Affiliate Achievement Awards
The Delaware, Washington State and Missouri Quarter Horse associations were named 2015 Bank of America Affiliate Achievement Award winners by the American Quarter Horse Association for their efforts of 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 need to 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 are chosen based on how well the affiliate’s ideas fit into AQHA’s goals:
- Creating opportunities for horse owners
- Bringing new people into the industry
- Encouraging increased memberships
- Promoting registrations or transfers of ownership
- Protecting the integrity and/or welfare of the breed
- Enhancing youth development
AQHA affiliates were divided into three divisions, which were based on the 2014 registered American Quarter Horse population, so affiliates were competing against other affiliates of similar size.
“As we reflect on our 75th anniversary, it is clear that we would not be the Association we are today or the world’s most popular breed without our members and affiliates,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. “The efforts of the affiliates do not go unrecognized, and on behalf of AQHA, thank you for all you do for AQHA and the American Quarter Horse.”
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