50-Year Breeders: An AQHA Legacy
The American Quarter Horse breeders who in 2016 hit their 50th cumulative or consecutive year of breeding the world’s most versatile horse will be honored September 25 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.
AQHA will honor American Quarter Horse breeders who have been breeding American Quarter Horses for 50 years at a special ceremony on September 25.
The American Quarter Horse Association will honor this year’s 50-year breeders at a ceremony September 25 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.
Apr 29, 2017, 13:24
AQHA Trail Challenges
Test your horse’s skills at an AQHA Trail Challenge near you.
Spring is quickly turning to summer, which means it is the perfect time to ride your American Quarter Horse at an AQHA Trail Challenge.
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 ability 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.
Apr 29, 2017, 13:21
Adequan® Select World
The 2018 Adequan® Select World will stay at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo.
The AQHA Executive Committee made the decision to keep the 2018 Adequan® Select World at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo.
Last winter, the American Quarter Horse Association solicited host-site bids for the 2018 AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). After carefully reviewing the submitted bids, the AQHA Executive Committee has made the decision to keep the 2018 Adequan® Select World at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo.
Apr 29, 2017, 13:18
New Location for the Zoetis VRH World in 2018
AQHA reveals the new location of the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in 2018.
The Zoetis VRH World and Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals are tentatively scheduled for June 14-17, 2018, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Last fall, the American Quarter Horse Association solicited host-site bids for the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in 2018. After reviewing exhibitor survey results, carefully evaluating submitted bids and much discussion, the AQHA Executive Committee has made the decision to move the location and dates of the show. The Zoetis VRH World and Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals are tentatively scheduled for June 14-17, 2018, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Apr 29, 2017, 13:17
AQHA President Challenges AQHA Members
AQHA President Ralph Seekins discusses his focus for his term as president – the priorities of AQHA members.
I appreciate the trust you put in me this year and look forward to what the future holds for our horse and great association. (Journal photo)
It was an honor to be elected as your 2017 American Quarter Horse Association president at this year’s AQHA Convention in San Antonio. As an executive committee, we are determined to continue to increase transparency and involvement with our membership. Last year, AQHA Past President Sandy Arledge started a blog to keep members informed with the happenings of AQHA and to share insight into the workings of your Association and executive committee. With that being said, it is important to me to continue that line of communication and will also be blogging during my term as president.
Apr 29, 2017, 13:11
AQHA Partners Donate to AQHA and the Foundation
AQHA corporate partners presented donations at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio to support AQHA members and programs.
American Quarter Horse Association corporate partners Bank of America, Nutrena and Zoetis presented AQHA and the American Quarter Horse Foundation with donations to support AQHA members and programs during the general membership meeting on March 18 at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio.
Apr 18, 2017, 10:53
Past, Present and Future of the AQHA Incentive Fund
AQHA explains the point-cap change, plus the goals of the program.
To learn more or to enroll your horse, visit www.aqha.com/incentivefund or call AQHA at 806-376-4811. (Credit: AQHA)
The American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund began in 1984 with the first nominations for the 1983 breeding season and grew dramatically over the next two decades. The secret to the success was grass-roots involvement and the nomination of a large number of horses each year.
Apr 18, 2017, 10:51
Welcome Your New AQHA Executive Committee The 2017-18 AQHA Executive Committee was elected at the AQHA convention in San Antonio.
Welcome Your New AQHA Executive Committee
The 2017-18 AQHA Executive Committee was elected at the AQHA convention in San Antonio.
The AQHA Executive Committee was elected March 20 at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio. Though AQHA operates primarily upon the decisions of its members through the board of directors, the five-person Executive Committee is responsible for implementing these important decisions and governing AQHA between the annual meetings of the membership and the board.
Apr 2, 2017, 13:09
Ride With AQHA in Eminence
Join the American Quarter Horse Association for a week of festive fun June 24 to July 1 in picturesque Eminence, Missouri.
Hosted by Cross Country Trail Rides, the week will be packed with swimming, fishing, concerts and dances. You and your horse will enjoy trail riding on more than 300 miles of forested and riverside trails. Barrel racing and AQHA Trail Challenge clinics will be held throughout the week, ending in an AQHA Trail Challenge and barrel racing competitions. A covered arena is also available to riders.
Admission is $245 for adults, $180 for children ages 6-11, $85 for children ages 3-5, and children 2 and under are $15 each. Your admission covers your meals, entertainment and camping. Horse stalls are $20 each. You must bring or buy dehydrated pellet bedding for the stalls. You will need to purchase/bring your own hay, feed and water buckets. You can purchase bedding and feed on site.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:42
AQHA to Host Affiliate Workshop
Registration is open for the “Go, Know, Grow – AQHA Affiliate Workshop,” scheduled for May 22-23 in Amarillo.
The “Go, Know, Grow – AQHA Affiliate Workshop” will cover a variety of topics, including member growth, marketing, engaging youth, animal welfare, recreational riding and much more.
The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce the return of the AQHA affiliate workshops. The “Go, Know, Grow – AQHA Affiliate Workshop” is scheduled for May 22-23 in Amarillo.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:40
AQHA Incentive Fund Checks Are In The Mail
Owners and nominators see a big increase in the per-point value as more than $1.35 million is paid out for points earned in 2016.
The Incentive Fund utilizes the most familiar and proven concept in the American Quarter Horse show industry: points won at AQHA shows. Each point earned at an AQHA-approved show in the open and/or amateur division by an Incentive Fund-nominated horse is worth a specific amount. For 2016, that amount was $22.01. (Credit: AQHA)
Owners of American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund-enrolled horses, as well as foal and stallion nominators, should start seeing their checks arrive for points earned during the 2016 show season. In all, more than $1.35 million was paid to owners and nominators of the 6,857 horses that earned Incentive Fund points in 2016.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:39
Reach Out With AQHYA
Reach Out with AQHYA members from around the world to inspire, excite, impact and grow at the 2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, slated for July 11-13 in Amarillo.
Register for the 2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar by June 1.
Youth interested in attending the 2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, scheduled for July 11-13 in Amarillo, can now download the registration form. YES welcomes American Quarter Horse Youth Association members and non-members, ages 10 to 18, to experience a three-day, fun-packed event that offers valuable leadership skills, inspiring speakers and tons of fun.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:38
AQHA Creative Design Team Wins Advertising Awards
The AQHA Creative Design Team brought home five awards at the 2017 Masters of Advertising Awards banquet.
The American Quarter Horse Association Creative Design Team won five awards at the 2017 Masters of Advertising event February 18 at West Texas A&M University’s Jack B. Kelley Legacy Hall. The awards and banquet are sponsored by the Amarillo chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
AQHA won a GOLD American Advertising Award (GOLD ADDY) for the You Hold My Heart Campaign, a GOLD ADDY for the American Quarter Horse Foundation Brochure, a SILVER ADDY for the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum Imagination Ad and a SILVER ADDY for the We Are AQHA magazine ads. AQHA also received the Special Judges Award for Best Body of Work out of 119 professional entries.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:36
AQHA Supports Wildfire Relief Efforts
Join the American Quarter Horse Association in supporting the relief efforts of alliance partners NRHA and WRCA.
The recent wildfires devastated acreage in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle and tragically took the lives of humans, horses and other livestock and wildlife in their paths. With so many needing help, the American Quarter Horse Association has provided financial support to the relief efforts of AQHA alliance partner Working Ranch Cowboys Association through its Foundation Crisis Fund and suggests donating much-needed supplies through the National Reining Horse Association.
NRHA and the Reining Horse Foundation are requesting donations of livestock supplies (hay, feed, wound-care supplies, fencing, etc.) to assist Oklahoma and Texas ranchers impacted by the recent fires. They are offering to connect those in the equine industry with those who are in need through a series of drop-off locations. Learn more about drop-off locations at www.nrha1.com.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:34
Mourning the Loss of 3 Million Dollar Sire Lil Ruf Peppy
Oklahoma City, Okla., (2-16-2017) – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is mourning the loss of NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Lil Ruf Peppy. He will forever be known as one of the greatest NRHA multi-million dollar sires.
At 25 years old, the sorrel stallion was by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Peppy San Badger and out of Rufas Peppy. In his prime, Lil Ruf Peppy won more than $28,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. In 1995, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Tom McCutcheon and Lil Ruf Peppy captured the NRHA Derby Limited Open title. The dynamic duo would continue to excel in the show pen for years to come. His success in the show pen led to his later syndication under the Lil Ruf Peppy Syndicate.
Feb 20, 2017, 10:25
2017 NRHA Open Futurity Conditions Update
Oklahoma City, Okla. – February 15, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors met during their Winter Meeting and reviewed a recommendation from the Aged Events Committee. Based on this recommendation and much discussion, the Board approved the following updates to the conditions that involved late entries, semi-finals format, and the number to advance to the finals.
Feb 20, 2017, 10:24
AQHA Expands Partnership With Nutrena
AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena continues its support of AQHA events.
Support from Nutrena has made events and programs possible for AQHA members since 2000.
The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to have a great team of corporate partners that offers great benefits to the Association’s members and supports AQHA events throughout the year. AQHA recently renewed its contract with Nutrena as the official feed partner of AQHA.
Feb 20, 2017, 10:22
American Quarter Horse Foundation to Host Luncheon
The Foundation will host its annual luncheon March 19 at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio.
The American Quarter Horse Foundation Luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 19 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, during the 2017 AQHA Convention.
Each year, AQHA holds an annual convention filled with events and activities for AQHA members – general membership meetings, committee meetings, banquets, receptions and much more. The 2017 AQHA Convention is March 17-20 at the Grand Hyatt.
Feb 20, 2017, 10:21
Executive Committee Meeting Update
AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines shares highlights from the recent AQHA Executive Committee meeting.
Though AQHA operates primarily upon the decisions of its members through the board of directors, the five-person executive committee is responsible for implementing these important decisions and governing AQHA between the annual meetings of the membership and the board.
We welcomed our five-person AQHA Executive Committee to Amarillo at the end of January for several productive and jam-packed days of discussion.
Feb 20, 2017, 10:19
Come to the AQHA Convention!
AQHA’s annual convention is March 17-20 in San Antonio.
The 2017 AQHA Convention is rolling into San Antonio, March 17-20 at the Grand Hyatt.
The convention is a chance for breeders, trainers, owners and horse lovers of all kinds to talk about issues affecting the industry and discuss proposed changes to the way AQHA does business.
Feb 20, 2017, 10:16