The American Quarter Horse Association - NZ Inc is the official breed association for the Quarter Horse in New Zealand.

Formed in 1970, the AQHA-NZ is a thriving, vibrant organisation offering competitions, education and incentive programmes for youth and amateur riders, including the bi-annual Quarter Horse Youth World Cup and Trans-Tasman Challenge.


We are in the process of setting up a cattle fundraising scheme to help with the funding required to run our organisation. At this stage, we are seeking expressions of interest in participating in this scheme and to which level you may choose to participate.

We will have several levels of participation of which you could choose one or multiple levels as follows:

1) Providing a calf to be raised.

2) Providing funds to purchase milkpowder/meal.

3) Raising a calf through to weaning.

4) Grazing a calf from weaning to a saleable age.

Note that participation at any level will be greatly appreciated by the AQHA-NZ Council and the membership in general. Also, please be aware that all levels other that level 2 will provide you to be NAIT registered as per current legislation.

If you may be interested/able to participate in this scheme, can you please submit your expressions of interest to Ollie Nicholas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you in advance

Your AQHA-NZ Council


Venue: National Equestrian Centre: 144 Rapids Road, Taupo

Date: Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 December 2017

Featuring: AQHA-NZ & AQHA classes

Entry forms attached.

If you are considering importing a Quarter Horse into New Zealand please contact the AQHA-NZ office and discuss what is required so that you can make an informed decision when making your purchase.

Date: Wednesday 21 February through to Saturday 25 February 2018

Venue: Egmont A&P Grounds, 6 Burnside Ave, Hawera

Further details including programme to be posted as they come to hand.

This year we are offering new classes as follows:

New Classes: We are offering for the first time

  • Yearling Led Trail
  • Two Year Old Led Trail
  • Two Year old Longe line
  • And the Three Year Old Ranch Riding Futurity



So bring along your yearlings and two year olds for the age group halter classes, halter futurity and halter maturity, longe line and these new led trail classes. High Point Young Horse trophy over these classes.

Friday night will continue to offer our feature events including the new novelty pink class with all entry fees going to breast cancer, and sponsored prizes award

Remember AQHA-NZ offers a $500 bonus to the trifecta winner. This is where the same horse wins the Yearling Halter Futurity, a year later the 2yr Old Halter Maturity and then as a 3 yr old they win either the 3yr Old Western Pleasure Futurity or the 3yr Old Ranch Riding Futurity.



Handy checklist for prospective Quarter Horse buyersIf you're in the market for a Quarter Horse, you want the buying process to run smoothly.   We've put together a handy check list for you, so you know what to check when considering purchasing your Quarter Horse: 

Things for Quarter Horse mare owners to knowIf you are considering breeding your mare and wish to register the progeny with AQHA-NZ, there are some things you should be aware of when choosing a stallion. 


AQHA-NZ Clinic with international trainer Mr Brent Maxwell


Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd January 2018


At Showfields Equestrian Centre, North Waikato


Cost is $230 for the clinic                               Spectator fee is $50 per day

Limit to 16 riders, 2 groups of 8 riders, covering general horsemanship and show classes (showmanship, horsemanship, trail, ranch riding, and other classes if time permits)

 If you wish to attend this clinic please pay your clinic fee in full to AQHA-NZ

 And email this form to Jan Robinson        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Brent Maxwell  is the Owner/Operator of Mil Max Training Center in Ohio, USA, and recent successes say it all.

Brent Maxwell, an AQHA judge and professional trainer for over thirty years, knows what it takes to be successful in the show ring. During his career, he has produced multiple Congress and AQHA World Champions. In addition to these successes, he frequently hauls his customers for AQHA High Point and Honor Roll titles. Brent is on the executive committee of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association

Some of the recent successes for Brent and Mil Max Training Center are

 * January 2018 – Florida Gulf Coast Circuit

Always The Best Man-High Point Sr Horse. Version Of A Goodbar- All Around Amateur and Zips Bossy Chip- Reserve Youth 14-18 All Around. Circuit Champions in L1 Jr Green Trail, Open and Amateur Performance Geldings, Youth Performance Mares and 14-18 Showmanship. Reserve Circuits in Amateur Showmanship and Horsemanship, Youth Equitation and Youth Performance Mares.

 * His daughter Ellexxah and her mare Zips Bossy Chip, were 2016 AQHA All Around Youth, 2017 Quarter Horse Congress All Around Youth 15-18years, and  2017 AQHA High Point (unnofficial) winners of All Around Youth, Youth Horsemanship, Youth Equitation, Youth Showmanship and Youth Performance Mares
* Other Mil Max successes for 2017 AQHA High Point (unnofficial) were Always The Best Man- Open And Amateur Performance Halter Geldings with Katie Grossnickle and Brent Maxwell
Version Of A Goodbar- Reserve All Around Amateur with Sarah Lebsock
Willy Good Investmnt- L1 Youth Western Riding with Ellexxah

 * Brent placed in the Top 10 in Senior Horse Ranch riding at 2017 congress

 Don’t miss out on this opportunity to work with such a fantastic trainer