Q-Racing Blog: AQHA Strengthens Ties With Brazil

AQHA registration certificates represent a worldwide currency.

AQHA registration certificates represent a worldwide currency.

AQHA is taking a renewed worldwide perspective and racing could be one of the big beneficiaries.

Brazil is a prime example. Associação Brasileira de Criadores de Cavalo Quarto de Milha (aka “ABQM,” Brazil’s AQHA affiliate) has been in existence since 1969. ABQM has thrived with the Quarter Horse business growing with quality stock from the United States. You would recognize many of the bloodlines in a Brazilian-bred Quarter Horse from its racing and sire or dam history in the United States.

“The industry in Brazil is very well developed,” said Anna Morrison, AQHA chief international officer. “They have high-quality horses.”

Here’s the challenge: only about 1 percent of the horses in Brazil are registered with AQHA. That is going to change.

“All of these horses come from AQHA bloodlines and many have the quality to return to the United States and be competitive,” Morrison said. “We are building a program to incentivize owners in Brazil to register their horses with AQHA.”

Because AQHA recognizes the ABQM studbook, horses registered with ABQM can secure their AQHA registration through an expedited process. A Brazilian-registered horse must have a pedigree that traces back to at least 15/16ths AQHA registered horses, and the ABQM certificate of registration and Brazil DNA results must be submitted along with the International Registration Application.

Look at your horse’s AQHA registration certificate as more than just registration papers that you take for granted. Think of those papers as international currency.

If you live in Brazil and own a horse that could be registered with AQHA, but is only registered with ABQM – having an AQHA registration certificate can increase the horse’s value. If a horse is also registered with AQHA, that horse’s record and pedigree are recognized by and reported through AQHA, and the AQHA stud book is the worldwide standard for Quarter Horses. Not only is the horse’s value enhanced worldwide with an AQHA registration certificate, but its performance and pedigree information becomes more complete, as it is connected to the information of the AQHA-registered horses in its pedigree.

As an example, Corona Jumpim MRL won the Bank of America South American Challenge at the Jockey Club de Sorocaba in Avare near Sao Paulo, Brazil. That victory qualified him to race in the Grade 1, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship on November 17 at Los Alamitos.

As a part of his enrollment in the Bank of America South American Challenge, he was registered with AQHA. Corona Jumpim MRL has received his AQHA registration certificate and is now in the United States at Los Alamitos Race Course with trainer Donna McArthur. On July 27, he worked 220 yards in :12.60.

Corona Jumpim MRL is by Corona For Me, a Corona Cartel son who was second in the 2003 $1.3 million Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) and retired with earnings of $375,718.

His dam is a Brazilian mare by stakes winner Gold Medal Jess and the half sister to South American champion Fantastic For Me and a full sister of South American champion Italia Gold. 

That second dam, Jusjumpin, is an AQHA Dam of Distinction, a daughter of legend Chicks Beduino and out of the champion 2-year-old filly Jumping Tac Flash.

Jumping Tac Flash produced four stakes winners, including champion 2-year-old colt Carters Cartel. Her dam is stakes winner Beat Your Pants Off, also the dam of champion 2-year-old colt Splash Bac.

Corona Jumpim MRL is an American Quarter Horse. Period. His AQHA registration certificate enhances his value and allows him to officially race in AQHA-recognized races in Brazil, as well as the United States. And all of his achievements in those races can be recorded on his AQHA record.

The Jockey Club de Sorocaba races are recognized by AQHA, and are reportable for all eligible, drug-tested races. In fact, AQHA recently received its first set of race results from Jockey Club de Sorocaba, marking the first step toward those races showing up in Daily Racing Form and a track’s program as past performances. Again, if the horse has an AQHA registration certificate, this substantiates the horse’s value worldwide.

Morrison estimated that 60 percent of the Quarter Horses in Brazil are eligible to be registered with AQHA. Consider the worldwide implications.

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