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Convention, banquet date set for 2016
MQHA's annual Awards Banquet and Convention has been set for January 30, 2016, at the Kelly Inn, St. Cloud, Minn. District 7 is hosting. Watch here and on MQHA's Facebook page for more details.

Boot Camp 2015 gets underway at R&J Arena
Boot Camp 2015
Clinician Lainie DeBoer coaches a Boot Camp participant at R&J Arena in Verndale, Minn. The popular 4H event continues this week. Lainie stepped in at the last minute to fill a clinician vacancy. She is an AQHA Professional Horsewoman and is one of MQHA's National Directors.

MAQHA's big show: Corporate

corp challenge 2015
Anna Balfany worked as a scribe during MAQHA's Corporate Challenge show, learning a lot from that perspective. She is pictured above (center) with judges and show manager Jay Thesing (second from left). (Submitted photo)

Corporate Challenge featured in online Journal
 MAQHA's Corporate Challenge is featured in the Quarter Horse Journal's online news page. Reporter Andrea Caudill posted features daily during the big show. To see the Journal coverage, click here.

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.
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
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.


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.

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