Why is an American Quarter Horse so special?

The American Quarter Horse has evolved through more than two centuries

The foundation American Quarter Horse stock originated from Arab, Barb and Turk breeds shipped to the Americas by Spanish explorers and traders.

Selected stallions and mares from these herds were crossed with horses which arrived from England and Ireland in the early 1600s, horses such as quality English Thoroughbreds and the tough Irish Hobby. This cross breeding produced the greatest cattle roundup and trail driving horse in history.

Changing times meant advancements reduced demand for horsepower

The challenge was to ensure the unique qualities of the horse did not perish once railways and other advancements reduced demand for horsepower. A group of enthusiasts met in 1940 in Ft. Worth, Texas and established what was to become the largest equine breed registry in the world, the American Quarter Horse Association.

Today's American Quarter Horse is an athlete... but also a horse for all the family

The American Quarter Horse is the horse for everyone! Here in the UK you will find American Quarter Horses in all walks of life, for people who just enjoy hacking to those who are serious competitors!

The breed has proved itself under both Western and English tack, being able to turn it's hoof to:

  • Endurance
  • Dressage
  • Show Jumping
  • One Day Eventing
  • Polo/Polocrosse
  • Reining
  • Trail. pleasure, ranch riding and many more

Do you want to have fun, compete or simply make new friends?

If you love horses, you’ll love getting involved with the AQHA UK, whether you are a horse owner or not it’s a great way to be a part of a ‘family friendly’ lifestyle. Find out about how to get involved with the AQHA UK.