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MQHA Annaul Tack Swap, Clinic set for Leatherdale Center
Topics include EHV1, Ulcers, Body Score, Nutrition
2016 tack swap
The popular Tack Swap and Clinic is scheduled for February 27, 2016 at the University of Minnesota Leatherdale Center, 1801 Dudley Ave, St Paul 55108. Tack swap check-in is 6-8 PM Feb. 26 and 7-9:30 AM Feb. 27. Tack Swap is 10 AM to 2:30 PM and a seminar will be held from 11 AM-2 PM. Lunch will be available to purchase. Bring your horse tack and clothing to sell, or checkbook to buy! Speakers' topics include EHV1, ulcers, body scoring, and Purina product information. For a downloadable PDF flier to print and share, click here or on the flier at left. For more information, contact Kelly Manner, 218.969.8970.

Rachel Mottet to present Purina product info
Rachel Mottet, an Equine Specialist for Purina Animal Nutrition serving the greater Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin, will be on hand at the MQHA Tack Swap and Clinic to discuss equine products. She started riding horses at the age of 5 and subsequently found herself competing in the hunter/jumper and 3-day eventing disciplines. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and a Master’s degree in from North Dakota State University in Animal Science with a Reproductive Physiology emphasis. Prior to working for Purina, Rachel taught Animal & Equine Science curriculum at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Rachel is presently pursuing her PhD in Animal Nutrition at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities while working full time for Purina. Rachel’s career with Purina is focused on client education and consulting in the area of equine nutrition. She spends a good portion of her time visiting farms and setting up strategic nutrition programs for horse owners. When she is not working or going to school, she spends time with her two dogs, Auggie and Grizzly, and her horse, Titan, who she competes with in 3-day eventing

Long-time MQHA member Helen Miller recuperating
Long-time MQHA member and supporter Helen Miller is recuperating from a fall in her apartment not long after two back surgeries. Your call or card would be very appreciated. You can contact Helen at:
Helen Miller
Bethany Homes #329
201 University Drive S.
Fargo, ND 58103

MQHA Bylaws updated at January meeting
MQHA's Bylaws were revised by a vote of the membership at the January 30, 2016 meeting in St. Cloud. The Bylaws Committee presented several changes, which were approved:
  • Provisions for email and other electronic notification to membership
  • Language establishing a Foundation Oversight Committee for the recently approved MQHA Foundation
  • Expansion of the Finance Committee to a Finance/Audit Committee
  • Allowing District Directors to be re-appointed to additonal terms if a new candidate cannot be found
  • Clarifying the duties of the Board and specifying that the Executive Secretary, Treasurer and other non-elected positions are non-voting officers.
The revised Bylaws will be printed in an upcoming MQHA Newsletter. The Bylaws are also available in PDF form by clicking here.

2016 Directory email address correction will be available
MQHA members receiving their 2016 Directory this week may notice that many of the email addresses do not line up with names in the member listings. The error happened at the printer and MQHA apologizes for the inconvenience. Corrected member listings will be mailed out, and copies will be available at the Banquet. Email addresses for Directors, Officers and other listings in the Directory and web site are correct.

Phil Callahan passes; condolences to Mary Callahan
Philip Callahan, 91, father of MQHA member Mary Callahan, passed away January 15, 2016, in Albert Lea, Minn. Phil was born on May 31, 1924. He was a World War II veteran. He was a founding member of the Sunset Saddle Club, had been active in the Western Saddle Club Association and numerous draft horse shows across the country, where he had served as judge for many years. He had a great passion for showing horses — especially with his daughter, Mary — including Quarter Horses, Belgians and Percherons.
Philip is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Mary Callahan of Farmington; sisters-in-law Doris Callahan and Elaine Bjerke of Albert Lea; and many nieces and nephews.

New MQHA Board Directors elected
Three new MQHA Directors were elected at the MQHA Annual Meeting December 5 in Monticello, Minn. Joining the Board in 2016 are Terry Snyder, Diane Arnold and Lisa Anderson-Peck. Julie Gintner was named to fill a vacancy on the Board. Janet Radke will be the new District 2 Director.

Renew your MQHA membership - Dues increase in 2016
Save money by joining today! Dues will increase by $5 beginning May 1, 2016. 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 2016 membership form. And please remember to note your birthdate on the form to be included on the WSCA membership list.

MQHA Boot Camp now taking registrations

2016 Boot Camp
MQHA's widely popular Boot Camp for 4H kids is set for June 14-16 at R&J Arena, Verndale, Minn. For information and registration, click here.
The 2016 camp features Trail with Della Cryderman, Western Pleasure with Jay Barnett, Horsemanship with Bill Bormes, English Pleasure with LeeAnn Harrison DeMars, Games with Mary Fradenburgh, Showmanship, English Equitation, and one-on-one sessions with NDSU Equine Instructors and Equine Team members. An All-Novice Quarter Horse Show follows on June 18 and 19.  Space is limited, so register now.

Minnesota has bi
g Congress winners
Susan WilcoxMQHA members Lizzie Nordquist, Lauryn Thune, Susan Wilcox, Lainie DeBoer, Caitlynn Scofield, Kathy Burma, Rachel Nissen, Ellie Schommer, Robin Ochs Beall, Kelly Manner, Lauryn Thune, Mercedes Perez, Katie Bernick, Ashley Johnson, Eric Petersen and Darleen Gargano are bringing home big Congress news. Lizzie was 9th in SBB Breeders and 10th in the AQHA non pro western LL with My Vitals are Hot. Lauryn was the unanimous winner under all judges in Youth Performance Mares with Fantastic Invitation, and her mare was Reserve Champion Amateur Performance Mare. Susan (pictured at right with Bonnie Minor) was a Top Ten finisher in Select Amateur Horsemanship. Lainie, Professional Horsewoman and National Director, has three Congress Championships with What I Know Now (Junior Working Hunter, Green Working Hunter and Junior Hunter Hack), owned by Margaret Roth, and one with Dive (Senior Working Hunter), owned by Bruce Brown. Kathy and Tejons Shine took Non Pro Freestyle Reining Champion, 4th in Open Freestyle, 3rd in Amateur Ranch Riding, 6th in Novice Amateur Reining and 11th in Rookie Reining. Caitlynn and My Finest Detail placed 6th in NSBA Non-ProEnglish Yearling Longe Line and 15th in NSBA Open English Longe Line. Congratulations to Kelly and Five A Clock Charlie, 4th in Novice Amateur Showmanship and Finalists in Amateur Equitation; Rachel and Lil Red Coup, 8th in Novice Amateur Showmanship; Ellie and Ima Lady Leprechan, 6th in Novice Youth Horsemanship; Robin and RL Mmm Mmm Good, Reserve Champion SBB 2-year-old Open Western Pleasure Futurity - Limited and 6th in 2-year-old Open Western Pleasure Futurity - Limited/NSBA; Lauryn and Fantastic Invitation, Finalist in Novice Youth Western Riding; Mercedes and Alliwantiseverything were Finalists in Novice Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation; Darleen and Iron, Finalists in Amateur Select Hunter Under Saddle; Katie, 6th Place in Novice Horsemanship; Ashley, Finalist in Novice Horsemanship and Top 15 in Novice Amateur Pleasure; Eric and Lotto Max, 4th Place in NSBA Maturity $10,000 Limited Horse Open Western Pleasure Stakes. If you have Congress winners, let us know so we can add them here.

Minnesota Youth have top placings at Quarter Horse Congress
youth congressThree MYQHA members placed in the Top Ten Novice Youth Equitation at Congress.
Paige Wacker and Java Mon, right, were Reserve Champions; Alex Beckman and Chip Moves Me, left, placed 5th; Ellie Schommer and Ima Lady Leprechaun, center, were 6th. What a great showing for Minnesota Youth.

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.

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