AQHA Equipment Rule Changes are Now in Effect
By Makena Lawrence
As the 2012 AQHA World Show has come to a close, it’s time for a reminder about the changes that November has brought with it and are now in full effect. It’s important to be well educated on the changes to the rules as the year wraps up and everyone begins prepping for 2013 and show season. AQHA’s Animal Welfare Commission and the AQHA Executive Committee have made changes with regard to equipment usage and penalties and fines for abuse.
AQHA’s Animal Welfare Commission defines abuse as “any excessive and/or repetitive action to cause obvious distress or discomfort to a horse.”
They have also structured a fines and penalties system to handle abuse as well as any unsportsmanlike conduct by trainers, exhibitors, and owners. The AQHA Steward program, recently started to advocate the humane treatment of the horse and sportsmanlike conduct at the shows, will help to oversee that the rule changes go into effect, as well as answer questions and help educate.
In addition to the illegal equipment in the rule book, The American Quarter Horse Association has added an additional list of equipment. AQHA has provided a great reference by providing photos of legal and illegal pieces of equipment. Click here to view their website for the Fines and Penalties, as well as the equipment list.