New: Horseback riding program

The Horse Back Riding (HBR) program is a mechanism to reward horse activities and bring in new members to IQHA who are not involved in the traditional show and racing communities.

By establishing an honor-based logging system members may receive award certificates as well as gift certificates and ultimately a belt buckle commemorating successful completion of the required hours of riding.

By using hours as the measurement criteria we will align the IQHA program with the AQHA program and keep a simple system for tracking achievement. All hours must be logged by the participant on a one horse/one rider basis and a one-time fee will be paid for each rider/horse team to participate. IQHA and AQHA HBR programs could both be logged by participants.

Hours that count toward the program would include traditional trail or recreational riding but should also include riding at or preparing for horse shows or other competitions. Most other affiliate riding rewards also count driving activities toward the riding award levels.

IQHA will make rewards achievable with a simple two step awards system presently that can be expanded once the participation levels are known.

The IQHA program awards participation at:

500 hours logged would receive an award certificate and a gift certificate.

1000 hours would receive an award certificate and a belt buckle.

Participants must have an IQHA membership and also enroll in the program on a one horse/one rider basis. Horses must be AQHA registered horses, but need not be owned by the rider and the rider is not required to be an AQHA member.

Hours spent riding or even actively working your Quarter Horse counts toward the program and includes those time spent driving a cart or wagon. Grooming our other basic horse maintenance activities do not count toward awards hours.

All time logged is on a one horse – one rider basis and is on the honor system. An accurate record of the time you actually spend riding or driving must be reported on your official IQHA Horseback Riding Program Log Sheets (copies of AQHA log sheets are accepted). Your hours carry over from year to year as long as you maintain your IQHA membership. Submit log sheets for the previous calendar year by January 31 of the following year. (ie. Log sheets for January – December 2023 must be
turned in by January 31, 2024)

full rules

1. To participate in the IQHA Horseback Riding/Driving Program you must be a member of the Idaho Quarter Horse Association. An active membership must be maintained during the time that you
accumulate hours.

2. There is a one-time $20.00 enrollment fee.

3. The horse you ride or drive in this program must be registered in the American Quarter Horse Association. You do not have to own the horse. You may accumulate hours in IQHA’s program at the same time you are accumulating hours in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program, if you are enrolled in both.

4. The AQHA registered name and registration number of the horse must be on the log sheets.

5. You may ride more than one quarter horse. Separate log sheets must be kept for each horse. Hours
toward the program should be those hours actually riding or driving your American Quarter Horse. While trail and recreational riding are most often considered, hours spent riding toward training or competition will count.

6. All time logged is on a one horse – one rider basis and is on the honor system. An accurate record of the time you actually spend riding or driving must be reported on your official IQHA Horseback Riding Program Log Sheets (copies of AQHA log sheets are accepted). Your hours carry over from year to year as long as you maintain your IQHA membership. Submit log sheets for the previous calendar year by January 31 of the following year. (ie. Log sheets for January – December 2023 must be turned in by January 31, 2024)

7. The Idaho Quarter Horse Association will recognize achievement winners at its Annual Awards Banquet. The following levels will be recognized:
500 Hours – Gift Certificate and Certificate
1000 Hours – Buckle
Annual achievement levels will be listed in the IQHA Directory and on the website.

9. To enroll, complete the attached form and return it with the appropriate fees. You’ll receive your Official Log Sheets (copies of AQHA log sheets are accepted). These may be copied as needed.
Enrollment in AQHA’s Horseback Riding Program is not required, but is encouraged. Start earning State and National recognition for doing what you love, riding or driving your quarter horse!

For further information on the AQHA Horseback Riding Program, contact American Quarter Horse
Association, PO Box 200, Amarillo, TX 79168 (806) 376-4811 Fax (806) 349-6411. For more information about AQHA and its activities visit www.aqha.com.