Revving Up the Returns

Harley D Zip leads the field in AQHA Incentive Fund earnings.

Harley D Zip leads the field in AQHA Incentive Fund earnings.

Harley with Kerry at the 2009 Sun Circuit in Scottsdale, Arizona.

By Brittania Cassiday, The American Quarter Horse Journal Intern

Harley D Zip + the AQHA Incentive Fund = cold, hard cash.

This successful gelding by Maximum Zip brings home the dough along with trophies, ribbons and championships.

“Harley’s” titles include 11 world championships, four reserve world championships, two Sooner Trailer all-around high-point titles, 17 high-point western riding awards and this year’s title as all-around high-point senior horse.

And he is now the highest money-earning nominated foal in the Incentive Fund, with $98,222.44.

“I don’t believe there will ever be another horse that will even come close to the records he (Harley) has set in his career,” says AQHA Professional Horseman Jason Martin, Harley’s open exhibitor.

Want a chance at catching up to Harley D Zip? Well, you’d better get to practicing your events! Start with showmanship. Download AQHA’s Showmanship Basics FREE report.

The horse is owned by the Papendick family of Rapid City, South Dakota.

The Incentive Fund was created by AQHA in 1985 to reward members and encourage them to show their American Quarter Horses, and to provide extra value to the enrolled horses. The first paybacks were given in 1986 from nominated foals; a foal’s sire must be an Incentive Fund stallion to be enrolled.

The fund was originally split in two divisions: racing and showing. The showing division is still going strong, with $3,305,489.51 paid out for the 2008 show season and a total of $63,016,263.69 throughout the fund’s 23-year history.

The money from enrolled horses is pooled and divided by the number of points earned by those horses in either the amateur or open divisions throughout the year, making each point worth a certain amount of money. A horse’s year-end accumulated amount is determined by multiplying the number of points by the dollar amount per point.

The earnings are then split between the current owner, the stallion’s nominator for the year the foal was produced and the foal’s nominator in an 80-10-10 percent split. When a horse earns points, those earnings go to the owner (or lessee) at the time those points were earned, according to AQHA’s records.

Since the Incentive Fund basically pays you to show your horse, make the most of it! Start racking up points and raking in the dollars after you download your copy of  AQHA’s Showmanship Basics FREE report. Get the tips you need to succeed.

Top Ten Incentive Fund Foals

Harley D Zip    $98,222.44
Zippo LTD    $85,766.81
Ima Top Leaguer    $83,333.56
KCS Connection    $73,301.49
Play My Song    $69,947.50
Mr Oakie Scotch    $64,712.72
Artful Investment    $63,473.55
Pars Silver Bar    $62,893.83
Hes Just To Sharp    $61,251.39
Conclusives Bar Cody    $61,021.29

Top Ten Incentive Fund Stallions

Zippo Pine Bar    $1,294,322.87
Scotch Bar Time    $827,657.81
Zips Chocolate Chip    $826,164.22
Zippos Mr Good Bar    $745,074.29
Invitation Only    $716,585.56
Shining Spark    $700,512.60
Mr Conclusion    $617,078.87
Ima Cool Skip    $616,651.07
Blazing Hot    $598,765.70
Zippos Old Gold    $593,273.92

4 thoughts on “Revving Up the Returns”

  1. I recentally purchased an Incentive Fund stallion Nic Chex, whom has not bred any mares in over 9 years! Now I would like to promote him as a Fund stallion ( he is nominated) for service in 2010. Can I use the logo in this Nov. & Dec. promotions and pay the use fee when he services mares in 2010? thank you, Carolyn

  2. Congratulations Harley!

    The incentive fund sounds like a great, great program. EXCEPT: I found the perfect weanling last year, bought her as my first AQHA, and I have full intentions on bringing her as high as she can go. The stallion owner did not nominate his stallion for the IF, so I’m out of luck in earning IF points.

    I realize that not everyone gets the opportunity to be in the IF, but I think that AQHA should offer a buy in for horses two and under. Make it $500 or so per horse… check out the fee schedule below to see why.

    (based on mares listed on the previous years stallion breeding report)
    First Breeding Season ……………………..$300
    1-4 mares…………………………………$100 per mare
    5-10 mares on report, the fee is ……………$500
    11-15 mares on report, the fee is……………$600
    16-20 mares on report, the fee is …………..$700
    21-25 mares on report, the fee is……………$800
    26-30 mares on report, the fee is……………$900
    31-35 mares on report, the fee is……………$1,000
    36-40 mares on report, the fee is……………$1,100
    41-50 mares on report, the fee is……………$1,250
    51-60 mares on report, the fee is……………$1,500
    61-80 mares on report, the fee is……………$2,000
    81-100 mares on report, the fee is…………..$2,500
    101 or more mares on report, the fee is………$3,000

  3. We were recently blessed to purchase a beautiful black mare by One Hot Krymsun out of the late GREAT all around show mare Ima Cool Diamond. She will be bred Spring 2010 to Maximum Zip. We are soooo looking forward to an all around baby as talented as “Harley”.

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