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Quarter Horse Cal-Bred Awards Program

As the Official Cal-Bred Registry for Racing Quarter Horses for the State of California, P.C.Q.H.R.A. administers the Cal-Bred Quarter Horse Awards Program which pays annual premiums to the owner, breeder and owner of the stallion that sires an eligible Cal-Bred that finishes first or second in any Quarter Horse race run in California.

Under current California law, for an AQHA registered foal to qualify for Cal-Bred Awards it must be sired by a stallion that stands in California at the time of conception and it must be registered Cal-Bred with the official registry (P.C.Q.H.R.A.).

For a foal to be registered Cal-Bred, it has to meet the following requirements:

1) A Cal-Bred foaled prior to Jan. 1, 1997, is defined as an AQHA registered Quarter Horse foal conceived in California.
2) For foals born on or after Jan. 1, 1997, a Cal-Bred is defined as an AQHA registered Quarter Horse foal conceived in California by a stallion standing in California at the time of conception.
The change in definition that became effective January 1997 was prompted by a poll of P.C.Q.H.R.A. membership in response to AQHA's revision of regulations to allow shipment of cooled semen. Based on the results of that poll, the P.C.Q.H.R.A. Board of Directors introduced legislation to change the Cal-Bred definition so that a resulting foal from shipment of semen from California stallions to a mare domiciled outside of California is not be eligible for Cal-Bred registration. The new definition also does not permit the resulting foal of a mare domiciled in California that is bred to an out-of-state stallion by cooled semen to be eligible for Cal-Bred registration. The only way to produce a Quarter Horse foal eligible for Cal-Bred registration when that foal is bred by shipment of cooled semen is for a California stallion to ship semen to a mare domiciled in California.

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The cost to Cal-Bred register an eligible Quarter Horse is:
Weanlings: $25 for PCQHRA Supporting Members; $65 Other
Yearlings: $25 for PCQHRA Supporting Members: $65 Other
2yo & up: $60 for PCQHRA Supporting Members; $100 Other
PCQHRA Supporting Members are those who pay annual dues of $25 per year to support the efforts of the Association.

It is important to note that anyone can Cal-Bred a Quarter Horse - it does not have to be the breeder. The owner of the horse, or the owner of the stallion that sired the horse, can Cal-Bred a horse simply by paying the appropriate fee to P.C.Q.H.R.A. The registry would prefer, however, that the registration papers accompany the Cal-Bred Registration so the official Cal-Bred Registry stamp can be affixed to the papers. Every year a number of Cal-Bred Awards are forfeited because the breeder, owner or stallion owner did not register the horse Cal-Bred. The horse must be registered Cal-Bred on or before the day entries are taken for the race in which it earns awards. Outside of the cost to register a Quarter Horse Cal-Bred, there are no other fees associated with the Cal-Bred Awards Program. You do not have to pay fees to register mares, nor do you have to pay fees to register stallions.

California law clearly defines the breeder, owner and stallion owner for purposes of eligibility to earn and receive Cal-Bred Awards. It is important to familiarize yourself with these definitions as they can have profound impact on your decisions to breed, purchase and sell horses.

Cal-Bred Breeder - The Cal-Bred Breeder of a foal conceived prior to Jan. 1, 1996, is defined as the owner of the mare at the time of foaling. For a foal conceived on or after January 1, 1996, the Cal-Bred Breeder is defined as the owner of the mare at the time of conception (this will be the breeder that appears on the AQHA registration certificate).

Cal-Bred Owner - The Cal-Bred Owner is defined as the person(s) who is registered with the paymaster of purses on the date the qualifying race was conducted as the owner of the California-bred Quarter Horse earning purse money in that race.

Stallion Owner - For purposes of earning Cal-Bred Stallion Awards, the stallion owner is defined as the person who is the owner of the eligible Quarter Horse sire as of Dec. 31 of the calendar year in which that sire's foals had eligible earnings, or the person who owned the eligible Quarter Horse sire on the date that the sire died. Consequently, if you are considering selling your stallion, it may be best to wait until after the end of the year to finalize the transaction if you are eligible to receive Stallion Awards. Or you may want to stipulate in the sale contract that you receive all awards earned while you owned the stallion.

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California law defines an "eligible Quarter Horse sire" as a Quarter Horse, or thoroughbred stallion, bred to a Quarter Horse mare, where the sire was continuously present in California from Feb. 1 to July 15, inclusive, of the calendar year in which the qualifying race was conducted, as well as from February 1 to July 15, inclusive, of the following calendar year. If a sires dies in California and stood his last season at stud in California, he will thereafter continue to be considered a eligible Quarter Horse sire. The definition of an eligible Quarter Horse sire requires that the sire be present in California the year the awards are earned and that he be present in California for the following breeding season.

The law requires that all owners of stallions that are eligible for Cal-Bred Awards notify the state registry (P.C.Q.H.R.A.) that they are eligible for awards prior to Feb. 1st of the year following the year in which the awards are earned. Eligibility forms can be obtained at the P.C.Q.H.R.A. office or P.C.Q.H.R.A. may mail eligibility forms in January to stallion owners that have sired a Cal-Bred Quarter Horse that finished first or second in Quarter Horse races the prior year informing them of the need to complete and submit the eligibility forms; however, these efforts, if any, by P.C.Q.H.R.A. are performed as a courtesy only. P.C.Q.H.R.A. has no duty or obligation under the law to assist stallion owners with this notification requirement and publishes this notice as a reminder to all stallion owners of their obligations in this regard.

Cal-Bred Awards are required by law to be paid out no later than March 31 of the year immediately following the calendar year for which the awards were earned. Any payments for awards that are uncashed on Dec. 31 of the year issued accrue to the following year for distribution.

Source(s) of funding for the Cal-Bred Award Pools
The funds to pay Cal-Bred Awards are derived from the following:

1. .4% of 1% of the total off-track Quarter Horse handle (does not include out-of-state handle on Quarter Horses).
2. .2% of 1% of the total on-track Quarter Horse handle.
3. From the 40.5% of the 3% additional take-out on all exotic wagers that goes to Quarter Horse earned purses, 25% of that amount is deposited in the Cal-Bred Awards Pool.
4. A sum equal to 10% of the first-place money won by every Cal-Bred Quarter Horse competing in a Quarter Horse race is deposited into the Cal-Bred Awards Pool. This 10% of the win purse is funded 50% by the track, 8% by the state and 42% from the Quarter Horse earned purse account.

How the pool is distributed to Breeders, Owners and Stallion Owners
Award monies for the Cal-Bred Awards Pool are forwarded to P.C.Q.H.R.A. on a monthly basis during the Los Alamitos race meet and after the conclusion of every Fair race meet in California that offers Quarter Horse racing. As these funds are received at P.C.Q.H.R.A., they are deposited in a segregated interest bearing account that accumulates interest throughout the year. California law entitles P.C.Q.H.R.A. to deduct 10% of all funds directed to Cal-Bred Awards for administration of the Cal-Bred Awards Program. However, the Association has not taken any administrative fee for the past twelve years (1995-2008).

P.C.Q.H.R.A. maintains a Cal-Bred Awards Computer Software Program in which we enter all the pertinent information for all Cal-Bred Quarter Horses that finish first or second in any Quarter Horse race conducted in the State of California. After all funds for the Cal-Bred Awards Pool have been received and all of the racing information inputted, the Cal-Bred Awards Computer Program splits the pool into three sections: 60% to Breeders Awards, 25% to Owners Awards and 15% to Stallion Awards. After the pool has been split into these three separate amounts, the Computer Program prorates the total amount in each separate pool against the first- and second-place monies earned by every eligible Cal-Bred Quarter Horse that has been entered into the computer. The Computer Program then prints one check for each eligible recipient that includes Breeder, Owner and Stallion Awards based on a prorated share of each of the pools.

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Since the Cal-Bred Awards distribution system outlined by law requires one pool for all awards earned during the year, the previous method of paying out awards after the conclusion of every Quarter Horse meet is no longer used. Award recipients receive a single check for all awards within 90 days after the conclusion of the year in which they were earned. The maximum purse considered for earned in any race for the purpose of Cal-Bred Awards is $200,000 for a win, and $80,000 for a second-place finish.

Based on a survey of its members regarding the payment of Breeders Awards, P.C.Q.H.R.A. introduced and was successful in passing Quarter Horse Cal-Bred legislation in 1997 that guarantees Breeders receive at least 10% of all first- and second-place purses earned by an eligible Cal-Bred racing in California starting Jan. 1, 1998.

Additional Racing Opportunities for Cal-Breds in California
In addition to the Cal-Bred Awards Program, every racetrack in the State of California that offers Quarter Horse racing is required to offer at least one race a day restricted to Cal-Breds. These races also offer a Cal-Bred premium equal to 25% of the published purse.

There are also considerable stakes opportunities for Cal-Breds racing at Los Alamitos. PCQHRA administers the $500,000 (est) Governor's Cup Futurity for Cal-Breds, and the $250,000 (est) Governor's Cup Derby for Cal-Breds. Los Alamitos Race Course offers the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship. These three races anchor an all Cal-Bred "California Champions Night" program scheduled in at Los Alamitos that also features nine additional stakes restricted to state-bred Quarter Horses. This program will be the showcase event for California-Bred Quarter Horses in the new millennium.

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California Champions Night


Since its Inaugural showing in 2000 the California Champions Night has
become one of the premier nights in quarter horse racing. The all state bred, race card will again be headed by the $500,000 Est.Governor�s Futurity $250,000 Est. Governor�s Derby and the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap.

The promotional benefits of this evening are immeasurable. TVG broadcasts the
entire program live throughout the nation year and industry publications are
quick to recognize the combined efforts of PCQHRA, Los Alamitos,
and California�s breeders, trainers and owners in producing what one industry
writer terms �one of the best programs in the history of Quarter Horse racing�.

Here is the complete listing of stakes to be run Saturday July 31, 2010.
California Breeders Championship Program:
$500,000 Est. Governor�s Cup Futurity, 2 year olds, 350 yards
$250,000 Est. Governor�s Cup Derby, 3 year olds, 400 yards
$100,000 Spencer L. Childers California Breeders Championship Hcp
3&up;,400 yards
$50,000 California Breeders Matron, 3&up; F&M;, 400 yards
$25,000 California Breeders Marathon Stakes, 3&up;, 870 yards
$25,000 Jens L. List Memorial California Breeders Stakes,3 year olds,400 yards
$25,000 California Breeders 550 Sophomore Stakes, 3 year olds, 550 yards
$25,000 California Breeders Freshman Stakes, 2 year olds, 350 yards
$25,000 California Breeders Sprint Stakes, 3&up;, 350 yards
$17,500 $10,000 Senior Claiming Stakes, 3&up;, 400 yards
$15,000 $5,000 Senior Claiming Stakes, 3&up;, 350 yards
$17,500 $10,000 Senior Distance Claiming Stakes, 3&up;, 870 yards
$15,000 $5,000 Senior Distance Claiming Stakes, 3&up;, 870 yards
$17,500 $10,000 Sophomore Claiming Stakes, 3 year olds, 350 yards
$15,000 $5,000 Sophomore Claiming Stakes, 3 year olds, 350 yards
$25,000 California Breeders Debutante Stakes, 3 year old fillies, 350 yards

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