AQHA Racing Rule Changes

American Quarter Horse Association, November 7, 2016 – The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee recently held its quarterly business meeting at AQHA Headquarters in Amarillo. During the meeting, several issues were discussed, evaluated and decisions were made to enhance the Association, including issues regarding racing.

Media/Award Policy
If a racing jurisdiction reports that a horse tested positive for a Class 1 substance, Class 2 substance, clenbuterol or any other medication other than those defined by Association of Racing Commissioners International as being a controlled therapeutic medication, such horse shall be ineligible to be considered for AQHA awards or online polls associated with the calendar year in which the positive test occurred. This will include pending violations.

This policy is effective immediately.

Challenge Membership Requirement
Beginning January 1, 2017, an AQHA membership is required for all owners and trainers participating in any AQHA Racing Challenge race.

2017 AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations
The 2017 AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations is now available online in PDF format, in print and via the AQHA Rulebook App. AQHA members can download the rulebook or request a printed copy at

For more information on American Quarter Horse Racing, visit

American Quarter Horse Association
1600 Quarter Horse Drive
Amarillo, TX 79104

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