AQHA Suspends Texas Trainer

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has suspended trainer Cleve Wells in connection with the treatment a horse received from an employee at Wells' Burleson, Texas, facility.

On April 23, the AQHA Executive Committee announced that it revoked Wells' association membership for one year, and fined him $10,000 for violating Rule 104(a). The rule holds training barn owners responsible for employees' actions.

"In my view, this Executive Committee decision reflects AQHA's commitment to the horse and animal welfare as a top priority," said association Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. "It is also consistent with AQHA's official statement of position that all horses are to be treated humanely and with respect, and that breeders, owners, trainers, and exhibitors are continually responsible for the well-being and humane treatment of any American Quarter Horse entrusted to their care."

Neither Wells nor the horse's owners were available for comment.

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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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