Our Mission Statement
The mission of the
Arizona Quarter Racing Association is to represent the best
interests of racing owners, breeders, stallion owners and trainers
participating in the state of Arizona.To communicate and cooperate
with the state legislature, racing commission and the department of
racing.To work directly with commercial race tracks and county fair
racing associations for enhanced Quarter Horse racing
opportunities.To publicize and promote advantages of participating
in Arizona Quarter Horse racing to racing fans, other Quarter Horse
owners, new owners and breeders, media and the general public.
The Arizona Quarter Racing Association (AQRA)
AQRA is an organization of race horse owners, trainers, breeders,
jockeys, and enthusiasts from all walks of life. They share one
common interest - the promotion of Quarter Horse racing in Arizona.
Founded in 1976 with 15 charter members, the association has
grown to an average yearly membership of over 400. The objectives of
the original founders of the association were to "promote,
advertise, advance, aide and encourage" Quarter Horse racing and the
Quarter Horse industry as a whole. One of the first moves of the
group was to found the AQRA Futurity-a stallion stakes. This race
provided a monied race for colts and fillies sired by stallions
standing within the state of Arizona. In 1988, this race reached a
gross purse of $83,000.
Other activities of the association
include annual awards to leading money-earning horses in several
different catagories. Awards are also given to leading owners,
trainers, and jockeys.
In 1980, the group decided to add an award to honor the leading
sire and dam in the state. A horse of the year has been added this
Additional activities include presentation of award
blankets for many races around the state, sponsorship of maiden
races on the county fairs specifically for AQRA members and of
various other races along the circuit, plus a constant monitoring of
the political actions of both the state and national legislators and
agencies on matters affecting racing. Among the social events are an
annual banquet to honor the year end award winners and various other
social gatherings, both formal and informal, throughout the year.
In 2000 a Hall of Fame was created to honor both man and equine
who have contributed to the legacy of Quarter Horse racing in the
state of Arizona. Arizona bred certifications, nominations of
stallions, nominations to futurities, and your membership money, is
why we can be a successful organization.
The Desert Classic Stakes Program
President's Open Spring Futurity
The AQRA Restricted Stallion
The Arizona Stallion Owners Association Futurity
The AQRA /Turf Paradise Open Futurity and Derby
Service Auction each year to support the Desert Classic Stakes
The Arizona Racing Hall of Fame for both deserving horses
The AQRA Supports:
Legislation for Arizona
The Arizona County Fair Racing
The Arizona Youth with
two racing scholarships each year, and host "Youth Day at the Races"
through- out the year at various racetracks
end-of-the-year awards for Arizona Horses who have excelled in their
catagories in the state each year
We are a non-profit membership
organization. Download a membership blank to see how you can become
involved with our organization today.
PLEASE JOIN TODAY!!!!
Arizona Quarter Racing Association
P.O. Box 1316 Thatcher, AZ
Office Phone- 602-625-0468
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