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AQHA to Honor its Nearly 350,000 Members

Horse Press Release

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is rolling out the red carpet to welcome all AQHA members to its third annual Member Appreciation Days and Open House, which will be held June 1-13, 2004 in Amarillo, Texas. Members won't want to miss this special opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes action at the international headquarters.

Need more reasons to visit Amarillo? All AQHA members who visit AQHA headquarters during Member Appreciation Days will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a Tex Tan western leather saddle valued at $2,500. Remember, all guests must sign the guest book at AQHA to be entered in the drawing.

Members also will be eligible to win a Professional's Choice Air Ride saddle pad and two pair of SMBII boots to match. These items will be given away during Member Appreciation Days.

Special Events:

June 1-13--Visit the American Quarter Horse Association's international headquarters during Member Appreciation Days, where AQHA Ambassadors are prepared to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the largest breed registry in the world.

June 1-13--Visit the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum for special events and exhibits in honor of our more than 347,000 members.

June 1-30--For the month of June only, view the Justin Boots traveling exhibit, "The Art of Boot Making - 125th Anniversary Tour" at the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum. This exhibit showcases a one-of-a-kind, $200,000 pair of handmade Justin Boots.

June 3-6--The 2004 Invitational Coors Ranch Rodeo and NRCHA's World's Greatest Horseman Competition will be held in the Amarillo National Center at the Tri-State Fairgrounds.

June 3-13--Visit the Pioneer Amphitheatre for the bold, new theatrical journey of "Texas Legacies" and "Heavenly Country." (AQHA members will receive a discount with proof of membership.)

June 6--AQHA Test Rides at the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum.

June 6--Join AQHA at the Heritage Center & Museum for a special event - Three-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion bull fighter Mike Matt of Stewart, Oklahoma, will be performing Roman Riding with his equine partners the "El Diablos." Watch as he rides standing upright on the backs of two horses simultaneously as he attempts to jump over a convertible.

June 7-11--Register your kids for "Camp It Up." This week-long camp is held at the Heritage Center & Museum and is full of fun and interactive learning about the American Quarter Horse.

June 12--Join AQHA staff and Executive Vice President Bill Brewer on a ride through scenic Palo Duro Canyon in celebration of Member Appreciation Days.

June 12 (tentative, please call for exact date and time)--Visit the Heritage Center & Museum to watch a master in the craft of boot making in action. This demonstration is sponsored by Justin Boots, the official boot of AQHA.

June 13--Join AQHA at the Heritage Center & Museum for a special Member Appreciation Days patriotic celebration in honor of our armed forces.

For more information about AQHA's Member Appreciation Days, visit, or contact one of AQHA's customer service representatives by calling 806/376-4811.