Auf der diesjährigen
AQHA Convention in Seattle, USA, bestätigten das board of
directors und das AQHA Executive Committee
die folgenden Regeländerungen, die ab 2007 in Kraft treten.
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Rule 403 (a) (5) to include spouse’s siblings, aunts, uncles,
nieces and nephews.
the point scale for figuring the Sooner Trailer All-Around Amateur
award, beginning with the 2006 Bayer Select World Championship
Show and the 2006 Bank of America Amateur World Championship
Show. The points would be adjusted for any class that has less
than 10 exhibitors.Example:
If there are only seven exhibitors in a class, the points would
be 7 points for first, 6 points for second, etc.
the show vitality five-point plan.
the finance committee guidelines of committee and member responsibilities.
the current investment policy statement and schedules.
the schedules of 2005 investment performance.
all actions of the investment oversight committee for the last
the September 30, 2005, fiscal “Statements of Position and Activities.”
Funded the following
equine research projects for a total of $501,302:
California Davis – “Identification of the Causative Mutation
for HERDA in the American Quarter Horse” for $57,623.
Georgia – “In Vitro Models of Cellular Level Processes in
the Early Pathogenesis of Black Walnut Induced Laminitis”
for $50, 890.
Georgia – “Acute Inflammatory Changes in Skin and Laminar
Tissue During the Onset of Acute Laminitis” for $47,979.
Illinois – “Growth Factor Enhanced Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Based
Therapies to Promote Tendon Healing” for $32,495.
University – “Intersection Remodeling and Decreased Tissue
Perfusion in Navicular Syndrome” for $27,410.
Minnesota – “Genetic Analysis of Glycogen Storage Disorder
in Quarter Horses” for $55,997.
State University – “Further Characterization of Hyperelastosis
Cutis in Quarter Horses and Confirmation of an Autosomal
Recessive Mode of Inheritance” for $18,934 pending resolution
of patent issues.
Florida – “Effects of Acetylcysteine on Recovery of Equine
Large Colon From Ischemic Injury” for $29,566.
Kentucky – “Development of Real-Time PCR-Based Diagnostic
Assays for Detection of Virus Infections in Horses” for
– “The Domperidone Response Test: A Novel Method to Investigate
Equine Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (Cushing’s
Disease)” for $37,638.
University – “Navicular Suspensory Ligament Desmotomy” for
Regional College – “Apoptosis in the Equine Intestine Following
Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury” for $46,583.
the America’s Horse Cares/therapeutic riding subcommittee recommendation
to accept the modified version of the program summary with amendments
to request annual information, including:
number of individuals served on average
number of services provided on average
of the type of program; i.e., a year-round, camp, summer-only,
winter-only or combination.
the new selection process point system.
increasing the value of each scholarship only by raising additional
Approved that the
Foundation host “A Ride with Bob,” pending the trustees’ review
of the contract.
Approved a request
on behalf of the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show to locate
a historical marker on the show grounds.
the formula for international business plan funding.
to create a quarterly newsletter for affiliates and committee
Approved to require
judges to have additional patterns, relative to the ability
of the contestants, in novice youth and novice amateur classes.
that AQHA adopt the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s
new rule concerning equipment failure, which reads, “If at any
time during a performance a piece of equipment breaks, the rider
may continue provided the broken equipment does not pose a hazard
to the rider and/or is not cruel to the horse. In the
event that the fence work immediately follows the rein work,
broken equipment may be repaired, within a 1 minute time period
between the reined work and the cow portion of the class.
Horse and rider may not leave the arena and may not receive
physical assistance or equipment from outside the arena.
If the rider is unable to continue because of the broken equipment,
the rider will be excused with a score of zero.”
moving the 2007 Judges Conference from December to February.
changing the procedure of the Judges Conference open rulebook
to implement a $25 application fee to become an AQHA judge or
eight retired judges to judge novice classes, timed events and
15 of 33 applicants to attend the 2006 AQHA Judges Qualifying
Exam be approved.
18 of 25 applicants to attend the 2006 AQHA specialized orientation.
to continue with the Association’s Hispanic initiative with
Inventiva and to develop a three-year plan with goals and milestones
to evaluate effectiveness and impact.
to develop a co-branded marketing initiative with the HorseTV
to test enhancing the Hispanic marketing and ownership program
in Mexico by installing an AQHA staff person in Mexico.
the show vitality task force’s five-point plan and will work
with the appropriate committees to implement and develop the
to investigate developing an alliance with the American Riding
Instructor Association and exploring relationships with other
the Junior Master Horseman marketing plan.
to develop another special with NBC.
to establish an online pressroom.
to explore the Las Vegas American Quarter Horse event that celebrates
the excellence, versatility and lifestyle of the American Quarter
Horse with a centerpiece competition and extended opportunities
for the broader public.
to explore the feasibility of establishing a nonhorse-owning
membership level – such as an “America’s Horse Club” to appeal
to the passive enthusiast.
to continue the efforts of the Educational Task Force to catalog
AQHA’s educational resources in an effort to develop an online
to develop and implement a systematic member-development plan
to include strategies for prospecting, recruiting, orienting,
activating and renewing members.
to conduct a membership profiling and retention survey in 2006.
that the World Show leading exhibitor award criteria be changed
to require that a competitor must be at least a finalist in
three categories to be eligible for the award.
to establish a crisis fund for AQHA Professional Horsemen, with
members of the Professional Horsemen’s Council to review and
approve monetary awards on a case-by-case basis.
that stall decorations at the World Show may not extend out
more than 3 feet on main aisles.
a subcommittee to review and approve practice and show schedules
for the World Show prior to publication. Appointed subcommittee
members to include Karen Stone-Graham, Andy Moorman, Charlie
Cole, Stephanie Lynn and J.D. Yates.
the show vitality five-point plan and to commit to the development
of the following during the next three to five years:
a. to develop and test a formal scouting system;
b. to develop and test a formal mentoring system;
c. to employ the mentoring and scouting system to help people
understand if, when or how to get ready to show AQHA;
d. to implement a trainer rebate, entry coupon or voucher program
for first-time AQHA exhibitors or “trial show” participants;
e. to initiate a long-term, industry-wide assessment of the
future of horse training/coaching to ensure it becomes and remains
a viable and appealing professional career.
that show management must choose one Professional Horseman on
the grounds for each show day to act as an exhibitor representative.
Members of the Professional Horsemen must check in so that show
management may post a list of Pro Horsemen in attendance at
the show. Show management must immediately report to AQHA any
member of the Professional Horsemen who refuse to act as exhibitor
America’s Horse magazine to cover key public policy issues as
requested by public policy department.Coverage will be contingent upon space available and
to develop a contact list of influential AQHA members from each
state within six months.
to identify a key contact within each Alliance partner for public
to conduct the annual Congressional Trail Ride in 2006.
to support the historical use of trails in California through
a letter of support or other intervention as deemed necessary
by the Executive Committee.
to draft a position statement for the issue of imminent domain.
the current position statement related to gambling.
to create a task force to study wind direction and speed; investigate
the validity of speed indexes (including those at new racetracks)
and the 1/8th pole camera program.
to change the amount of cost of tattooing from $55 to $60 and
increase the amount AQHA pays the technician from $14 to $16.
to commission Jim Stuckenberg to create a new world champion
a rule stating, “In order for AQHA to grade a stakes race such
race must have conditions limiting entry and competition to
only American Quarter Horses registered with the American Quarter
Rule 300 (b) to read as follows, “In order for the results of
a race to be eligible for recognition by AQHA, the race in question
must (1) be run under the supervision of a state, provincial
or national racing commission (collectively “Racing Commissions”)
or other recognized turf governing body and (2) observe the
rule and regulations contained in Section III of the AQHA Official
Handbook of Rules & Regulations. As of April 1, 1992, there
will be a moratorium on applications for AQHA sanction and regulations
contained in this Section III, it is not AQHA’s intention that
they conflict with the rules and regulations of Racing Commissions
or recognized turf governing bodies in regard to racing. In
cases where races eligible for AQHA approval are run under the
supervision of a Racing Commission or recognized turf governing
body, the rules of such Racing Commission or recognized turf
governing body take precedence. While the rules of Racing Commissions
or recognized turf governing bodies take precedence, AQHA reserves
the right to deny or revoke its approval of a race which does
not observe the rules and regulations contained in the Section
to allow the enrollment fees and race nominations for the South
American Challenge to be combined with the MBNA America Challenge
that the Racing Council can appoint a replacement for anyone
who is unable to vote on the graded stakes of champions selection
to accept and begin implementing the recreational riding strategic
plan, which includes the following recommendations:
a. Enhance the horseback riding program by adding a recognition
plan geared toward youth.
b. That staff study the possibility of adding a recreational
riding committee within AQHYA Affiliates.
c. That AQHA implement a pilot program for family-targeted trail
rides hosted by AQHA Affiliates.
d. That a joint task force be formed of the Professional Horsemen’s
committee and recreational riding committee to study the opportunities
for the recreational horse market.
e. That a joint task force be formed of the marketing committee
and recreational riding committee to study possible outreach
efforts to nontraditional recreational riders (i.e., open shows
and ranch horse shows)
to add approved halter classes and award points to the novice
amateur and novice youth divisions at all-novice shows only.
rule 448 (i) to read “Broodmares: Mares that produced and carried
a full-term foal in the current year or the previous year.”
to rule 441 Prohibited Conduct to change 441 (e) to be 441 (f)
then add new 441 to read, “No individual shall tie or fasten
any foreign object onto a horse, halter, bridle, saddle in order
to desensitize the horse at an AQHA-approved function. This
would incorporate any variation of an individual ponying, longeing,
or riding a horse in an attempt to desensitize the animal by
hitting, batting or banging on the horse’s head neck, sides
or legs with foreign objects, which include but are not limited
to plastic bags, milk jugs filled with rocks/marbles and or
buckets with cans/rocks.”
to add ranch sorting as an AQHA-approved event.
Skill Set G to be western pleasure, 2-year-old western pleasure
and western horsemanship. Also revised Skill Set H to be hunter
under saddle and hunt seat equitation.
Rule 407 (s)(3) to read, “The novice youth or amateur class
must be held prior to the corresponding amateur or youth class
if the same judge is judging the novice and corresponding class,
with the exception of pattern classes at show management’s option.”
the concept of the show vitality task force five-point plan.
performance halter as outlined from the Executive Committee
memorandum with the additional amendment that lip chains cannot
be used on stallions in performance halter.
rule 407 (g) and 410 (a) to include, “must submit class schedules
with the show application.”
to delete Rule 469(b), Dally Team Roping. At the option of show
management, two judges may be used at the same time, with one
judging heading horses and the other judging heeling horses. The
judge judging heading horses must judge all heading horses,
and the judge judging heeling horses must judge all heeling
the concept of applying description of gaits for applications
to western pleasure classes with wording to parallel reining
and trail (i.e. extremely poor, very poor, poor, correct, good,
very good, and excellent) and develop similar standards for
Rule 456 (i) Barrel Racing to add, “If a tie occurs where points
are involved, placing will be worked off if the tied exhibitors
agree to participating in a run-off, if not, a coin toss will
be used to separate the ties.”
Rule 457 (f) Pole Bending to add, “If a tie occurs where points
are involved, placing will be worked off if the tied exhibitors
agree to participating in a run-off, if not, a coin toss will
be used to separate the ties.”
Rule 457 (d) Pole Bending and 458 (h) Stake Race, to add the
wording, “If a rider intentionally grasps a pole, as to intentionally
alter the course, will result in a five-second penalty per pole
aligning AQHA team penning rules with the current competition
structure governed by the United States Team Penning Association
in regards to all wording referring to “neck bands or neck banding”
being eliminated. Also add to Rule 455 (a) following the
existing wording “after 60 seconds” (recommended for arenas
100 x 200 feet or smaller).
NRCHA patterns 9 and 10 to the list of AQHA-approved working
cow horse patterns.
Rule 451, Reining.
a. (g)(8) – Balking or refusal of command where performance
b. (j) – A judge is required to penalize a horse one-half point
for a delayed change of lead by one stride where the lead change
is required by the pattern description.
Rule 460 (f) (6) Working Hunter to read, “In case of refusal
or run out at one element, entry must re-jump
the previous elements.
to lower the fence heights to a minimum of 3 feet 3 inches with
a maximum of 3 feet 6 inches in senior working hunter.
to Rule 473 (B)(c) (Class Procedure) the wording, “When performing
a leg-yield, the horse should move forward and lateral in a
diagonal direction with the horse’s body straight with a slight
flexion of the head in the opposite direction of lateral movement.
When a horse yields to the right the head is slightly (just
to see the eye of the horse) to the left. A horse yielding
to the left the head is slightly flexed to the right.”
a dressage task force to be reassembled for one year.
Rule 444(b), in reference to mouthpieces, “Nothing may protrude
below the mouthpiece (bar).Solid
and broken mouthpieces must be between 5/16 inches to ¾ inches
(8mm to 20mm) in diameter, measured 1 inch (25mm) from the cheek
and may have a port no higher than 1 ½ inches (40mm).They may be inlaid, synthetic-wrapped, including rubber
or plastic or encased. Delete current wording concerning mouthpieces,
“bars must be round, oval or egg-shaped, smooth and unwrapped
metal.”Also delete “but must
be smooth or latex wrapped.”
jumping courses be simplified by keeping the height at a maximum
of 3 feet, 6 inches in open or 3 feet, 3 inches in amateur and
youth classes for the first rounds. If a more complex presentation
is desirable, then the course designer should accomplish by
design and not height.
for staff to investigate scheduling one “aged” halter class
during an evening finals performance
to recognize the world champions during each evening performance
from that previous morning or afternoon by using the big screen
with video of winners.
a task force to investigate lameness procedures involving lack
of concurrence among judges and monitoring procedures
Ranch Horse Subcommittee
AQHA staff to review the possibility of developing a World Show
Rule 476(g), Ranch Trail under Optional obstacles to add back
and sidepass as additional options.
to allow exhibitors the option of using a mounting block to
Rule 476(h)(7), Ranch Cutting to read “Two hands on reins except
when exhibiting a junior horse in either a snaffle bit or hackamore.”
moving “not penning cattle before 2 ½ minutes” from a five-point
penalty to a 0-Score.
moving “not driving cow between marker and corner of pen prior
to penning” from a 0-Score to a five-point penalty.
Book and Registration Committee
Rule 214 as follows: Each horse for which registration is applied
must be given a name acceptable to AQHA.
(a)The name must
not exceed 20 characters, including letters, numbers and blank
(b)Roman numerals are
not permitted in a name. Arabic numerals are permitted as a
suffix, if separate from the remainder of the name.
marks are not permitted.
(d)A name may be reused
if all of the following criteria are met. The horse originally
issued the name:
1.Must be deceased
as evidenced by AQHA records;
2.Does not have a performance
record (show or race);
3.Does not have offspring
with a performance record (show or race);
4.Has not received
any AQHA special achievement recognition award or affiliate
recognition that appear on AQHA records as an award; and
5.Must not have produce
or get younger than 10 years of age, nor any with a performance
record (show or race), nor any AQHA special achievement recognition
award or affiliate recognition that appear on AQHA records as
Rule 212 as follows:
(a)remove all references to
(b)remove the requirement
that an embryo be implanted within 24 hours of its removal from
the donor mare; and
(c)add the following as subparagraph
(e):“In the event a mare owner wishes to sell a mare, but retain
rights to use frozen embryos, he may purchase frozen embryo
permits for $50 each from AQHA. The application for purchase
of a permit must be on a form provided by AQHA. Once a mare
is sold, a former owner cannot purchase additional permits from
(1) The application for a frozen embryo permit must be signed
by both the mare owner and the stallion owner at time of breeding.
This permit, when used to register a foal, will serve as both
the stallion breeding report and the breeder’s certificate.
(2) Each of the frozen embryo permits purchased may be used
for the registration of only one foal. AQHA will record the
number of outstanding certificates for each individual mare
and that number will be a matter of public record. It is the
ultimate responsibility of a prospective buyer to confirm with
the seller, the number of outstanding permit applications not
yet recorded on AQHA records as of the date of sale.
(3) The ownership of the permit may be transferred. Each transfer
of ownership of the embryo permit shall be recorded by AQHA.
The rules for transfer of ownership as listed in rule 224 for
transfer of ownership of a horse shall apply, except the request
for transfer of the permit shall be accompanied by the embryo
permit instead of the certificate of registration.
(4) When a frozen embryo permit is used to register a foal,
the owner of the permit shall sign the registration application
as the owner at time foaling.”
Rule 211 as follows:
(a)add the following
phrase to 211(a): “When a frozen embryo is implanted, the original
purchaser of the frozen embryo permit shall show as the breeder”
(b)add the following phrase
to 211(b) “When a properly signed frozen embryo permit is used
to register a foal, no additional breeder’s certificate is required.
The breeder certificate requirements were met when application
to purchase the frozen embryo permit was made.”
the following rules to allow for the use of frozen semen permits
with regard to the retention of breeding rights: 209
(e) In the event a stallion owner wishes to sell a stallion,
but retain rights to use frozen semen, he may purchase retained
semen rights permits for $50 each from AQHA. The application
for purchase must be on a form provided by AQHA. The application
must be signed by the record owner or lessee of the stallion
and only the record owner or lessee can purchase retained semen
rights permits. Once a stallion is sold, a former owner or lessee
cannot purchase additional permits from AQHA.
(1) Each of the retained semen rights permits purchased may
be used as the stallion breeder’s certificate for the registration
of only one foal. These permits shall require only the signature
of the permit owner. AQHA will record the number of outstanding
permits for each individual stallion and that number will be
a matter of public record. It is the ultimate responsibility
of a prospective buyer to confirm with the seller, the number
of outstanding permit applications not yet recorded on AQHA
records as of the date of sale.
(2) The ownership of the retained semen rights permits may be
transferred. Each transfer of ownership of the permit shall
be recorded by AQHA. The rules for transfer of ownership as
listed in rule 224 for transfer of ownership of a horse shall
apply, except the request to transfer ownership of the permit
shall be accompanied by the retained semen rights permit instead
of the certificate of registration.
(3) Purchaser of the retained semen rights permit is responsible
for filing the appropriate stallion breeding report as required
by rule 208 and paying the requisite filing fees.
208 (c)Persons using
a retained semen rights permit (refer to rule 209) must file
a stallion breeding report or supplemental stallion breeding
report listing mares bred using the stored semen by November
30 of the breeding season and pay fees specified in rule 222.
If the report is filed after November 30, a late fee of $10
in addition to the usual filing fee will be required for each
mare reported after the deadline.
211(b)(4) When a retained semen rights
permit is used to register a foal, AQHA shall require only the
signature of the permit owner on the permit to verify the service
of the sire. Record owner of the dam at time of breeding must
sign the appropriate breeder’s certificate on the registration
a system to allow the reservation of a horse’s name choice be
instituted and the cost of such to be $75 with the name choice
being reserved for one year.
the yearling registration fee from $100 to $125; the 2-year-old
registration fee be increased from $250 to $300 and that the
3-year-old registration fee be increased from $500 to $550.
the Junior Master Horseman Marketing Plan.
a youth ethics tag line to be added to print material that includes
the acronym C.A.R.E, which stands for Courtesy And Respect Everywhere.
the implementation of a policy for screening volunteers.
the clarification of the AQHYA World Championship Show judging
contest rules to invite two AQHYA teams, two FFA teams and two
4-H teams from each state
the addition of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and spouse’s
siblings to rule 404 (a).
that youth advisers may nominate any AQHA judge for the Ford
Youth World, regardless of where he or she lives.
the formation of a task force to research changing the Youth
World dates for 2008 and beyond.
the addition of team demonstration contests to the AQHYA World
Championship Show and the formation of a task force to finalize
the formation of a “coaches cut committee” to set cuts in the
Ford Youth World and World Show judging contests.
a $20 entry fee for each individual in each contest at the Ford
Youth World with the exception of the scrapbook contest, which
will remain without fee.
the formation of a task force to make recommendations to enhance
the youth racing program.
a $10 entry fee increase at the Ford AQHYA World Championship
Show to support trophies and division awards.