Candidate for TX Agriculture Commissioner Scrutinized after AQHA Warning

Candidate for TX Agriculture Commissioner Scrutinized after AQHA Warning

A Republican in the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner is feeling the heat after receiving a warning letter from the American Quarter Horse Association regarding his alleged treatment of his horses.
Witnesses complained after Sid Miller tied his three quarter horses to the back of a trailer then drove it around at a May show. Miller calls the practice a way to exercise his horses. The Dallas Morning News first reported the complaint was received after the incident happened at Alamo Quarter Horse Breeders Association at the San Antonio Rose Palace.


AQHA’s senior director of animal welfare and breed integrity, Ward Stutz told the paper Miller was warned that the method he chose to exercise his horses was not acceptable and if he did it at another AQHA event he would be disciplined. “It is unsafe. We certainly don’t tolerate that at a horse show, an AQHA event,” said Stutz.
Miller, who is endorsed by the Texas Quarter Horse Association, contends his horses are trained to be exercised in that manner and that he didn’t do anything wrong. According to his website, Miller has been raising horses since 1999. He specializes in roping horses.
He says he believes the complaint is a political move by an opponent.