12 Reasons It Pays to Own an AQHA Incentive Fund Horse

Owners share the creative ways they put to use their horse’s Incentive Fund money.

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AQHA performance halter class (Copyright: AQHA)

The AQHA Incentive Fund utilizes the most familiar and proven concept in the American Quarter Horse show industry: points won at AQHA shows. (Credit: AQHA)

Earning cash back just for doing something you love? Yes, please! 

With the AQHA Incentive Fund, you can do just that. The Incentive Fund is a well-established program to help you increase the returns you get from exhibiting or breeding your American Quarter Horse. 

We asked owners how they spent last year’s AQHA Incentive Fund check, and from the variety of their answers, you can see that there are plenty of reasons why pay it pays to own an AQHA Incentive Fund horse.

Morgan Parisek and Better Buy The Minit

“Our Incentive Fund check went right back into the horse show fund so we can continue doing what we love!”

--Morgan Parisek, owner of Better Buy The Minit 

Dianne Schaefer and Kinetic Krymsun

“I used the money toward my 30th wedding anniversary trip to the Riviera Maya. I would not be able pursue all my equestrian dreams without the love and support of my hubby.”

--Dianne Schaefer, owner of Kinetic Krymsun

Erin McDonald and Hezabigleaguecruzer

“I bought my very first, new headstall from Harris leather! And it looks amazing on ‘Hershey’!”

--Erin McDonald, owner of Hezabigleaguecruzer

Jim Bound and Bound To Cash Chex

“I put it toward a future AQHA champion: I’m breeding Bound To Cash Chex to Inferno Sixty Six.”

--Jim Bound, owner-breeder of Bound To Cash Chex, Bound To Whiz, Bound For Pay Chex and Bound To Be Dun

Shannon Young and Zipped Royally

“It's paying for me to go to the All American Quarter Horse Congress for the first time since I was a youth!”

--Shannon Young, owner of Zipped Royally 

Linda Gluckman and Rockin Out In Style

“Doing what I love most – showing ‘Rocky’ in Select trail and horsemanship! The check arrived just before the Silver Dollar Circuit. Thank you, AQHA!”

--Linda Gluckman, owner of Rockin Out In Style 

Lori Leary and Magnificent Touch

“Magnificent Touch was the 2015 AQHA high-point open and amateur halter mare, so I used my Incentive Fund money to bring my family and friends to the 2016 AQHA Convention in Las Vegas to celebrate our wins and collect our belt buckles. A great time was had by all!”

--Lori Leary, owner of Magnificent Touch


“I bought two passes for our local park's trails for trail-riding fun.”

--Ronnie Riley, owner-breeder of RR Redneck Rancher 

“‘Bear’ and I went to our eighth show together – the AQHA East Level 1 Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina, where we were seventh in Select trail and a finalist in Select showmanship and horsemanship. I was thrilled!”

--Lesa Michele Jeffries, owner of Im Barely Lopen 

“We used our Incentive Fund to play more! We funded more show time with our Incentive Fund money.”

--Maureen Keeney, owner of Fancy Party Favor 

“I bought a (new-to-me) English saddle.”

--Mary White, owner of Absolutely For Me 

How the Incentive Fund Works

The AQHA Incentive Fund utilizes the most familiar and proven concept in the American Quarter Horse show industry: points won at AQHA shows. Each point earned at an AQHA-approved show in the open and/or amateur division by an Incentive Fund-nominated horse will be worth a specific amount. The exact amount will depend on total money in the fund for that show year and the total number of points earned in that year by Incentive Fund-nominated horses.

This multimillion-dollar program pays back to the stallion nominators, foal nominators and owners of competing horses. The program is owned, managed and operated by AQHA.

To learn more, find nominated stallions or to nominate your foal, visit www.aqha.com/incentivefund.