Our History

Joan Ionson riding "Buckskin Waggoner" the first registered Quarter Horse in Ontario
Photo credit: Ionson Family Archives
circa: late 1950's early 1960's

The Canadian Quarter Horse Stud Book

Once upon a time, there were two Quarter Horse registries; the one started in the USA in 1940, which continues to act as the official registry today, and the one that was started in Canada in 1965 by the Canadian Quarter Horse Association.

The Canadian registry was eventually phased out as it became redundant and CQHA’s files with the government of Canada’s Canadian Livestock Registry were closed as of 1988.

In 2012 former CQHA Director Bill Holliday, of Weyburn, SK acquired a physical copy of the first Canadian Quarter Horse Stud book on behalf of CQHA,  and AQHA digitized this historical treasure for CQHA’s archives.


Do you have something to add to the CQHA archives? Please upload it here: 

Tell us about the item(s) you are sending us. Where possible please include dates and the registered name(s) of the horses. (You can submit up to 5 files )