Utah Man Accuses AQHA of Anti-Trust Violations

A Utah Quarter Horse trainer and riding instructor has filed a federal lawsuit against the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) alleging the breed association violated federal anti-trust laws by preventing him from earning a living.

In his lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court District of Utah, Central Division, Edward Allen Buck alleges that the AQHA and its agents prevent Buck from earning a living by schooling Quarter Horse owners and riders for AQHA-sanctioned competitions because he “will not use the abusive techniques required, condoned, and sanctioned by AQHA in the schooling of horses for competition.”

Buck alleges that winning horses at AQHA competitions are forced into a physical “frame” or performance stance, and are forced to perform gaits that violate AQHA regulations.

“Quarter Horses that are winning in western pleasure classes are sore,” Buck opined. “The AQHA is violating its own rules.”

Buck further alleges that judges at AQHA-sanctioned shows award first place prizes to competitors they know.

In his pro se complaint, Buck seeks a jury trial and asks for both actual and punitive damages.

No one from the AQHA was available for comment on the lawsuit.

The case remains pending.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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