Ken Beseman service September 8
Quarter Horse enthusiast and AQHA judge Kenneth
W. Beseman, 82 year old resident of Swanville, Minn., passed away
Monday, September 1, 2014 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Little
Falls, Minn. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Monday, September
8, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls with Rev. Gary
Hendrickson officiating. Burial will be at the Springbrook Cemetery in
Swanville, MN. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 PM on Sunday at the
Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and one hour prior to the
service on Monday at the church.
Ken was married to Arlene Schmidt on October 18,1953 and they had three
boys, Scott Gregory, Terry Craig and Timothy Steven. In those early
years Ken & Arlene raised pigs, milked dairy cattle and had a few
horses. In 1966 the family moved to Morris, Minn., to pursue a career
change. Ken returned to Swanville in 2001 where he lived until the time
of his death. While in Morris, Ken worked for Tomlinson Motors,
Trailways Café, Stan Peterman Ford, and Heartland Motors until his
retirement in 2000. Ken was very active in the American Quarter Horse
Association and showed horses with his sons. Ken was an AQHA
judge for 25 years.
Board seeks member input through survey
The officers and board of the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association are
currently conducting a survey to collect information to better serve
our members. The goal is to enhance communication and improve
engagement in MQHA-sponsored events and activities. Your responses to
this survey will be kept in strict confidence. We appreciate your
honesty and thoughtful, productive input.
As you complete the survey, if you have an interest in discussing
further any item with an officer or board member, please feel free to
use the contact list which is provided on page 4 of each newsletter.
To complete the survey, use the attached link to SurveyMonkey:
If you are unable to access
this link, contact Gloria Enger, MQHA Secretary, (9105 County Road 138,
St. Cloud, MN 56301, 320-251-8229) to request a paper copy through the
We are requesting that all surveys be completed by October 15, 2014.
Once the surveys are tabulated, the results will be made available on
the MQHA website and published in the newsletter.x
Thank you in advance for your participation.
MQHA seeks Executive Secretary
Gloria Enger to retire at the end of the year
With the announcement
of Gloria Enger's retirement, the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association
is looking for an Executive Secretary. The successful candidate,
according to the job description approved by the MQHA Board of
Directors, will "support MQHA’s elected leadership and membership by
modernizing and improving MQHA’s communication, fund‐raising, event
management and membership inclusion." Cover letters and resumes should
be received by Sept. 30, with plans to fill the position by December 1.
For a complete job description and contact information, click here.
The Board met August 12th to finalize the job description, and thanked
Gloria for her decades of service to MQHA. Gloria will continue to be
involved in MQHA and will assist in the transition to a new Secretary.
MYQHA Team competes at Youth World Show
Congratulations to MYQHA's Youth World team members who competed at the
AQHYA World Show in Oklahoma City. Danielle Paulson with Ima Blazing
Rosita, was 10th Place Performance Halter Mares and 8th Place
Intermediate; Paige Wacker with Executee, Reserve World Champion
Yearling Filly and First Place Level 2; Lorretta Bowser and Non Smokin
Kid, Third Place in Three Year Old Geldings and First Place Level 2.
Sally Russell placed third in Impromptu speaking, third in Prepared
public speaking and first in Demonstration.
MQHA Hall of Famer Dolores Madden passes
MQHA extends its sympathies on
the recent passing of Dolores Madden, 2010 MQHA Hall of Fame Inductee.
Dolores and Joe ran Madden's Quarter Mile ranch near South Haven, Minn.
They were active on the Minnesota Quarter Horse circuit during the 60's
and 70's. They showed a number of their horses to ROMs, AQHA
Championships and Superiors in halter and western pleasure. In
addition, Dolores served on many MQHA committees and on its board. She
held an AQHA Judge card. Joe passed away in 2010. Dolores is survived
by her son, Joseph M. “Butch” Jr. and daughter-in-law, Janice Madden of
Litchfield, Katherine “Katie” Madden, Thomas Madden of Kimball, Gerald
“Jerry” Madden of Kimball, and Slats (Jayne) Otley of Watkins.
Nominations sought for Board, President, VP
to get more involved in MQHA and share your talents? If you're
interested in becoming a candidate for either President or
Vice-President, please submit your name to the Nominating Committee
chair Todd Flatness.
Three at-large Director positions are also available. Directors serve
three-year terms. If you or someone you know may be interested, contact
MYQHA members attend YES
Congratulations to all the MYQHA members who attended the Youth
Excellence Seminar (YES) in College Station, Texas. Pictured are
Kaitlin Jerde, Danielle Paulson, Peyton Stevermer, Lexxi Perez, Paige
Wacker, Connor Crook, Arin Boucher, Ellie Schommer, and Anna Balfany.
Paige was elected AQHYA Sentinal, serving as a national officer.
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,
• 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.
Renew your MQHA membership - don't miss out
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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.
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.
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