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American Paint Horse Association
The American Paint Horse Association is to collect, record and preserve the pedigrees of American Paint Horses, and to stimulate and regulate all matters pertaining to the promotion, history, breeding and exhibition of this breed. APHA serves both the breed and our members by being aware of the industry and market, and of the needs, opportunities and challenges of our members.
The American Quarter Horse established a bold reputation as the greatest cattle roundup and trail driving horse in history and would never be forgotten by early American racing enthusiasts. To ensure the unique qualities of this breed did not perish, a group of American Quarter Horse enthusiasts met in 1940 in Ft. Worth, Texas to establish what was to become the largest equine breed registry in the world, the American Quarter Horse Association. Located in Amarillo, Texas, AQHA has registered more than 5 million American Quarter Horses and serves more than 350,000 worldwide members. AQHA functions as the official record keeping and governing body of the American Quarter Horse industry. AQHA records all American Quarter Horse ownership, processes approved show and race results, catalogs performance and produce data on all American Quarter Horses, maintains association funds and publicizes the American Quarter Horse industry.
The Arabian Horse Network, better known by its web name, ArabHorse.com, extends a special invitation to the public to enjoy their Arabian Farm Tour: five exciting days of Arabian horse industry festivities over an extended New Year's weekend. These open barns and special presentations are a prelude to Scottsdale's world renowned Arizona Arabian Horse Association's February Show. ArabHorse.com serves the industry both nationally and internationally with internet marketing solutions and creative promotions for the breed and the lifestyle associated with owning Arabians. Scottsdale is home to many of the Arabian industry's most prestigious farms and training facilities. Horse buyers travel from all corners of the globe to purchase horses here. Area residents and out-of-town visitors alike are invited to enjoy this unique facet of Scottsdale living during the long holiday weekend. Each day features special open farm events and the public is welcome to attend one or every event at no charge. Participating farms enjoy a well-deserved reputation for throwing great parties and are ready to share their passion for the Arabian horse with their guests. Those interested in Arabian horses have an array of opportunities to visit farms, see and touch the beautiful horses, and get acquainted with many of Scottsdale's most prominent members of the Arabian horse industry. "This is a great entertainment opportunity for people who have visiting friends and family," says Bailey. Farms on the tour stage open barns complete with refreshments or perhaps a wine tasting along with an informal showing of horses and a lot of fun and camaraderie.
Formed in 2003, The Arabian Horse Association is a product of the merger of the Arabian Horse Registry of American and the International Arabian Horse Association. The main goal of the AHA is to provide a focal point Arabian horse recreational or competitive activities, and meet the breeding, competitive and recreational interest of their more than 26,000 members.
The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund was established in January of 2005. From unimaginable barn fires, to catastrophic accidents, to health crisis that impaired ability to meet expenses and care for family members and animals, the fund has become a vehicle that is up and ready to respond immediately when unexpected calamity strikes. Governed by a board of five industry-involved horse people, the fund’s guidelines are configured so as to award the board the maximum ability to respond to a variety of circumstances. Application for assistance is eligible to any current member of the Arabian Horse Association in good standing, and all applications are kept confidential unless an individual releases the board to outreach to the community on their behalf. As of November, 2010, the fund has disbursed over $350,000 to individuals throughout the Arabian horse community, and virtually all of the money donated is earmarked to directly help our community horsemen during times of crisis.
The Arabian Reining Horse Association (ARHA)was founded in 1998 to promote the natural athletic abilities and versatility of the Arabians and Half Arabian horses. Through the efforts of amateur competitor Robb Walther of Sherwood, Oregon and one of the founders of the ARHA, the group became affiliated with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) in its infancy. The NRHA's highly acclaimed judging format for events that include technical and stylistic elements coupled with considerable difficulty elevated the standards of competition and proved a solid platform for growth.
Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces over thirty events per year in three locations: San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas, NV. The events include USEF "A" or "AA" rated hunter-jumper shows featuring a Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League Qualifying Grand Prix, several USHJA International High Performance Hunter Challenges, Pony Finals, Medal Finals and more.
For over a decade, Brumley Management Group has been producing exciting reining events in premier locations for contestants, owners, equine enthusiasts, and spectators alike. Participants and visitors from all over the world, including Canada, Mexico, Italy and Germany, have attended the shows, enjoying the sport of reining offered on all levels. Over the years, these events have grown to draw more participants than ever, with an average annual increase of 37%, and payouts nearing $1,000,000 annually!
Cornerstone Event Management is the organizer of California's premier international dressage competitions. Prize lists and additional show information is available via their website, www.cornerstonedressage.com, as well as regular updates posted on Facebook.
The Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program promotes the importance of selective breeding and correct training of horses in the United States, and encourages participation of breeders, athletes, and trainers of young horses in dressage competition. The purposes of this program are to encourage the properly structured development of young dressage prospects through the training scale; to identify and recognize outstanding talent and the training of international - caliber horses; and to prepare these horses for future careers at the FEI level and participation on U.S. High Performance teams.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association was formed in 1949, with the goal of preserving and educating the public about the rich history of this traditional horsemanship. The NRCHA is responsible for promoting the sport and ensuring high standards of competition. The organization was originally called the California Reined Cow Horse Association. Despite the name change, the association has continued to celebrate the early California traditions of highly-trained working cow horses and today, 64 years after its creation, continues to work to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry.
Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is an organization dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse. It serves as the standard setting body for the sport of Reining worldwide.
The National Snaffle Bit Association, Inc. (NSBA) began in 1983, with the mission to promote various equine programs and events in order to grow the show horse community. They have continued to promote interest in the pleasure horses through exhibits, events, contests, and training, as well as encouraging the use of the standard rules for holding and judging contests of pleasure horses.
OQHA strives to encourage the breeding and competition of Quarter Horses in Ohio through world-class competitions, recreation activities, education and engagement. OQHA began by sponsoring classes at open shows in Ohio, then later established it's own breeder's futurity and year-end awards for AQHA-approved events.
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. With more than 4,500 certified instructors and equine specialists and more than 850 member centers around the globe, more than 7,600 PATH Intl. members help 58,300 children and adults--including more than 3,310 veterans and active-duty military personnel--with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse each year. In addition to therapeutic riding, centers offer a number of therapeutic equine-related activities, including hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, competition, ground work and stable management.
The USHJA Trainer Certification Program was developed to preserve the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System by offering a comprehensive educational program based on that system and providing increasing levels of certification for professional horse trainers. Participation in the TCP, while voluntary, is encouraged for the ongoing professional support it provides. Becoming a Certified Trainer confirms a commitment to continuing one’s professional development, which leads to an ever-increasing group of well-rounded and knowledgeable horsemen.
Other equine sponsorships and resourcesAmerican Riding Instructors Association
ARIA is a national association for horseback riding instructors, whose purpose is to promote excellence in the profession of horseback riding instruction, based on the principles of Safety, Knowledge, and Integrity, with the health, happiness, and well-being of students and horses being of primary concern. ARIA does this by publishing educational and informative articles in its quarterly magazine, Riding Instructor, its monthly digital publication, ARIA E-News, and by offering nationally-recognized instructor certification testing through its American Riding Instructor Certification Program.
The Buckeye Reining Series has been created by a dedicated group of individuals to bring excitement back to the reining world east of the Mississippi. The birth place of reining, Ohio, is where it all started with great horsemen like Dale Wilkinson and Bill Horn. We honor them by building on the traditions of the NRHA and embracing change and innovation through industry growth. The BRS founders are a diverse, experienced group of trainers, owners and non pros with a tremendous passion for the promotion of this sport and the spirit of competition. Our purpose is to provide quality horse shows, offering something to every level of rider, whether starting in the entry level, running for a title, or having an open horse ready for a sanctioned event. The BRS will host a series of shows that includes great incentives, prizes in all divisions, low retainage fees, a futurity, a derby, AQHA Ranch Riding, year end awards, exhibitor parties and so much more. Our goal is to bring exceptional reining shows back to Ohio that are enjoyed by all.
To promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, producing educational conferences and publishing educational resources such as horsemanship manuals, DVDs, safety video shorts, webinars, a monthly radio show, weekly blog, posters and much more. Certified Horsemanship Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit association.
The Pinto horse originated in Spain and was introduced to North America by Spanish and other European explorers. The Spanish explorers brought over Barb horses that had been crossed with other European breeds including Russian and Arabian strains, which are thought to give the horses their color patterns. When the Spanish herds were brought to North America, these horses mixed with the wild horses and were later domesticated by the Native Americans. Later, when the West was being tamed, the pioneers had to cross their refined European horses with the wild herds to develop a stockier and heavier muscled horse that would be more suited to the rugged and arduous conditions. Often referred to as piebald or skewbald horses in literature about the Wild West, the Pinto horse was a favorite among American cowboys and Native Americans. Many famous Pintos include Tonto’s Scout, Little Joe’s Cochise and Frank Hopkins’ Hidalgo. The Pinto Horse Association started from a grassroots movement to selectively breed horses for good color and conformation. Several horsemen in the 1930s formed the Pinto Horse Society with the purpose of breeding superior colored horses. The registry they created is the basis of what is now known as the Pinto Horse Association of America Inc. It took several years and several more organizations to form today’s PtHA. Tired of the discrimination Pintos received in the show ring, Kay Heikens, Helen Hammond and other Pinto lovers decided to start a new organization and registry. The determined group finalized their hard work on May 18, 1956, in New Jersey when the PtHA was incorporated.
Since 1955 the Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. The first show was held at the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel which was a beautiful setting for a horse show. The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show was a first class show from the very first day. It has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2400 horses bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning. A win at Scottsdale can mean big money in the breeding barns.
Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts each share a personal bond with the horse. This commonality defines the membership of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport. The USEF is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. Since its inception in 1917, the Federation has been dedicated to pursuing excellence and promoting growth, all while providing and maintaining a safe and level playing field for both its equine and human athletes.
The mission of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation is to make available a world-class facility to attract local, national and international competitions and sales of all breeds and disciplines of show horses, establish and maintain a professional and safe environment for the use of scheduled users of the Virginia Horse Center, develop a schedule of events which will expand and benefit the many facets of the state horse industry, and which will provide recreational, educational and demonstrational opportunities for all people living and traveling in Virginia. They provide professional services to all user groups, ensuring a quality time of competition and recreation and preserve the Virginia Horse Center as a unique open space asset to the greatest extent practical and consistent with the purposes of the Center.
A program designed to encourage and reward hunter competition at horse shows held in Virginia.