The Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is a national affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association. Our mandate, designed to re-activate the CQHA, was approved at the AQHA Annual Convention held March 3, 2001 at New Orleans, LA, and revised in 2017, is as follows:
The CQHA Affiliate’s general purposes shall be:
- the promotion and welfare of the American Quarter Horse;
- to provide beneficial services for its members which enhance and encourage American Quarter Horse ownership and participation with AQHA and the CQHA Affiliate;
- to generate growth of AQHA and the CQHA Affiliate membership via the marketing, promotion, advertising and publicity of the American Quarter Horse;
- to educate horse owners and the public regarding the benefits of registering eligible American Quarter Horses with AQHA;
- to address the concerns of American Quarter Horse owners in Canada and communicate such concerns to AQHA and, if applicable and appropriate, the Canadian government; and
- promote, both internationally and within Canada, Canadian-bred and/or Canadian-owned American Quarter Horses
In keeping with this mandate, the CQHA joined Equestrian Canada under Catagory C (National Equine Affiliate Organizations), which permits participation and a voice in the affairs of Canada’s only national equine body recognized by the federal government, to deal with issues and legislation affecting horse ownership. Some of these important issues are:
- taxation, (including GST)
- manure management
- endangered species
- animal health and welfare
- a national identification system for horses
- reportable infectious diseases
- access to riding trails
- border crossing barriers
- riparian (water) rights
- land management – municipal zoning – relating to horse numbers
- other benefits of belonging to Equine Canada include potential access to significant Canadian government grants for promoting and marketing Quarter Horses.
The AQHA concurred that it is important Canadian owners of American Quarter Horses be well-represented in dealing with municipal, provincial and federal governments within Canada, a function inappropriate for the AQHA, as an association of a foreign country.
As a result, the AQHA made a commitment to provide funds, through the corporate sponsorship program of MBNA Canada, to pay annual affiliate membership fees to join Equestrian Canada, under Category C (National Equine Affiliate Organizations) for the 2001 to 2017 membership years. The current affiliate membership fee structure for is a maximum of $2,000 per annum for each category C affiliate.
The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is the largest equine breed association in Canada. CQHA also represents the largest number of registered horses affiliated with the national equine body, Equestrian Canada. Click here for Quarter Horse population and membership statistics. Affiliate membership benefits include the right to participate in and vote on the affairs of the organization.
To obtain information on additional Equestrian Canada membership benefits,
please visit their web site at: www.equestrian.ca