Our Mission and History

The American Quarter Horse Foundation strives to strengthen the unique bond between people and horses by creating and maintaining programs that improve the lives of horses and those who share their lives with them. When you volunteer and support the Foundation you give back to our horses and ensure their well-being for future generations.


The American Quarter Horse Foundation supports equine-related educational and charitable programs that create opportunities to enrich the lives of people and horses.


To become the heart of AQHA.

Program Focus

  • preserve and interpret the various roles the American Quarter Horse has held throughout history;
  • support the educational advancement of our industry;
  • protect and enhance the physical well-being of all equines;
  • and promote the American Quarter Horse’s capacity to provide physical and emotional benefits to individuals in need.


  • 1960:  Equine Research Program established
  • 1975:  AQHF incorporated to raise funding for the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and youth scholarship programs
  • 1976:  General Scholarship Program began
  • 1976:  City of Amarillo presented AQHA with ten acres as future site for the Hall of Fame & Museum
  • 1987:  Racing Scholarship fund created
  • 1989:  Construction began on the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum
  • 2000:  Career Path and State/Regional scholarships first awarded
  • 2002:  America’s Horse Cares Program created
  • 2006:  Heritage Center & Museum renovated – 8,500 square feet addition
  • 2007:  American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum reopened to the public