Can I reuse an American Quarter Horse’s name?

In certain cases, you may reuse an American Quarter Horse’s name. Here’s how that works.

If you’re using the Research Foal Name tool, just because a name comes up as unavailable does not mean that the name can’t possibly be reused again.

To reuse an American Quarter Horse’s name:

  • The horse must be deceased, and that must be reported by the current record owner of the horse.
  • The horse cannot have competed in any AQHA-approved event. (This confuses many people. By "not competed," we mean cannot ever have raced, even if it came in dead last, and cannot ever have even set foot in the ring of an AQHA-approved show.)
  • The horse cannot have any offspring with a performance record (show or race).
  • The horse cannot have earned a special achievement award. (AQHA Incentive Fund or Challenge nominations are not considered awards/recognition, so that name could be reused so long as the horse – as stated above – was never shown or raced.)
  • The horse cannot have any produce or get younger than 10 years of age, and the horse’s produce or get cannot have received any of those awards/achievements or special recognitions.

To inquire about reusing a name, complete this form or call 806-376-4811, option 1, extension 1.

For more information or for questions on foal names, give us a call at 806-376-4811, option 1, extension 1 or send us a message at