Show Administration Fee

Show Administration Fee

AQHA announces an incremental increase for the show administration fee, effective January 1, 2023.

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The AQHA Executive Committee approved an incremental increase for the show administration fee, effective January 1, 2023. When making the decision, the Executive Committee and AQHA leadership considered the significant impact of inflationary pressures on the programs supported by the show administration fee.

The $10 show administration fee will be charged per horse, per show at all AQHA-sanctioned events, similar to how the $8 fee is currently assessed. The increase will continue to support important show-related programs and allow AQHA to provide showing members with industry-leading service.

The show administration fee supports a vast number of critical programs for AQHA showing members, including drug testing for the majority of domestic sanctioned shows to help ensure a fair and level playing field; the AQHA stewards program to protect the welfare of the American Quarter Horse; technology improvements to better serve members who compete at AQHA-sanctioned events worldwide; the Association’s extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of exhibitors and their American Quarter Horses, which includes certificates, Superior plaques, performance champion plaques, Supreme performance champion plaques, versatility award plaques, grand champion trophies, all-around trophies, AQHA champion trophies, Supreme champion trophies, achievement buckles and year-end high-point awards; plus, expenses associated with the show processing team. All of these programs have experienced notable increases in cost, due to record inflation.

The AQHA Executive Committee and AQHA leadership are committed to maintaining financial transparency and making important business decisions that are essential to current and future business needs, while delivering the best services to our members and horse enthusiasts around the world. AQHA must continue to reduce internal expenses, maximize available resources and drive efficiency, and fees must reflect the cost of services provided to our members. These factors are essential to continue to be a financially healthy Association.

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