TQHA Mission Statement

To be the leadership organization for the state’s American Quarter Horse owners and industry related businesses, as well as serve as the official registrar for the Accredited Texas-bred awards program. The TQHA will provide the highest quality representation, education, programs and services to its youth, amateur and professional members in all areas of competition, while promoting involvement with and ownership of the American Quarter Horse in Texas.

TQHA cares deeply that the American Quarter Horse is treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion at all times.

The Association

The Texas Quarter Horse Association began in 1978 and is the largest American Quarter Horse affiliate. We are located in Elgin, Texas and have a staff that runs two divisions, Racing and Halter and Performance.

The Accredited Texas Bred program provides millions of dollars in purse supplements of cash to owners, breeders and stallion owners of each ATB horse finishing first, second or third in races in Texas. The Race program includes one of the richest and most prestigious Quarter Horse races in Texas, the Texas Classic Futurity. The Annual Yearling Sale for Accredited Texas Bred horses brings buyers from around the world. These yearlings are then eligible for the $100,000 added TQHA Sale Futurity. TQHA’s Stallion Service Program offers discount breeding seasons to many of the nation’s top stallions to current members.

TQHA belongs to the Texas Agriculture Council and is involved in the legislative process regarding equine industry issues in Texas.   Members are encouraged to become involved with political issues through our Political Action Committee.

TQHA approves close to 50 AQHA shows in Texas hosted by area Texas Affiliates. Points earned at these shows are used for year end awards and AQHA Youth World qualifying.  TQHA also produces & participates in various shows within the state. For those 18 or younger, TQHYA has a program to fit all levels.

The TQHA Foundation provides and supports scholarships for involved TQHA Youth members wishing to further their education.

In 2009, the Texas Legislature adopted a resolution naming the American Quarter Horse the state’s official horse.

Rob Werstler, Executive Director


Contact Information

14 N Main Street, Suite B, Elgin, TX 78621


Phone: 512-458-5202

Fax: 512-458-1713

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