MQHA volunteers help out at 2015 Expo
MQHA volunteers had a good time and successful clothing sales at the Horse Expo.
MQHA Boot Camp gearing up for 2015
popular Boot Camp is in the works for June 16-18, 2015, at R&J
Arena, Verndale, Minn. Trainers include Anne Anderman, showmanship;
Jenna Mickelson, trail; Stephanie Lynn, equitation; Jay Barnett,
western pleasure; Bill Bormes, horsemanship; LeeAnn Harrison-DeMars,
hunter under saddle; Mary Fradenburgh, games; Don Gunderson, halter
demonstration; and instructors from North Dakota State University. The
three day event will be followed by an All-Breed Fun Show June 19, and
the All Novice Quarter Horse Show June 20-21. For a Boot Camp flyer, click here. For a Boot Camp registration form, click here.
Season's first show has 3,600 entries, $3,380 jackpot
Jay and Patrice Thesing would like to thank everyone who participated
in the March weekend of the 2015 TQ Circuit. The show eclipsed
3,600 entries. The unbelievable weather, the fantastic horses and
the friendly exhibitors made for a great weekend.
The well received optional jackpot classes had 69 entries with 39
winners earning $3,380. $2,000 of additional added money is available
to win in April. For more information: www.thesingquarters.com
To balance the length of day on Thursday and Friday, April's schedule
will reflect the following adjustment: Halter and Showmanship will be
held Friday following Equitation and Saturday as scheduled.
Membership Drive offers big prizes
Sign up new MQHA members and win $100! The goal is to add new members by December 31.
Every current member who signs at least five members will be put in a
drawing. (New members will also be eligible after they have paid dues.)
• 1st Prize -- $100 gift card, 1 MQHA Banquet Ticket for 2016, seat at the Leaders Circle Table at the 2016 MQHA Banquet
• 2nd Prize -- $50 gift card, 1 MQHA Banquet Ticket for 2016, seat at the Leaders Circle Table at the 2016 MQHA Banquet
• 3rd Prize -- $25 gift card, 1 MQHA Banquet Ticket for 2016, seat at the Leaders Circle Table at the 2016 MQHA Banquet
Everyone who signs up at least five new members will have a seat at the
Leaders Circle table and be recognized at the 2016 Banquet.
The name of each new member will be placed in a drawing for a $100 gift card.
To be eligible, contestants must include their name at the bottom of
the membership form. New members and contest participants will be
tabulated by the secretary. For more information, contact Greg Booth.
Charpentiers named to MQHA Hall of Fame
Jim and Barb Charpentier were inducted into the MQHA
Hall of Fame at the 2015 Banquet in Willmar. Announcing the winner was
Dr. Butch Wohlin (center), AQHA National Director.
Amateurs vote to merge with MQHA
At the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association convention Feb. 7, members of the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association voted to
merge with MQHA and establish a committee with a representative on the
MQHA Board of Directors. MQHA President Julie Bernick established the
committee and the Board voted to appoint Brenda Stevermer as its chair.
Amateur members are looking into possible bylaw changes to make the
AQHA Executive Vice President Named
AQHA has announced that Craig Huffhines,
currently executive vice president of the American Hereford
Association, has been selected to assume the executive vice president
leadership role for AQHA. Huffhines will begin his new duties shortly
after AQHA’s convention
Following a five-month, extensive search effort, the six members of the
search committee coupled with the Executive Committee are confident
Huffhines, with more than 17 years’ experience leading the Hereford
Association, possesses the strong leadership skills and experience to
move AQHA forward.
After receiving applications from more than 40 interested individuals,
he was tapped as the leading candidate for AQHA’s leadership role.
For full story, click here.
Help us recognize your acomplishments
Time to celebrate. It’s December and as you
look back on your year’s accomplishments we’d love to hear about them.
Outside of your accomplishments and wins with MQHA, tell us if you or
your horse received an AQHA Superior award or an AQHA Open, Amateur or
Youth Championship, or if you placed at one of the World Championship
shows, East or West Level 1 (Novice) Championship shows, the WSCA Champ
show, or Congress, or maybe you’re on one of AQHA’s lists of leading
point earners. Let us know, we will publish a list and have a
“Bragging Rights” page in the Directory and on the web. Email Greg or Vickie.
Thanks and congratulations!
Bonnie Minor named to Team Wrangler
AQHA Professional Horseman Bonnie Minor,
past president of MQHA, has been named to AQHA Team Wrangler. Other
team members for 2015 are Teddy Johnson, Gary Roberts, Tyson Furlong,
Rob Meneely, CR Bradley, Josh Little, Keith Miller, Marty Simper, Jody
Ramer, Randy Jacobs, Rick Leek, Brent Tincher, JD Yates, Jillian
Bergstresser, Bobby Lewis, Whitney Legace, Genevieve Miller and GR
Team Wrangler is a program sponsored by Wrangler. The team is made up
of the top AQHA Professional Horsemen in the world. MQHA member and
National Director Lainie DeBoer has also been a member.
Renew your MQHA membership - don't miss out
you haven't purchased or renewed your MQHA membership, the February
Newsletter will be your last issue. The Newsletter is one of the benefits of
membership, so join or renew now to keep on the mailing list. Click here
to download a membership form. And please remember to note your
birthdate on the form to be included on the WSCA membership list.
Donations help with equine
you know that AQHA has a political action committee for horse-related
political issues? The AQHPAC represents the horse industry's voice in
the political process. You can donate to the fund, click here for a downloadable form.
Web site business cards need to be renewed
advertisers need to renew their business card sponsor ads in order for
the cards and links to continue for 2013. Cost is only $100 a year, or
$150 a year for both web site and Newsletter business cards. A free
link to your web site or email is provided with each ad. Help support
MQHA and get your business noticed by more than 2,000 unique visitors
members can now use their new membership cards to get discounts at
participating business partners. Deals include substantial discounts on
good and services, plus other great offers. There are several new
participating businesses, so be sure to check it out. Click here for an updated
list of participating businesses.