AQHA Incentive Fund Checks Are In The Mail

AQHA Incentive Fund owners and breeders can be expecting checks in the mail for points earned in 2017.

American Quarter Horse Association

Each point earned at an AQHA-approved show in the open and/or amateur division by an Incentive Fund-nominated horse is worth a specific amount.

Owners of American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund-enrolled horses, as well as foal and stallion nominators, should start seeing their checks arrive for points earned during the 2017 show season. More than $1.26 million was paid to owners and nominators that earned Incentive Fund points in 2017.

Each point earned at an AQHA-approved show in the open and/or amateur division by an Incentive Fund-nominated horse is worth a specific amount. For 2017, that amount was $21.21.

In 2016, a point cap was introduced, which equaled the average points earned, plus one. The point cap for 2017 was 21.

In summary,

  • 2017 point value: $21.21
  • 2017 point cap: 21
  • 2017 total payout: $1,267,346.92

If you have questions about the 2017 Incentive Fund checks, contact the Association.

Conclusion of AQHA Incentive Fund
Last year, the Association announced it will soon be ceasing the AQHA Incentive Fund program. As a means to conclude the program, the AQHA Incentive Fund is not accepting foal nominations past 2018 and, effective last year, is no longer accepting stallion nominations.

The AQHA Incentive Fund was a landmark program for the equine industry, having paid out more than $80 million in its lifetime. The fund was so successful that it became a model for many others. However, multiple factors in the past decade contributed to the Incentive Fund’s decline.

Ultimately, lack of participation has led the AQHA Executive Committee to approve the incentive program’s termination. The conclusion of the program will allow time and resources to move to the research and development of new potential incentive programs for competitors and breeders.

For more information on the incentive fund conclusion, visit www.aqha.com/incentivefund.

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