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Horseracing Integrity Act

American Quarter Horse Association, June 8, 2017 – On May 25, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 to the House of Representatives. In summary, the bill requires “a uniform anti-doping and medication control program to be developed and enforced by an independent Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority.”

While the American Quarter Horse Association strongly supports uniformity in the horse racing industry, it is unable to support the latest version of the newly introduced legislation.

“Of particular concern regarding this proposal is the elimination of all race-day medications, including Lasix, the use of which has been endorsed by several equine groups and the American Association of Equine Practitioners to help mitigate the occurrence of exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage in racehorses,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president. “American Quarter Horse representation on the Authority and funding sources for the program are also among other areas of concern that we have regarding the legislation as currently proposed.”

AQHA is committed to the welfare of the racehorse and continues to work with international, national and state racing organizations and commissions to evaluate protocols to allow for uniform medication rules and deterrents of performance-enhancing drugs. In addition, the use of Lasix in AQHA shows is currently under review by the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission by request of the Executive Committee.

In recent months, AQHA worked with the Association of Racing Commissioners International to separate American Quarter Horse flat racing in its medication violation model rules to help eliminate the use of illegal performance-enhancing medications. The Association has also supported recent industry movements that include out-of-competition testing and hair testing.

For more information on American Quarter Horse Racing, visit www.aqha.com/racing.

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

AQHA Statement on Hialeah Races

American Quarter Horse Association, May 26, 2017 – The race meet at Hialeah Park near Miami, scheduled to begin May 31, will not be recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association.

According to Hialeah Park’s website, the track is scheduled to run races twice a day Wednesday through Sunday beginning on May 31 and closing on June 25.

AQHA has sanctioned previous meets at Hialeah, beginning in 2009 and running through 2016. These meets met AQHA’s guidelines, set forth in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations, to approve official American Quarter Horse races.

“AQHA’s mission statement holds the welfare of the American Quarter Horse at the top of our priorities,” said AQHA Chief Racing Officer Janet VanBebber. “Consequently, the racing rules and regulations of our Association, and that of our affiliates, exist to protect the safety of the animals and the integrity of the sport. We have no evidence that these rules and regulations will be followed or promoted by Hialeah Park or by the South Florida Quarter Horse Association, a newly formed group that is not affiliated with AQHA. As such, we are concerned for those who are participating in the races and for the wagering public.”

Given these concerns, AQHA will not recognize these races unless the guidelines are clearly satisfied. AQHA will continue to work with officials, including AQHA affiliate the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association, to facilitate the return of official Quarter Horse racing in Florida.

For more information on American Quarter Horse Racing, visit www.aqha.com/racing.

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

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 www.aqha.com/rulebook.

For more information on American Quarter Horse Racing, visit www.aqha.com/racing.

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

Dashin Brown Streak Named Supreme Race Horse

American Quarter Horse Association, October 24, 2016 – Dashin Brown Streak has been named an AQHA Supreme Race Horse.

The Supreme Race Horse award recognizes a racing American Quarter Horse who during its career earns $500,000 or more, wins two or more open Grade 1 stakes races and at least 10 races.

Dashin Brown Streak is a 2010 gelded son of Hotdoggin out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Annas Streakin Dash. He was bred by Flat Get It Farms Inc. of Villa Rica, Georgia and is owned by the estates of C. W. Navarre and Melvin Hatley, based in Oklahoma City.

Dashin Brown Streak has started 23 times in his five-year career, with 11 wins, four seconds and three thirds, and earnings of $543,631. His Grade 1 victories include the 2015 Leo Stakes and the 2015 Remington Park Invitational Championship.

Earlier this year, he was second in the Leo Stakes (G1).

He becomes the 37th horse since 2002 and the 108th horse in total to earn the award (the other awards were given retroactively). Dashin Brown Streak will also be honored at the 2017 Racing Champions Ceremony on January 18 in Oklahoma City.

For more information on American Quarter Horse racing, visit www.aqharacing.com.

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

Horse-Training Methods for Desensitization

Journal photo.

The head is a very delicate area, and many horses show confidence problems when touched here.

By desensitizing this zone, you will make life considerably easier for you and your horse. You will be able to treat his eyes, administer deworming paste, and have him examined by the dentist without any problems. Grooming the mane or clipping the poll and ears will not result in a head-butt, and you will be able to bridle the horse without him becoming defensive.

Once you can stroke all parts of his head, ears, eyes and mouth, you will be able to deal with him much more easily.

Ears: With the horse’s head lowered, run your hand slowly along his neck toward the ears. Then withdraw your hand just before he reacts.

Eyes: To pass your hand across his eyes, start from an area where he accepts your touch. Using a circular movement, gradually approach his eye, taking care to withdraw your hand before he reacts and move it to an area where he appreciates being touched.

Mouth: To touch his mouth, you must start by touching his lips. Gradually insert your finger into his mouth in the gap between his teeth where the bit lies. Bear in mind that you should reward absence of reaction with relaxation and that you must patiently persist if the horse reacts. Make sure the horse has understood that as soon as he accepts something which is in principle unpleasant, it will stop. If he knows he can find your “off switch,” he will accept you more easily.

Horsemanship Concepts:

  • The difference between sensitization and desensitization in horses just depends on the moment at which you stop.
  • Your horse’s reactions are not personal; they are just natural.
  • Do it for the horse, not to him.

Head to AQHA Daily to continue reading about desensitizing your horse.

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

MMVS Temporarily Suspended

American Quarter Horse Association, March 7, 2016 – The misuse of medication in the racing American Quarter Horse industry continues to be a serious animal welfare issue, and one that AQHA, with the support of horsemen and the racing industry alike, is working to address. In 2013, AQHA announced the launch of its Multiple Medication Violation System (MMVS). After much discussion, the AQHA Executive Committee has determined that it is appropriate at this time to conduct a thorough evaluation of the MMVS program, as well as how AQHA can best address medication abuse in the racing industry. During this evaluation, the MMVS will be temporarily suspended.

There will be no MMVS penalties issued for races that occurred prior to March 7, 2016, or during the MMVS evaluation period thereafter. With respect to MMVS penalties (or points accumulated toward suspension), which have already been imposed, AQHA is commuting the suspensions and registration revocations effective immediately. Specifically, the end date for any active suspension or revocation will be March 7. AQHA will begin notifying affected individuals and racing jurisdictions by written correspondence.

During the temporary suspension of the MMVS program, AQHA will continue to collect medication violation data on Quarter Horses for the purpose of tracking violation trends.

Additionally, AQHA will also continue to employ the clenbuterol hair testing program for the 2016 regional AQHA Challenge races.

The goals of the MMVS are to provide a national tracking system of drug violators, impose uniform and serious consequences for repeat violators and violators who use forbidden drugs or historically abuse therapeutic medications, and bolster the environment of reciprocity throughout the racing jurisdictions to further curtail violators from simply moving from one jurisdiction to another.

“As with any new program or rule, AQHA continually evaluates the cost and benefit of the program to ensure that AQHA resources are devoted in the most effective way for achieving the goals of the program,” said AQHA President Dr. Glenn Blodgett.

The creation by AQHA of a comprehensive database of drug violations, across all racing jurisdictions, has required tremendous resources and one that going forward would require AQHA to triple the number of staff assigned to the program. These additional staff members would be needed to properly document violations, enter such violations in the database, and to provide notices of violations to both the racing jurisdictions and the violators themselves.

“The AQHA Executive Committee has determined that the time is right to conduct a thorough evaluation of the MMVS prior to allocating additional resources to the program,” said Dr. Blodgett. “In order to conduct the necessary evaluation, it makes sense to temporarily suspend the MMVS program so that the current resources and staff assigned to processing MMVS files can instead turn their attention and efforts to the evaluation process.”

As for the evaluation, it will be conducted with the assistance of the AQHA Racing Council and AQHA Racing Committee to determine whether the MMVS as constituted is effectively and efficiently capturing state rulings, deterring drug violations and encouraging meaningful movement by the racing jurisdictions to adopt uniform rules and penalties that appropriately discipline violators including through the use of a reciprocity component. Another area of evaluation will likely include a comprehensive study of the effects and use of various banned or dangerous medications in the industry. This topic will be discussed during Racing Committee meetings at the 2016 AQHA Convention later this week in Las Vegas.

“Before beginning this evaluation process, we believe many things have already been learned and we as an Association have become more cognizant of the need for real change if the Quarter Horse racing industry intends to grow and thrive,” said Dr. Blodgett. “It has only been through the implementation of the MMVS that a comprehensive national database exists, which contains the data of both violators and drugs that have been the subject of state rulings.

“The AQHA Executive Committee and all of AQHA wishes to thank the members of the Racing Council and Racing Committee, and others in the racing industry, who have provided countless hours of their time in getting the MMVS started,” continued Dr. Blodgett. “We are confident that following our evaluation of the MMVS and the many complicated issues that have been identified since its inception, we will come up with even more positive steps that can be taken to address the problem of medication abuse in racing and ensure that the American Quarter Horse racing industry thrives in the future.”

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

Heza Dasha Fire Named Supreme Race Horse

American Quarter Horse Association, December 28, 2015 – Heza Dasha Fire has become the 35th horse since 2002 to become an AQHA Supreme Race Horse.

The 3-year-old gelding, bred and raced by S-Quarter K LLC of Kennewick, Washington, is the 106th horse in total to earn the award (the awards prior to 2002 were given retroactively).

The Supreme Race Horse award recognizes a racing American Quarter Horse who during his or her career earns $500,000 or more, wins two or more open Grade 1 stakes races and at least 10 races.

Heza Dasha Fire has raced exclusively at Los Alamitos Race Course in his 12-race career. Of those races, he has won 11, with his sole career defeat being a fourth-place finish in last year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). He most recently won the Champion of Champions (G1), and also has on his record victories in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1), Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), Golden State Million Futurity (G1) and Golden State Derby (G2). He has earned $1,689,388.

The horse is by Walk Thru Fire and is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Dasha Freda. Last year’s champion 2-year-old gelding, Heza Dasha Fire is a leading contender for championship honors this year.

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

Q-Racing Blog Launched

American Quarter Horse Association, May 15, 2015 – Sprint over to see a new weekly blog covering the world of racing American Quarter Horses at www.aqharacing.com. The Q-Racing Blog is an informative look at Quarter Horse racing, penned by special contributor Ty Wyant.

In the Q-Racing Blog, Wyant will offer a unique view of American Quarter Horse racing every week from his perspective of 40 years’ experience covering American Quarter Horse racing.

Wyant has a keen eye for the sprinters and his blog will cover topics ranging from leading horses to big races, to news from around the industry, and keep readers up on all the action leading to the year-end champions. Tune in to www.aqharacing.com every Friday to read the latest blog.

The Q-Racing Blog is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Q-Racing Journal.

The award-winning Q-Racing Journal is a monthly digital publication for the Association’s racing owners, breeders and fans. Within the pages of the Q-Racing Journal you’ll find coverage of the American Quarter Horse racing industry, featuring news, history, industry topics, sales and race statistics. To subscribe to the Q-Racing Journal, call AQHA at 800-291-7323. A one-year subscription is $15, and a three-year subscription is $35. This includes 12 monthly digital magazines and two print copies (March Annual Review and December Stallion Issue) mailed to subscribers.

Q-Racing Video offers every live Quarter Horse race in America in one place. It operates on multiple viewing platforms, including computers, tablets and smartphones of all kinds, and offers access to years of race replays, searchable by track, date or horse name. With RTN Q-Racing Video, the races go wherever you do. The service costs $8.95 per month, and can be found at www.qracingvideo.com. Subscribers to the monthly Q-Racing Video subscription service also receive a free subscription to the digital Q-Racing Journal.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHARacing on Twitter, “like” Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqharacing.com.

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

Racing Welfare Statement

American Quarter Horse Association, May 1, 2015 – Yesterday, legislation was introduced into the United States Congress to end interstate wagering. The American Quarter Horse Association opposes this bill because it threatens the existence of the horse racing industry in America and disregards the positive work the industry is doing regarding the welfare of the horse.

AQHA believes that equine welfare is of paramount importance, and as part of the industry effort, AQHA has implemented its Multiple Medication Violation System, addressed the misuse of medication and performance-enhancing drugs, funds equine welfare research, and supports the adoption of the national uniform medication program. In addition, AQHA continues dialog with racetracks and state jurisdictions to support increased testing and rule enforcement.

AQHA stands firm in its opposition of this bill while we and our industry partners continue to make significant and meaningful progress on welfare issues.

For more information on American Quarter Horse racing, visit www.aqharacing.com.

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

Jayson Jackson Joins AQHA Team

American Quarter Horse Association, April 3, 2015 – Many people in the American Quarter Horse industry know his voice, whether it’s from his many hours at the microphone during the American Quarter Horse Association world championship shows or while reading racing pedigrees at racing auctions. But now people in the American Quarter Horse racing industry will get to know Jayson Jackson as he helps them market their farms, stallions, racetracks and other interests by joining AQHA as an outside account executive.

“We are really excited to have Jayson team with our many racing properties and help us sell their value to the people involved in American Quarter Horse racing,” said AQHA Manager of Business Development Doug Hayes. “Jayson’s outgoing personality and his love of racing will help him promote our products and help our members market their interests in American Quarter Horse racing through AQHA’s properties.”

Jackson was born in central Texas and now resides in Bixby, Oklahoma with his wife, Becky, and their four children. Growing up in rural Texas, it was natural for Jackson to develop a love for the horse industry. His family vacationed in Ruidoso, New Mexico, home to the All American Futurity, which helped develop his appreciation for sprint racing.

In addition to his gigs behind the mic, Jackson has trained, bred and sold horses throughout his life. He reads pedigrees at Heritage Place Sale Co. in Oklahoma City and at many other major horse sales across the country.

Today Jackson still trains a few horses, manages a group of stallions and mares, and understands the value of good marketing.

“I hope to demonstrate to people that AQHA’s line-up of digital and print products for racing are great ways to reach existing and new customers,” Jackson said. “I am excited to really get to know people in the racing industry and help them with their advertising and marketing needs.”

Jackson, who will work from the road and from his home in Bixby, will begin calling on customers immediately.

For more information on American Quarter Horse racing, visit www.aqharacing.com.

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