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Ken Beseman service September 8
ken besemanQuarter 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: 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.

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
Want 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 Todd.

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, one-exhibitor basis.
•    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
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.

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 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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