VIO500 - 502. Suspension

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VIO500. SUSPENSION: Any member may be suspended and denied AQHA privileges and any nonmember may be denied AQHA privileges by AQHA’s Executive Vice President for:

  • VIO500.1 failure to pay when due any obligation owing to AQHA, including, but not limited to, obligation(s) owed to The American Quarter Horse Journal and America’s Horse;
  • VIO500.2 failure to pay when due any obligation owing to an AQHA-approved affiliate; or an AQHA-approved show; or
  • VIO500.3 giving a worthless check for entry fees, stall fees, office charges, stock charges or any other fees or charges including bank charges for returned check connected with the exhibition of horses.
VIO501. Prior to a suspension or denial of privileges, AQHA will provide written notification to the member or nonmember of their outstanding obligation per VIO500.2-3. Unless within 31 days after date of such notice, the member or nonmember disputes the validity of the obligation or any portion thereof, AQHA will assume the obligation to be valid and may proceed with a suspension or denial of AQHA privileges. If, within 31 days of date of such notice, a member or nonmember notifies AQHA in writing that the obligation or a portion thereof is disputed, AQHA will obtain a verification of the obligation, and AQHA will mail to the member or nonmember a copy of such verification. If the member or nonmember does not fully pay the obligation within 15 days of date of such verification of the obligation, AQHA will assume the obligation to be valid and may proceed with a suspension or denial of AQHA privileges.

VIO502. Upon suspension and/or denial of privileges by the Executive Vice President, the name, address, city and state of such member or nonmember and description of disciplinary action may be published in The American Quarter Horse Journal or on AQHA’s official web site, aqha.com.” Any suspension and/or denial of AQHA privileges under this section shall terminate upon full payment of the obligation due.