What to Do When Your American Quarter Horse Turns 25

A longstanding AQHA rule requires owners to notify the Association if a horse 25 years old or older is still alive.

Many people are living longer, healthier lives these days. 40 is the new 30, right? So it’s no surprise that with parallel advances in health care and nutrition, our horses are also staying active longer, often well into their second decade of life and beyond.

However, a longstanding AQHA rule designed to keep the registry rolls as updated as possible requires owners to notify the Association if a horse 25 years old or older is still alive. Without that notification, the horse will be noted as deceased in the AQHA database.

Registration Rule REG 127.2 has all the details:

When AQHA records indicate a horse has lived 25 years past January 1 of its foaling year, it will be automatically presumed to no longer be alive and automatically removed from the inventory of living horses. Offspring conceived after that date are ineligible for registration, and the horse may not participate in AQHA-approved events until the owner verifies the horse is still living. Verification may require full-view color photographs and a written statement which the owner may be requested to provide on an annual basis.

There is another AQHA rule members should be aware of, also designed to keep the Association’s records updated:

REG127.1 When any registered horse dies or is disposed of without papers, the owner must notify AQHA and surrender the registration certificate to AQHA for such notation. The registration certificate will be changed to note the horse’s death and returned to the owner unless AQHA is otherwise directed.

If you’re an owner who likes to frame your horses’ registration certificates, you can request that the “deceased” stamp be made on the back of the papers, so they are still suitable for display.

The phone number for AQHA Customer Care is 806-376-4811, and to reach the Registration team, dial option 1, extension 1.

Courtesy of American Quarter Horse Association