FEI Concours de Reining International Returns to Oklahoma City

The 2015 Lucas Oil American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show will host an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Concours de Reining International (CRI) 1*, CRI2* and CRI3* event Nov. 12 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. AQHA and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) are jointly funding the $1500 in prize money for the CRI 3*, with awards offered in the 1* and 2*.

New AQHA Judges Approved

Previously retired American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) all-around judges, plus new specialized judges and international judges for Oceana, were recently approved by the AQHA Judges and Executive committees.

In May, the AQHA Judges and Executive committees voted to remove Rule SHW910.12: “A judge shall accept mandatory retirement at age 75.” For recertification, these individuals were required to make scores above 75 percent on video judging and above 80 percent on the rulebook exam.

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AQHA Steward Program Dissolved

aqha logo horse.ashxBased on a recommendation from the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) animal welfare commission, the AQHA steward program is being redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up. The AQHA steward task force was appointed by the AQHA executive committee to assess the current program and develop ideas for enhancements.

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AQHA Makes Clenbuterol A Banned Substance

ventipulminClenbuterol, marketed under the brand name Ventipulmin or the generic aeropulmin, becomes a banned substance in AQHA competition Nov. 1.Beginning Nov. 1, 2015, clenbuterol will be considered a forbidden drug per American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Rule VIO401. Earlier this year, positive drug tests for detection of clenbuterol in American Quarter Horse racehorses resulted in significant penalties. As previously announced April 24, that policy was expanded to put an end to the abusive use of clenbuterol in show horses, and in time for the 2015 AQHA World Championship Show.

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The AQHA Removes Mandatory Retirement Rule For Judges

judgeseditedRetired judges can return to the list of AQHA-approved judgesThe American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Judges and Executive committees recently voted to remove Rule SHW 910.12, “A judge shall accept mandatory retirement at age 75.”

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AQHA Announces Changes To Farnam Superhorse Criteria

rising-starlightRising Starlight, pictured with Corey Cushing, was the 2012 AQHA Farnam Superhorse. • K.C. Montgomery photoThe American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has announced changes to the criteria used to award the title of Farnam Superhorse at the AQHA World Show. The AQHA World Show will take place Nov. 6-21 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
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AQHA Website To List Animal Welfare Violators

fines-and-penaltiesA new section of the AQHA's website will list animal welfare and unsportsmanlike conduct fines and penalties, as well as offenders' names.The health and well-being of the American Quarter Horse is the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)’s utmost concern. In accordance with the AQHA’s mission statement, the American Quarter Horse shall be treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion at all times. It is the goal of the AQHA to educate members and non-members on this issue.

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AQHA Takes An Animal Welfare Stand

aqha logo horse.ashxThe AQHA takes a stand on animal welfare.At its April meeting, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Executive Committee continued to make huge strides for the benefit of the American Quarter Horse by approving stronger penalties and fines for animal welfare rule violators; enacting significant penalties for positive drug tests involving detection of clenbuterol in show horses beginning Nov. 1, 2015, and modified penalties in horse racing, beginning May 1, 2015; barring the use of lip chains in show horses beginning Jan. 1, 2016; and several other actions. The actions exemplify the association taking a firmer stand on animal welfare for the protection of the horse and for the future of the breed.

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AQHA 75th Anniversary Breyer Collection

AQHA BreyerOne of Breyer’s 75th anniversary AQHA models.The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has joined with Breyer Animal Creations to celebrate the Association's historic 75th anniversary with a new collection of American Quarter Horse models that pays tribute to America's most popular breed of horses: the American Quarter Horse. Breyer's new 75th anniversary collection features unique packaging celebrating AQHA's history and will feature bay, sorrel, palomino and grullo American Quarter Horses.