AQHA Parentage Verification

For the protection of all American Quarter Horses and so American Quarter Horse owners better understand certain genetic diseases and prevent them being passed on to future generations, AQHA is making an effort by positively identifying all horses through DNA testing. Beginning in 1999, foals out of mares born in 1995 or more recently, any horse which the owner wants to race, embryo transfer horses, and horses bred through cooled shipped semen are required to be parentage verified.

The process of parentage verification will compare a horse's DNA type with its claimed sire's and dam's DNA to verify that the horse came from those parents.

"An American Quarter Horse's lineage is the basis on which we build the entire reputation of the registry," said Bill Brewer, AQHA Executive Vice President. "Knowing a horse's parentage also is important when dealing with certain genetic disorders such as hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP), which can be passed on to future generations."

Parentage verification through this DNA testing will reinforce AQHA's commitment to ensuring the integrity of the breed and will increase the value of all American Quarter Horses. Cost for a DNA kit is $40 per horse. In order to properly identify a foal, his or her sire and dam also must have DNA on file.

For more information or to get a DNA kit, contact AQHA at 806/376-4811 or visit the web site at

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