allowing an amateur at the Bayer Select World Championship Show and the Bank of
America Amateur World Championship Show to substitute for a deceased horse as
is currently done at the Ford AQHYA World Championship Show.
allowing leased horses to be shown in the novice divisions. The lease must
be for a period of at least six months, and the lease must be recorded with AQHA
on a current lease agreement
finance committee guidelines of committee and member responsibilities.
the schedules of 2006 investment performance.
· Approved all actions of the
investment oversight committee for the last year.
· Approved the current investment
policy statement and schedules.
· Approved the September 30, 2006, fiscal
statement of Position and Activities.
the following proposals in the amount of $495,690.49
1. Colorado State University
– “Evaluation of Kisspeptin and its Role in the Hypothalmic-Pituitary-Gonadal
Axis in the Mare” for $34,278.00
2. Kansas State University – “Development
of a Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach to Arthrodesis of the Osteoarthritic
Equine Proximal Interphalangeal Joint” for $19,442.00
3. Michigan State University
– “Tissue Perfusion of Equine Foot in Navicular Syndrome, Using Doppler Ultrasound”
4. Mississippi State University – “Regional Differences in
Tensile Strength and Biochemical Composition of Tissues from Horses with Hyperelastosis
Cutis (aka Hereditary Regional Dermal Asthenia)” for $29,340.00
5. Ohio State
University – “The Effects of a Steroid and Local Anesthetic Alone, and in Combination,
as an Effective Intra-Articular Medication in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lameness
in the Horse” for $26,212.49
6. Oklahoma State University – “Investigating
Equine Arteritis Virus Transmission Risks with Embryo Transfer in Vaccinated and
Non-Vaccinated Embryo Donor Mares for $106,589.00
7. University of Florida
– “In Vitro Efficacy of an Ophthalmic Drug Combination for Equine Keratitis” for
8. University of Georgia – “Correlation between Circulating Endotoxin
and Inflammatory Activation after a Standardized Exercise Test” for $58,296.00
9. University of Illinois – “The Use of Tendon Derived Progenitor Cells to Promote
Tendon Healing in Horses” for $47,736.00
10. University of Kentucky – “Development
of Real-Time PCR-Based Diagnostic Assays for Detection of Virus Infections in
Horses” for $24,407.00
11. University of Minnesota – “Diffusion of Triamcinolone
Acetonide from the Equine Distal Interphalangeal Joint into the Navicular Bursa”
12. University of Minnesota – “Genetic Analysis of Glycogen
Storage Disorders in Quarter Horses” for $55,620.00
13. University of Tennessee
– “Effects of Resting Insulin Sensitivity on the Acute Response to Endotoxin in
Horses” for $50,015.00
· Approved the
America’s Horse Cares/therapeutic riding subcommittee recommendation to accept
the financial grading summary for use in evaluating the financial status of America’s
Horse Cares grant applications.
· Approved the America’s Horse Cares/therapeutic
riding subcommittee recommendation to accept the funding priority statement as
· American Quarter Horse Foundation encourages the submission of
therapeutic riding grants from organizations serving those with emotional, physical
and cognitive limitations in support of purchase of suitable therapy horses, safety
equipment for riders/equines and scholarship programs to assist clients
decisions will be based upon funding requirements outlined in the application,
the applicant’s ability to adhere to the funding areas above, to demonstrate efficient
management of their facility and financial need.
· Approved the America’s
Horse Cares/therapeutic riding subcommittee recommendation that applicants may
reapply for grants in the same funding area.
· Approved the America’s Horse
Cares/therapeutic riding subcommittee recommendation that organizations previously
funded must submit a year-end update in order to be eligible to apply for another
· Approved the America’s Horse Cares/therapeutic riding subcommittee
recommendation that the following items must be included in required year-end
updates: description of how funds were used and the impact funding had on the
organization; a summary of how many students benefited from the grant and how;
and a summary of how the center’s horses were affected.
· Approved the addition of Tim Petty to the campaign cabinet.
· Approved a reprioritization with a focus on fundraising for the Foundation
Endowment for the next 9-18 months with a goal of $10 million.
all proceeds from AQHA Ride program be dedicated to area of greatest need unless
otherwise indicated by the donor. The Foundation Council recommends allowing the
state affiliates trail ride proceeds go to area of greatest need unless otherwise
specified by the affiliate.
· Approved suspending the annual signature concert
event in 2007, typically hosted during the Select World by the Foundation, to
concentrate on Hall of Fame promotions.
· Approved supporting the AAEP Lameness
Symposium on August 1, 2007, in Fort Collins, Colorado.
· Approved reprimanding the following countries for violation
of international affiliate rules - Chile, Ireland, Japan and Spain.
accepting Poland as a recognized AQHA affiliate.
· Approved meeting in breakout
groups (Europe, Mexico/Central and South America, Oceana and all others) within
the international committee while at Convention
· Approved a tiered system for specialized judges.
· Approved clarifying trail
· Approved changes in deductions:
· Each tick of log, pole, cone, plant, or any component of
· Each bite of or hit of or stepping on a log, cone,
plant or any component of the obstacle
· Incorrect or break of gait at walk
or jog for two strides or less
· Both front or hind feet in a single-strided
slot or space
· Skipping over or failing to step into required space
Split pole in lope-over
· Incorrect or break of gait
at walk or jog for more than 2 strides
· Out of lead or break of gait at lope
(except when correcting an incorrect lead)
· Knocking down an elevated pole,
cone, barrel, planet, obstacle, or severely disturbing an obstacle.
outside of the confines of, falling or jumping off or out of obstacle with one
foot once the foot has entered obstacle; including missing one element of an obstacle
on a line of travel with one foot
· Dropping slicker
or object required to be carried on course
· First or second cumulative refusal,
balk or evading an obstacle by shying or backing
· Letting go of gate or dropping
· Use of either hand to instill fear or praise
· Stepping outside
the confines of, falling or jumping off or our of an obstacle with more than one
foot once the foot has entered obstacle; including missing one element of an obstacle
on a line of travel with more than one foot
· Blatant disobedience (including
kicking out, bucking, rearing, striking)
· Faults, which occur on the line
of travel between obstacles, scored according to severity:
(1) head carried
(2) head carried too low (tip of ear below the withers)
or straining neck in head carriage so the nose is carried behind the vertical
(4) excessive nosing out
(5) opening mouth excessively
· Use of two hands (except in snaffle bit or hackamore classes designated for
two hands) or changing hands on reins; except for junior horses shown with hackamore
or snaffle bit, only one hand may be used on the reins, except that it is permissible
to change hands to work an obstacle as outlined in 443
· Use of romal other
than as outlined in 443
· Performing the obstacle incorrectly or other than
in specified order
· No attempt to perform an obstacle
· Equipment failure
that delays completion of pattern
· Excessively or repeatedly touching the
horse on the neck to lower the head
· Entering or exiting an obstacle from
the incorrect side or direction
· Working obstacle the incorrect direction;
including overturns of more than 1/4 turn
· Riding outside designated boundary
marker of the arena or course area
· Third cumulative refusal, balk, or evading
an obstacle by shying or backing
· Failure to ever demonstrate correct gait
between obstacle as designated
· Failure to follow the correct line of travel
· Faults that occur on the line of travel between obstacles,
which will be cause for disqualification, except in novice amateur or novice youth
classes, which shall be faults scored according to severity:
(1) head carried
too low (tip of ear below the withers consistently)
(2) over-flexing or straining
neck in head carriage so the nose is carried behind the vertical consistently
· Approved 18 of the 29 applicants to attend the 2007 AQHA judges qualifying
· Approved 15 of the 22 applicants to attend the 2007 AQHA specialized
· Approved the AQHA
television update, an update and discussion on AQHA’s television for 2007, including
“America’s Horse” and its future.
· Approved Hispanic marketing consultant
update. In December 2003, AQHA retained the services of Inventiva, a San Antonio-based
marketing and research firm specializing in the Hispanic market.
Registration 5,000,000. In 2007, AQHA will mark registration number 5,000,000.
The committee discussed ways to commemorate this significant milestone, including
ways the number might be used as a fund-raiser for the Foundation.
new marketing plan.
· Amended rule 102(h)(10)
to allow an AQHA life membership to be changed back to the original purchaser
after an initial change in life status is made (marriage, divorce, death) by filing
with AQHA a copy of judicial decree, written evidence of marriage, divorce or
· Approved working with the show task force to identify ways to recognize
non-AQHA show exhibitors
· Approved staff research implementing an installment
payment plan for all membership categories, as well as a payment till-for-bid
· Approved supporting the AQHA departmental educational efforts to
meet the educational needs of horsemen and to encourage the participation of future
· Approved the marketing committee evaluating a presence on RFD-TV.
Professional Horsemen Committee
· Approved conducting one Professional
Horsemen’s “Road Show” as a test program in 2007.
· Approved a rule prohibiting
a member of the Professional Horsemen’s Council from winning the national MVP
· Approved recognizing the leading performance sire and dam and leading
halter sire and dam whose offspring enter and compete in the greatest number of
classes at the AQHA World Championship Show.
Public Policy Committee
· Approved AQHA continuing its opposition to the provisions of state or federal
legislation intended to prohibit the humane end-of-life process for horses.
· Approved that AQHA assist in the drafting, introduction, and passage of legislation
intended to strengthen the humane treatment of horses that may be destined for
processing. Such legislation should include provisions that address:
of humane transport from the sale to processing facility; continued assurance
for humane end-of-life processes; theft prevention provisions; and provisions
to protect an owner from unknowingly sending a horse to processing.
that AQHA work proactively to educate its members and the general public on the
consequences of eliminating a humane end-of-life process for unwanted horses and
continue to educate horse owners on responsible ownership and breeding.
Approved that AQHA work with the American Horse Council to:
1. support Right
to Ride Legislation;
2. ensure that horses are included as livestock in any
permanent federal disaster authority in the Farm Bill;
3. ensure that horses
are included as livestock in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program in the
4. support increased funding in the Market Access Program in the
5. support broad immigration reform, including the Ag Jobs Bill
and H-2B reform;
6. support the Equine Equity Act; and
7. support the
HIPPA Recreational Injury Technical Correction Act.
· Approved that the PAC
subcommittee explore the viability of being able to contribute to state political
· Approved that a task force be appointed to explore the viability
of horse retirement facilities for AQHA members.
· Approved staff’s recommendation to use American Quarter Horse Race Track Association
funds via the Hispanic marketing plan.
· Approved listing a summary of stakes
results, including top-three finishers in detail with names, year foaled, sex,
pedigree, owner, trainer, jockey, breeder, time and remaining order of finish
(not including editorial coverage) in front of The American Quarter Horse Racing
Journal subscriber wall.
· Approved the following items from the Racing Technology
and Information Task Force report: 1) To research statistics on average winning
speed indexes, speed ratings and times for each year by age, sex, distance and
track; a median for each and any other relevant trends discovered; 2) for AQHA
staff to report with a plan to purchase wind gauges at all tracks, including type,
cost, installation and location of gauges; 3) For graded stakes races to retain
their graded status, the host track must install a camera on all AQHA races to
report position calls to Equibase; 4) For staff to study the feasibility of requiring
all AQHA tracks to install cameras at the 1/8th pole, including possible vendors.
· Approved to further study the recommendation to add the following to the Champions
Selection Committee guidelines: Any person who is a voter on the committee and
is recorded by AQHA as the current owner, trainer or breeder of a horse on the
ballot shall abstain from voting in the first particular category in which the
horse is eligible for an award.
· Approved the racing committee chair to
appoint a subcommittee of five to discuss the Champions Selection Committee voting
guidelines pertaining to abstaining voters.
· Approved the previously appointed
subcommittee to also research tying owner and breeder records together for purposes
of determining Champion Owner and Breeder awards.
· Approved redistributing
stallion owner awards (3 percent of total purse of each regional and championship
race) to Championship night as follows: 25 percent to the Distaff; 25 percent
to the Distance; and 50 percent to the Championship beginning in 2008.
the following purse distribution for regional and championship races:
10 9 8 7 6 5
Horses Horses Horses Horses Horses Horses
1st 46% 47% 48%
49% 50% 52%
2nd 20% 20% 20.5% 21% 21.5% 23%
3rd 10% 10% 10% 10.5% 11%
4th 7% 7% 7% 7% 7.5% 7.5%
5th 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6%
6th 4% 4% 4%
7th 2.5% 2.5% 2.5% 2.5%
8th 2% 2% 2%
9th 1.5% 1.5%
· Approved that if substantial additional funds become available, provided
that regional purses will not be affected negatively, the additional funds will
be allocated with the following priorities: 1) increase the Championship purse
to $500,000, 2) increase the Distaff purse to $200,000, 3) increase the Distance
purse to $150,000. Once these levels are reached, funding priorities on all races
will be re-evaluated.
· Approved supporting AQHA efforts in assisting affiliates
and racetracks to develop local sponsorships with focus on supplemental stakes
and regional Challenge races.
· Approved investigating highlighting regional
Challenge and Supplemental Stakes races on TVG.
· Approved maintaining the
current Challenge enrollment fee schedule.
· Approved distributing all Challenge
nominator awards one-time each year prior to the first of December.
adding the Supplemental Stakes into the Challenge awards point program as follows:
1st – 5, 2nd – 4, 3rd – 3, 4th – 2 and 5th – 1.
· Approved eliminating the
Challenge race nomination grace period.
· Approved using the following priorities
to determine whether time trials will be held for the Championship, Distaff or
Distance regional races if the entries to trials fail to exceed the track maximum
field policy by two horses:
1. Run trials with trial purses as submitted to
and approved by AQHA.
2. Four-year-olds and up will be preferred over 3-year-olds.
3. Give the host facility the discretion to assign preference by using a panel
of six people predetermined by the Racing Council to assign preference via signed
fax (a minimum of three votes must be received).
· Approved that the Racing
Committee review Challenge regional alignment.
· Approved AQHA and its members
encouraging racetracks and horsemen’s organizations to enhance regional Challenge
· Approved staff to research
current graded stakes guidelines and to develop a plan giving specific long-term
goals to the graded stakes committee, including directives for purse structure,
quality of fields and distribution of grades.
· Approved the racing committee
report with exception of changing item 16 to read as follows: To eliminate the
grace period for any Challenge race payments.
· Approved appointing a task
force to study all aspects of the Challenge program.
· Approved staff to continue
with the track promotional grant program to increase attendance and participation
at the AQHA Racing Conference.
· Approved racing affiliate grants to: Iowa
Quarter Horse Racing Association; Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association;
Kentucky Quarter Horse Association; Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association;
Kansas Quarter Horse Association; Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association pending
verification of its racing permit and verification of acceptable legislation.
· Approved sending staff to Brazil to pursue the racing program and funding and
retaining a racing representative in Brazil.
· Approved Portland Meadows request
to host a supplemental stakes race to replace the cancelled Western Montana Fair
Supplemental Stakes race pending there is not a conflict with the schedule at
· Approved $25,000 for the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association
for pending simulcasting litigation.
· Approved giving $10,000 each to Hamilton
Downs and The Red Mile for 2007 supplemental stakes races.
· Approved developing a task force to study methods for AQHA affiliates
to enhance their support of AQHA recreational riding coordinators.
staff to send a letter to AQHA affiliate presidents outlining the importance of
recreational activities at the grassroots level and to encourage their affiliates
direct support in providing recreational opportunities.
· Approved discussing
the importance of Director involvement and support in recreational activities
for the home-based horseman market at the June Directors meeting.
the Trail Trotters Program.
· Approved having staff investigate the ability
for AQHA members to record hours ridden at an AQHA Ride event on the horse’s permanent
· Approved staff to investigate all mounted shooting associations
to see whether AQHA should be involved with that type of activity.
educating AQHA recreational riding coordinators on how to avoid AQHA Ride event
funds being donated to groups that might exhibit a differing opinion on industry
policies than AQHA.
· Approved moving forward with three family-targeted trail
rides in 2007.
· Approved waiving the Horseback Riding Program fee if an AQHA
member attends an AQHA Ride event or a nonmember purchases an AQHA membership
at an AQHA Ride event.
· Approved rules read General Subcommittee holding the saddle with either hand
will result in a disqualification, except for speed events or unless the individual
event rules specifies otherwise.
· Approved recognizing all-around exhibitors
placings for first, second and third places on the show record with a letter of
congratulations from AQHA to follow.
· Approved that each class for novice
eligibility will become its own skill set.
· Approved automatic enrollment
into the Limited Rider program.
Show Management Subcommittee
· Approved fining show management (U.S. and Canada shows) at least $50 per day
for every day their show results are late being received by the AQHA office.
· Approved allowing all-novice shows to retain priority dates.
· Amended Rule 454(g), to read, if difficult courses are
set, novice trail should be less difficult.
· Amended Rule 454(h), Trail
to read, “If disrupted, the course shall be reset. In the case that an obstacle
is used in combination, the obstacle cannot be reset until the contestant finishes
the entire obstacle.
· Approved adding showmanship to the list of Equestrian
with Disabilities classes.
· Approved adopting a new, fifth western riding
pattern. Pattern V should be used in smaller indoor or outdoor arenas.
· Approved to amend rule 447 (d)
a) (1) to read extremely poor jog (2) very
poor jog (3) poor jog.
b) (1) extremely poor lope (2) very poor lope (3)
· Approved creating a dressage
top-10 year-end recognition program. The top award will go to the highest percentage
scoring American Quarter Horse that performs at the highest level at an approved
United States Dressage Federation and/or Federation Equestre Internationale event.
· Qualifications: (for awards – training level through Grand Prix)
scores, four different judges, four different competitions
ii. FEI levels
58 percent or higher to qualify
· The suggested awards are: first place –
saddle; second place – belt buckle; third through 10th place – certificate
· Ties will be broken by the average of the best eight scores
recommended that an advertising venue is established in The American Quarter
Horse Journal and/or America’s Horse.
· No points awarded
• Must compete with registered AQHA name and number
• Exhibitor must be a
member of AQHA
• Event judged by United States Equestrian Federation-approved
• Is not a World Show event
· Amended Rule 444(f), English Equipment
to read: “Only traditional driving bits: half cheek snaffle, Liverpool, elbow
driving bit and Bradoon overcheck bits are acceptable.
· Amended rule 465(e)(2)
to eliminate the words “and/or wrong diagonal at the trot”
· Approved the Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship
show to be at the National Western Stock Show in Denver in 2008.
allowing the individual placings under each judge in halter classes at the World
Show to be lined up, and each judge will be given the opportunity to review and
adjust his line.
· Approved to increase fees at the World Show for the following
classes for 2007:
a. 2007 Weanlings $500 Cutting $1,100 Cow Horse $600 Reining
$850 2-year-old Pleasure $1,000 Roping/VRH $600 All others $350 (all others includes
speed events, team penning and ranch sorting)
· Approved for all three World
Shows, in all speed events, barrel racing, pole bending, stake race, team penning
and ranch sorting, the preliminary time and the finals time will be added together
to determine the final World Show placing.
Versatility Ranch Horse
· Approved a third pattern for working ranch with the
following changes: 2 spins right, 2 spins left, 1 right circle (small, slow),
1 left circle (large, fast). After left rollback continue past other end marker,
stop, roll back right, proceed past middle marker, stop and back.
that a show be able to host a separate novice show without a corresponding amateur
or open division.
· Approved in ranch trail a 10-point penalty per missed
or incorrect completion of an obstacle.
· Approved developing and providing
a how to guide for VRH show management.
· Approved that a novice amateur cannot
compete on a stallion in the novice division.
· Approved in compliance with
rule 405(I)(3) that a university student can compete on a university-owned horse
in the novice division.
· Approved recommendations for ranch cutting.
1. Change the penalty for not penning the cow from 0 to 5.
2. Propose a 10-point
penalty any time more than one cow enters the pen.
3. That turnback riders
cannot assist exhibitor to pen cattle; however, they can prevent herd from scattering
and can hold the herd if cow returns to herd.
· Approved 477(i)(5) to read:
“In order for a catch to be legal, the loop must hold in front of the shoulders.”
Stud Book and Registration
· Amended Rule 214 (b) by omitting
the first sentence, allowing the use of Roman numerals in a horse name.
Approved that Rule 201(d), (e) and (f) be replaced with a new 201(d) that reads
as follows: Registration of Offspring. To protect innocent, third-party owners
of offspring that are the product of breedings of previously eligible parents
taking place prior to date of cancellation of the certificate of a parent or parents,
such offspring are eligible for registration; however, a previously issued certificate
shall be recalled to designate the pedigree behind the cancelled parent/s as “unknown.”
Youth Activities Committee
· Approved requiring a youth to file
an Official Hardship of Affiliation Application to represent an alternative affiliate
on a state/provincial qualified team penning or ranch sorting team.
appointing a task force to enhance the recognition of youth year-end award winners.
· Approved automatically enrolling exhibitors in the Limited Rider program.
· Approved allowing novice youth to show leased horses. Horses must be leased
a minimum of six months.
· Approved appointing a task force to review the
awarding of scholarships to female athletes competing within NCAA Women’s Varsity
· Approved the marketing committee to evaluate the development
of a cartoon program based on Junior Master Horseman to be aired on the Cartoon
· Approved staff investigating the development of a reward account
based on entries to increase youth show entries.
Approved that the youth activities
committee meeting at the Ford Youth World not be mandatory; however, business
can be conducted if a quorum is present.
A governance task force in 2006 recommended and the board of directors approved
to establish the nominations & credentials committee as a standing committee
to allow additional meeting time to sufficiently address vacancies and seated
directors. The committee will meet during the Convention with the same schedule
as other standing committees and the chair and vice chair will be appointed.
A second bylaw amendment changed the horse inventory allocation date to coincide
with the fiscal year, which ends September 30, versus the calendar year to give
sufficient notice of board vacancies. This will allow states and interested applicants
more time in advance of the Convention to address board vacancies and/or changes
Third, all board members must sign a document titled,
Board of Director Policy Statement, which had to be returned to AQHA Executive
Director Bill Brewer by April 1.
Amateur Ken Pautzke Dirk Jones
Foundation Angelo Bizzarro Laina
Equine Research Grant Rezabek Tom Lenz
Finance Jim Barton Marten
International Bobby Harrison Francesca Sternberg
Judges Pete Kyle
Marketing and Public Information GiGi Bailey Patti Colbert
Membership Ron Smith Anne Brezezicki
Nominations and Credentials Johne Dobbs
Professional Horsemen Bennie Sargent Patti Carter
Policy Ralph Seekins Jr. Scott Merritt
Racing Duayne Didericksen To be elected
Recreational Riding Bill Crouch Bobby Hooker
Show Lance Treptow Jim Heird
Stud Book and Registration Bob E. Blakeman Vaughn Cook
Youth Activities Homer
Stude Marilyn Randall
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