How To Register an Older Horse

How To Register an Older Horse

AQHA makes it affordable to register your older American Quarter Horses. Find out how easy it is to get a set of papers for everyone in your pasture.

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AQHA makes an attempt to encourage early foal registration by setting weanling fees low. If you have a horse that is aged and unregistered, it can seem like quite a feat, financially and otherwise, to file the paperwork. But AQHA's older-horse registration fees are meant to lighten your load. In the past, AQHA members paid $550 for a 36-month-old horse and $1,000 for horses that were 48 months old or older. Today, those fees are $325 for horses 36 months old and $550 for horses 4 years old and older. (Note: A $5 discount is provided to all registrations submitted online.)

AQHA Horse Registration Fees:

  • Weanlings = $40
  • ​​Late Weanlings = $75
  • ​​​​​​Yearlings = $170
  • 2-Year-Olds = $325
  • 3-Year-Olds = $435
  • 4-Year-Olds and Older = $550

Because the registration process is the same at any age, the first step is to get a registration application. You will complete the application the same way you do for a weanling. Oftentimes, when registering an older horse, you may encounter difficulties in locating the breeders for the appropriate signatures.

AQHA Customer Care is available at 806-376-4811 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday or by using the Contact Us form to assist you with any necessary research.

If you are missing a signature or other pertinent information, submit your application anyway, and AQHA will attempt to contact the appropriate people for you to acquire the necessary information. AQHA locks in registration fees from the time the application is received, so no matter what is missing, your fees will not increase while AQHA processes your work or waits for answers to correspondence.

You need to be an AQHA member to register your American Quarter Horse. AQHA membership comes with hundreds of dollars in savings each year, plus America's Horse magazine (digital only for international members), access to AQHA programs and events and much more. Join AQHA or renew your membership today!

AQHA rules require horses over 4 to be parentage verified before they can be registered. This can sometimes be a hindrance if one or both of the parents has not be DNA typed. AQHA has required breeding stallions to be DNA typed for quite some time, but the requirement for a mare to be DNA typed was age and year specific. In some cases, it is not possible to get a DNA type from one of the horse's parents. AQHA can sometimes achieve this by building a DNA type through grandparents and other offspring. This is never a definite, and is handled on a case-by-case basis. AQHA charges an extra $100 fee that is non-refundable for horses whose paperwork requires in-depth research and manpower.

Remember, as long as both the sire and dam are registered with AQHA, you have a starting point.

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