Are Appendix Horses Registered

David Lawrence
• Monday, 30 November, 2020
• 20 min read

This is due in part to the Appendix section of the Quarter Horse registry. If a horse with appendix papers is bred to a Thoroughbred, the resulting foal is ineligible for registration.

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Now that you know a little about what an Appendix Quarter Horse is, let’s take a look at some fun facts. At this time the appendix registry technically included “purebred” quarter horses.

Though, since the registry was still newly being formed, the term “purebred” could still be used loosely. Starting in 1962, the Appendix registry was changed to include only foals resulting from mixing a purebred Thoroughbred with a Quarter Horse.

One of the hallmark categories of appendix quarter horses is their versatility. Aqua Rules say that any Appendix registered horse that earns 10 points in competition (a ROM), is eligible for full papers.

They can show in racing, performance or halter to earn their Register of Merit award. Once that happens they must meet a few additional requirements to be moved into the regular registry.

Artful Move was sired by Wind Chime, a Quarter Horse Stallion, but his dam was the Thoroughbred mare, Buzz Fly. She produced the stallion, Indian Artifacts, registered as a quarter horse but 75% thoroughbred.

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Indian Artifacts would have initially been registeredappendix, but he ALSO obtained an ROM (and multiple other championships). Because he received his regular registry papers, he was eligible to be bred to thoroughbred mares.

And that he did, the resulting foals are 87.5% Thoroughbred and only 12.5% Quarter Horse blood. This can continue for many generations as long as each resulting foal receives a ROM and qualifies for advancement into the regular registry.

The actual percentage of each breed depends on the parents pedigree. Let’s say a Quarter Horse is bred to a Thoroughbred and the resulting foal is registeredAppendix.

If that horse does NOT earn their ROM, they can still produce registered babies. This could continue for generations if none of the foals earn points to move to the regular registry.

While some Appendix horses are VERY tall, even reaching heights greater than 17 hands, but they can also be short. It wouldn’t be far fetched to see an Appendix horse that is 14.2 hands or even shorter.

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The American Warm blood Registry (AWR) has approved Quarter Horse stallions for breeding. On the list of currently approved stallions you’ll find the Quarter Horse stallion, My Rugged Destiny, a son of Rugged Lark.

When talking about racing, it is possible for a Quarter Horse to beat a thoroughbred. This breed has a quarter horse’s calmer disposition and thoroughbred’s athleticism.

This includes naming a few: Halter Western Pleasure Hunter Under Saddle Racing Barrel Racing Team Penning Team Sorting Jumping Keep in mind that they are great pleasure horses as well as for hobbies like trail riding.

Nowadays, a lot of people use appendix horses for barrel racing and had great success. This includes black, bay, chestnut, dun, buckskin, sorrel, and roan.

These horses usually have an even disposition, are social and generally easy keepers. Any competitive ‘hotness’ is usually directed into their work, especially speed sports.

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A breed between a horse with Appendix papers and Thoroughbred makes its foal ineligible for registration. The actual percentage of each breed depends on the parents’ pedigree.

A Quarter Horse that is then bred to a Thoroughbred will have a foal that is usually registered as an Appendix. You can still produce registered foals from that horse even if it doesn’t earn its ROM.

Once again, if that foal does not receive its ROM, it can be then bred but must be to a regular registry HQ. This could continue for generations if none of the foals earn points to move to the regular registry.

The American Quarter Horse Association requires the thoroughbred parent’s approval. The Jockey Club is the legal body for licensing thoroughbred horses.

The Aqua also calls for a statement that allows Jockey Club to check for DNA evidence, if necessary. An Appendix registered horse who earns 10 points in a race is eligible for full papers.

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Thoroughbreds originated in England while Quarter Horses are from Spain. The Quarter horses tend to live a couple of years longer than the Thoroughbreds.

I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Father while he was training the horses.

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Charter Membership $150.00 Charter Membership includes one horse registration and you can receive commissions for signing up new members and registering their horses. Aha offers Stallion Breeding Reporting.

This allows you to give the mare owners that your stallion has serviced a breeding certificate, so they know the offspring of their mare is eligible for registration into Aha. Event & Points with a Performance Card $25.00 annually per horse Aha offers a Performance Card so you can go to any event and turn in your Performance log for end of the year points and rewards.

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You must include a photocopy of the Jockey Club certificate -- front and back -- proving that you own the horse in question. Send in four color photos of your thoroughbred, along with the required application fee.

The Aqua also calls for a statement allowing it to seek DNA information from the Jockey Club, if necessary. If there is no DNA on file with the Jockey Club, you must pay a fee and have your horse tested before the Aqua considers approval.

When your foal is born, if the thoroughbred parent is already approved, you may apply for an appendix registration certificate. These include receiving an open division -- not youth or amateur -- Register of Merit at an Aqua show, or a speed index of at least 80 for a racehorse.

Submit the proof of the horse's advancement to the Aqua, along with appropriate fees, and future offspring of either a stallion or mare can be registered as appendix horses even if the other parent was a thoroughbred or appendix. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in “Horse News,” “Suburban Classic,” “Hoof Beats,” “Equine Journal” and other publications.

It was the industry that brought the Thoroughbred bloodlines into the Quarter Horse Association but had to face opposition by the members of the board. However, they were eventually convinced to these crosses that only had the Thoroughbred strains and had the characteristics of the Quarter Horse.

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Those horses that have successfully been registered in the appendix are eligible to enter racing and other competitions. If these animals can prove their ability as a good racer and can meet a few conformation criteria, they gain the eligibility for a permanent registration in the Aqua stud book.

My mom noted that an appendix in humans is something that you don't really need. This is excerpted from the Aqua website at this link: Appendix vs. Quarter Horse “Aqua has created a special registry and numbering system for these Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred crosses.

Their registration numbers also begin with an X. Aqua has registered more than 600,000 Appendix horses to date.” I had always wondered that, too, so I looked up the Aqua info....there's more at the link I inserted above.

Basically the horse is registered but it is put in the appendix of the registry book, as opposed to the main part. I believe it or its offspring can get moved to the main book if it meets certain criteria. Basically a way Aqua is further screwing with the breed by diluting it with more and more TB.

I have a registry certificate that is white with a gold border. (why many well-bred quarters are shown for sale with a rump view) Some 40-50 years or so ago, the industry decided to breed the TB into the Quarter horse to add stamina.

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Basically the horse is registered but it is put in the appendix of the registry book, as opposed to the main part. I believe it or its offspring can get moved to the main book if it meets certain criteria. Basically a way Aqua is further screwing with the breed by diluting it with more and more TB.

Thanks for the morning laugh...all this Missouri heat is making me a little crabby...must keep it in check! (why many well-bred quarters are shown for sale with a rump view) Some 40-50 years or so ago, the industry decided to breed the TB into the Quarter horse to add stamina.

It was becoming so common that the Aqua in its quest to maintain the “purity” of the breed made a sidebar registry thus calling it the Appendix to the registry & the name of the breed was born. I have a registry certificate that is white with a gold border.

Nope, gold papers are that of an appendix horse. Both of my mares have gold papers. An appendix isn't an another breed, it's just an add-on. Appendix is also right saying that most of the Aqua foundation sires were TB's, Aqua started with those select horses and put together the requirement for registration for Aqua.

In all seriousness though, I have always wondered why a Paint can never be registered as anything related to HQ but a part-TB can? Who knows. Honestly I think the different associations should get more selective with their registry. Crappy breeding is why it's all gone down the drain in the first place between that and backyard breeders popping out babies like daisies then registering them with whatever they can just is stupid to me... People should have a license to breed and if the horse isn't breeding quality it should be fixed.

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I mean come ON, is there anything about this big muscled up butt that doesn't SCREAM HQ to you guys?! As TB were the foundation of the breed, they have always been an accepted outcross.

On another note, I think the appendix registry, not to mention advancement, is more complex than most people realize. I looked into it a while ago, I thought about running my mares in Aqua shows to possibly do that but here there are so few runners at breed shows that you only get like half a point if you win.

I would have to pay more for that half a point than I would win something at even a little local show. I have a registry certificate that is white with a gold border.

Their registration numbers also begin with an X. Appendix horses are eligible to compete in all Aqua competitions but there are breeding restrictions. Now, I THINK that you can drop the X from the horses' registration if it proves itself by earning an ROM or running specific speeds but I could be very wrong on that....

For a horse to advance, it has to earn an open ROM or speed index of 80 or better. There are other requirements such as no excessive white or certain conformation defects, etc.

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Registration papers may consist of a simple certificate or a listing of ancestors in the animal's background, sometimes with a chart showing the lineage. Some multi-breed clubs also maintain registries, as do non-affiliated breed clubs, and there are a few registries that are maintained by other private entities such as insurance agencies; an example of this in the United States is the Field Dog Stud Book.

There are also entities which refer to themselves as registries, but which are thinly veiled marketing devices for vendors of puppies and adult dogs, as well as a means of collecting registration fees from novice dog owners unfamiliar with reputable registries and breed clubs. Although these entities generally focus on dogs, particularly in relationship to the puppy mill industry, some are marketed as cat registries.

At least one group claims to register wild species (held by private individuals rather than by legitimate zoological parks, which use the AZA). While many color breeds are legitimate, some “registries” are primarily a marketing tool for poor quality animals that are not accepted for registration by more mainstream organizations.

Many such questionable registries are incorporated as for-profit commercial businesses, in contrast to the formal not-for-profit status of most reputable breed clubs. They may provide volume discounts for registrations by commercial dog breeders such as puppy mills.

An unscrupulous registry for dogs or horses is often spotted by a policy to not require any proof of pedigree at all. In the dog world, such registries may not sponsor competitions, and thus cannot award championship points to identify the best individuals registered within a particular breed or species.

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In the less-organized world of horse shows, where many sanctioning organizations exist, some groups sponsor their own competitions, though wins at such events seldom carry much prestige in mainstream circles. The registered animals and all subsequent offspring trace back to the foundation stock.

The American Kennel Club is an example of a kennel club with primarily closed books for dogs ; it allows new breeds to develop under its Foundation Stock Service, but such dogs are not eligible for competition in AKC conformation shows. A closed stud book allows the breed to stay very pure to its type, but limits its ability to be improved.

For instance, in performance disciplines, an animal that is successful in competitions is generally worth more than one that is pure. It also limits the gene pool, which may make certain undesirable characteristics become accentuated in the breed, such as a poor conformation fault or a disease.

Usually an open stud book has strict studbook selection criteria that require an animal to meet a certain standard of conformation, performance or both. Some horse breeds allow crossbred who meet specific criteria to be registered.

Among dogs, an example of an open stud book would be the registries maintained by the American Kennel Club as its Foundation Stock Service. In some cases, an open stud book may eventually become closed once the breed type is deemed to be fully set.

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In some agricultural breeds, an otherwise closed registry includes a grading up route for the incorporation of cross-bred animals. Often such incorporation is limited to females, with the progeny only being accepted as full pedigree animals after several generations of breeding to full-blood males.

Such mechanisms may also allow the incorporation of purebred animals descended from unregistered stock or of uncertain parentage. Other appendix registries are seen in certain color breeds of horses, such as the Appaloosa, American Paint Horse, and American Cream Draft Horse, where foals with the proper pedigree for registration but do not meet the color standard for the breed, yet may still carry the necessary genetics in a minimally-expressed form, may be registered and bred to fully registered animals, with ensuing offspring eligible for registration if they meet the breed standard.

The Registry on Merit or ROM may be tied to percentage of bloodline, conformation, or classification or may be based solely on performance. In the horse world, many warm blood breed organizations require a conformation and performance standard for registration, and often allow horses of many breeds to qualify, though documented pedigrees are usually required.

Some breed registries use a form of ROM in which horses at certain shows may be sight classified. For example, at qualifying shows in Australia, winning horses of stock-type breeding receive points for conformation, which are attested to by the judges and recorded in an owner's special book.

Registration papers may consist of a simple certificate or a listing of ancestors in the animal's background, sometimes with a chart showing the lineage. Usually, there is space for the listing of successive owners, who must sign and date the document if the animal is gifted, leased or sold.

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Papers transferred upon sale of an animal may be submitted to the registry in order to update the ownership information, and in most cases, the registry will then issue a new set of papers listing the new owner as the proper owner of the horse. A related preservation method is back breeding, used by some equine and canine registries, in which crossbred individuals are mated back to purebreds to eliminate undesirable traits acquired through the crossbreeding.

For example, the famous Thoroughbred race horseman o' War was known by his stable name, “Big Red.” Traditionally, the breeder's kennel prefix form the first part of the dog's registered name.

In order to minimize the unwieldiness that long and fancy names can bring, registries usually limit the total number of characters and sometimes number of separate words that may compose the animal's registered name. Only after an animal has achieved a legitimate championship will some registries permit the use of the prefix Ch., or other title before or after their registered name.

^ Finn horse's registration, studbook registration, awarding and use to breeding (in Finnish) ^ Finn horse's conformation and health requirements (in Finnish) ^ British White Cattle Society Constitution, Rules and Bylaws, British White Cattle Society, 1998, (“Base Cow Register” and “Grading-up Regulations”). Allows inclusion of inspected non-pedigree female sheep after three generations of crossing with registered males.

Very attractive, quiet, talented and sound. This mare has lovely gaits, is well broke on the flat and is quiet on trails.

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If you have heard of an appendix horse before or seen them in action you can see they don’t look much different most of the time. Appendix horses will normally excel in areas that Quarter Horses or Thoroughbreds do as they have DNA from both.

The Appendix will most of the time be larger or at least taller than the traditional Quarter horse. If your horse is going to be doing a lot of professional shows may be a good idea to do so anyway.

When most people think barrel racing they think quarter horse and that is true they are used far more than appendix. The funny thing is if you trace back most barrel racing quarter horses they will have some thoroughbred in them, so they are technically mostly appendix horses.

We have personally used appendix horses for barrel racing and had great success but no more than your standard quarter horse. The quarter being much more stout and built will power through the race where thoroughbreds being longer will go through with a bit more elegance.

This was just a video review study so that is why it only went to 402M which is standard for Quarter Horse races. Thoroughbreds are very lean and tall for long-distance races and Quarters are stocky and excellent sprinters.

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A lot of the times it is just the papers were lost or never transferred which can be an easier fix if you can track the owners back. Other times it can be nearly impossible to get the horse registered because it was sold at an auction and nobody knows the original owner.

Three are still steps you can take that include a DNA test but it still won’t be easy or cheap. But also remember they are great pleasure horses as well and can just be used for hobby like trail riding.

It doesn’t always work out this way but don’t give up on a horse you just need to be consistent a lot of the time until they know who is boss. Buying local is always the best option but it can be worth it to travel to get the best horse that will fit your personality.

The temperament and athleticism of the American Quarter horse, along with its beautiful conformation and gorgeous colors, which can be passed on to these crosses, makes the results both unique and special. The qualification for registration is simple: at least one parent must be Aqua or Alpha registered, hence the name “Half Quarter Horse Registry”.

This one, simple guideline allows us to retain the integrity of the breed while enabling the registration of horses that are possibly turned away from other associations or registries. Aqua will not accept a horse with white above the hock or knee.

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The horse is a color that Aqua or Alpha does not acknowledge or accept One or both of the parents is deceased and does not have a DNA verification with Aqua While Aqua and Alpha will gladly register any qualifying horse, the cost reaches several hundred dollars if the horse is registered at an older age. We would love to welcome you and horse horses to the AHQ HR and if you have questions or would like to discuss your specific situation, please feel free to call our office at (254) 592-7827 and an AHQ HR representative will be happy to assist you.

If you have questions or would like to discuss your specific situation, please feel free to call our office at (254) 592-7827 and an AHQ HR representative will be happy to assist you. Simple answer: your horse qualifies if an AT LEAST ONE parent (sire and/ or dam) is Aqua or Alpha registered (or registered with one of their international affiliates) Complex answer: your horse MAY qualify if it is verifiably a MINIMUM of half quarter horse according to pedigree and/ or DNA.

This includes current owner, history, age, color, and markings. This is similar to a certificate of ownership, but is tied to a DNA case number for reference.

Youth members are strongly encouraged to participate in AHQ HR's “Half” to Ride and “Half” to Perform programs and not only do we discount your membership, we also grant you FREE access to the programs where you can earn fantastic prizes & awards! For one low cost families can include relatives living in the household of the primary member which gives your entire family the ability to participate in our “Half” to Ride programs and ranches can be listed by business name for increased exposure.

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