2016 Bank of America Affiliate Achievement Award Winners Announced
The American Quarter Horse Association named three winners of the 2016 Bank of America Affiliate Achievement Awards: the Empire State, Minnesota and South Dakota Quarter Horse associations. These affiliates were recognized for their efforts in promoting the American Quarter Horse at the grassroots level. Each affiliate received a $10,000 grant.
To ensure the growth of the American Quarter Horse industry, resources must be directed toward innovative projects and ideas that encourage new people to become involved with horse activities. The AQHA Affiliate Achievement Award recognizes affiliates for these innovations.
The award winners were selected based on how well the affiliate’s ideas fit into AQHA’s goals:
- Create opportunities for horse owners
- Bring new people into the industry
- Increase memberships
- Promote registrations or transfers of ownership
- Protect the integrity and/or welfare of the breed
- Enhance youth development
AQHA affiliates were divided into three divisions, which were based on the 2015 registered American Quarter Horse population, so affiliates were competing against other affiliates of similar size.