, I am more than pleased with the debut of the AQHA Stewards program. Funding for the stewards program comes from an increase in show processing fees that became effective in 2010.

To help level the playing field for exhibitors and ensure the welfare of horses in competition, a portion of those funds have been designated for breed integrity initiatives like the stewards program. Read the rest of this entry »

Committee Recommendations

June 17, 2010

View standing committee reports and Executive Committee action.

Many great recommendations came out of AQHA’s 14 standing committees, which met during the AQHA Convention.

The Executive Committee spent a great deal of time reviewing the reports. You can review the reports and recommendations by visiting  Member Services (second column below MEMBER ACTION, click COMMITTEE REPORTS) to view all the standing committee reports and the Executive Committee’s action.

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WEG Highlights

June 10, 2010

Even if you’re not a competitor or a diehard reining fan, the World Equestrian Games “World’s Fair atmosphere” will be something itself.

I hope you are planning to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Lexington, Kentucky, September 25 – October 10. As you know, AQHA is an official sponsor and the official breed sponsor of reining, one of the eight international disciplines spotlighted at the games. Even if you’re not a competitor or a diehard reining fan, the World’s Fair atmosphere that surrounds the games will be something itself.

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New Executive Committee

March 11, 2010

Join me in welcoming our new AQHA Executive Committee.

Johannes and wife, Astrid, with Fritz Power, the leading sire of the German Quarter Horse Association.

On March 8, at the 2010 AQHA Convention, we welcomed the first international AQHA President, Johannes Orgeldinger of Grosswallstadt, Germany.

Johannes has been involved with American Quarter Horses for more than a quarter of a century and has volunteered his time and talents to the  the AQHA Executive Committee for the past four years. He was first elected to the AQHA Executive Committee in 2006. He divides his time between Germany and a Read the rest of this entry »

AQHA Corporate Partners

March 2, 2010

Check out a few of your many member benefits.

Ford Youth World Show

Events like the Ford Youth World Show are made possible by AQHA's Corporate Partners.

AQHA’s corporate partners provide many discounts and benefits, such as America’s Horse magazine, plus support for some of AQHA’s most popular programs and events.

By becoming an AQHA member, you will receive discounts with the following Corporate Partners.


Along with sponsoring the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, Ford Motor Co. gives every AQHA member a chance to save big on a new vehicle. Each member receives a $500 rebate toward the purchase of a new Ford or Lincoln Mercury. And not only that, but you receive up to four of these rebate certificates each year — two for Ford, and two for Lincoln Mercury. So, if you are Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Strikes

February 4, 2010

As a testament to the dedication of AQHA employees, those that were able to get to the office dug in where they were most needed.

The first month of 2010 ended in a flurry of activity – literally. A severe winter storm hit Amarillo last week. On Thursday, January 28, the AQHA offices closed at noon due to deteriorating weather and road conditions. We were able to reopen the offices Friday with a skeleton crew. As a testament to the dedication of AQHA employees, those that were able to get to the office dug in where they were most needed. Customers that called in to the customer service department were greeted by yours truly and employees from other departments.

After a foot of snow fell on Amarillo, new customer service representatives were recruited to answer AQHA's phones.

After a foot of snow fell on Amarillo, new customer service representatives were recruited to answer AQHA's phones.

Amarillo received a foot of snow on top of a layer of sleet and ice. The remnants of which can still be seen around town. Area schools closed Thursday and Friday. The airport also cancelled Read the rest of this entry »


January 11, 2010

With the beginning of a new decade, we look forward to a productive year at the Association.

The Treadway family had a great holiday, and I hope you did, too. Grandson Connor received his first horse. Connor’s mom insisted that we wait a little longer before he gets his American Quarter Horse so this year we had to settle for just a quarter-sized horse.

Connor Treadway rides his Christmas pony.

Connor Treadway rides his Christmas pony.

With the beginning of a new decade, we are looking forward to a Read the rest of this entry »