Amateur membership is a classification primarily for people competing in AQHA Shows. To be an amateur member you must agree to abide by certain rules. Before submitting your application to AQHA, please carefully read the rules below to ensure you meet amateur eligibility.
Application for amateur membership in American Quarter Horse Association ("the Association") shall become active only upon acceptance of this application by the Association. By submitting my application for amateur membership, I agree to and affirm the truth of each of the following statements:
I have NOT within the previous three years:
- Shown, judged, trained or assisted in training a horse(whether or not a registered American Quarter Horse) owned by someone other than myself or an immediate family member for remuneration.
- Instructed another person in riding, driving, training or showing a horse for remuneration.
- Judged a horse show for remuneration or been an approved horse show judge of any kind (4-H,other breed, open show).
- Held a membership in a professional organization and completed professionally in the events I intend to compete in as an AQHA-approved amateur.
"Immediate family member" means the applicant's spouse, child, stepchild, parent,stepparent,sibling, half-sibling, step-sibling, spouse's parent, spouse's stepparent, sibling's spouse, half-sibling's spouse, step-sibling's spouse, legal ward or legal guardian.
"Remuneration" means payment of money or other consideration for a service or benefit. Under AQHA rules, premium money is not considered remuneration, but payment of entry fees, expenses, etc, in connection with showing the horse by any person other than the amateur member or their immediate family shall be considered remuneration.
By submitting my application, I hereby verify that:
- I agree to comply with AQHA's Rules and Regulations as contained in the current AQHA Official Handbook, and as it may be amended from time to time.
- I understand that my AQHA membership privileges are revocable. SHOULD I, FOR ANY REASON, BECOME INELIGIBLE TO COMPETE IN APPROVED AMATEUR CLASSES, I HAVE THE AFFIRMATIVE DUTY TO IMMEDIATELY AND VOLUNTARILY SURRENDER MY AQHA AMATEUR MEMBERSHIP CARD AND REFRAIN FROM FURTHER EXHIBITING IN AMATEUR CLASSES.
- I agree that should AQHA find, for any reason, that I am ineligible to compete as an amateur, upon request, I agree to surrender my amateur membership card immediately.
The application for amateur membership must be true and correct in each detail. A false statement shall be grounds for possible disciplinary action under AQHA's disciplinary procedure, which includes suspension,fine and/or expulsion from membership.
If an immediate family member owns a horse to be shown by the applicant, the family member must provide proof of sole economic ownership upon request by AQHA.
If applicant is the spouse of a trainer (training or assists in the training or showing of any horse), the applicant must not show a horse in AQHA amateur or open classes that his/her spouse has received payment for during the previous twelve months.