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AQHA announces World Show Invitation method for halter
Halter exhibitors can be invited to the 2014 AQHA world championship shows by attending a designated number of shows.
New for the 2014 AQHA world championship shows, amateur, Select amateur and open halter competitors (not including performance halter) can earn an invitation to the 2014 world shows by participating in a designated number of shows during the respective qualifying period.
•    Amateur and Select amateur: Show at 10 shows in a halter class. Shows will be counted by show numbers on a one-horse, one-exhibitor basis.
•    Open: Show at 20 shows in an open halter class. Shows will be counted by show numbers. 
Halter exhibitors will still be able to qualify to the world shows by earning the designated number of qualifying points, and qualifying in that manner only will appear on the horse’s permanent record. See below for qualifying point requirements and qualifying periods.
“Adding the participation invitation for halter exhibitors was discussed at a meeting with AQHA alliance partner the World Conformation Horse Association, which asked AQHA to look at amateur and open halter exhibitor entries and explore the option,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “After looking at the averages for the past two years, the participation invitation was presented to the AQHA Executive Committee, which approved the concept during its October 2013 meeting and this new invitation method was announced November 1, 2013.
“We know there are many halter exhibitors who have traditionally tried to support AQHA shows, but time and again, they are faced with not enough horses to make a point. Thus, they are not able to qualify for the world shows,” Treadway added. “This new invitational method will benefit the AQHA members hauling, showing to the judges and supporting the AQHA shows.”
The new participation invitation method is for traditional halter classes only and does not include performance halter.

As a reminder youth, amateur, Select amateur and open performance halter world show qualifiers must earn 10 points in performance events during the 2014 world show qualifying period in addition to the required number of performance halter qualifying points. Horses competing in open performance halter must earn all 10 performance points in the open division. Horses shown in youth, amateur and Select amateur performance halter can earn their 10 performance points in any division or combination of divisions. Showmanship points do not count. For more information on showing your Quarter Horse, go to AQHA's Showing page.

This information is from AQHA News and information, a service of the American Quarter Horse Association.

April shows re-scheduled, cancelled
Due to the recent EHV-1 outbreak affecting Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, MQHA's show calendar has changed. The R&J Shows originally set for April 4-6 have been re-scheduled to April 25-27. The TQ Circuit shows scheduled for April 18-20 have been cancelled. Please check back to the Calendar page for an updated R&J showbill.

A message from Patrice and Jay Thesing regarding their show
Due to the recent EHV-1 outbreak affecting Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, Jay and I have decided to cancel our April 18-20, 2014 show in Winona, MN. Although the original sick horses in Minnesota were diagnosed over two weeks ago, a new case was discovered on Thursday.  As much as we love having horse shows, we love our customers and  their horses more.  Please, everyone who owns and plays with their horses – have patience and keep your animals at home! This practice, in the long run, will make it better for ALL of us!!  We have not gotten into high show,  trail riding season yet, and if we do not listen  to our Veterinarians, then we will never get there – a new two week quarantine starts from the date of the last diagnosed horse…every time there is a new one, we start the two week time line over again….We truly love having you at the horse shows, but a show isn’t worth the risk of your animal's health, or the possible heartache of having to put one down – they are our partners, and we owe them  the  love and respect for their safety.  Look at this missed horse show weekend as a chance to brush on your ponies a little more, practice your patterns , spring clean your tack, and spend Easter with your families!  And know that we are thinking of all of you at this time. Please contact us if you have any questions, and be safe and smart out there!  Jay and Patrice
Patrice (651) 336-8467 or  Jay(612) 964-9694

Horse Expo will limit horses on grounds
Due to recent Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) cases in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Minnesota Horse Expo is limiting horses on the fairgrounds to PRCA rodeo stock and participants, Ma’Ceo horses, clinician presentation horses, pony and wagon ride horses. Breed and registry groups, private farms and stables will not be bringing horses to Expo but may set up informational displays in the Horse Barn.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is monitoring the situation. For information directly from their web site, click here.

250 attend MQHA Banquet, awards
beth rustyThe 2014 MQHA Convention and Banquet was a big success, with 250 attending the seminars, workshops, meetings and awards ceremony.

Congratulations to Volunteer of the Year Laurie Schommer and MQHA Hall of Fame inductees Lloyd Anderson, Ken Pautzke and Todd Morrow. Youth Volunteer of the Year was Caitlin Johnson.
Pictured: Beth Ullenberg, Novice Amateur All-around Champion, and MAQHA President Rusty Carlson.

District Directors sought for Districts 6, 9
The MQHA Board of Directors has vacancies in District 6 (west central Minnesota) and District 9 (northwest Minnesota). The Board is made up of a Director from each of the nine Districts, plus nine at-large Directors. If you're interested in serving on the Board -- or know someone who is -- please contact a Board member or President Jay Thesing today. The deadline to apply is April 1. If you don't know what District you're in, check the map on the Contacts page.

Renew your MQHA membership - don't miss out
If 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.

MQHA, Amateurs, Youth elect officers, endorse
AQHA National Director nominee

MQHA, MYQHA and MAQHA members and Directors braved the sub-zero cold to attend the MQHA annual meeting December 7. Brenda Stevermer, Tom Schoepf and Michael Khoury were elected to the MQHA Board of Directors at the meeting in Shakopee, Minn. Barbara Halper, Dale Christenson and Rosie Hauge were elected to the Amateur board, and MAQHA's new Secretary is Julie Gintner. For the Youth, Connor Crook was re-elected President, Vice President is Paige Wacker, Taylor Jacobs was elected Secretary, Lexxi Perez is Treasurer, Board Members 14-18 are Anna Balfany, Katelyn Jerde, Danielle Paulson and Sally Russel, and Board Members 13 and Under are Peyton Stevermer and Mara Wacker. Lainie DeBoer won the endorsement for the AQHA National Director position opening in 2014. Congratulations to all. The Boards also discussed organization, membership, banquet, and future direction for the Association.

Northstar Futurities updates announced
The Futurity Committee has announced changes to the Minnesota Stallion Service Auction (MSSA) and the Northstar Futurities. New for 2014 will be Northstar Breeder Nominated prize money. Offspring of nominated stallions and mares will be eligible for added money. For complete details, including downloadable entry forms, eligibility and rules, click on the Futurity link at the top of this page.

MQHA selected for American Youth Horse Council Symposium
MQHA has been tapped to be a presenter at the 37th Annual American Youth Horse Council Symposium, set for March 21-23, 2014 in Minneapolis.
Classroom presentations will be held on Saturday and Sunday morning at the Doubletreee Hilton Minneapolis hotel.  Live horse demos on Saturday afternoon will be at the University of Minnesota Leatherdale equine facilities. For a complete schedule, click here. For a registration form, click here.

Minnesota girls get first-hand look at California QH racing
The AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience was much more than a scholarship opportunity for winner Annise Montplaisir of Moorhead, Minn. She and Crystal Malo of Hector, Minn., were among a group of AQHYA participants in the scholarship program. Read Annise's first-hand account of her trip here. The article includes information for Youth members on opportunities for the next AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience, including a chance at an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championship races.

Minnesota breeder donates Young Horse Development colt
Zachary Hite, an AQHYA member in Wisconsin, recently received a 2013 foal from Sunup Ranch as part of AQHA's Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program. Part of AQHA's Ranching Heritage Breeder program, the project matches AQHYA members with Ranching Heritage breeders. zach and coltYouth may also purchase foals from program participants. Participating youth have the opportunity to participate in hands-on horse training that will teach the fundamentals of horsemanship and showcase their learned skills and knowledge at designated events where they can earn scholarships and prizes through the program. Zach applied and was awarded a colt by Jack Parr Sun from Sunup Ranch, an AQHA Ranching Heritage breeder.

From the weanling to yearling years, the AQHYA members work with and train their foals, then exhibit the foals at an AQHA show. Ultimately, the project participants have the chance to win back their investment in their foals through scholarships.

Several generous Ranching Heritage Breeders have donated weanlings to this year’s program.

MQHA 2013 Final Point Standings announced
MQHA Secretary Gloria Enger has released the Final Point Standings for 2013. To download a copy, click here. Exhibitors must have a paid membership in MQHA at the time of showing to accumulate points. The point system is based on the top nine placings in each class, and a minimum of 10 points must be earned to be eligible for year-end awards.

MQHA Boot Camp set for June 17-19, 2014

2014 Boot Camp

MQHA's hugely popular boot camp for 4-H kids is set for June 17-19, 2014, at R & J Arena in Verndale, Minn. Clinicians include Anne Anderman, Jenna Mickelson, Stephanie Lynn, Jay Barnett, Bill Bormes, LeeAnn Harrison-DeMars and Mary Fradenburgh. For an information packet including release form and registration, click here.

Donations help with equine legislative issues
Did 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.

Renew your MQHA membership - don't miss out

If you haven't purchased or renewed your MQHA membership, the February Newsletter will be your last issue. Membership cards have been mailed to paid 2013 members. 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.

Web site business cards need to be renewed
MQHA 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 each month.

MQHA members have discount advantage
Current MQHA 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.

MQHA Open Show Program offers awards

Do you show in open shows with your Quarter Horse? If you're a member of MQHA, or want to join, you can be eligible to receive year-end awards. Check out the Open Show Program on the Membership Page.

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