Competition Licenses

In the quest for horse-showing points payback, an AQHA Incentive Fund competition license must be filed every year.

Between training, shoeing, feeding, grooming and hauling, the costs all add up before you even get to an AQHA show. But what if there was a way to receive remuneration for every AQHA point earned?

Wait, there is a way! It’s called the AQHA Incentive Fund, and when it was created in the early 1980s, putting money in owners’ and breeders’ pockets was exactly what the founders had in mind.

With an American Quarter Horse Association membership, you will be able to enjoy the many opportunities that the association has to offer, the Incentive Fund included. As a member of AQHA, you'll receive a weekly e-newsletter, an official member ID card and decal, a new membership packet and much more! Join today!

Thirty years later, a few changes were needed to keep the Incentive Fund viable. Ushered in January 1, 2012, one of those changes was the instatement of an annual competition license.

Here’s how it works: For the owner of an Incentive Fund-nominated horse to receive payment for any point earned that year, the owner must file a competition license prior to earning points. Let’s take a look at the competition license facts.

    • Incentive Fund competition licenses expire December 31 every year.
    • A $50 fee must be paid per division – $50 for amateur and $50 for open – per horse to earn Incentive Fund payouts.
    • The license fee may be paid at any time during the year.
    • The annual license must be paid and filed prior to earning points to earn Incentive Fund money.

If you’d like to take part in the Incentive Fund and start earning money for your AQHA points, the place to begin is with Incentive Fund nomination. For owners who already have nomination crossed off their list, the next step is to download and complete the annual competition license. Find Incentive Fund forms.

Should you need assistance, AQHA Customer Service is always here to help at (806) 376-4811, and license fees may be paid over the phone to expedite the process.

Being a member of the American Quarter Horse Association means supporting the world’s most versatile horse breed. It means competing in some of the most exciting equine events. It means enjoying a family friendly trail ride with the confidence that your trusty horse will make it memorable.

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