AQHA Facts

These AQHA facts and statistics give you a detailed glimpse inside your Association.

2021 AQHA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                       

President – Norman Luba of Louisville, Kentucky

First Vice President – Dr. Scott Myers of Sharon Center, Ohio

Second Vice President – Kenneth Banks of Schulenburg, Texas

Member – James "Jim" Hunt of Faith, South Dakota

Member – Jeff Tebow, Piedmont, Oklahoma




  • Established March 1940 – Fort Worth

  • AQHA International Headquarters – Amarillo


  • 2020 AQHA Membership – 226,577

  • 2020 American Quarter Horse Youth Association Membership –18,120

Transfers & Registration

  • Horses registered by AQHA since 1940 – more than 6 million worldwide

  • 2020 Registrations – 81,213

  • 2020 Horse Transfers of Ownership – 106,864


Horseback Riding Program – members log hours spent horseback and earn various awards.

  • American Quarter Horse Division:

    • 2020 Enrollment – 11,132

    • 2020 Awards Presented – 1,442

    • Total Hours Ridden – 369,169

  • All-Breeds Division:

    • 2020 Enrollment – 1,708

    • 2020 Awards Presented – 338

    • Total Hours Ridden – 55,590

AQHA Professional Horsemen – group of dedicated horse industry professionals devoted to promoting the American Quarter Horse and servicing AQHA members by offering training assistance in a variety of areas.

  • Number of members in 2020 – 717


Shows – represent a major segment of the equine industry. American Quarter Horse shows offer youth, amateur, Select amateur and open classes for horsemen and -women the opportunity to compete with their American Quarter Horses, testing their skills against other horses and riders for AQHA halter and performance points, as well as cash awards and prizes.

  • 2020 Total Shows – 1,196
  • 2020 U.S. Shows – 1,150
  • 2020 International Shows – 46
  • 2020 Total Show Entries – 578,384
  • 2020 Total Special Events – 238
  • 2020 Total Special-Event Entries – 12,384
  • 2020 Farnam AQHA and Adequan® Select World Championship Shows Entries – 7,522
  • 2020 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show Entries – 5,079
  • 2020 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships Entries – cancelled due to COVID-19
  • 2020 National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance Championships – cancelled due to COVID-19

  • 2020 AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting Championships Entries – 77
  • AQHA Judges – 813


Ranching Heritage Programs – highlights the efforts of American Quarter Horse ranch breeders and their heritage to AQHA. The AQHA Ranching Heritage programs are the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges and AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program.

  • 2020 Ranching Heritage Challenge Total Entries – 680* total included with Farnam AQHA World entries

  • 2020 Total Ranching Heritage Breeders – 426

  • 2020 Total Ranching Heritage Challenge-Eligible Horses – 170,928


Races – developed from the village lanes of colonial America, American Quarter Horse racing brings the thrill and excitement of closely matched American Quarter Horses racing at peak speeds near 55 miles per hour. The Bank of America Racing Challenge Program provides more opportunities for American Quarter Horses to continue their racing careers.

  • 2020 Total Starters in American Quarter Horse Races – 11,337
  • Average Purse Per Race – $19,746
  • Average Earnings Per Starter – $8,987
  • Total Purses – $105,251,455
  • 2020 Bank of America Racing Challenge Enrollments – 2,577
  • Total Challenge Purses – $2,962,429
  • Nominator Awards – $93,239

International – serves and supports international members and affiliate organizations through the implementation of innovative programs and services that accommodate a diverse set of needs to enhance the value of maintaining AQHA membership globally. AQHA International accomplished the following in 2020:

  • Helped AQHA maintain 14% of total AQHA membership (~30,600 international members), as well as 15% of all registered American Quarter Horses (~427,000 registered horses).

  • Supported 35 international affiliate organizations in four membership regions: Australasia-Africa, Canada, Europe and Latin America.

  • Organized 15 Educational Marketplace Seminars (11 virtual) hosted in 15 countries in 2020.

  • Hosted successful membership summits in the Canadian and European membership regions in January-February 2020.

  • Completed Quality Samples Semen Export Programs supported with USDA funding in Argentina and Costa Rica.

  • Developed and translated a guide to artificial insemination with equine semen into Slovenian, Danish and Spanish, in preparation for future Quality Samples Program activities.

  • Awarded the 2020 International Best Remuda award to Fazenda Campanario in Laguna Carapa, Brazil.

  • Partnered with the shows team to implement international show steward education and testing through AQH University.

  • Launched an international section on the AQHA website by replacing the AQHA en Español section, which fully outlines international resources, programs, affiliates, news and blogs.

  • Translated eight of the primary business forms into the five core languages, all of which are published on

  • Developed, translated and incorporated multilingual voiceover for how-to video guides for the registration application, stallion breeding report and transfer report into the five core languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and German).

  • Hosted an international onsite service event in Mexico City in February 2020.


American Quarter Horse Youth Association – designed for American Quarter Horse enthusiasts 18 years of age and younger, established on the premise of expanding youth participation with and knowledge of the American Quarter Horse. AQHYA currently has more than18,000 members.

  • Scholarships through the American Quarter Horse Foundation, AQHYA programs, youth contests and youth leadership recognition.

  • AQHYA Board of Directors is an elected board of youth leaders who represent and work on behalf of youth members from around the world.

  • AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program.

  • Youth Racing Experience Program gives youth a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating world of American Quarter Horse racing.

  • Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, where youth meet friends from around the world, join in fun workshops and social activities, and grow their leadership skills over three days each summer in Amarillo, Texas.

  • Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show is the world’s largest single-breed world championship horse show for youth.

  • AQHYA World Championship Contests to develop skills and knowledge, compete for prizes and have fun.

  • Horse Judging Contests challenging youth and young adults to learn evaluation, critical thinking and public speaking along with industry knowledge.

  • AQHLearn, a free online educational platform helping youth learn about horses, funded through the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

  • AQHAchieve, an online contest showcasing horse skills and knowledge, funded through the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

  • AQHLead, a young-adult development program for the equine industry’s future leaders, funded through the American Quarter Horse Foundation.


American Quarter Horse Association Publications

  • The American Quarter Horse Journal was redesigned in 2020 into a lifestyle publication that celebrates the American Quarter Horse and the lifestyle that AQHA’s members have built around their horses. The magazine, which is also now the official member publication of AQHA, goes to all member households eight times a year as a benefit of their membership in AQHA.

    • The Journal has been in publication since September 1948.

    • Contains articles about craftsmen, people and horses in the American Quarter Horse industry, as well as features on ranches.

  • Quarter Racing Journal – established in January 1988, the Quarter Racing Journal is the official racing publication for the American Quarter Horse racing industry, printed in March and December and mailed to all racing-interested members.


Networks – AQHA keeps horse enthusiasts informed and educated through a variety of media platforms.

  • Q-Racing Video
  • E-newsletters
  • Facebook –
  • Instagram – @officialaqha, @officialaqhya
  • Twitter – @AQHA and @AQHYA
  • Pinterest –
  • LinkedIn –


** All numbers are as of 12/31/20.

American Quarter Horse Foundation

2021 Board of Trustees

President – Norman K. Luba, Louisville, Kentucky

First Vice President – Dr. Scott Myers, Sharon Center, Ohio

Second Vice President – Kenneth Banks, Schulenburg, Texas

Member – James “Jim” Hunt, Faith, South Dakota

Member – Jeff Tebow, Piedmont, Oklahoma

Appointed Member – Robin Merrill, Poolville, Texas

Appointed Member – Catherine Nicholas, Douglas, Wyoming

Appointed Member – Larry Bell, Midland, Texas


Chief Foundation Officer – Chris Sitz

The American Quarter Horse Foundation connects horses and people through charitable giving in order to develop and support programs or initiatives that preserve our horse’s legacy and further the overall well-being of the American Quarter Horse and the people who comprise the Quarter Horse family.

  • More than $132,000 awarded to 39 equine-assisted activities and therapies centers to help them provide freedom and empowerment to their clients.
  • More than $420,000 awarded in scholarships to help youth make their dreams come true by pursuing higher education.
  • More than $261,000 was given to grants researching equine welfare, infectious diseases, genetics, performance injuries and reproduction.
  • The Hall of Fame welcomed 10 new inductees into the class of 2020.
  • Due to the worldwide pandemic, the American Quarter Horse Museum located in Amarillo was forced to close to the public to protect visitors and staff. We look forward to reopening August 15, 2021, with renewed exhibits and events to be enjoyed by visitors, tour groups and school-age children. 

Networks – The American Quarter Horse Foundation shares its programs through a variety of mediums.

  • Facebook –
  • Instagram – @aqhfoundation


** Foundation numbers are as of 5/17/21.