Horse of the Year Nomination

Nominate a horse for the prestigious AQHA/NHSRA award.

Horse of the Year Nomination

AQHA/PRCA Horses of the Year
Since 1989, AQHA and the PRCA have recognized the top American Quarter Horses in the six timed events. Anyone can nominate a horse as long as it's an American Quarter Horse and its registration certificate is in the current owner's name. Then, near the end of the regular rodeo season, the nominees are voted on by the Top 25 contestants in their respective events.

The winners are recognized at a banquet in Las Vegas early in December prior to the start of the National Finals Rodeo. They receive a cash prize, an AQHA bronze. For more information on the program, send us an e-mail or call (806) 376-4811.

AQHA/USTPA Horses of the Year
The sport of team penning is one of the most popular and fastest growing competitions in the industry. AQHA is proud to partner with USTPA in offering recognition to the outstanding American Quarter Horses excelling in USTPA competition. One horse in each of the ten USTPA regions will be annually awarded the tile of AQHA/USTPA Regional Horse of the Year.  In addition, one horse will annually be crowned the AQHA/USTPA National Horse of the Year. Winners are determined by the overall money earned in USTPA approved competitions. Only horses enrolled in the USTPA HorseTrack© program are eligible for Horse of the Year titles. 

Winners receive:
National Horse of the Year
$2,000 cash bonus
$500 Professional’s Choice product package
AQHA Bronze Trophy

Regional Horses of the Year
$300 cash bonus
$225 Professional’s Choice product package

National High School Rodeo Awards

AQHA is a proud sponsor of National High School Rodeo Association student athletes. Each year, AQHA provides awards for state/provincial NHSRA/AQHA Boys and Girls Horse of the Year winners, in addition to recognizing the NHSFR/AQHA Boys and Girls Horse of the Year at the high school finals. Beginning in 2004, we began awarding Boys and Girls Horse of the Year to the Wrangler Division.