Formerly known as Greener Pastures, the program serves to reunite horses and previous owners.
America’s Horse, June 21, 2010 – American Quarter Horse owners love their horses – past, present and future – and many want to keep track of those horses even after they are sold.
The American Quarter Horse Association developed the Full Circle program to reunite breeders and previous owners with horses they remember well. Through the free Full Circle program, AQHA members will be able to indicate on a horse’s registration certificate that if the horse ever becomes unwanted, unusable or simply ready for retirement, the member will – if possible – assist in providing or finding a suitable home.
Originally dubbed Greener Pastures, the program has been renamed Full Circle and enhanced. The Full Circle name more accurately reflects goal of the program when horses that were once sold by their original owner come full circle back to them, often times after lengthy careers enriching lives of multiple riders. Even in the program’s short existence, AQHA has received success stories from customers who have been reunited with horses they once owned. To read more about Full Circle, visit http://www.aqha.com/fullcircle.
The free, voluntary program does not guarantee a buyback or exchange of money will occur nor that a horse is assured a home – situations can and do change. It allows members an opportunity to keep track of and provide for the long-term care of horses they’ve bred or owned. However, you must be an AQHA member to sign up and enroll a horse in the program. AQHA members can enroll a horse by logging in to the member services section at www.aqhamembers.com or by calling the Registration Department at (806) 376-4811.
“AQHA wants to help responsible horse owners,” said Don Treadway Jr., AQHA executive vice president. “We believe we can better serve the equine industry and help ensure the long-term care of horses we register with this program. By implementing Full Circle, we begin to fill a void.”
Through this new program, the Association will act as a clearinghouse by tracking Full Circle-enrolled horses and AQHA members who have indicated the desire to help.
AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journal or America’s Horse, visit www.aqha.com/magazines.
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