Rule-Change Proposals

Rule-Change Proposals

AQHA members have a voice in the governance of the world’s largest equine association.

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The final standing committee reports from the 2024 AQHA Convention are online, and it is time to think ahead for 2025! The American Quarter Horse Association wants to hear any suggestions members have to make AQHA membership, programs and services reach their fullest potential.

Each spring, AQHA holds a convention to review AQHA rules and policies. During the convention, member-submitted rule changes and suggestions are also reviewed.

AQHA members are vital to the Association and have been influential in shaping the organization since its founding in 1940. The opportunity to propose new rules or changes allows members to voice their ideas and help continue to improve AQHA for future generations.

If you are an AQHA member, you can submit a suggestion for a rule change for the AQHA Official Handbook. All proposals are due by December 31 of each year.

To submit a rule-change proposal:

  • Complete a rule-change proposal form.

  • Define the problem and develop as many possible solutions as you can by asking others for input.

  • Choose one possible solution that appears to be the most appropriate and that fits the mission and goals of AQHA.

  • Determine if any other rules would be affected if your proposal is adopted and specify the rule numbers.

  • Submit proper wording for a proposed rule change by typing or neatly printing the exact wording being proposed. If you propose changes to existing language, strike through the words you propose to delete. Type in bold and italics the words you propose to add.

All proposals must be received by December 31, 2024, for consideration at the 2025 AQHA Convention, slated for March 28-31 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

If you complete the PDF form, please return it via email to If you prefer, items can also be submitted by mail at:

ATTN: Shelly Spears
P.O. Box 200
Amarillo, TX 79168

For guidelines on writing proposed rule changes, visit View the list of committees at

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