The AQHA Executive Committee Approves Animal Welfare Commission Recommendations

October 7th, 2013 9:00 AM | No Comments

The American Quarter Horse Association
October 2, 2013

AQHA2The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee has approved animal welfare-related recommendations regarding judges, stewards, equipment, and fines and penalties from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission.

The Animal Welfare Commission met in August in Amarillo. What follows is a bulleted list of the commission’s recommendations that were approved by the Executive Committee:

  • Revise the first line of AQHA’s mission statement to read: “To record and preserve the pedigrees of the American Quarter Horse while maintaining the integrity of the breed and welfare of its horses.
  • Add a fifth objective to the mission statement that reads: “To ensure the American Quarter Horse is treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion, at all times.”


  • Commission members discussed a concern expressed by many exhibitors that AQHA judges are placing horses that aren’t being shown according to AQHA rules. The commission’s recommendation is to let the AQHA Judges Committee address the concern during the AQHA judges workshops that are coming up at the end of 2013 and in early 2014.
  • Commission members also encouraged representatives from the Judges Committee to discuss with AQHA judges the issue of schooling in classes at shows.

To read more about what the AQHA has approved, click here to read the whole story.

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