Bringing Quarter Horse Enthusiasts Together
AQHA UK’s Mission Statement
- To promote the breeding and use of the American Quarter Horse in the United Kingdom
- To provide beneficial services for its members that enhance and encourage American Quarter Horse ownership and participation
- To generate growth of AQHA UK membership via the marketing, promotion, advertising and publicity of the American Quarter Horse
- To encourage young people to participate in equestrian based sport using the American Quarter Horse
- To promote educational programmes and materials that improve horsemanship skills and the welfare of the American Quarter Horse.
What is the American Quarter Horse?
He’s half a ton of poised and controlled energy, held on an easy rein and a hair trigger. He’s a workin’ man who can earn his keep on the range all week – and be a handsome dandy at the track on Sunday afternoon. He’s proud when he stands, looks lazy when he walks, but when he runs he can whip the tears from the corners of your eyes and plaster your hat brim against the crown. He’s big in the haunches, supple in the withers, stout in the neck and wide across the chest… to hold his great heart. He’s cow-smart and brave… though sometimes a clown, to the man with the sky in his eye and mud on his boots the Quarter Horse is a faithful hand… and a friend.
A little bit of history
The Celebrated Quarter Mile Running Horse.
The American Quarter Horse evolved when the bloodlines of horses brought to the new country were mixed. Foundation American Quarter Horse stock originated from Arab, Barb and Turk breeds shipped to the Americas by Spanish explorers and traders. Selected stallions and mares from these herds were crossed with horses which arrived from England and Ireland in the early 1600s, horses such as quality English Thoroughbreds and the tough Irish Hobby.
It would run a quarter of a mile faster than any horse ever….
The cross produced a compact, heavily muscled horse which could not only do a full day’s work on the range with a heavy saddle and full grown man on his back, but could run a quarter of a mile faster than any horse ever, earning the American Quarter Horse his popularity as a weekend match racing horse and his name “The Celebrated Quarter Mile Running Horse.” As pioneers moved westward, so did the American Quarter Horse. In the 1800s, vast cattle ranches began stretching across the plains and the American Quarter Horse was ideally suited for the challenge and hardship of the West.
The greatest cattle roundup and trail driving horse in history and would never be forgotten by early American racing enthusiasts
To ensure the unique qualities of the horse did not perish once railways and other advancements reduced demand for horsepower, a group of enthusiasts met in 1940 in Ft. Worth, Texas and established what was to become the largest equine breed registry in the world, the American Quarter Horse Association. The Association is now based at Amarillo, Texas and can boast nearly 300,000 members and a registry of over four million horses.
If you only ever have one horse, make it an American Quarter Horse…