How The Horseback Riding Program Works

Sign up and earn valuable awards through the AQHA Horseback Riding Program.

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The AQHA Horseback Riding Program rewards AQHA and AQHYA members for simply working with their horses. 

Participants must maintain an individual AQHA or AQHYA membership. Membership provides a variety of benefits, from exclusive partner discounts to programs, competitions and events and access to The American Quarter Horse Journal magazine. 

Once enrolled in the Horseback Riding Program, log and submit hours regularly. 

As a Horseback Riding Program member, each time you reach an achievement threshold, you will receive prizes and recognition for you and your equine partner. 

You can log your hours in full hour and half hour increments. 

Eligible hours include any time spent in the saddle, regardless of what activity you’re doing – pleasure riding, trail riding, practicing for your next show, or competing. You can also earn hours pleasure driving your horse or doing ground activities that include training, showing or exercising. Hours spent grooming, feeding or health maintenance do not count toward hours logged. 

Qualifications and Rules for the Quarter Horse Division:

  • Once you enroll in the Quarter Horse division, simply log the hours you spend riding your American Quarter Horse. 
  • The awards series culminates at 5,000 hours with a buckle customized for the Horseback Riding Program.
  • Must maintain individual AQHA or AQHYA membership.
  • There is a $35 enrollment fee. If a participant's membership lapses more than 30 days, the member must also re-enroll in the Horseback Riding Program.
  • If both members of an existing joint account would like to participate in the Horseback Riding Program, each party will need to purchase a separate individual membership.  
  • Log hours riding online or use one of the official log sheets (one sheet per horse).
  • Log hours riding, pleasure driving or doing ground activities, including training, showing and/or  exercising. Hours spent grooming, feeding or health maintenance are not eligible to be logged.
  • You may ride more than one American Quarter Horse.
  • The rider does not have to own the horse.
  • The horse(s) must be registered with AQHA. The registered name and registration number of the horse must be listed when logging hours.
  • Separate log sheets must be used for each horse. Time should be logged in whole or half hour increments.
  • A maximum of 8 riding hours can be logged per day.
  • All hours submitted must be for the current year and within quarterly deadlines (see “Log Your Hours” below for details on submission deadlines)
  • AQHA reserves the right to make any changes in the awards that are given. Awards are not retroactive. Some award item patterns and colors may vary.

Qualifications and Rules for the All-Breeds Division

  • Once you enroll in the All-Breeds division, simply log the hours you spend riding any breed of horse. 
  • Must maintain individual AQHA or AQHYA membership.
  • If both members of an existing joint account would like to participate in the Horseback Riding Program, each party will need to purchase a separate individual membership.  
  • There is a $35 enrollment fee. If a participant's AQHA membership lapses more than 30 days, the member must also re-enroll in the Horseback Riding Program.
  • You must submit official log sheets. The log sheets should be one sheet per horse. 
  • You may ride more than one breed of horse; rider does not have to own the horse.
  • Log hours riding, pleasure driving or doing ground activities, including training, showing and/or exercising. Hours spent grooming, feeding or health maintenance are not eligible to be logged.
  • Time should be logged in whole or half hour increments.
  • A maximum of 8 riding hours can be logged per day.
  • The AQHA All-Breeds Division program hours complete at 2,000. 
  • All hours submitted must be for the current year and within quarterly deadlines (see “Log Your Hours” below for details on submission deadlines)
  • AQHA reserves the right to make any changes in the awards that are given. Awards are not retroactive. Some award item patterns and colors may vary.

Log Your HBR Hours

There are two ways to log your hours for the AQHA Horseback Riding Program. Log frequently and online to receive rewards sooner.
  1. Submit or view your hours online. Log in to AQHA online member portal to submit or view your hours. All hours logged online must be entered for the year by midnight Central time, December 31 each year.
  2. Download the American Quarter Horse Hourly Log Sheet and mail or email to hbrprogram@aqha.org or fax to 806-375-5197 to AQHA by the deadlines below.
  3. Download the All-Breeds Hourly Log Sheet and mail or email to hbrprogram@aqha.org or fax to 806-375-5197 to AQHA by the deadlines below.
     

Quarterly Deadlines for submitting Log Sheets:

January - March Hours Due in AQHA office by April 30
April - June Hours Due in AQHA office by July 31
July - September Hours Due in AQHA office by October 31
October - December Hours Due in AQHA office by December 31

 

Contact Information

For more information about the Horseback Riding Program, please contact the Horseback Riding Team at hbrprogram@aqha.org or call 806-376-4811.