National Quarter Horse Registry ~ Since 1956

Why would I bother to register a horse without a proven pedigree?

N.Q.H.R.'s stand on cross breeding is remembering where the quarter horse came from. The quarter horse type came from a mixture of Spanish and colonial stock horses. If you care to look back at the founding of the quarter horse long before the name and status as a breed you would see horses of unknown pedigree's being bred for their ability to perform a job. Generally in the case of the "bulldog or steeldust horses" as the quarter horses were first known it was to pull the plow thus the heavy chest and neck, or out think a herd of rangy cows thus the heavy hind quarters for better spinning and stopping.

When the breed was first adopted as such it was by a group of men who got together and decided a certain type of body style was desirable and should be perfected. They selected a few of the largest and most prominent ranches of the area and declared those horses were the only ones eligible. This plan did not go over well with the other ranches of the area and eventually the registry opened its doors to the general public. The early breeding of the quarter horse was a hit and miss strategy as not every foal bred automatically inherits the desirable traits. It has been argued by multiple groups whether that is what has happened from the selective registering of the quarter horses by most of the modern registries. The NQHR believes the type which was originally sought has been forgotten, maybe due to the fact the horses are not needed to work the farm anymore. Maybe because the breed has followed to many fashion changes.

The NQHR is a registry with one purpose and that is to recognize the quarter horse as it was originally meant to be in type without sacrificing conformation, temperament or usability. Our purpose is to protect the foundation bloodlines which the breed was based on as well as to introduce appropriate new bloodlines which will sustain the breed and avoid the debilitating and often deadly diseases that are cropping up from the inbreeding of foundation horses. The NQHR does not accept "any horse" that remotely represents quarter horses just to make a profit. The NQHR requires a strict evaluation of all non-pedigreed horses applying for quarter "type" status. Only horses with desired type and conformation will be accepted for registration as future breeding stock.

The NQHR uses a system of separated sections to integrate new bloodlines into the full blooded stock.