Bringing Quarter Horse Enthusiasts Together
Welcome to the American Quarter Horse Association of the UK. The American Quarter Horse and Western riding is increasing in popularity year on year, why not Join US and become a member of one of the friendliest breed associations.
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.
|The Quarter Horse has been described as being many things to many men. Garford Wilkinson, of the American Quarter Horse Association, once wrote:-
The above extract was taken from “The Complete Book of the Quarter Horse” by Nelson C. Nye, one of the founder members of the American Quarter Horse Association, a description that is still completely fitting today.
A little bit of history
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.
If you only ever have one horse, make it an American Quarter Horse…