Types of Awards

Learn about the variety of AQHA awards that recognize your show-pen achievements with your American Quarter Horse.

To view all the guidelines regarding AQHA achievement awards, refer to the rule SHW800 in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations showing section. View some of the industry awards that AQHA sponsors and/or partners with Alliances to present each year

Registers of Merit – There are three Registers of Merit; racing, halter/performance halter and performance. A Register of Merit, or "ROM," is awarded in these instances:

  • Racing ROM – A horse must have received at least one official speed index rating of 80 or higher in racing. A racing ROM is based on speed index rating only and not racing points.
  • Performance ROM – Exhibitors must have won at least 10 points in one or more events in their respective division. No horse can be advertised as a Register of Merit winner in any specific performance class without having won at least five points in that specific class.
  • Halter/Performance Halter ROM – Exhibitors must have won at least 10 points in halter/performance halter classes.