The purpose of ILQHA shall be to promote the American Quarter Horse in the State of Illinois. To achieve this purpose ILQHA shall promote interest in riding, breeding, raising, training, exhibiting and racing the American Quarter Horse and organize, promote and sanction events and activities for Quarter Horses and their owners.



Congratulations to the grant recipients for the YES conference.

Lili Drinkall, Olivia Wynn and June Drinkall will be attending the YES Leadership Conference representing Illinois Quarter Horse Association.

Member Spotlight

Derek Smith - Youth Member Spotlight

Meet our new ILQHYA member Derek Smith. This lively young man is nine years old and began his riding career at the ripe age of 4 and started racing 2 years ago! Derek lives in Pontiac with his mom, dad, and 3 show horses and 2 additional horses that are pets. Derek runs barrels with his gelding “gold digger”. His mare “Diva” runs poles and barrels. Recently, his family purchased a new quarter horse, and his name is “Hot Rod”, and he is excited to begin racing him too...

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Pro Tips

Seven Tips for Stepping Up Your Reining Game

Reining is an event that requires horse and rider to effectively complete maneuvers of high difficulty, some of which have taken hours in the practice pen to learn.

Here are seven secrets from professional horsemen to prepare you for a successful run in the reining arena.

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A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.

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