Breed Improvement Program

HORSE RACING ALBERTA| Other Breeds Improvement Program

(shared between four breeds – Quarter Horse,  Paints, Arabians and Appaloosas)


The Other Breeds Improvement Program (BIP) funded by Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) is structured to nurture and enhance the race horse breeding industry in Alberta. The program is designed to promote and champion “AB-Bred” race horses.   Funds are allocated to support bonus programs for Owners, Breeders and Stallions and enhance purse support for Restricted “Foaled in Alberta” Stakes Races including the Alberta Stallion Stakes Program.  A bonus is earned for Owners and Breeders of horses that were foaled in Alberta and placed third or better in a race on all tracks in Alberta.  Stallion Owners receive a prorated bonus based on eligible earnings of their progeny.


As the program has evolved, rules of eligibility and payouts have been established to manage the incentives programs efficiently and effectively to ensure funding is directed to supporting racing in Alberta, its breeding industry and economy.

 BIP Rules 2018

One of the requirements for the continued support from Horse Racing Alberta is the annual collection of data.  In order to continue to receive funding for owners’ and breeders’ bonuses, the AQHRA requests you to complete the following survey by no later than January 1, 2018.  We thank you in advance for your time and participation.

2017 AQHRA Survey (Extended until Feb 23, 2017)


“Foaled In Alberta” Breeder, Owner & Stallion Incentives have been disbursed with cheques having been mailed out at the beginning of December. The Breed Improvement Program(BIP) allotment was $132,000 for 2017.  All participants must be a current member of the AQHRA to receive BIP bonuses & incentives.

The 2017 BIP Payout Schedule

Overnight Races

Owners 16% of eligible earnings

Breeders 16.45% of eligible earnings (prorated)


Stakes Races

$1150 Bonus per race |Owners (1st/2nd/3rd)     $550/$350/$250

$765 Bonus per race |Breeders (1st/2nd/3rd)    $364$233$168


Stallion Bonus

$15,000 shared based on dollars earned by stallion’s progeny. Total Eligible Stallion Earnings $318,019