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AQHA Horse Awards

High Point Champions

Eighty awards are given to race horses that compete at racetracks in 11 regions:

California
Canada
Central (Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota and North Dakota)
East (Louisiana)
Mexico
New Mexico
Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington)
Oklahoma
Texas
West/Southwest (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming)
International
Each region has eight categories: three-year-old colt, filly and gelding; aged stallion, mare and gelding; distance horse; and claiming horse. In addition, high-point breeders, owners, jockeys and trainers are recognized.

The current scale awards points based on type of race, purses, and order of finish. AQHA recognizes 10 regions, the same 10 regions used in the Challenge. Technical aspects of the program are detailed in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations: Rule 102 (f)(3) - membership; Rule 301 (b) - racing points; and Rule 306 (d) - regional high point champions.

Owners can race their horses in any region, and points are noted on each horse's record. Owners also can race in more than one region, but point totals count in each region separately. To receive the high-point award, a silver-plated champagne bucket, the owner must be an AQHA Member and be the owner of the horse as recorded on December 31 of the competition year. AQHA will award an engraved silver belt buckle to the jockey, trainer, owner and breeder earning the most points in each region.

Check the current high point standings.

Superior Racehorse

When a horse accumulates a total of 200 points in its career, regardless of the regional point total, he is named a superior racehorse. Owners and breeders of superior racehorses receive engraved, silver-plated brandy snifters from AQHA recognizing the accomplishment.

Supreme Champion

The AQHA Supreme Champion honor will be awarded to any American Quarter Horse which meets specific requirements including earning two official Speed Index Ratings of 90 or higher in races and earning points and honors in specific halter and performance events.

Supreme Racehorse

This award recognizes any racing American Quarter Horse which during its career earns $500,000 or more, wins two or more open Grade 1 stakes races and at least 10 races.

Click here to see a list of Supreme Racehorse Award recipients.

Dam of Distinction

The newest of AQHA Racing awards is the Dam of Distinction accomplishment. Dams must meet one or more of the following criteria to be eligible:

Dams that produced two or more individual AQHA Racing Champions
Dams that produced at least three individual Grade 1 stakes winners
Dams that produced at least two foals ranked in the top ten money earners of any particular year, as of December 31 of that year; and two G1 stakes winners
Dams that produced at least three foals that were in the top then money earners of any particular year, as of December 31 of that year
This criteria pertains only to retroactive awards given initially to older mares. It will not be a consideration in the future:  Dams that have produced at least three individual stakes winners prior to 1983 and those wins were the equivalent of a G1 quality race.

Click here to see a list of Dams of Distinction.

Other Awards

World Record
Track Record
Graded Stakes Participant
Graded Stakes Black Type
High Money Earning Horse
Leading Breeder (Money Earned, Races Won and Points Earned)
Leading Owner (Money Earned, Races Won and Points Earned)
Leading Jockey (Money Earned, Races Won and Points Earned)
Leading Trainer (Money Earned, Races Won and Points Earned)
Leading Sire (Money Earned, Races Won, Graded Stakes Winners, Stakes Wins and Racing Points)
Leading Freshman Sire (Money Earned, Races Won, Graded Stakes Winners, Stakes Wins and Racing Points)

Bank of America Challenge

  • Challenge Champion (Trainer, Owner, Breeder and Jockey)
  • Challenge Regional Winners (Futurity, Derby, Distaff, Distance, Claiming and Championship)
  • Challenge Championships Winners (Futurity, Derby, Distaff, Distance, Claiming and Championship)

Chariot Racing

  • Chariot Racing World Champion
  • Chariot Racing Three-Year-Old Colt, Filly and Gelding; and Aged Stallion, Mare and Gelding
  • Chariot Racing Register of Merit
  • Superior Chariot Racing Horse