2021 AQHA Convention

Posted: January 8th, 2021

The American Quarter Horse Association annual convention is a highly anticipated event for AQHA members around the world. The 2021 AQHA Convention is slated for March 18-22 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio and will be held according to local, state, and federal mandates. All members are invited to attend and can now register online.

After careful discussions with AQHA leadership and key stakeholders, the AQHA Executive Committee has decided to modify the traditional format of the annual convention to host a business format in 2021.

View the tentative convention schedule.  

With the cancellation of the 2020 convention, as a result of the coronavirus, AQHA leadership understands the importance of hosting an in-person convention in 2021. AQHA is a member-driven organization, and the modified schedule will allow attendees to focus on business initiatives, including committee and council meetings, reviewing member-submitted rule-change proposals, appointing new AQHA directors and electing the AQHA Executive Committee.

AQHA’s top priority is to safely host a convention for our members and staff; therefore, AQHA will not host larger indoor social gatherings that do not meet social-distancing guidelines during the convention.

The American Quarter Horse Foundation Board of Trustees, Foundation Council and AQHF made the decision to postpone the annual Hall of Fame Induction, which will recognize the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021.

“Each year, AQHA members look forward to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Induction to honor the legends who have shaped our industry,” said Chris Sitz, chief foundation officer. “Due to the worldwide pandemic, we felt it was necessary to postpone this event to protect our Hall of Fame inductees and representatives, along with their family and friends. The Foundation Council and Foundation staff are planning to host an event that will match the prestige of the honorees. More information about the Hall of Fame Induction, including the date and location of the event, will be released once details are finalized.”

AQHA is working closely with the Hyatt Hill Country Resort to implement health protocols and guidelines to protect the health and safety of attendees and staff during the 2021 AQHA Convention. The Association will also employ social-distancing protocols during the convention and host events outside when possible. It is important to recognize that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any setting where people are present. More information regarding the health protocols will be released at www.aqha.com/convention.

Hotel rooms for the convention are available for $244 for a single/double. To receive these rates, reservations must be made prior to February 25. To book a room at the Hyatt Hill Country, call 800-233-1234 and request a room with the AQHA room block.

For convention registration questions, email convention@aqha.org or call AQHA Manager of Organizational Events Cheyenne Tyk at 806-378-4320 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday.

For more information on the 2021 AQHA Convention, visit www.aqha.com/convention.

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!