Horseman

Welcome Horsemen!

This page is dedicated to keep you informed of exciting news for American Quarter Horse racing and breeding here in the Sunshine State. We will post special announcements and information that will allow you to jump at the opportunity to be a part of the historical events that continue to unfold. We look forward to helping you in anyway we can. See you on the backside!

FQHRA is continuing to pursue legitimate AQHA horse racing in Florida. 

FQHRA intends to continue AQHA's policy of protecting the health and welfare of the horses and riders and strictly enforcing forbidden substances rules and penalties. We are currently working with the lab and DBPR to make sure the testing levels are up to industry standards. QH racing is a growing and popular sport in Florida and across the country and it will continue to grow and prosper as we all work together to make sure our sport and industry is safe and free of forbidden medications. Good breeding, good nutrition and good training will rule the day. Our good trainers and owners are demanding a clean and safe racing environment and we intend to do our part to provide for that request.

ARCI Medication Rules: ARCI medication rules were adopted by the state legislature in the 2015 legislative session and will be followed during the upcoming  meet. To learn more about the ARCI Rules, CLICK HERE.


Horsemen's Representative: Ronnie Stewart (254) 654-0988
Horseman need to get all OWNERS licensed prior to entering the horse into any event. All TRAINERS must be licensed before they can enter a horse.
  1. No person shall enter or cause to be entered, or start, a racing animal which is ineligible or has been disqualified.
  2. Any animal whose owner or owners do not possess an occupational license shall be ineligible to participate in any race in this state.
  3. Any person who does not possess a current occupational license shall be ineligible to enter any racing animal in any race in this state
  4. The racing secretary or his/her designee shall be responsible for ensuring that owners of racing animals are licensed prior to allowing the entry of any racing animal into a scheduled pari-mutuel race.
    Rulemaking Authority 550.0251(3), 550.105(2)(b), 550.2415(7)(a), (12)FS. Law Implemented 550.0251, 550.105, 550.235 FS. History?New 10-20-96, Amended 4-12-06, 6-26-11.

Owner/Trainer License 
Owner/Trainer licenses are handled by the State of Florida's Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Pari-mutuel Licensing Section: 
Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering 1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1035
Phone: (850)  488-3211
Fax:  (850) 488-0550

DBPR has a website where you can download the license form: 
CLICK HERE
You will still have to get your fingerprints submitted before you license will be complete.

Requirements for Movement (import) into Florida 

1. All horses imported into the state must have an official report of a negative Equine Infectious Anemia test (EIA or Coggins test) dated within 12 months of the blood sample being taken. 
 a. Foals under 6 months of age, accompanied by their dam who has proof of an official negative EIA test are exempted from test requirements. 

 2. An official EIA test must be conducted at a state and federally approved laboratory. Accepted EIA tests include: 
 a. Agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test 
    b. Competitive Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (cELISA) test 

 3. In addition to the negative EIA test, all horses imported into the state must have an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI). The OCVI must be in the possession of the driver of the vehicle or person otherwise in charge of the animals. The OCVI must accompany the animals to their final destinations in Florida. a. The OCVI must be legible and fully completed by the issuing accredited veterinarian and must include the following: 
 i. The name and address of the consignor; 
 ii. The name and address of the consignee; 
 iii. The point of origin and premises identification number, if assigned by state officials in the animal’s state of origin; 
 iv. The point of destination; 
 v. The date of examination; 
 vi. The number of animals examined; 
 vii. The sex, age, name and breed of each identified animal; 
 viii.The establishment or premises location at which the animal was examined,; 
 ix. The body temperature at examination; 
 x. Color and markings of each animal, and 
 xi. Prior permission number, if required; 

 4. Prior Permission Number. A prior permission number may be obtained by calling (850) 410-0900, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, E.S.T. The prior permission number is required on: 
 a. Equine consigned directly to a veterinary medical treatment facility for emergency medical care which do not have appropriate documentation for interstate movement; 
 b. Equine imported into the state from countries where Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) is endemic; or 
 c. Equine imported into Florida from non-affected premises in VS-affected states These Include, AZ, CO, NE, NM, SD, UT, WY; (a) Certification for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). 
  1. All hoofed animals, including horses, ruminants, swine, exotic and wild hoofed animals, originating from non-affected premises or within 10 miles of an affected premises in a VS- affected state must be accompanied by an OCVI, dated within five (5) days of entry or reentry into Florida. The OCVI must be signed by an Accredited Veterinarian. 
  2. The following statement must be written on the OCVI by the examining Accredited Veterinarian: “All animals susceptible to Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) identified and included in this OCVI for shipment have been examined and found to be free from clinical signs and vectors of VS and have not been in contact with VS-affected animals and have not been within ten (10) miles of a VS-affected premises within the last thirty (30) days.” 
3. Prior Permission Number. Animals originating from non-affected premises in a VS- affected state will require a prior permission number. The prior permission number must be written on the OCVI.  
 d. Equine imported from U.S. possessions or states where Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) is endemic. 
Note: Horses originating from 19 southern counties in Texas have increased EP import requirements including a negative piroplasmosis test within 45 days of entry and an OCVI within 14 days of entry or reentry into Florida. For more information CLICK HERE to be directed to the Florida Department of Agriculture website or call (850) 410-0900.


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