Helpful information and answers to some frequently asked questions about horse racing in Texas.
What is an accredited Texas-Bred horse?
An accredited Texas-bred racehorse is any American Quarter Horse, registered with the AQHA that is foaled in Texas, is out of an accredited Texas broodmare, and sired by an accredited Texas stallion. Accredited Texas broodmares may be bred to stallions that are not accredited Texas stallions if the mare is bred back to an accredited Texas stallion. Every foal out of an accredited Texas broodmare is eligible to be Texas accredited if the broodmare is bred at least every other breeding to an accredited Texas stallion and those foals are foaled in Texas.
What is the broodmare Domicile Rule?
Updated in 2019, the rule deletes the requirement that in order to be an accredited Texas broodmare the mare must be permanently domiciled in Texas. The mare must still breed to an accredited Texas stallion at least every other breeding and all foals must still be foaled in Texas.
Is my horse eligible to be Accredited Texas Bred Racing Stock?
How do I Accredit my horse as Racing Stock?
Fill out the Accredited Texas Bred Racing Stock Application; Send the original papers to be stamped with the appropriate fee. See application for fees →
I am waiting on my papers from AQHA, can I still accredit my foal without them?
Yes. You can accredit a horse before you have the original papers. However, your paperwork will be held in a pending file and NOT PROCESSED until you provide us with some documentation of the AQHA Registration Application. Send the original papers when you receive them to be stamped Accredited Texas Bred.
Is my horse eligible to be Accredited Texas Bred Breeding Stock?
The stallion must be permanently domiciled in Texas. See ATB Rules →
The mare does not have to be permanently domiciled in Texas. See ATB Rules →
How do I Accredit my horse as Breeding Stock?
Fill out the Accredited Texas Bred Breeding Stock Application; Send a current copy of the horse’s paper with the appropriate fee. See application for fees →
Does my broodmare have to be bred to an Accredited Texas Bred Stallion for the foal to be eligible for Accreditation?
A broodmare must be bred to an Accredited Stallion at least every other breeding for all her foals to be eligible for accreditation. See ATB Rules →
Can I accredit multiple embryos from one mare in the same year?
Yes. As long as a broodmare is bred to an Accredited Stallion every other breeding.
If my stallion leaves the state is it still considered Accredited Texas Bred?
No. An Accredited Texas Bred stallion will lose its breeding accreditation if it is domiciled in another state. The stallion must be reaccredited if it is moved back into Texas. See ATB Rules →
When do I need to accredit a broodmare in order to receive Accredited Texas Bred Breeders Award on a foal?
A breeder must accredit a broodmare as breeding stock before or during the year of conception in order to receive Breeder Awards. See ATB Rules →
What opportunities are there to earn Texas-Bred money?
The Texas Racing Act mandates every licensed Texas racetrack must offer at least two races per day restricted to Accredited Texas Bred horses. Each racetrack also offers stakes races restricted to Accredited Texas Bred horses. Each time an accredited Texas-Bred earns a purse supplement, the breeder and stallion owner earn Texas-Bred awards.
What do I as a stallion owner need to do to receive stallion awards?
A stallion must be accredited as breeding stock during or before the year of conception and the annual Stallion Participation Fee must be paid during the year of conception. See ATB Rules & Fees →
Do I need to be a member to accredit a horse or receive Awards money?
You do not have to be a member, but members receive discounted prices on accreditation. You must be a current member to be eligible for Year-End Awards.
I purchased an Accredited Texas Bred horse, what do I need to do to receive Awards money?
You must transfer the horse to your name through the Accredited Texas Bred Program. Complete the ATB transfer form; send a current copy of the horse’s papers with the appropriate fee. See ATB transfer form →
Can a Thoroughbred be accredited breeding stock?
A Thoroughbred can be accredited as breeding stock if they have been registered with AQHA.
General Texas Racing
How do I register my Quarter Horse?
The American Quarter Horse Association is the breed registry organization. Contact them at (806) 376-4811.
How do I obtain a Texas Racing License?
The Texas Racing Commission (TRC) authorizes owner/trainer/jockey licenses. Contact them at (512) 833-6699.
How do I check the balance on my Horsemen’s Account?
Is my horse eligible to run in the TQHA Sale Futurity?
A horse must pass through the ring of the TQHA Yearling Sale in order to be eligible to run in the TQHA Sale Futurity.
Does my horse have to be Accredited Texas Bred to be eligible to run in the Sires’ Cup Races?
No. A horse must be sired by an eligible stallion that participated in the TQHA Stallion Service Program, to be eligible to run in the Sires’ Cup Races.
How does a stallion become an eligible sire for the Sires’ Cup Races?
The stallion’s donated breeding must be purchased through the TQHA Stallion Service Auction.
Does my horse have to be an Accredited Texas Bred to be eligible to run in the Texas Classic Futurity & Derby?
No. The Texas Classic Futurity & Derby are open races for any AQHA registered two or three year old respectively.
Does my yearling have to be Accredited Texas Bred to be consigned to the TQHA Yearling Sale?
How do I receive a catalog?
All current TQHA Race Members will receive one automatically. If you are not a current member call to be put on the mailing list. 1-800-945-6157
Stallion Service Program
Does my stallion need to be Accredited Texas Bred to be in the TQHA Stallion Service Auction?
No. The auction is open to all stallions that are registered with AQHA to breed Quarter Horse mares. See Stallion Service Program →
If I donate a breeding and it is not purchased do I have to buy it back?
Yes. The stallion owner must purchase the breeding back for the stallion to be an eligible sire for the Sires’ Cup Races.
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