AQHA Horseback Riding Program: Quarter Horse Division

The AQHA Horseback Riding Program recognizes you for doing what you love – spending time with your American Quarter Horse.

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The AQHA Horseback Riding Program's Quarter Horse division, sponsored by SmartPak and Nutrena, is designed to recognize AQHA and AQHYA members who spend time riding American Quarter Horses.

Enroll in the Horseback Riding Program's Quarter Horse division today.

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Qualifications and Rules for the Quarter Horse Division:

Once you enroll in the Quarter Horse division, sponsored by SmartPak and Nutrena, simply log the hours you spend riding your American Quarter Horse. As you move up through 15 thresholds, you earn the opportunity to purchase a denim jacket reserved exclusively for participants. The awards series culminates at 5,000 hours with a buckle customized for the Horseback Riding Program.

  • Must maintain individual AQHA or AQHYA membership.
  • One-time $35 enrollment fee. (If membership lapses, member must re-enroll in the program)
  • Log hours riding Online or use one of the official log sheets (one sheet per horse).
  • Log hours riding, pleasure driving or doing ground activities, including training, showing and/or exercising (does not include grooming, feeding or health maintenance).
  • May ride more than one American Quarter Horse; rider does not have to own the horse.
  • The horse(s) must be registered with AQHA. The registered name and registration number of the horse must be listed when logging hours.
  • Separate log sheets must be used for each horse. Time should be logged in whole or half hour increments.
  • A maximum of 8 riding hours can be logged per day.
  • Please remember that all hours submitted must be for the current year. 
  • If both members of an existing joint account would like to participate in the Horseback Riding Program, each party will need to purchase a separate individual membership.  
  • AQHA reserves the right to make any changes in the awards that are given. Awards are not retroactive. Some award item patterns and colors may vary.

Enroll in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program's Quarter Horse division today!

Log Your HBR Hours

There are two ways to log your hours for the AQHA Horseback Riding Program.
Log frequently and online to receive rewards sooner.

  1. Submit or view your hours online. Log in to AQHA online member portal to submit or view your hours. All hours logged online must be entered for the year by midnight Central time, December 31 each year.
  2. Download the American Quarter Horse Hourly Log Sheet and mail, email to or fax to 806-375-5197 to AQHA by the deadlines below.

Quarterly Deadlines for submitting Log Sheets:

January - March Hours Due in AQHA office by April 30
April - June Hours Due in AQHA office by July 31
July - September Hours Due in AQHA office by October 31
October - December Hours Due in AQHA office by December 31


For more information about the horseback riding program, please contact the Horseback Riding Team at

Jean Jacket

Horseback Riding Program participants can purchase the exclusive Horseback Riding Program denim jacket to display your achievement patches. Call the AQHA Recreational Riding department at 806-376-4811 to order your jacket.