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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.

Masters features Saturday Night Spectacular
This year's Saturday Night Spectacular event at the Minnesota Masters Show at Simon Arena, Cannon Fals, Minn., will be an IHSA-like Horsemanship and Showmanship competition. A group of all-around horses will be available, donated from various barns. Riders will draw the horse they will ride immediately before their performance of the pattern, with no practice time beforehand. Should be an exciting new experience.

Let Bonnie Minor (
507.645.5450) know if you have a horse to volunteer for this competition. Also, if you would like to be a rider/showmanship participant, let Bonnie know. You must do both events. You will draw a different horse for each class. Tie breaker class to be announced if necessary.

Bonnie and the show committee hope everyone will join in the fun, either as a spectator or participant. There will be free pizza and cake that evening.

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/S/LZMY8XP .
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 mail. 
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.

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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