Amateur History



At the 1997 AQHA National Show a meeting was convened for Amateurs. At this meeting a group of interested  amateurs volunteered and later formed the committee of  the  Amateur Division of the AQHA.

The Amateur Division is very committed to working towards  servicing the needs of all Amateurs by organizing and  subsidising  Training Clinics and Sponsorship of Amateur Events.


In conjunction with the AQHA Board, the Amateur Division is liaising with members nationwide to promote incentives aimed at encouraging and supporting both new and current members.

The AQHA’s  Quarter Horse Magazine has an Amateurs section with up-to-date news and information from the Amateur Division.

The Events

Being an Amateur gives the person an extra benefit of competing in classes provided strictly for them, as well as being able to compete in open classes.

Novice Amateur classes have now been introduced for:  Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Trail, Boxing and Showmanship.

Amateurs can compete in a wide range of classes including:

Hunt Seat Equitation
Hunter Under Saddle
Hunter Hack
Western Horsemanship
Western Pleasure
Western Riding

Ranch Riding

Ranch Versatility