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.


It's All About Family and Friends

Tis the season of Love…the stallions are in their breeding season, florists are in the midst of their busiest holiday, kids are making special treats and messages for their classmates and Cupid is sharpening his arrows. But most importantly families and friends are finally starting to get some much needed time together. Love is in the air!

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Member Spotlight

Gretchen Richter

I started showing on the AQHA circuit six years ago. My career began with a three-year old in the hunter under saddle and then progressed to the equitation classes a few years later. My current show horse, Jack (“Willy Gonna Be Good”) is a three-year-old, which I plan to do the all-around with! I am really excited to start showing the western events, as I have never actually shown in the western classes before.

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Pro Tips

Multiple World Champion Trainer Valerie Kearns shares tips to improving your Showmanship score.

One of the best things about Showmanship at Halter is that any level of horse and exhibitor can compete and be competitive. It also creates a bond between you and your horse that carries over to every class you do. Showmanship is your chance to connect with the judges and let your personality come out.

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Develop an "Attitude of Gratitude".

Say Thank You To Everyone You Meet For Everything They Do For You.

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