The American Quarter Horse AssociationOctober 2, 2013
The AQHA Executive Committee approves Animal Welfare Commission recommendations.
The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee has approved animal welfare-related recommendations regarding judges, stewards, equipment, and fines and penalties from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission.
The Animal Welfare Commission met in August in Amarillo. What follows is a bulleted list of the commission’s recommendations that were approved by the Executive Committee:
These are the commission’s recommendations related to AQHA stewards:
a. Attempt to notify the person responsible for the horse
b. Record the incident by photographs or videos
c. Have a witness observe the situation and get their signed note
d. Note barn and stall information
e. Note date/time
Tack and Equipment
Develop a new section in the rulebook for roping, speed event, team penning, ranch sorting and cowboy mounted shooting equipment
Clarify AQHA Rules SHW 305.9, SHW 306 and SHW 307.5:
Fine and Penalties
The 14-member AQHA Animal Welfare Commission was created in 2012 by the AQHA Executive Committee. The commission is made up of trainers, owners and breeders from within the AQHA competition industries – racing and showing – and is charged with identifying welfare problems and making recommendations to protect the industry and the horse. AQHA continually revises its policies concerning animal welfare via the AQHA Public Policy Committee and the Association’s standing committees. Through these avenues, as well as industry leadership, advisory groups and councils, AQHA is able to expand upon its proven efforts to safeguard the welfare of American Quarter Horses, as outlined by the AQHA Statement of Position, which can be found on the Association’s website.
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