Activities...Fall in Love with the Arabian Horse


AHA offers a variety of horse shows, distance rides and competitions. To see rides, shows and events local to your area, visit the Event Calendar, Competitions or Get Local pages for more information. We offer programs for both Arabian, AHA sanctioned competitions as well as open events. These are just some of the benefits that you can receive as an AHA member.



AHA Clubs


The best way to be connected in the Arabian Horse Industry is through one of AHA's many clubs. You can find clubs in your area, by visiting our Get Involved page. Select your region from the map and then locate the club closest to you. Clubs offer a variety of member benefits, activities, ways to get involved and help to promote the Arabian breed! 



Arabian Horse Day


Join us on Saturday, June 18 at Arapahoe Park for Arabian Horse Day! Arabian Horse Day was created to bring awareness about the Arabian horse breed and horse racing to the public through a day filled with behind-the-scene tours, fun activities, raffle giveaways, races and more.





Arabian Horse Month


The month of May has been dedicated to the Arabian horse and bringing awareness to the breed. Learn how you can be involved in Arabian Horse Month, the many activities you can do to share your passion of the Arabian horse with the public and even participate in the Arabian Horse Month Challenge where you can WIN a cool prize! 




Discovery Farms


If you’ve never encountered an Arabian horse up close, start your adventure by visiting an AHA Discovery Farm. This unique program offers you the opportunity to explore Arabian horses at farms with knowledgeable owners in a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere. You’ll learn all about the breed characteristics and gain first-hand knowledge of what makes this breed truly special.


If you own Arabian horses and want to share your passion for the breed with newcomers, sign up to become a Discovery Farm.




Are you ready to get riding? Get on the back of an Arabian horse with the ‘Learn-To-Ride’ Program! Contact Arabian horse barns in your area that offer riding lessons in a casual arena setting, on riding trails or instructors that help to prepare you for the show ring.


Become a recognized 'Learn-To-Ride' Barn and you’ll have the opportunity to put newcomers on the back of an amazing horse.


T.A.I.L. (Total Arabian Interaction & Learning)


A horse show can be a wonderful venue for a family that wants to spend a fun day together looking at horses. In order to welcome these families and individuals, the T.A.I.L. program evolved. The program's goal is simple - make people feel comfortable and welcome so that they can learn more about the Arabian horse. Families can be shown around a horse show venue, discover different farms, watch classes and have questions answered. This program is perfect for Scout, FFA and 4H leaders and their groups. It’s an easy and effective way for current Arabian owners and lovers to share their love for the breed with others.


AHA Marketing Toolkit


Interested in marketing the Arabian horse at a grassroots level? Look no further! AHA regions, clubs and members have compiled a list of ideas and activities to help you promote the Arabian horse at a local level.





Leg Up


Leg Up: A Ready-to-Use Lesson Series About Arabian Horses is a free downloadable series of fun, effective lessons for 4-H leaders, youth leaders, teachers and scout troops. There’s no cost to try it. Each Leg Up lesson plan is a compact and comprehensive presentation suitable for youth or families. Plans may be used “as is” or modified to suit a group’s age or knowledge.


Every Leg Up lesson is free of charge and includes a comprehensive lecture outline, Arabian horse trivia, games and visual aids. While the images used are Arabian horses, there is a variety of general interest information about horses included in the program.


Choose your next Leg Up Lesson:



Recipes for Success


‘Recipes for Success’ is a downloadable how-to manual for fairs, mini-conventions and seminars. Its purpose is to introduce the general public to the Arabian horse, expand the education of the present Arabian horse owners and to encourage fellowship and exchange of ideas between the general public and present Arabian horse owners.


You’ll find examples of programs, step-by-step instructions and suggestions to create successful programs of your own. Our samples are presented as starting points to allow for brainstorming and creativity, and in matters of legal counsel or insurance it is recommended that you contact the appropriate local authority.


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Incentive Programs


If you're currently riding and competing with Arabian horses outside of the AHA recognized show circuit, the Arabian Horse Association Incentive Programs are designed for you. Whether you ride dressage or endurance, compete in local, open shows or just enjoy getting out and saddling up for a leisurely trail ride, there's a program for you.


  • Open Event Incentive Program (OEIP)
    The best ambassadors we have are those who take their Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses to all-breed competitions and demonstrate how athletic these horses can be. You can earn points for these open competitions. Riders who participate in the OEIP will earn recognition and awards based on the number of points they accumulate in a variety of disciplines and events. Award benchmarks range from 10 - 1,000 points.


  • Frequent Rider Program (FRP)
    Cool awards give you even more reasons to enjoy riding. Leisure and trail riding and driving, schooling, taking lessons, riding in parades, giving demonstrations -- you name it. All types of non-competitive riding count! The FRP promotes and awards riders for the hours they spend riding (or driving) their Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian for pleasure or work. Award benchmarks range from 25 - 10,000 hours.


  • Competitive Distance Program (CDP)
    Receive the awards you deserve for those hard-earned miles! The CDP promotes and awards registered Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse owners for competing in distance events approved by national organizations representing endurance, competitive trail and ride & tie competitors. Award benchmarks range from 250 - 5,000 miles.


Achievement Awards


Earn recognition for you and your horse through the AHA Achievement Award programs. Amateur Riders can participate in the year-end points race. Horses earn Achievement Awards points and have permanent symbols added to their name, signifying honor and prestige.


Horse Achievement


AHA's premier recognition program for horses that actively compete. Achievement Awards symbols printed behind a horse's name provide a visible sign of honor and prestige. Horses earn points for competing and placing in AHA-recognized events, including: 


  • Breeding/In-Hand classes
  • Performance classes
  • Competitive trail rides
  • Endurance rides
  • Combined Driving
  • Arabian racing
  • Gymkhana
  • Dressage
  • Pleasure Carriage Driving
  • Eventing


Amatuer Achievement


Modeled after the popular Achievement Awards program, which tracks a horse's performance, the Amateur Achievement Awards (AAA) program assigns points to individual riders, handlers and drivers. Riders don't have to own the horse they compete with since this program tracks riders only. Available for youth and adults.


Qualifying classes and rides include AHA Recognized & U.S. Equestrian Federation/EC-rated shows and events; Endurance & Competitive Trail rides and open dressage classes; USEA Eventing; and some pole bending and barrel racing competitions in Arabian divisions.


Distance Programs


Ride your way to great rewards with these AHA Distance Ride Programs:


  • Distance Horse Awards
  • Competitive Distance Program
  • Frequent Rider Program
  • Competitive Trail High Point Program Awards
  • Endurance High Point Program Awards
  • Distance Horse of the Year Award
  • Horse Achievement Awards
  • Amateur Achievement Awards
  • Breeders Sweepstakes


Recognition Awards


The Ambassador Award, Open Competition Award, and Distance Horse of the Year Award are designed to recognize Arabian, Half-Arabian, and Anglo-Arabian horses that excel outside of AHA. The Ambassador Award is for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community to the general public. The horse must have achieved a unique accomplishment that showcases our breed. The Open Competition Award is for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community in areas of Open Competition and the horse must have received acknowledgement at the higher levels of competition and/or shown progressive and consistent accomplishment within a discipline. Distance Horse of the Year is an award that recognizes the significant accomplishment of an Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian horse that excels in distance sports.


Prize Money Programs


Competition Related Programs for AHA Shows & Rides

AHA awards more than $2 million in annual prize money through the Breeders Sweepstakes, Halter Futurities and Performance Futurity/Maturity Programs. If you are a serious breeder committed to creating show ring quality horses, these programs allow you to showcase yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds before Regional and National audiences. Halter Futurity winners can win thousands of dollars in just one class during their three-year-old year, and many Sweepstakes horses are eligible to win prize money at the Regional and National level for their entire life.


Breeders Sweepstakes


  • Rewarding excellent breeding for almost 30 years
  • Adds excitement to the show ring - over $500,000 available at U.S. Nationals
  • Delivers substantial Breeder Incentives to mare owners
  • Pays prize money to Regional and National Events
  • Proven long-term viability
  • Flexible enough to add classes & larger payouts


Halter Futurities 


Show off your young stock before a national audience in the most economical breeding program around -- Halter Futurities. For only $60 per horse/per country you can enroll an in-utero foal with an option to pay just $35 per horse/per year to renew. Three-year-olds may be presented at Canadian and/or U.S. Nationals to enthusiastic fans eager to see what horses and breeding programs are truly the best. Futurity horses have more market value, bring attention to your breeding program and attract new buyers.


Performance Futurities


Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses can compete in Performance Futurity/Maturity classes at the U.S. Nationals. These classes feature the best of the breed's young athletes. Some of these young horses are sold before they even leave the arena, providing a wonderful marketplace to showcase the best and brightest that the industry has to offer.


Arabian Farm Directory


AHA provides an entire database of Arabian horse farms that can be found in your area and throughout North America. These farms all provide a entourage of services and we want to help you find the perfect one for your and your horses' needs. Search for a list of Arabian farms on the Get Local page. 


Looking to advertise your Arabian farm in our Farm Directory? Showcase your farm in our directory or update an existing ad.  


Arabian Boarding Stables


We've got a great database of Arabian horse Boarding Stables at your fingertips. Find out which farms are local to your area on our Get Local page. Reach out to them and determine which ones might be the best fit for you and your horse.


Want to ad your Arabian horse Boarding Stable to our list? It's easy...