AQHA Summer Checklist
Check out AQHA’s top-11 suggestions for a fun summer with your American Quarter Horse.
What are you and your American Quarter Horse going to do this summer?
The sun is shining, the grass is green and the American Quarter Horse Association has 11 must-do’s you do not want to miss out on this summer. From visiting the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo to attending the 2017 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, you’ll have a summer to remember – a summer with AQHA.
Jun 20, 2017, 15:14
Apply for Trail Conservation Funding
The program’s mission is to promote equestrian involvement in the restoration, repair and establishment of trails. STEP hopes to unify horseback riders and other trail users to build and strengthen relationships between local equestrian communities, the forest service and other land managers for the long-term stewardship of trails.
Each year, AQHA encourages horse enthusiasts to volunteer their time and resources to trail maintenance and development of public and private land. This can include anything from clearing shrubs or branches on existing trails to developing new trails altogether.
Jun 20, 2017, 15:13
Tex Ann Kraft Named Senior Director of Business Development
“Bringing Tex Ann on board and promoting Jazlyn provides an exciting management foundation for our development efforts,” said Carl Mullins, AQHA chief publishing officer. “Tex Ann has experience working on significant partnerships and brings additional marketing expertise that we believe will benefit our partners in their promotional efforts. Jazlyn has proven to be a top performer on our sales team and has shown natural leadership in her time at the Association. I look forward to working with these two leaders for years to come.”
Jun 20, 2017, 15:11
Become a Ranching Heritage Breeder
American Quarter Horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders epitomize the breed’s work ethic and versatility.
Ranching Heritage Breeders are AQHA members who represent longevity, honesty and integrity in raising quality American Quarter Horses, while upholding the ranching heritage.
Ranch-bred American Quarter Horses are held in high regard for their stamina, athletic ability and cow sense. American Quarter Horses are the preferred partner for working cattle ranches, and the horses' popularity goes beyond the ranch.
Jun 20, 2017, 15:10
National Day of the Cowboy
Save the date for Amarillo’s celebration of National Day of the Cowboy on July 22 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.
The National Day of the Cowboy is an event that is celebrated around the country, including in Amarillo, the home of the American Quarter Horse Association’s international headquarters and the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. Local groups have joined forces to teach, entertain and celebrate the 7th annual National Day of the Cowboy with the public. The celebration takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 22 at the Hall of Fame. This free event will provide entertainment for the whole family.
Jun 20, 2017, 15:07
Investigation of Medication Ban
The AQHA Executive Committee continues to investigate the medication ban set for AQHA-approved shows beginning January 1, 2018.
The Association and Executive Committee are committed to the welfare of the horse.
While the American Quarter Horse Association recognizes the therapeutic benefits of the drug furosemide, commonly known as Lasix, to help mitigate the occurrence of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in racehorses, the AQHA Executive Committee recently asked the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission to review the proposed prohibition of Lasix for show horses, set to be effective as of January 1, 2018.
Jun 20, 2017, 15:06
Horseracing Integrity Act
AQHA opposes the newly introduced version of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017.
While AQHA strongly supports uniformity in the horse racing industry, it is unable to support the latest version of the newly introduced legislation.
On May 25, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 to the House of Representatives. In summary, the bill requires “a uniform anti-doping and medication control program to be developed and enforced by an independent Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority.”
Jun 20, 2017, 15:05
AQHA Partners with Amarillo Habitat for Humanity
Employees of the American Quarter Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Foundation spent June 10 helping Amarillo Habitat for Humanity build homes in Amarillo.
In addition to volunteering their time, AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines also presented Amarillo Habitat for Humanity a check for $1,000 to continue support of Amarillo Habitat for Humanity in the local community.
“We were thrilled to be able to assist Amarillo Habitat for Humanity this past weekend,” said Huffhines. “We are thankful to be able to give back to our local community, which is also the home of AQHA’s international headquarters, and look forward to working with Habitat for Humanity in the future.”
Jun 20, 2017, 15:02
2017 Golden Spur Winner
Dr. Glenn Blodgett, resident veterinarian and manager of the Four Sixes Ranch horse division, has been named the 2017 National Golden Spur Award winner, the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industries in recognition of accomplishments by an individual.
In his 35 years at the largest individually owned ranch property in Texas, Dr. Blodgett has been an industry leader in equine embryo transfer and artificial insemination, and the ranch has become the all-time leading breeder of both racing and performance American Quarter Horses.
Jun 20, 2017, 15:01
AQHA Welcomed Corporate Partners to Amarillo
Once a year, the American Quarter Horse Association hosts representatives from its corporate partners for meetings and a trail ride. This year, the event was June 7-9 at AQHA’s international headquarters in Amarillo. Participants took part in business meetings at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum and went on a trail ride at River Falls.
Jun 20, 2017, 14:59
Outstanding Education in Amarillo
A great group of folks from coast to coast and even across the pond joined us the week of May 22 for our Affiliate Workshop and Show Management Seminar. It was a treat to visit with them between workshop sessions and participate in some fun and engaging activities that helped us learn more about each other. These folks have amazing visions for their states and affiliates, and we at AQHA are excited to do whatever we can to support those visions and make sure our affiliates and show managers have the tools they need to bring new people into our industry and keep our existing participants happy and engaged.
Jun 20, 2017, 14:56
AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines shares highlights from the April Executive Committee meeting
Final reports and more information on approved rule changes for 2018 will be posted online and published in The American Quarter Horse Journal in the coming weeks. (Journal photo)
Last week, we welcomed our new Executive Committee member, Norm Luba, into the Presidents’ Room for the April Executive Committee meeting at AQHA Headquarters in Amarillo. Newly appointed AQHA President Ralph Seekins took over the gavel for three very intense days of meetings. I can’t thank the Executive Committee members, directors and standing committee members enough for the body of work put in at this year’s convention and for volunteering their time to improve our Association.
During the three days, our Executive Committee logged more than 35 hours each (times five members!) evaluating and conducting the business of the Association, including the appointment of committee members, creation of multiple task forces to review important industry issues, the review and approval of AQHA standing committee reports from convention, approval and guidance of staff on moving Association projects forward, and overseeing the budget of the organization.
May 18, 2017, 15:16
2017 Standing Committee Reports Available
The AQHA Executive Committee recently reviewed and took action on recommendations from the AQHA Board of Directors, which met at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio.
For more information on the AQHA convention, visit www.aqha.com/convention.
The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee met April 24-26 in Amarillo to review the standing-committee recommendations approved at the 2017 AQHA Convention by the AQHA Board of Directors, with the exception of those related to bylaw changes and rules of registration, for which final approval lies with the board of directors. Even though some agenda items were not approved, careful consideration, discussion and debate were devoted to each item. Below are the highlights of approved agenda items from the 2017 standing-committee reports. Read the full committee reports at www.aqha.com/convention.
May 18, 2017, 15:14
China’s Enthusiasm for the American Quarter Horse
Two delegations from China recently visited Amarillo to connect with AQHA and support the American Quarter Horse industry in China.
The AQSIQ and APHIS delegation from China tours the AQHA Hall of Fame and Museum.
While the majority of my opportunities to connect with our international membership since January have involved me traveling outside of the United States, this past week, I had the great pleasure of hosting international guests at the American Quarter Horse Association International Headquarters right here in Amarillo.
May 18, 2017, 15:12
Apply for an AQHA Internship
If you’re a hard-working, enthusiastic college student looking for an exciting internship in the equine industry, apply for a fall AQHA internship.
AQHA’s internships are based in Amarillo and reach into all aspects of the equine industry, regardless of discipline.
The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to offer three paid internships for the fall of 2017. AQHA offers a Communications and Digital Marketing internship, Marketing and Publicity internship and an AQHA Media internship. AQHA’s internships are based in Amarillo and reach into all aspects of the equine industry, regardless of discipline. The deadline to apply is July 19.
May 18, 2017, 15:10
Animal Welfare Recommendations Approved
The AQHA Executive Committee approved several recommendations submitted by the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission at the 2017 AQHA Convention..
The AQHA Executive Committee approved several recommendations from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission at the 2017 AQHA Convention. The recommendations ranged from adding specific medications to the AQHA forbidden drugs or substances list to creating educational efforts for specific animal-handling procedures to a recommendation to use all drug- and animal welfare-related fines to support the AQHA steward program.
May 18, 2017, 15:03
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