|Über uns||The Australian Quarter Horse Association was incorporated in 1972 and over the years has expanded to serve a rapidly growing and diverse industry.|
To record and preserve the pedigrees of the Australian Quarter Horse while maintaining the integrity of the breed.
To provide beneficial services for its Members which enhance and encourage Quarter Horse ownership and participation.
To develop diverse educational programs, material and curriculum that will position the AQHA as one of the leading organisations in the Australian Equine Industry.
To generate growth of AQHA membership via the marketing, promotion, advertising and publicity of the Australian Quarter Horse.
"The world’s most versatile horse" is how the Quarter Horse is known today.
Founded from Arab, Barb and Turk breeds shipped to America by Spanish explorers and traders. Selected stallions from these original herds were then crossed with mares which arrived from England in 1611. This cross produced a compact. heavily muscled horse which could run short distances faster than any other horse.
As the country grew and more and more Englishmen arrived, they soon replaced quarter mile racing with traditional longer distance races which were not particularly suited to the stocky Quarter Horse and from his start in racing in colonial America the Quarter Horse began its change from sporting horse to working horse.
With the westward movement of the pioneers also went the Quarter Horse and in the 1800's vast cattle ranches began stretching across the plains and it was there the breed established its reputation. The Quarter Horse proved to have cow sense - a natural ability to judge the actions of cattle making him the greatest cattle roundup and trail driving horse in history.
The approach of the 1900's brought the breeds reputation as a ranch horse to its peak but with this also came technological changes and settlement of western states causing a decline in the number and size of massive cattle ranches. Railways stretched further West providing transportation of cattle to market and eliminating the need for long distance cattle drives while other advancements permitted cutbacks in the number of employees and horses needed for cattle activities.
With a number of ranchers becoming concerned that the Quarter Horse breed might not survive it was decided that something should be done and in 1939 at the South western Exposition and Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth, Texas a handful of breeders met to lay the groundwork for an organisation to represent and preserve the Quarter Horse.
One year later, on 15 March 1940, representatives from several states and the Republic of Me
|Gegründet||Incorporated 10 March 1972|