Changing Your Horse’s Name

Changing your Quarter Horse’s registered name is a simple process, but only some horses are eligible.

Changing your Quarter Horse’s registered name is a simple process, but only some horses are eligible.

Horse in stall
Find out how to change your horse’s registered name. Journal photo.

Have you purchased an American Quarter Horse but aren’t too thrilled with his registered name? AQHA Customer Service gets many requests for changing a horse’s name. The process is simple, as long as your horse meets certain criteria.

To change your horse’s name, submit submit a name change form, his registration certificate and the $55 name change fee ($95 for non-members).

However, you may only change your horse’s name as long as he or she has not:

  1. Competed in an AQHA show or special event
  2. Started in a recognized race
  3. Earned a special achievement recognition award as per AQHA Rule 440
  4. Earned any money or awards with an AQHA affiliate, as shown on AQHA records
  5. Appeared on any breeding document submitted to AQHA.

Not sure if your horse has a show or race record or has been bred? Use AQHA’s Online Records Research system to check. AQHA members get $10 free each month in records research.

If your horse qualifies for a name change, please submit a name change form with your new name choice, the registration certificate and the $55 fee for members or $95 for non-members to:

P.O. Box 200
Amarillo, TX 79168

If you have any questions about the name-change process, please contact AQHA Customer Service at 806-376-4811, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central.

You asked, and we listened! Members requested a name change form via our new website, My AQHA Idea, and we were able to create the form quickly and add it to the AQHA Resources page under the Registration section. Thanks to everyone who has submitted wonderful ideas on the My AQHA Idea website to help make AQHA better!

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  1. Hi I was wondering if you could help me. I’m trying to find information about my horse. Her registered name is (ALEXANDERS PRINCESS) her registration number is 4132004. I am trying to find out if she was bread, if she has any kind of show or race record. I want to know as much as i can she is my best friend has been threw alot. I want to bread her but if she had alot of foals I don’t want to hurt her. I would really like to know every websit I find wants money and I don’t know who to trust. Thank you
    Jenn & Priss

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