AQHA Foundation Releases New Video

Video| The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Foundation supports many important areas of the equine industry, including therapeutic riding, equine research, and scholarships, and equine research. The AQHA Foundation has a new video that discusses all the ways it reaches out into the horse industry.

Through America’s Horse Cares, the foundation supports therapeutic riding programs across the country. Donors can specify their dollars for these therapeutic riding programs, and programs can apply for grants from the foundation. Donate online, or apply for a grant request by contacting Veronica Almanza at 806/378-5036 or


During the 1960 AQHA convention, a presentation was made to the members that described several diseases that were serious threats to the industry. The message was the grave need to fund research that would benefit all horses. AQHA's Research Committee was formed and a $20,000 budget was established. The first year, Texas A&M received most of a $10,000 grant to study equine parasites, and that research ultimately lead to today's medications that control parasites in horses. Since then, more than 200 projects have been funded.

Since 1960, AQHA has granted $7.8 million toward equine research.

Top research projects listed on are:

  • The role of progesterone in equine pregnancy.
  • Discovery of the cause of hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP), development of a specific DNA test for HYPP, and recommendations for management of horses afflicted with HYPP.
  • Studies of musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses.
  • The effects of strenuous exercise on navicular bones of young horses.
  • Anatomical and functional consequences of tail alterations.
  • Validated the diagnosis of equine infectious anemia (EIA).
  • Established the feasibility of using DNA markers for routine parentage verification.
  • Use of cloned gene products in diagnosis and vaccination for Potomac horse fever.
  • Development of a model to study uterine infections.
  • Development of a diet to manage tying-up.
  • Pulmonary and respiratory studies.
  • Immunization of horses.
  • Advancements in controlling and treating laminitis.

The following are the projects approved by the AQHA Equine Research Committee for 2007-2008. The distribution of approved funds will be determined based upon a successful research site visit by the Equine Research Committee. Funding totaled $495,690.

  • Colorado State University: "Evolution of Kisspeptin and its Role in the Hypothalmic-Pituitary-Gonadal Axis in the Mare," $34,278.
  • Kansas State University: "Development of a Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach to Arthrodesis of the Osteoarthritic Equine Proximal Interphalangeal Joint,  $19,442.
  • Michigan State University: "Tissue Perfusion of Equine Foot in Navicular Syndrome, Using Doppler Ultrasound," $22,330.
  • Mississippi State University: "Regional Differences in Tensile Strength and Biochemical Composition of Tissues from Horses with Hyperelastosis Cutis (aka Hereditary Regional Dermal Asthenia,” $29,340.
  • Ohio State University: "The Effects of a Steroid and Local Anesthetic Alone, and in Combination, as an Effective Intra-Articular Medication in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lameness in the Horse," $26,212.
  • Oklahoma State University: "Investigating Equine Arteritis Virus Transmission Risks with Embryo Transfer in Vaccinated and Non-Vaccinated Embryo Donor Mares," $106,589.
  • University of Florida: "In Vitro Efficacy of an Ophthalmic Drug Combination for Equine Keratitis,” $6,700.
  • University of Georgia: "Correlation between Circulating Endotoxin and Inflammatory Activation after a Standardized Exercise Test," $58,296.
  • University of Illinois: "The Use of Tendon Derived Progenitor Cells to Promote Tendon Healing in Horses,” $47,736.
  • University of Kentucky : "Development of Real-Time PCR-Based Diagnostic Assays for Detection of Virus Infections in Horses,” $24,407.
  • University of Minnesota: "Diffusion of Triamcinoloe Acetonide from the Equine Distal Interphalangeal Joint into the Navicular Bursa,” $14,725.
  • University of Minnesota: "Genetic analysis of Glycogen Storage Disorders in Quarter Horses,” $55,620.
  • University of Tennessee: "Effects of Resting Insulin Sensitivity on the Acute Response of Endotoxin in Horses," $50,015.


Since 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $3.1 million in scholarship assistance to youth members. Nearly 1,000 students have benefited.

“Ensuring the future of the American Quarter Horse industry includes developing and educating future professionals,” noted the AQHA. “The Foundation provides assistance based on financial need, academic merit, equine involvement, and civic activities. Scholarships are available for students seeking general or specialized degree programs such as education, nursing, journalism, veterinary medicine, and racing.”

To make a donation to the AQHA Foundation use the online donation form, call 806-378-5000, or e-mail

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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