Chairperson – Dave Caleo
Secretary - Leanne Bartlett
Application Form and Briefing Document Pro-Horsemen Forms
The AQHA serves to foster credibility, proficiency, and advocacy, through the endorsement of superior industry standards, that will enable professionals to excel in a sustainable career and to encourage further education in the Equine industry.
Membership of this Division is a privilege, not a right, subject to continual review.
Admittance to this Division is not a statement of the ability of the Trainer/Clinician
As such, members must understand and agree that the AQHA has the right to investigate complaints regarding a member’s alleged conduct. Further, such member must cooperate in the investigation and abide by decisions concerning application approval and revocation of membership.
CODE OF ETHICS
As members of the AQHA Professional Horsemen, in carrying out our role of providing service to the AQHA industry, we recognize the need to do so in a professional manner, and to deal with the public and our colleagues with the highest degree of integrity. Therefore, we have set forth the following creed which shall govern our endeavours to fulfil our obligations:
To adhere to the professional standards of the Australian Quarter Horse Association and to work to further its goals and objectives.
To ensure that the welfare of the AQHA is paramount and that every horse shall, always, be treated humanely and with dignity, respect and compassion.
To monitor show grounds for inhumane treatment and for two (2) members of this Division to discuss unacceptable training or inhumane treatment with the offenders on site.
To conduct all business affairs with integrity, sincerity and accuracy in an open and forthright manner.
To act with integrity in financial dealings with clients, other professionals and the public.
To handle our business and operations in a manner which promotes the image of the Australian Quarter Horse industry.
To instil confidence among clients and the public in the Australian Quarter Horse industry, avoiding any action conducive to discrediting it or membership of the Australian Quarter Horse Association.
An application form must be completed and sent with payment to the AQHA. This fee is payable annually and due for payment by the 1st August in any year.
If a person is admitted to this Division, they will be entitled to have their name listed in the AQHA magazine and on the AQHA website and to carry the title of “Member of the AQHA Professional Horsemen”
Following are the Levels of Attainment, and recognition by the AQHA, that will be allocated to each applicant upon acceptance and will be upgraded when required:
LEVELS OF ATTAINMENT
Level 1 – this Professional will have Public Liability Insurance and a Working With Children’s card and must have their First Aid Certificate within 3 months of applying
Level 2 – this Professional will have Public Liability Insurance, Working With Children’s card, First Aid Certificate and completed an HSA Course, Cert 4 equivalent or OH&S based qualification.
Level 3 – this Professional will have attained all that is listed in Level 2 and be a current AQHA Judge
AQHA RECOGNITION AS A PROFESSIONAL HORSEMEN
Junior – Under 21 years of age
Senior – 21 years of age and over
Bronze – more than 5 years but less than 10 years’ experience in the industry
Silver – more than 10 years but less than 15 years’ experience in the industry
Gold – more than 15 years but less than 20 years’ experience in the industry
Platinum – more than 20 years’ experience in the industry