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How To Register an Older Horse

AQHA makes it affordable to register your older American Quarter Horses. Find out how easy it is to get a set of papers for everyone in your pasture.

No matter your Quarter Horse's age, AQHA strives to make the registration process easy. (Credit: Dana Hoffman)

AQHA makes an attempt to encourage early foal registration by setting weanling fees low. If you have a horse that is aged and unregistered, it can seem like quite a feat, financially and otherwise, to file the paperwork. But AQHA's older-horse registration fees are meant to lighten your load. In the past, AQHA members paid $550 for a 36-month-old horse and $1,000 for horses that were 48 months old or older. You now only pay $435 for horses 36 months old and $550 for horses 4 years old and older. (Note: A $5 discount is provided to all registrations submitted online.)

Effective January 1, 2018, AQHA Horse Registration Fees

    • Weanlings = $40


    • Late Weanlings = $75


    • Yearlings = $170


    • 2 Year Olds = $325


    • 3 Year Olds = $435


    • 4 Year Olds and Older = $550

Because the 
registration process is the same at any age, the first step is to get a registration application. You will complete the application the same way you do for a weanling. The only problem we see people encounter is locating the breeders for the appropriate signature and, in some instances, DNA.

AQHA Customer Care is available via phone and e-mail to conduct any necessary research for you. If you are not the breeder of the foal you are trying to register, AQHA can locate the sire and dam and get the appropriate names and addresses for you. If you are missing a signature or other pertinent information, submit your application anyway, and AQHA will attempt to contact the appropriate people for you to acquire the necessary information. AQHA locks in registration fees from the time the application is received, so no matter what is missing, your fees will not increase while AQHA processes your work or waits for answers to correspondence.

You need to be an AQHA member to register your Quarter Horse. AQHA membership comes with hundreds of dollars in savings each year, plus America's Horse magazine (digital only for international members), free records, access to AQHA programs and events and much more. Join AQHA or renew your membership today!

Another hindrance with older horses can be the necessity of 
parentage verificationAQHA has required breeding stallions to be DNA typed for quite some time, but the requirement for a mare to be DNA typed was age and year specific. In some cases, it is not possible to get a DNA type from one of the horse's parents. AQHA can sometimes achieve this by building a DNA type through grandparents and other offspring. This is never a definite, and is handled on a case-by-case basis. AQHA charges an extra $100 fee that is non-refundable for horses whose paperwork requires in-depth research and manpower.

Remember, as long as both the sire and dam are registered with AQHA (or if the horse is eligible for Appendix papers), you have a starting point.

Contact Customer Care with any questions!