Come to Convention!

AQHA’s annual convention is March 2-5 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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To register for the 2018 AQHA Convention or for more details, visit

The 2018 AQHA Convention is rolling into Jacksonville, Florida, March 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. 

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. 

There are a couple of items regarding the convention that you should know:

  • To have voting rights at the 2018 convention, you must be an AQHA member at least 60 days prior to the first day of the 2018 convention.
  • Committee meetings are open to registered convention attendees and are conducted in two sessions – an “open discussion” session in which non-committee members can join in the discussion and a “committee member discussion” session in which the discussion is limited to committee members only. Occasionally, a meeting may move into a “committee members only” session per direction of the committee or chairperson.

Per AQHA Bylaws Article III, Section 1(a), the number of elected directors is determined by an annual allocation formula based on the number of active AQHA numbered and Appendix horses as of September 30 of the preceding year. View the list of each director’s current status – if they are seeking re-election or have been elevated to director emeritus or director-at-large status. 

Finally, don’t forget that you are always welcome to share your views and comments regarding issues that affect or pertain to AQHA with AQHA directors. A list of your directors and their contact information can be found in the Governance section of

To register for the 2018 AQHA Convention or for more details, visit


Calling all Graduating Youth!

American Quarter Horse Youth Association members who turned 19 on or before December 31, 2017, have officially graduated out of AQHYA. The American Quarter Horse Association realizes that your participation in AQHYA activities may have ended, but your love for the American Quarter Horse hasn’t!

Graduating from AQHYA to AQHA is an exciting moment, and we want to recognize it.

Graduating members who upgrade to an AQHA membership are eligible to receive a four-year membership for the price of three years – plus, a $25 SmartPak giftcard. This offer is only valid until August 31, 2018.

AQHA proudly invites graduating members to upgrade their membership and become part of the AQHA family. By joining the AQHA family, members will continue the passion for the breed they love with a family that is 250,000 members strong. This family takes pride in its horses and its AQHA memberships!

AQHA membership comes with AQHA corporate partner benefits, like savings on Ford vehicles and Smartpak. You’ll also continue to have access to AQHA shows, programs and events, and you’ll receive the members-only America’s Horse magazine. Don’t miss out on any benefits – upgrade your membership today by visiting Be sure to share your email address to receive a Smartpak discount code


10 Reasons to Enter the 2018 AQHA Level 1 Championships

We lined up 10 compelling reasons you won’t want to miss the AQHA Level 1 Championships this spring.

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Be sure to submit your entry for AQHA Level 1 Championships before it's too late.

The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce the entry forms for the 2018 AQHA Level 1 Championships are now online. If you’ve been kicking around the thought of entering the 2018 AQHA Level 1 Championships, the good news is you still have time.

Entries are due:

In case you still need convincing, here’s why you should enter: 

  1. There’s no qualifying; you need only be eligible to enter! The entry forms for the AQHA Level 1 championships can be found online at
  2. You can compete against exhibitors the same age as you. Level 1 showmanship, horsemanship, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, trail and western riding are divided into 13-&-Under, 14-18, amateur and Select. View the full class list.
  3. Compete against exhibitors with the same experience as you. The Level 1 Championships also offer Rookie classes, sponsored by B&W Trailer Hitches, which are perfect for beginning competitors. (If you’re looking to try a new class, try it in the Rookie level!) New this year, AQHA walk-trot classes are making their debut at the 2018 AQHA West, AQHA Central and Nutrena East Level 1 Championships. Read more about the walk-trot classes.
  4. Take home amazing prizes from generous AQHA corporate partners and show sponsors. Get excited: There are trophies up for grabs, plus much more.
  5. Win money! Yes, you can enter the jackpot for your class, win big and head home with money in your pocket.
  6. Add another accolade to your horse’s record. “Level 1 champion” looks mighty attractive on an AQHA record, just sayin’. Experience the thrill of competing at the championship level. It’s a feeling unlike any you can recreate at home. You’re going to have to come to Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Wilmington, Ohio, or Guthrie, Oklahoma, to enjoy it!
  7. Meet new people. Each Level 1 Championships offers a free exhibitors party to mingle over hors d'oeuvres and beverages with your fellow competitors.
  8. Get insider tips at free clinics. At the Ride the Pattern clinics, not only will you see the pattern performed, but an AQHA Professional Horseman will provide tips for how to ride the pattern and offer insight about what the judges will be looking for. They’re also there to answer your questions. The tentative schedules for clinic times will be available at
  9. Pick and choose. New à la carte pricing allows you to pay for just the classes you enter, making the show more affordable for many competitors.   
  10. Be part of the exclusive club sporting a Level 1 Championships digital exhibitor badge. Whether you’re headed to a Level 1 Championships in Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Wilmington, Ohio, or Guthrie, Oklahoma, post these digital badges on social media to tell your friends and family where you’re headed –  AQHA CentralAQHA WestNutrena East or AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships. 

Have we persuaded you to enter one of these shows? When you’re ready to download an entry form, get more info about a particular show or check hotel accommodations, here are the links you need: 

You can also use we have all the shows rounded up in one handy place.




Incentive Fund Changes for 2016

Owner, exhibitor and breeder feedback is driving changes to the Incentive Fund. To make the program more beneficial to all competitors, effective January 1, 2016, competition licenses will no longer be required, and the point cap will change to one plus the average number of points earned during the year.



Helmets Required in Youth English Classes

The requirement for ASTM/SEI-approved helmets in all youth English classes is effective January 1, 2015.

Effective January 1, all exhibitors in youth English classes will be required to compete in an American Society for Testing and Materials/Safety Equipment Institute-approved hard hat with harness. This requirement will apply to both flat (hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation) and over-fences classes.

The hard hat requirement is an amendment to Rule SHW320.2 in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations. The amendment was announced December 13, 2013, after it was approved by the AQHA Executive Committee. The amendment was a recommendation from the AQHA English and Dressage Subcommittee, and it was approved by the AQHA Show Council.

'Exhibitor safety is a paramount concern at AQHA events,' said AQHA Executive Director of Shows and Judges Pete Kyle.

'This amendment solely affects the youth division, and in so many other sporting events, youth wear safety helmets, so this really is about safety first,' Kyle added.

Per Rule SHW320.2, amateur competitors are required to wear approved helmets in over-fences classes. Although helmets are not required in other AQHA classes, riders are encouraged to wear protective helmets at their discretion.

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