Land of Lincoln Quarter
Webmaster: Cheryl LaMaster
Last updated Jan. 4, 2019
Some information and photo supplied courtesy of AQHA.
The interest and popularity of the Quarter Horse in all areas of the country has grown so much that the American Quarter Horse Association is now the largest equine registry in the world with several million horses registered to date.
Considered a type, not a breed, it was not until the Quarter Horse Association was founded in 1941, that the Quarter Horse finally became a recognized breed. The Association kept careful check for a number of years, examining every animal before registering. Strict rules were followed for animals so that they had to meet set specifications and qualification as to type, character, conformation and ancestry.
The Land of Lincoln Quarter Horse Association was formed in March of 1967 with a membership list of 84 members. The Association's membership has grown to a high of 300 members, of which the large majority reside in the northern part of Illinois. Of course, we have had members from all over the state, as well as Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Missouri.
This Association was established to foster and spread interest in and to educate the members of this Association and the general public in riding, breeding, training, showing and racing of the American Quarter Horse. Our original area of incorporation consists of northern Illinois. However, we do approve shows outside of that original area.
Every state in the United States has its own state association (see the links page for area associations), as well as additional regional associations. All associations actively support and promote the Quarter Horse. In accordance with our above stated purposes and information, the Land of Lincoln Quarter Horse Association has sponsored shows and other activities over the past years for the good of its members.
In the past, our members were kept informed of local activities through our newsletter, the Lincoln Log. Currently published approximately every other month, the newsletter contained such topics as news of members activities, minutes of Board of Directors' meetings, upcoming events and shows, point standings towards year-end awards, a business directory, and youth news. The Lincoln Log is not currently published on a regular basis.
Our yearly activities include horse shows in the spring/summer and fall. Our yearly spring/summer shows had been held at Fox Valley Saddle Association grounds in Elgin and Hampshire, IL, at Wahl Equestrian Arena (Double G Farms) in Sterling, IL and at Ledges Equestrian Complex in Roscoe, IL. It was at these shows that we offered team tournaments and weekend all-arounds for amateurs, youth and novice. Our fall horse shows used to include our futurity classes. Our futurity has been discontinued. Our shows are currently held at Gordyville USA in Gifford, IL.
Our year-end high-point awards are presented at our annual banquet. Points are accumulated throughout the year at area shows approved by our organization. Also at the banquet, individuals are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the club over the past year.
Probably the honor most sought after by our youth is being chosen to represent Land of Lincoln Quarter Horse Association in the National Youth Activities Team Tournament (NYATT) at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress held in Columbus, Ohio. Teams of usually from two to twelve youth, representing state, area and regional Quarter Horse associations, compete in showmanship, horsemanship, western pleasure, reining, hunter under saddle and barrel racing for class winnings as well as overall points. Only two exhibitors per team may compete in each event. LLQHA has not sent youth teams to Congress in the recent past due to limited numbers of involved youth.
The original American horse was the Quarter Horse. Fused with colonial and pioneer stock, the Quarter Horse was a practical all-purpose animal heavily-muscled and mild mannered. He earned his place in American history with his great speed, strength, agility and endurance. He performed capably at any job required of him, whether it be pulling a plow or for transportation, racing or ranch work. Almost extinct in 1830, he was used in the foundation of the great American thoroughbred, through thirty-three mares. The thoroughbred, in turn, added to the quality and speed of the Quarter Horse.
LLQHA is a not-for-profit organization.
Our organization is regulated by our bylaws, last revised in 1989.