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Foundation Quarter Horses

Courtesy of NFQHA magazine.  See full article.

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NFQHA Breed Standard

The National  Foundation Quarter Horse

is all about versatility and a calm, willing disposition.  Our Foundation lines are based on Poco Bueno and are 95-100% Foundation Quarter Horse per the NFQHA criteria. The NFQHA breed standard describes this horse as follows:

 

“The Foundation Quarter Horse is a medium sized, balanced horse, heavily muscled, with sturdy bone and foot to support his weight, and carry heavy loads during long days of work. The length of leg does not exceed the depth of the heart-girth. The large eyes are set far apart on a short head with a large jaw, and the neck is of medium length and thickness in keeping with his heavily muscled frame. All parts of his conformation are geared to allowing a horse to work hard for long hours in rough terrain, and still have the lightning burst of speed necessary to catch a cow, and the agility required to turn that cow on a dime.“

What is the NFQHA ?

THE NFQHA

National Foundation Quarter Horse Association

Located in gorgeous Wallowa County, Oregon, NFQHA was formed in 1995 and is a full service horse breed association dedicated to preserving and promoting the National Foundation Quarter Horse, while working to retain the original Quarter Horse breed characteristics as described by AQHA founder, Robert Denhardt.

As of Dec 31st, 2009 NFQHA has received 33,394 Research / Certification applications and has 13,133 household memberships.  (One membership covers all family members at the same address).  NFQHA has members in all 50 states plus 28 foreign countries.

National Foundation Quarter Horses were originally known as ‘Bulldogs’ or 'Steeldusts'. These horses were famous for intelligence, kind, willing, trainable dispositions, good bone and foot, extreme hardiness, and natural cow sense - all attributes conducive to
Versatility.

Horses registered with AQHA that carry a minimum of 80% Quarter Horse blood, and meet all other NFQHA requirements, are eligible for National Foundation Quarter Horse  Certification.
We do the research for you!  We research back 11 generations and provide you with a list of every registered TB found. 

When your horse is Certified with NFQHA he has a genuine claim to the coveted National Foundation Quarter Horse title, with written proof of his actual National Foundation Quarter Horse blood percentage. 

When the NFQHA Board of Advisors first met in 1995 to discuss how to define the National Foundation Quarter Horse they had the benefit of 55 years of Quarter Horse history to help guide them in their decisions. The Board relied heavily on this historical perspective in defining what a Foundation Quarter Horse is, and in structuring NFQHA’s Statement of Purpose, and Goals and Standards.

All Board members agreed that the unique characteristics which set the Foundation Quarter Horse apart from other equine breeds were: Versatility - Disposition - Athletic Ability and Agility - Sturdy Constitution - Sound Body with Good Bone & Foot - Natural Cow Sense - Blazing Burst of Early Speed - Intelligence - and a Willing, Trainable mind. In reviewing this list it was apparent that the National Foundation Quarter Horse should be defined by one word..…VERSATILE, and that all his attributes should contribute to that versatility.

Based on that criteria, the National Foundation Quarter Horse is defined as follows:

Versatility – the National Foundation Quarter Horse should be above all things versatile. The Foundation Quarter Horse’s historical claim to fame was his incredible Versatility, which made him indispensable to his owner. He worked cows, plowed fields, pulled buggies and wagons, ran races, provided basic transportation, and has been an outstanding recreation and trail horse.

Disposition – the National Foundation Quarter should be very quiet and willing, but not a ‘deadhead’. He knows that he needs to conserve his energy and does not waste it in unnecessary action by jigging, head tossing, and fighting with the rider. He has a big kind heart, and will willingly do anything asked of him by someone that he trusts. His great mind is not only the most endearing aspect of the Foundation Quarter Horse, but may also be the most important aspect of his Versatility. In order to withstand the stresses of being asked to perform a multitude of tasks he must have a quiet, willing attitude, and also be intelligent enough to understand what is being asked of him. Many super star specialty horses do not have this kind of mind, and can only do one thing well.

Conformation - The National Foundation Quarter Horse should possess the Quarter Horse Conformation described by Robert Denhardt in 1940 – the Foundation Quarter Horse is a medium sized, balanced horse, heavily muscled, with sturdy bone and foot to support his weight, and carry heavy loads during long days of work. The length of leg does not exceed the depth of the heart-girth. The large eyes are set far apart on a short head with a large jaw, and the neck is of medium length and thickness in keeping with his heavily muscled frame. All parts of his conformation are geared to allowing a horse to work hard for long hours in rough terrain, and still have the lightning burst of speed necessary to catch a cow, and the agility required to turn that cow on a dime.

Color - National Foundation Quarter Horses shall meet the 1995 AQHA standards for color and white markings.

After defining the National Foundation Quarter Horse, the next problem was how to qualify horses for the new Association based on these definitions. Since physical inspection was not practical nor feasible, it was decided the certification criteria had to be based on Quarter Horse Blood. Since the only outside blood continued to be added since the inception of AQHA was Thoroughbred, the percentage left after subtracting the TB blood would be the original Quarter Horse blood. Therefore, it would be necessary to research back to the parents of the first registered Quarter Horse, or the first TB encountered on each line; or eleven generations; whichever came first. Thus the research had to look at over 2,000 horses in a pedigree.

This huge undertaking was considered necessary because from the beginning of AQHA horses were accepted into the registry that were not considered to be the Steel Dust or Bulldog type that Robert Denhardt wanted. The race type were originally accepted as class “C” with “A” being the Steel Dust/Bulldog type. Over the years this changed many times, but the race type or Thoroughbred cross continued to be accepted. Some of the race type were probably also registered as “A” horses as many of the AQHA Inspectors were renown Race type men. Later the class system was abolished and all horses received a registration number.

NFQHA looks at the TB in every horse regardless of how low its AQHA registration number, or what year it was registered or born. It is the NFQHA belief that the more TB blood a horse carries, the more TB traits it will exhibit and the more Quarter Horse attributes will be lost. In 1995 it was thought that a horse carrying 75% Quarter Horse blood (researching back to the parents of the first registered horse, or 11 generations), would meet the above criteria. However, after the first National Show in 1996, and after reviewing pedigrees for over a year the qualifying criteria was raised to 80%. This criteria has proven to be excellent, as demonstrated by the overall quality and consistency of National Foundation Quarter Horses.

Jaz Ebon Doll with her 2011 Filly