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A.B.N. 41 000 964 643

An affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association

PO Box 979
Tamworth NSW 2340
Email: qhorse[at]aqha[dot]com[dot]au
www.aqha.com.au

Effective 1st August 2021

MISSION STATEMENT

  • To record, and preserve, the pedigrees of the Australian Quarter Horse while maintaining the integrity of the breed.
  • To provide beneficial services for its Members which enhance and encourage Quarter Horse ownership and participation.
  • To develop diverse educational programs, material and curriculum that will position the AQHA as one of the leading organisations in the Australian Equine Industry.
  • To generate growth of the AQHA membership via the marketing, promotion, advertising and publicity of the Australian Quarter Horse.
SECTION ONE General
SECTION TWO Horses
SECTION THREE Show & Performance
SECTION FOUR Judging
SECTION FIVE Class, Equipment & Attire
SECTION SIX Patterns

 

PLEASE NOTE:

By resolution of the Board, these Regulations and Rules shall become effective on and from 1st August 2021, and therefore all Regulations and Rules heretofore in force are hereby repealed.

All State and Federal Laws can override our Rule Book. 

INDEX Pages 2 - 6

Attire

English

 

 

 

84

Equestrian with Disabilities

 

112

Hunter In Hand

 

94

Judges

 

77

Lunge Line

 

100

Officials

 

59

Pleasure Driving

 

103

Ranch Riding

 

104

Sporting

 

118

Western Attire

 

87

Youth Lead Line

 

99

Youth Walk, Jog/Trot

 

126

SECTION ONE General Regulations 

Pages 7 to 18

 

Alterations to Regulations and Indemnity

17

Animal Welfare

11

AQHA Statement

D

Definitions

8

 

7

Disciplinary Action

M

Membership

18

 

15

P

Parts of a Horse

 

18

Penalties and Restrictions

14

Professional Code of Ethics

8

Prohibited Conduct

9 & 14

Prohibited Drugs

13

Prohibited Equipment

12

 

SECTION TWO Horses Pages 19 to 41

A

Age of a Horse

31

American Registration Requirements

41

B

 

Brands

35

Breeding Chart

22

Breeding Returns Due Dates

27

C

 

Characteristics

23

Colours of Horse

33

Correction/Duplication of Certificates

39 & 40

D

 

Deregistration

40

 

Domestic Semen/Retained Semen Permits

28

Domestic Embryo Permits

29

Domestic Oocyte Permits

29

F

Forebearers

 

22

Foundation Recording

21 & 37

G

Gelding Status

 

37

General

29

Genetic Colour Testing

35

Genetic Disorders

35

H

HERDA

 

36

Horses bred in Australia

19

Horses not born in Aust. & residing outside Aust.

19

Horses not Eligible for Registration

22

HYPP

35

I

IBF Process

 

26

Import of Frozen Embryos

19

Import of Frozen Oocytes

20

Imported Horses

19

Imported in Utero or En Route

19

Imported Semen

19

Imported Semen Retained Permits

28

L

Leases

 

38

Lodgement of paperwork

19

M

Mares – breeding

 

27

Markings

34

N

Name of a Horse

 

31

Notification of death/disposal of a Horse

39

O

OLWS

 

36

P

Performance Registry

 

20

Prefix

32

R

Refusal of Application

 

19

Registration Due Dates

29

S

Standard of Excellence

 

23

T

Transfers

 

38

U

Undesirable Characteristics

 

24

 

SECTION THREE Show & Performance

A

Pages 42 to 74

 

Affiliate Entitlements

 

43

Allocation of Points

 

61

Amateur and Select Amateur

 

65

Amateur and Select Amateur Awards

 

67

Annual Awards

 

63

Approval

 

44

Approved Performance Bodies

 

48

AQHA Disclaimer

 

42

D

 

 

Different Types of Show Approval

 

50

Disputes Committee

 

61

Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing

 

62

E

 

 

Eligibility Halter Classes

 

47

Eligibility Performance Horses

 

47

Entry Fees and Records

 

55

Equestrian with Disabilities Awards

 

64

G

 

 

General

 

43

Hack

 

52

Halter

 

45 & 46

Horseback Riding Program

 

72

High Point Awards at Shows

 

49

Horse Age Requirements

 

46

I

 

 

Incidents at Shows

 

42

M

 

 

Miscellaneous Show Rules

 

57

Multi-Judged Shows

 

53

Novice Horse

 

73

Novice Youth & Novice Amateur

 

71

P

 

 

Performance Halter

 

46

Points Sliding Scale

 

74

Pony Club Points and Awards

 

70

R

 

 

ROMs and Other Achievements

 

63

Racing

 

73

Recognised Classes

 

47

Ribbons

 

57

S

 

 

Show Hunter

 

52

Show Officials

 

59

Show Approval

 

43 & 44

Show Results

 

56

State and National Shows

 

54

Special Events

 

54

 

T

 

Ties (draws)

61

V

 

Versatility Ranch Show

50

Veterinarian

61

Y

 

Youth

68

Youth Awards

70

Youth Lead Line

69

Youth Walk Jog/Trot

69

SECTION FOUR Judging Pages 75 to 80

 

A

 

Ages and Membership

76

Authority

79

D

 

Definitions of Types of Judges

75

G

 

General

75

J

 

Judges at the Event

77

Judges Attire

77

Judges Conduct

76

Judges Conflict

78

Judges Fees

79

Judges Placing’s

77

O

 

Other Approved Judges

76

Online Judging Program

77

SECTION FIVE Classes, Equipment & Attire

Pages 81 to 150

B

 

Boxing

91

C

 

Champion & Reserve at Halter

90

Cutting

92

E

 

English Equipment

82

English Gaits

84

English Equipment Prohibited for Showing

83

Equestrian with Disabilities

109

G

 

General

93

H

 

Halter Classes

89

Halter Equipment

89

Hunter In Hand

94

Hunt Seat Equitation

95

Hunter Hack

92

Hunter Under Saddle

97

 

L

 

Lameness

81

Lead Line – Youth only

98

Lunge Line

99

P

 

Performance Classes

81

Pleasure Driving

102

Performance Halter

90

R

 

Ranch Riding

103

Reining

105

Re-runs

81

S

 

Safety Helmets

81

Showmanship at Halter

114

Sporting

117

T

 

Trail Ridden and Led

120

Training Equipment

81

V

 

Versatility Ranch

126

W

 

Walk, Jog/Trot – Youth only

125

Western Equipment

85

Western Equipment Prohibited for Showing

86

Western Gaits

87

Western Horsemanship

112

Western Pleasure

144

Western Riding

145

Working Cow Horse

147

 

SECTION SIX Patterns Pages 151 to 194

Equestrian with Disabilities

170 - 172

Hunter in Hand

151

Lunge Line

151

Ranch Riding

152 - 157

Reining

158 - 169

Sporting

173 - 174

Versatility Ranch Pleasure

175 - 177

Versatility Ranch Reining

178 - 183

Western Riding

184 - 188

Working Cow Horse

189 - 194