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The Quarter Horse Industry is thriving in Texas!
From a tremendous growth in the number of Texas Accredited Quarter Horses to richer racing purses to robust youth programs and more, our industry is prospering across the board in Texas.
The horse industry is strong and flourishing in part because of legislation passed in 2019 that allows some money spent on horse-related items in Texas to be invested back into the industry. Learn more about the Horse Industry Escrow Account (HIEA) and how it specifically benefits our industry.
The Texas Quarter Horse Association thanks Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature – and our supporters, event and program participants, and industry partners – for helping to preserve the heritage, support the culture, and grow the economy of our equine industry, which features world’s most versatile athlete, the American Quarter Horse.
The Horse Industry Escrow Account (HIEA) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2019 to foster the growth of the Texas horse industry and preserve and promote its culture and heritage.
Each year up to $25 million from sales tax on purchased horse-related items (feed, tack, etc.) is deposited into the HIEA. Up to 70% of the funds can be spent on purses, but the rest is reinvested into the industry through grants for racing, breeding, showing, events, youth and novice events and programs, and more.
These investments create jobs and strengthen the economy of the industry and of Texas as a whole.
TQHA is committed to the success and continuance of the HIEA. Learn how you can support our efforts and how it is specifically benefiting TQHA events and individuals.
Where do HIEA funds go?
“The TQHA had one of its best sales ever, the fall meet at Lone Star was one of the best ever, enrollments in the Accredited Texas Bred program are skyrocketing and people are excited about breeding horses.
I cannot imagine what racing in Texas would have looked like in 2020 without the programs that were created as a result of the passage of HB 2463. With the constraints imposed by the pandemic, the funds created by these programs were vital to the survival of the horse business in Texas.
I am grateful to the governor, the lieutenant governor and all the legislators that supported the bill that has given a boost to the entire horse industry in Texas.”Ben HudsonTrack Magazine owner, former TQHA president and member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame
“Stock Horse of Texas was very excited to present nine $1,000 cash awards to members who competed in our association throughout 2020. The TQHA-SHTX Ride For the Cash Program is a great incentive to keep members horseback and enjoying their horses. People are excited that the program is continuing in 2021. Putting cash in their pockets makes it easier for our members to keep shows on their calendars.”Jill DunkelExecutive Director/Secretary, Stock Horse of Texas
“We are extremely excited to be partnering once again with the Texas Quarter Horse Association at the upcoming NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes to award another $100,000 in prize money. The sport of cutting has a rich history within the state of Texas, and this partnership exemplifies that long-lasting relationship. We look forward to offering this incentive to our members and continuing to promote the Texas quarter horse industry as a whole.”Jay WinbornExecutive Director, National Cutting Horse Association
Discover how HIEA is impacting programs and what others are saying.
HIEA Funds Benefit these 2021 Events hosted in Texas:
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