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The Showing Council

Member Body Information

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American Quarter Horse Association – United Kingdom (AQHA-UK Ltd.) - (Full Member)

The American Quarter Horse Association UK recently celebrated its 40th Year. It is a registered charity dedicated to promoting the Quarter Horse in the UK We are affiliated to the USA’s AQHA and the European Quarter Horse Association. (FEQHA). We are a member organisation run by a council of elected members.

In our Mission Statement AQHA-UK aspires to:

  • promote the breeding and use of the AQH in the UK

  • provide services for its members that enhance and encourage QH ownership and participation

  • generate growth in membership of the AQHA.UK via the marketing, promotion, advertising, and publicity of the American Quarter Horse

  • promote educational programs and material which improve horsemanship skills and the welfare of the American Quarter Horse

  • encourage young people to participate in equestrian based sport using the American QH and recruit, train and support an Amateur and a Youth Team

  • educate owners and the public regarding the benefit of registering eligible QH with AQHA-UK

Although QHs are often associated with western riding and tack, amongst our members we have owners and riders who compete with their QH in both western and English tack and in a wide range of other events. The versatility and temperament of the QH lends itself to endurance, cross country, polo and polocrosse, show jumping and ‘Le Trec’, as the rich breeding heritage gives strength, agility and speed. 

Please visit our website at:  to learn more about our QH breed and horses and find out what membership can do for QH owners.  Here there is information about our shows, clinics, and events. If you are interested in coming along to a show to see our fantastic horses and riders in action, to meet members of AQHA-UK and perhaps speak to a member of Council about our Association you will find details on the website. In addition to shows we also support a Get On And Ride Scheme (GOAR) that recognises and rewards members who ‘ride the trail’ (hack out).

AQHA-UK’s Youth and Amateur Teams can complete internationally. Members often compete successfully in Europe and each year some qualify for the World Show held in Oklahoma.  

AQHA-UK is pleased to join with other equine associations, societies and groups as a member of The Showing Council and to both support and contribute to its work.



AQHA-UK Representatives: Mrs Ruth O’Reilly

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