Equine Research

Deadline to apply is November 1, 2018

Research Priorities 

The American Quarter Horse Foundation encourages the submission of research projects related to the health, welfare and utility of the horse that will create meaningful impact for the horse, horse owners and the equine industry. Research priorities for the 2019-2020 granting cycle are defined as follows:

1. Infectious Diseases - with priority placed on research that addresses:

  • Rhodococcus equi
  • Streptococcus equi (including subspecies equi and or zooepidemicus)
  • Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)

2. Equine Wellness - with priority placed on research that addresses:

  • Parasite resistance

3. Equine Welfare - with priority placed on research that addresses:

  • Competition integrity

4. All other proposals

Based on the research program’s established criteria, the following items have been identified by the AQHF Equine Research Committee as undesirable proposal design objects and or requests: requests from private companies; research designated for trade name products; commercial product research, and use of ponies as a model in the research plan. Proposals containing these items will not be considered for grant funding.

Emergent Research Priorities

In response to an emergent industry need for research, the American Quarter Horse Foundation (AQHF) invites the application of research proposals with emphasis on establishing reliable methods that will support the regulation of clenbuterol use in American Quarter Horses. Additional information on how to submit a proposal are located in the Emergent Research RFP.


Researchers, at the completion of an approved project the investigator must submit a final report identifying findings of the research. Submitted reports may include a manuscript or other peer-reviewed paper ready for publication. The final report should include completed research objectives and outcomes, as well as the actual timeline of completion. For additional details, please refer to the executed equine research agreement on file with the institution’s sponsored programs office.


For more information on the American Quarter Horse Foundation's equine research program, please contact us at:

American Quarter Horse Foundation
Equine Research Program
2601 East Interstate 40
Amarillo, TX  79104

806-378-5034 Phone
806-376-1005 Fax