Equestrians with Disabilities

AQHA's guidelines, rules and eligibility for showing.

The Equestrians with Disabilities AQHA-approved competition is open to people with physical or cognitive disabilities and love competing with the American Quarter Horse. AQHA teams with Alliance Partner Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International to provide these opportunities. 


Access the 2019 AQHA Handbook of Rules and Regulations


To compete in AQHA-approved Equestrians with Disabilities competitions, three forms must first be completed. The three forms – AQHA membership, special diagnosis and special adaptive equipment – have been packaged for your convenience.

Download the AQHA membership application for Equestrians with Disabilities (including special diagnosis and adaptive equipment forms).


AQHA and AQHYA members have a type of competition that offers people with certain cognitive and physical challenges the thrill of showing an American Quarter Horse. It provides an arena for everyone to enjoy the rewards of hard work, determination and perseverance. This program allows you to show in eight classes and earn points for year-end, high-point awards, along with the satisfaction of a job well done.

Visit www.aqha.com/showschedule to find upcoming AQHA-approved Equestrians with Disabilities competitions.

The Equestrians with Disabilities competition is the result of several years of letters, calls, meetings and task forces to develop a program to meet the needs of competitors. Representatives from PATH, Special Olympics and therapeutic riding centers, along with several individuals, provided input and guidance to create the classes, rules and guidelines. This competition is just like any other AQHA show event, with exhibitors earning awards and recognition, all while enjoying their American Quarter Horse.