Join the Challenge to Support Equine Research

Celebrate AQHA’s 75th anniversary by joining Penny Knight in the challenge to support equine research.

Invest in the future of the American Quarter Horse and make a gift to help support equine research.

AQHA member Penelope Knight of Coyote Rock Ranch has graciously donated $75,000 to the Foundation’s Equine Research Endowment in honor of AQHA’s 75th Anniversary. She invites all AQHA members and horse lovers to join her in celebrating this special occasion with a contribution to the American Quarter Horse Foundation Equine Research Endowment.

“I invite all of my fellow AQHA members to celebrate AQHA’s 75th anniversary with me by investing in the future of our beloved American Quarter Horses,” said Knight. “Be AQHA proud and make a gift that will help ensure the future health and safety of our horses for the next 75 years.”

The Foundation is one of only four private funding agencies that offers grant assistance for research in the area of horse health. As the cost of equine research continues to rise, the Foundation supports studies that will make a positive impact on horse health.

Research projects are selected and monitored by a committee comprised of leading veterinarians, researchers and industry professionals to ensure the areas and quality of research performed are in the best interest of our horses. Current research priorities include:

  • Congenital diseases/genetics
  • Welfare
  • Infectious diseases/immunology
  • Musculoskeletal disorders and injuries
  • Reproduction

The Foundation awards $300,000 annually in equine research grants and has its sights set on awarding more than $500,000 annually. Tackling the perplexities of disease is important, but additional funding is needed to carry on this work in the future. 

There are many ways to donate to the Equine Research Endowment:

  • Use the online donation page:
  • *Call 806-378-5029
  • Mail your check (made payable to AQHF) to:

AQHF/Equine Research Endowment
PO Box 32111
Amarillo, TX  79120
*Specify Equine Research Endowment when making your gift.

AQHA and the American Quarter Horse Foundation have awarded more than $10.7 million in research grants to various colleges and universities since 1960. 

For more information on the equine research program, visit