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AQHA Registration Certificate Photo

Learn the benefits of adding a photo to your American Quarter Horse's registration certificate.

Get help with taking a great photo of your American Quarter Horse. Download AQHA's "Picture This" brochure.

Since the introduction of AQHA's new registration certificate, submitting photos of your horse has been an ever-increasing inquiry at AQHA. Many members aren't aware of the procedure behind the photo certificate. We want you to know your options.

The AQHA certificate of registration has an advantage over the older certificates of the past. The main advantage is convenience. On the front of the certificate is your horse's four-generation pedigree, breeder and current owner. On the back, if you do not submit photos, you'll find a cropped image of the markings diagram you submitted. Your registration certificate will appear more appealing with your colored, cropped photos to denote markings, brands or scars.

Even with the extensive markings description, sometimes it just helps to have a reference. This is where the photograph comes into play. While it is not mandatory (yet), it is important to send a good photo of your horse to AQHA and have that photo updated when appropriate. Think of it like re-taking your picture for your driver’s license. We sure don't look the same as we did when we were 16. Your horse won't look the same when he's 4 as he did when he was 8 months old!

But, what about the cost? You can get a photo added for free!

    • Submit a photo when you transfer your horse. If your new horse already has the new certificate, but the picture is old or not there at all, include a new one and the update is free of charge.


If your horse doesn't qualify for one of the above circumstances, effective January 1, 2018, the fee is just $25 to add or update a photo.

So, what is this "certificate-worthy" photo? Check out 
AQHA's "Picture This" brochure for an example. Basically, the photo is what we call a "3/4 view." We want to see your horse's face, down the side of its body (branded side facing the camera, please!), and all four legs, all the way down to the ground. Don't cut off the ears or the hooves, either. Also, make sure the horse is standing on flat, uncluttered ground, and that there is enough space between the subject and any other horse or object for AQHA to be able to crop appropriately.