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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.


AQHA-NCHA Weekend Locations Announced

aqha-ncha-weekendThe American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) recently announced the locations of this year's AQHA-NCHA Weekend events. AQHA-NCHA Weekend is set for June 5-7 in 25 cities throughout the United States and Canada.

Petition For Rehearing En Banc Filed In Cloning Lawsuit

On Jan. 27, 2015, the Plaintiffs, Jason Abraham and Dr. Gregg Veneklasen, filed a petition for rehearing en banc in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. For the Plaintiffs to be seeking rehearing “en banc” simply means that the Plaintiffs would like for all of the active judges of the Fifth Circuit to rehear the case that was decided originally by the three-judge panel of Judges Jolly, Jones, and Africk (the Panel).


AQHA Cowtown Showdown Takes Over Fort Worth

LyleLovettSingLyle Lovett performing the national anthemThe American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) welcomed its members to Fort Worth, Texas, on March 6-9 for the 2015 AQHA Convention. In honor of the association’s 75th year, the city of Fort Worth presented locals and convention attendees with a unique event – the Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown. For those who were not able to attend in person, RFD-TV will broadcast the event March 11 at 8 p.m. CST.


Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown

cowtownshowdownThe American Quarter Horse Association invites you to celebrate its 75th anniversary by attending the Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, Presented by the city of Fort Worth, during the 2015 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth. Watch the world’s greatest cowboys compete in cutting, reining, ranch horse, cow horse and more! The Cowtown Showdown, which will start at 5 p.m. on March 7 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, showcases the American Quarter Horse and top professionals in the equine industry.


AQHA Novice Championships Moves To Virginia Horse Center

virginia-horse-center-300The Virginia Horse Center • Courtesy of the Virginia Horse Center FoundationThe American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) recently announced the Virginia Horse Center (VHC) has officially been awarded the bid for the 2015 AQHA Nutrena East Level 1 (Novice) Championships. The AQHA East Level 1 Championships will make the move from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to Lexington, Virginia, for the 2015 edition of the show, to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 4.


Court Rules In The AQHA’s Favor In Cloning Appeal

cloneoffspringThe AQHA does not have to register clones or their offspring, according to a Jan. 14 appellate court ruling.In a ruling of international significance in the horse industry, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, Jan. 14, overturned an earlier court decision that found the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) violated antitrust laws by barring cloned quarter horses from its registry. The ruling means that the AQHA will not have to register cloned quarter horses.


Goodbye to Texas Kicker

TexasKickerTexas Kicker, pictured with Dick & Brenda Pieper • Photo by Harold CamptonOn Sept. 26, Dick and Brenda Pieper said goodbye to Texas Kicker. The 1987 chestnut stallion (Colonel Freckles x Angels Rosie x Mr Gold 95) was euthanized and laid to rest at Pieper Ranch in Marietta, Okla.