For more than 70 years, RMQHA has shared your dedication to and enthusiasm for the American Quarter Horse. Whether you race, breed, show, ranch, trail ride, or just like to socialize and keep up with Regional Quarter Horse news, this association is for you. RMQHA provides the leadership vital to the protection and enhancement of our industry, heritage, education, programs, and activities. Join us as we continue to support and promote the American Quarter Horse and our members in the Rocky Mountain region!
The RMQHA has one of the most active and successful Quarter Horse racing programs in the country. With live Quarter Horse racing held at Arapahoe Park near Aurora Colorado from late May through mid-August, these speedsters will vie for over $500,000 in purse and stakes money. It’s a great time to join the Quarter Horse Racing craze.
COLORADO BRED PROGRAM
The RMQHA Race division offers an exceptional opportunity for owners and breeders of AQHA registered Quarter Horses in the State of Colorado with the Colorado Bred Program. With payout in Breeders Awards of over $200,000 for 2016, paid out in March 2017, it is just another reason to race a Colorado Bred Quarter Horse.
DAY AT THE RACES
What a great way to get a peek into the world of horse racing! The RMQHA hosts a day for our members and new owners, participants get the royal treatment at Arapahoe Park. The participants will get an inside view of the racing industry, a trip to the announcer’s booth during a race and
perhaps an opportunity to be in a Win photo!
The RMQHA sanctions over 20 AQHA Approved shows and special events every year throughout Colorado and Wyoming offering many different opportunities and days to exhibit your American Quarter Horse, including the prestigious Pre-Denver Circuit, the Gold Rush Show as well as the fun Colorado Gold in Pueblo and Rocktoberfest in Loveland. Most of the sanctioned shows offer classes for everyone from professionals, amateurs, novice and youth,including the Select division for "mature" exhibitors. There are also Special Event Classesoffered in cattle-related classes, eining and more.
The Amateur Division is over 350 members strong with some of the best competitors in the country. The Amateur Division is for non-pro riders 18 years of age and over. Novice and Select classes are offered in addition to traditional Amateur classes. Every year the Amateurs hold socials and fundraisers.
The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Youth Association is one of the oldest established AQHA Youth Associations in the United States. It is comprised of youth 18 years of age or younger with program emphasis on building character and leadership skills. RMQHYA members have the opportunity to apply for scholarships, increase community interest, sportsmanship and camaraderie within the Quarter Horse world. The youth enjoy a very active association. Among the benefits of membership in the RMQHYA are: Scholarships, AQHYA Youth World and Congress ompetitions, the Challenge Championship Youth Race Program, a leadershipconference for the RMQHYA Board of Directors and fun and fundraisers throughout the year. At the end of the year is the RMQHA Awards Banquet and Annual Convention where prizes are awarded to all of the high point earners.
FALL CLASSIC HORSE SHOW & FUTURITIES
Each September RMQHA hosts the Colorado Owned and Shown Futurities along with four AQHA approved Shows. NSBA classes are also offered at the futurity.
If you enjoy riding AQHA registered horses on trails or put in the hours and earn rewards, register for the AQHA/RMQHA Trail Ride Program. Call the RMQHA for information about these programs and a schedule of this year’s events.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & YEAR-END AWARDS
Every year the RMQHA Annual Meeting is held in a different location enabling more members to participate. The Annual Convention is tentatively scheduled for late January each year. The Board of Directors, Youth, Race and Show Meetings are all held at this time, with the election of Directors and Officers decided at these meetings. Held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting is the Year-End Awards Banquet where recognition and awards are presented to the High Point earners in each division. At the Annual Convention is also where we recognize those men, women and horses, who deserve a special place of honor for their leadership, outstanding race and show achievements are inducted into the RMQHA Hall of Fame.
A charitable, separate 501C3 organization, that supports, through scholarships and charitable donations, any educational, charitable and scientific projects of interest that benefit devotees of the American Quarter Horse in the Rocky Mountain Region.