The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) was formed in 2003, as the result of a merger of the Arabian Horse Registry of America (founded in 1908) and the International Arabian Horse Association (founded in 1950). The purpose of formulating AHA was to create an organization of like-minded Arabian horse enthusiasts, and provide a focal point for their favorite recreational or competitive activities. AHA is the official Arabian horse breed association and registry in the U.S. and Canada, with 16,600 members and more than 1 million registered Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses. The AHA Registry was created in 1908 and was formerly known as the Arabian Horse Registry of America.
As a full-service non-profit breed association, AHA seeks to meet the breeding, competitive and recreational interests of all Arabian horse owners. We offer over 344 events and competitions and have the largest online marketplace, bringing enthusiasts together to share the joys of Arabian horse ownership. We administer approximately $1 million in annual prize money, produce national events, maintain official event records and provide activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership.
At AHA’s Annual Convention, delegates from 18 geographical regions meet annually to elect officers and other governing bodies, and vote on rules that affect the Arabian horse industry. Our Executive Committee and Board of Directors represent the interests of Arabian horse owners throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Arabian Horse Association exists for the growth in the number of people having a passion to own and enjoy the Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse.
- growth in the interest in, and demand for the Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse;
- preservation of the integrity of the breed;
- increased participation in activities involving the Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse;
- recognition by the equine industry and general public about the value and attributes of the Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse; and
- ensure that services and benefits are valuable and convenient for AHA members.
The Arabian Horse Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origins (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members and volunteers.
AHA supports the efforts of the US Equestrian and the US Center for SafeSport to provide a program, information, and a reporting and investigation process to protect our Junior Exhibitors and Amateurs from abuse, including sexual, emotional, and physical misconduct, as well as bullying, harassment, and hazing.
AHA is responsible for appointing 60% of the USEF Arabian Rules Committee. The appointees will be decided on by the AHA President, with consult of the current Chair of the USEF Arabian Rules Committee, the Executive Director of the Arabian Horse Association will choose the members of USEF Arabian Rules Committee, the proposed membership will require approval of the Executive Committee of the Arabian Horse Association prior to submission to USEF.
A portion of the AHA appointees for the USEF Arabian Rules Committee are required to be athletes. An athlete is defined as a competitor who has competed within the last 10 years at any AHA National Championship (exception: Canadian Nationals) and has placed in the top 10.