Fun in Colorado with American Quarter Horses!

The Northern Colorado Quarter Horse Association (NCQHA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of breeding, raising and using American Quarter Horses and to providing members with opportunities to socialize and fully enjoy their horses.

NCQHA’s membership boundaries include the area north of Interstate-70 and roughly east of the Continental Divide. In partnership with our “sister” group, the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association (, we encourage Quarter Horse involvement across the state.


The club was founded in 1963 when Shorty Creed and Tom Peterson were returning from a horse breeders’ sale in Illinois. As they traveled, the two discussed forming an association to promote the sale of Quarter Horses. They presented the idea to several people that year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, and the rest is history.

The first meeting was held at a motel east of Fort Collins. Charter members included: Hank Boehmer, Bill Bonser, Scott Carothers, Meford Christensen, Mark Counce, Shorty Creed, Pat Garrison, George Legino, Gene Nix, Leonard Nix, Tom Peterson, Walter Rothe, Bill Shannon, Charles Swanson and Frank Ulrich. The club sponsored its first Quarter Horse sale and show in 1964.


Times have changed since then, but membership remains strong, with an emphasis on maintaining NCQHA’s family-oriented roots. The association continues to be actively engaged in:

  • Sponsoring two AQHA-approved Quarter Horse shows each year,
  • Managing numerous trail rides in beautiful, colorful Colorado,
  • Offering year-end awards,
  • Planning educational activities, and
  • Enjoying the annual Christmas party!


You are invited to join us!

Please see the Membership page for details.

For further questions, please contact:
President Deb Meyer: 970-686-2076