About us

The Darwin Quarter Horse Association (DQHA) is a friendly, family orientated club that promotes Western Horse Riding in the Northern Territory. All breeds of horse are welcome.

2020/2021 Membership forms are available NOW!


The DQHA was formed in 2009 to enable the owners of all breeds of horse in the Darwin and Adelaide River region to show their horses at all levels of western riding.

We are affiliated with the Australian Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).


VISION - To promote participation in and foster development of western horse riding in the Northern Territory.


MISSION - The Darwin Quarter Horse Association is a friendly, family oriented club that enables owners of all breed of horse to show their horses at all levels of western riding in the Northern Territory. 

DQHA Strategic Plan - at a glance


Read the DQHA Constitution


Under Australian Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) rules, we conduct shows and clinics at regular intervals during the year. The Western events include Halter, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship and Trail. We have recently included English and Ranch Versatility events.


In addition to the approved AQHA classes, DQHA also include club specific classes that are designed to foster development for both rider and horse. Classes cater for the very young lead-liners who walk and jog, up to the youth/adult who are gaining confidence and skills at a lope and canter eg: Beginner B and Intermediate. This learning path-way accommodates skill development and education and prepares members for the approved AQHA events.


We also provide additional classes and choices by including DQHA events that are run under AQHA rules but are rider age-specific eg: Seniors and Masters.

Our Shows are approved by both the AQHA and also the PHAA. This enables members and show participants to gain breed relevant points.


For more information about our club, please read our DQHA Club and Class Information booklet.


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For membership information please see the memberships page.


The DQHA committee meets monthly. Members are encouraged to provide their thoughts, ideas and feedback via email or to a committee member at one of our events.


The DQHA is run purely by volunteers who give up their time to keep the club running at its best. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.