Apply for Equine Research Funding

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2023.

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Our horses give us their all, whether in the thrill of victorious moments in the show ring or in the solace we find in their companionship. Through the AQHF equine research grant program, our objective is to help facilitate research findings that create meaningful impact for the American Quarter Horse, allowing horse owners, breeders and practitioners to help us elevate the standards for care and welfare for the horses we love!

AQHF supports research to improve knowledge for public benefit to advance the health, welfare, and utility of the American Quarter Horse. The Equine Research Committee will consider all proposals meeting this overarching goal, with special attention to the following areas of interest:

Equine Welfare

  • Discovery and detection (saliva, breath, blood, urine, hair, etc.) of performance enhancing drugs, masking agents, fitness parameters for competition, exercise physiology, training and factors of aging


  • Detection of variants contributing to genetic disorders, detection of offspring from cloned animals, behavior, obesity, selective breeding practices and testing

Infectious Diseases

  • Vaccination and testing for Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM), Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) and Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)

Microbiome of the Horse

  • Metabolism, links to the immune system, management and feeds


  • Nutritional management, Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and related diseases, supplements

Application Process

Each year grants are awarded by AQHF to non-profit educational institutions for charitable purpose with the intent to provide improved public knowledge. Monies are awarded as the result of an outcome-driven grant proposal with studies following the mission, programmatic objectives and identified research priorities set by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Submit an application.

For more information on the Foundation’s equine research grant program, please email


American Quarter Horse Foundation

Equine Research Program

2601 East I-40

Amarillo, TX 79104


(806) 378-5029