AQHA Initiatives Overview
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Hall of Fame
Honoring the horses and people who have transformed the American Quarter Horse industry.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo beautifully showcases the horses and people who have earned the distinction of being inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, horses and people must have been exceptional, and have contributed to the transformation of the American Quarter Horse industry. Hall of Fame inductees are honored each year at the AQHA Convention.
Inspiring people to discover and explore their passion for horses.
For many people, walking through the doors of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is the first step to discovering their passion for the horse. It serves as a place where inspiration is just a moment away and allows visitors to experience the joy our horse provides.
Supporting future leaders in accomplishing their dreams.
Growing up with an American Quarter Horse teaches youth the values of compassion, dedication and hard work. They learn to become leaders and visionaries. For youth who strive to turn their passion into a career, scholarships can help make higher education affordable.
Giving back to our horse by challenging the frontiers of knowledge in order to promote welfare.
Our horses give us their all; whether in the thrill of victorious moments in the show ring or in the solace we find in their companionship. The American Quarter Horse Foundation is committed to giving back to the horses we love by challenging the frontiers of knowledge through research.
Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies
Sharing the American Quarter Horse’s ability to provide freedom and empowerment to individuals in need.
Being horseback changes you; it makes you braver, stronger and it gives you freedom. For people with emotional and physical needs, being horseback is life changing. Providing freedom and empowerment, the horse is widely recognized as a powerful tool in therapy.
The American Quarter Horse Foundation offers several avenues of support to AQHA members in need.
Merle Wood Humanitarian Award
The Merle Wood Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual whose outstanding voluntary service has been marked by actions or deeds that have enabled young people to experience positive opportunities and or activities involving the American Quarter Horse.