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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.

MQHA Tack Swap & Clinic set for Feb. 28
Tack Swap Clinic 2015Jessica Johnson of AQHA's Team Wrangler will be the clinician for MQHA's annual clinic February 28th at Simon Arena, Cannon Falls, Minn. The annual Tack Swap is from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at Simon Arena. The clinic, 10:30 AM to 3 PM, is free for observers, and open to 10 riding participants for a $100 fee. Click here for  flyer.
Tack Swap check-in is Friday, February 27th from 4 to 7 PM, and 7 to 8:30 AM February 28th. Check-out and pick-up begins at 3:30 PM February 28th. There is a 13 percent commission on all items. Lunch will be available at the arena. For Tack Swap information call Jane Rocheleau, 952.469.3287 or 612.720.1030 (cell). For Clinic info, contact Tony Anderman, 320.266.1659.









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
Hall of Fame Charpentier
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 committee permanent.

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
bonnieAQHA 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 Carter.

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.

MQHA Boot Camp gearing up for 2015
boot campMQHA's 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.







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.


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.

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.

Welcome New Members!











 

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