Convention, banquet date set for 2016
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
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
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
Corporate Challenge featured in online Journal
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
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
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
AQHA 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
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
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
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
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
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.