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Texas is best when it comes to Quarter Horse racing, and TQHA leads the way with innovative and lucrative programs!

The TQHA has a longstanding and successful racing program. The state is home to one of the industry’s richest races, the $1,000,000 Texas Classic Futurity [G1], as well as many other respected stakes races. Our state offers ATB awards annually.

Race Program

Texas is home to one of the richest Quarter Horse races in the world, the Texas Classic Futurity. Other race programs include the Texas Classic Derby, Sires Cup, Sale Futurity and the Texas “Summer Showdown,” a series of races restricted to Accredited Texas-Bred horses.

Texas Classic Races
The TQHA race programs include the Texas Classic Futurity, Derby & Juvenile.

Dates, location, entry and race history.

TQHA Sire's Cup
The Sires’ Cup Races are restricted to horses sired by stallions donated to the TQHA Stallion Service Auction.

Dates, location, entry and race history.

TQHA Sale Futurity
The Sale Futurity is restricted to two-year-olds that have passed through the TQHA Yearling Sale.

Dates, location, entry and race history.

Summer Showdown
The “Summer Showdown” is a series of races restricted to Accredited Texas-Bred horses.

*Owner(s) must be a current member of the Texas Quarter Horse Association, as the owners are stated on the horse’s AQHA papers including partnerships at the time of nomination and at time of race events. Enclose $30 Individual or $40 Joint membership with payment if necessary.

Accredited Texas-Bred Program

Millions of dollars in bonus awards have been distributed by TQHA through the Accredited Texas-Bred Program. Administered by TQHA through the Texas Racing Act, the Accredited Texas-Bred Program provides purse supplements in the form of cash awards to owners, breeders and stallion owners for each Accredited Texas-Bred Quarter Horse finishing first, second, or third in a Texas pari-mutuel race.

An individual is not required to be a TQHA member to receive Accredited Texas-Bred Incentive Awards. However, you must be a current-year member, as the owners are stated on the horse’s AQHA papers including partnerships, to be eligible for TQHA Year-End Awards.

TQHA members receive discounts on ATB fees.

Approximately $1 million is distributed yearly through the Accredited Texas Bred Awards Program. According to the Texas Racing Act, on every racing day, an association (track) shall provide for the running of at least two races limited to Accredited Texas-Bred horses, one of which shall be restricted to maidens.

The TQHA Racing Department thanks you for your continued interest & support of the Accredited Texas Bred Program!

Benefits of the ATB Program

01. Awards

All Accredited Texas-Bred Quarter Horses that finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in a race* in Texas are eligible to receive Owner, Breeder & Stallion Owner Awards.

*Stakes races restricted to accredited TX-Breds not included)

02. More Chances

Accredited Texas-Bred Quarter Horses are eligible for more races in Texas, giving you more opportunities to visit the winner’s circle.

03. Consigment Eligibility

All Accredited Texas-Bred Quarter Horse Yearlings are eligible for consignment to the TQHA Yearling Sale, which is held in San Antonio, TX the last weekend of July.

04. Yearling Sale

All Accredited Texas-Bred Quarter Horse Yearlings that are sold at the TQHA Yearling Sale are eligible to enter the TQHA Yearling Sale Futurity.

05. Year-End Awards

TQHA Members’ Accredited Texas-Bred Quarter Horses are eligible for year-end awards, presented annually during the TQHA Awards Banquet.

Click here to learn more about the Accredited Texas Bred Program

TQHA Yearling Sale

Started in 1997, the TQHA Yearling Sale is hosted annually in July and all of the consignments are Accredited Texas-Bred yearlings. Click below for nominations forms, sale details, catalog and results.

Learn more about the TQHA Yearling Sale

Stallion Program


TQHA’s Annual Stallion Service Program offers discount breeding’s to many of the nation’s top stallions. Offspring of participating stallions are eligible for the Sires’ Cup races, while the stallion donor receives a free nomination to the Sires’ Cup Futurity & Derby plus Stallion Awards!

Sires' Cup Races InformationSires' Cup 2021 Eligible Stallions

Call or email Rob Werstler, Director of Racing if you have any questions about Stallion Program or the Sire’s Cup.

Send Us a MessageCall (512) 458-5202
Texas Race Dates

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Race Dates

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Sam Houston Race Park Horse Racing

April 23 – June 12:
Friday through Sunday
Houston, TX

Retama Park Horse Racing

June 24 – August 7:
Friday through Sunday except July 17
Houston, TX

Gillespie County Fair Horse Racing

July 3, 4, 17 & 18, August 14, 15, 28 & 29:
Saturday & Sunday
Fredricksburg, TX

Lone Star Park Horse Racing

September 17 – December 18:
Friday & Saturday
Grand Prairie, TX

Become a TQHA Member Today

Join TQHA, the largest AQHA affiliate and your advocate promoting & protecting the interest of American Quarter Horses in the great state of Texas.