MQHA Banquet set for February 7 in Willmar
annual MQHA Awards Banquet and meetings have been set for Feb. 7, 2015
at the Willmar Conference Center in Willmar, Minn. The Valentine-themed
banquet will feature entertainment, multi-media presentations and fun
for members. A silent auction will raise funds for the banquet and scholarships, and there will be a wine auction fundraiser. Send your MQHA Proud photos, winner photos, and candids to Vickie Kettlewell for inclusion in a multi-media show. A block of rooms is available to MQHA members at the Best
Western Plus, attached to the Conference Center complex. Rooms are $99; it is recommended that reservations be made soon. Call
320. 235.6060 for reservations. Information: Butch and Judy Wohlin,
320.796.5404. Silent Auction donations: Sue Fisher.
Amateurs vote to explore merger with MQHA
Members of the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association voted at their annual meeting December 6 in Monticello, Minn., to
proceed with steps to possibly merge with parent association MQHA. If
the associations merge, the Amateurs would keep a separate checkbook
and would be established as a full committee of MQHA, Brenda Stevermer
explained. The MAQHA Corporate Challenge would be managed with a
subcommittee of Amateurs. MAQHA and MQHA invite your input on the
proposed merger. Contact Brenda Stevermer, email@example.com, to voice your opinion or ideas. Further discussion and action may be taken at the Feb. 7, 2015 meetings in Willmar.
elected MQHA President Julie Bernick congratulates retiring Executive
Secretary Gloria Enger at Gloria's Roast and Toast, Dec. 6 in
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.
Year-end MQHA winners can select awards
Open, amateur and youth class winners, as
well as open and amateur all-around winners, can chose from a selection
of awards of their choice. You can also donate your award's cash
equivalent to the Scholarship Fund. Complete details will be emailed to
all winners. For the details, list and photos of awards, click here for the Word file. Click here for the PDF file. For questions, please contact Awards Chair Brenda Stevermer.
Directory deadline is this week, reserve now
to advertise your horse, your business, your stallion, your success?
The 2015 MQHA Directory cover and back cover are available now. This is
the issue that everyone keeps around all year.
2015 MQHA Directory Reminders, Pricing and Deadlines:
Full page BW $180
Full Page Color $365
Half page BW $100
Half page color: $185
Cover is available for $1,000
Back cover is available for $575 (full back cover with accommodation for mailing label area and postage)
Ads must be booked by Dec. 1 and must be in hand by Dec. 8.
Editorial content needs to be received by Dec. 10.
Year-end photos due
by Dec. 5 (if you are a Grand or Reserve year-end winner you are
invited to submit a photo to be displayed in the Directory). Photos can
be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lainie DeBoer takes Huntfield Derby titles
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lainie DeBoer won
both championships at the National Quarter Horse League Huntfield Open
Derby finals November 16. She rode Regal Tequila to the low open
championship and Dive in the regular open finals. Lainie is an MQHA
Board member and AQHA National Director.
Minnesotans have World Show winners
MQHA member, Professional Horsewoman and National Director Lainie DeBoer
rode Only Royal Blue to the AQHA World Championship in Senior Working
Hunter in Oklahoma City. A Minnesota-bred horse, BMQ All That Glitters,
won the Progressive Working Hunter World Championship; the mare was
bred by Annette Kamphaus of Nevis, Minn. Lisa Anderson-Peck placed 14th in Amateur Hunter Under saddle. Let us know if you have a placing you want to add to this list.
MQHA Boot Camp gearing up for 2015
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.
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.