If you plan to show in Amateur
or Open competition, the AQHA Incentive Fund program is a great way to get a
return on your hard-earned money. The concept is simple: show an American
Quarter Horse that's enrolled in the Incentive Fund, earn AQHA points, and get
In 2001, a record 121,175 points were earned in AQHA competition,
and for every point earned by an Incentive Fund horse in an open or amateur
event, $30.47 was awarded (80 percent is given to the owner of the horse as of
December 31, 2001; 10 percent is given to the sire nominator; 10 percent is
given to the foal nominator).
Sire's Foal Earnings: $75, 946.75
Owner: Ann Myers,
For the fourth year in a row,
superstar performance stallion Zips Chocolate Chip rose to the top of the
charts, having sired the most financially successful Incentive Fund foals
competing in 2001. Zips Chocolate Chip, a 1985 bay stallion by the legendary
Zippo Pine Bar and out of Fancy Blue Chip, sired foals that earned $75,946.75,
of which Myers receives 10%. Almost all the stallions's foals are nominated to
the Incentive Fund.
"The Incentive Fund has been great to us," said Ann
Myers, owner of Zips Chocolate Chip. "It's more than paid us back for all the
investment we've put in through the years, and it's an important asset for each
horse to be in the Incentive Fund.
Myers, of Ashland, Ohio, markets the
stallion extensively through his Website,
Web users can research the stallion and his foals, search for horses for sale,
play Zips Chocolate Chip games, enter coloring contests, read Myers' chocolate
chip cookie recipe, and even view and purchase Zips Chocolate Chip jewelry.
Even so, Myers said the Incentive Fund is still one of the best marketing
"It's a must for foals of 'Chip', she explained, because most of
his progeny are destined for the AQHA show arena. "People realize the
importance of the Incentive Fund," she said. Any successful show horses not
registered in the Incentive Fund are missing out on free money.
course, I'm biased, because I own him, but he is kind of a step ahead in the
pleasure horse industry," Myers said of the stallion. "It means a lot that this
is his fourth year to be the leading sire of Incentive Fund horses. That means
people have their Chips out there showing."
Myers, a 20-year breeder,
said Chip's incredible disposition and good movement are what make him a leader
of the pack.
"I went to video him after the World Show," she said. "He
was out there loping around - and I thought, 'He could still win
Of course, Chip is getting up in years - he'll be 17 in May -
but he's still going strong. So far, the world champion junior western pleasure
stallion has sired 1,158 registered foals out of 13 foal crops. Of those, 563
are competing, and 420 have earned Registers of Merit.
western pleasure horse and earner of more than $18,000 with the National
Snaffle Bit Association stands at Down the Rail in Valley View, Texas, where Joe Jeane has managed his breeding services since
|SIRE'S FOAL EARNINGS
|Zips Chocolate Chip - Ann
|Shining Spark - Carol
|SIRE NOMINATOR EARNINGS
|Carol Rose - Gainesville,
|Ann Myers - Ashland,