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.


ILQHA to award $1500 in Grants to AQHA Youth YES seminar. Deadline to apply May 15

The 2022 Youth Excellence Seminar is slated for July 12 - 14 in Amarillo. The Youth Excellence Seminar welcomes AQHYA and ILQHYA members and nonmembers, ages 10 to 18, to experience this three-day, fun-packed event that offers valuable leadership skills, inspiring speakers and AQHYA governance items. More information and the Application can be found at the link below.

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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

4 Rituals to Help Prepare for Pattern Classes

Dispel your nerves and prepare to ace patterns, including showmanship, horsemanship and hunt seat equitation, with these tips. If you’re going to be competing at a show in a pattern class, you know that you’ll need some serious preparation... Article By Abigail Boatwright for The American Quarter Horse Journal

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