MQHA, Amateurs, Youth elect officers, endorse
AQHA National Director nominee
MQHA, MYQHA and MAQHA members and Directors braved
the sub-zero cold to attend the MQHA annual meeting December 7. Brenda
Stevermer, Tom Schoepf and Michael Khoury were elected to the MQHA
Board of Directors at the meeting in Shakopee, Minn. Barbara Halper, Dale Christenson and Rosie Hauge were elected to the Amateur board, and MAQHA's new Secretary is Julie Gintner. For the Youth,
Connor Crook was re-elected President, Vice President is Paige Wacker,
Taylor Jacobs was elected Secretary, Lexxi Perez is Treasurer, Board
Members 14-18 are Anna Balfany, Katelyn Jerde, Danielle Paulson and
Sally Russel, and Board Members 13 and Under are Peyton Stevermer and
Mara Wacker. Lainie DeBoer
won the endorsement for the AQHA National Director position opening in
2014. Congratulations to all. The Boards also discussed organization,
membership, banquet, and future direction for the Association.
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.
Discount offered on 2014 Directory cover
Save 25 percent on the cover of MQHA's premier issue, the 2014 Directory. Reserve
now to promote your horse, your accomplishments, your stable, your
services. The Directory, with year-end award photos, member list and
many advertisers, is widely distributed and it's the issue that people
keep for the whole year and beyond. For information, contact Newsletter editor Vickie Kettlewell.
World Show sees successful Minnesota competitors
Minnesota owners, exhibitors and horses proved their worth at the AQHA
World Show, which wrapped up November 22 in Oklahoma City. Ashley Beim and PS Rusty Bay Doc won the amateur hunt seat equitation for the second year in a row. Shannon and Shawn Wacker showed their yearling filly, Excecutee, to 10th place both in Amateur and Open. Tony Anderman with Goodness Im Green was 10th in amateur horsemanship. Ryane Bakke with Rockstar Elusion placed 5th in amateur performance halter geldings. Minnesota’s top 2-year-old gelding, Non Smokin Kid and owner Marvin Wieneke
continued his winning ways, winning the open halter class and placing
6th in his amateur class. Penners and sorters continued to
win: Scott Stelter and Brad Anderson were 8th in Amateur Sorting. In Amateur Penning, winners were Matt Longtine, Christine Longtine and Sharon Kuebker. Fifth place went to Scott Stelter, Brad Anderson and Kim Kautzman; 7th to William Broadwater, Rosie Colby and Bridget Hanson. Eric Thorlacious was on the 9th winning team. Tenth went to JB Lockie, Amy Lockie and Carol Leinonen. Open Ranch Sorting saw Scott and Jessica Stelter taking 8th. Team Penning 8th went to William Broadwater, Linda Hermel and David Colby. Matt Longtine was on the 9th place team and 10th was taken by Jessica Stelter, Roy Bartinson and Kim Katzman.
Professional Horseman Lainie DeBoer had
a very successful World Show run. Not only did she ride at least half a
dozen over fences champions, she was also instrumental in the training
and preparing of many other winners. Lainie also won the freestyle reining fundraiser competition. Congratulations to all.
A celebrity in her own right at the World Amateur show was MQHA member Sophia Herman of Walhalla, North Dakota and her gelding, The Slowsmobile.
Sophia was born with arthrogryposis, a disorder characterized by
joint deformities in the hands and feet, and was told she would never
walk. But she did walk by age five and rode a horse by age six.The
Slowsmobile was shown in Amateur performance halter geldings and in
Amateur trail by Sophia.
Year-end award photos needed for Directory
year-end award winners, your photos are needed now for the 2014
Directory. Champions, Reserve Champions and All-Arounds are eligible to
have photos included in the year-end award section. If your photo was
taken by a professional photographer, please be sure you send a released version
of the photo, or it cannot be printed. Please include the name of the
horse, name of owner, name of exhibitor (Amateur and Youth), and the
class in which the award was won. Email to newsletter editor Vickie Kettlewell.
MQHA selected for American Youth Horse Council Symposium
has been tapped to be a presenter at the 37th Annual American Youth
Horse Council Symposium, set for March 21-23, 2014 in Minneapolis.
Classroom presentations will be held on Saturday and Sunday morning at
the Doubletreee Hilton Minneapolis hotel. Live horse demos on
Saturday afternoon will be at the University of Minnesota Leatherdale
equine facilities. For a complete schedule, click here. For a registration form, click here.
Minnesota girls get first-hand look at California QH racing
The AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience was much more than a scholarship opportunity for winner Annise Montplaisir of Moorhead, Minn. She and Crystal Malo
of Hector, Minn., were among a group of AQHYA participants in the
scholarship program. Read Annise's first-hand account of her trip here.
The article includes information for Youth members on opportunities for
the next AQHYA National Youth Racing Experience, including a chance at
an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championship races.
Volunteer of the Year, Hall of Fame nominations needed
Do you know of a deserving MQHA member to nominate for the Bob Yanz
Volunteer of the Year Award, or to be inducted into the MQHA Hall of
Fame? Nominations are needed now, click here for a Volunteer of the
Year form. Deadline is November
Minnesota breeder donates Young Horse Development colt
Zachary Hite, an
AQHYA member in Wisconsin, recently received a 2013 foal from Sunup
Ranch as part of AQHA's Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development
Program. Part of AQHA's Ranching Heritage Breeder program, the project
matches AQHYA members with Ranching Heritage breeders. Youth
may also purchase foals from program participants. Participating youth
have the opportunity to participate in hands-on horse training that
will teach the fundamentals of horsemanship and showcase their learned
skills and knowledge at designated events where they can earn
scholarships and prizes through the program. Zach applied and was
awarded a colt by Jack Parr Sun from Sunup Ranch, an AQHA Ranching
From the weanling to yearling years, the AQHYA members work with and
train their foals, then exhibit the foals at an AQHA show. Ultimately,
the project participants have the chance to win back their investment
in their foals through scholarships.
Several generous Ranching Heritage Breeders have donated weanlings to this year’s program.
MYQHA exhibitors do well at Congress
members placed high at the Quarter
Horse Congress in Ohio. Lorretta Bowser and So Good Im Ez were finalists in 15-18 AQHA Western Pleasure and NSBA Western Pleasure. Tony Anderman and Goodness Im Green placed 7th out of about 140 in Amateur Showmanship. Karen Jorgenson from Fargo won the Select Amateur Showmanship. Sydney Thune placed 6th in 14-18 Novice Trail.
Lauryn Thune was Congress Champion in 14-18 Novice Showmanship, and
placed 6th in 14-18 Western Riding. Emily Schultz and Blazin Jets Ta
Fame placed 9th in NYATT Barrels. Paige Wacker placed 2nd in AQHA and NSBA
(15-18) with Ima Moxie Man, as well as 2nd in NYATT competition, and Caitlin Johnson placed 5th in Youth
Equitation (15-18) with My Chip Of Chocolua. The NYATT team placed 7th overall. Alex Beckman placed
12th in Novice Youth Western Pleasure 14-18, 15th in Novice Youth
Horsemanship 14-18, and 16th in Novice Youth Showmanship 14-18. Sally Russell,
a MYQHA member and also a member of the Wright-Carver Judging team,
placed 10th for Individual Halter and her team, which included Amanda Maus and Jacob Walters,
was 10th in Team Halter, Team Performance and Overall. Sally also
placed 3rd in Public Speaking for her speech on Equine Gastric Ulcers
and Amanda placed 9th with her demonstration. Twenty-six teams from
around the U.S. competed.
MQHA 2013 Final Point Standings announced
MQHA Secretary Gloria Enger has released the Final Point Standings for 2013. To download a copy, click here.
Exhibitors must have a paid membership in MQHA at the time of showing
to accumulate points. The point system is based on the top nine
placings in each class, and a minimum of 10 points must be earned to be
eligible for year-end awards.
Aimee Shulz competes at Novice Championship
Aimee Schulz and As Good As
You've Had (Bart) competed at the Eastern AQHA Novice Championships in
Tennessee the first week of October. Under the guidance of
Mallory Storm (Storm Quarter Horses), Aimee was a finalist in Hunt Seat
Equitation (class of 88), a finalist in Western Horsemanship (class of
110) and was the Bronze Reserve Champion in Pole Bending (class of
9). The comment during poles was "Man, that pleasure horse can
Banquet will feature honors, fun, useful info
MQHA's annual awards banquet for 2014 is
being revamped into an evening of honors, fun, good information -- and
not so many long meetings. The banquet is set for January 25, 2014 at
the Holiday Inn in Lakeville, Minn. It will be hosted by Region Four,
but various people across the state have been helping to dream up the
ideas for this special event. It is our hope to make the awards banquet
to be a day of honor and celebration of all the hard work that goes
into winning those awards.
There will be no elaborate, drawn out meetings that morning and
afternoon. We will have just had those meetings in December, so will
avoid repeat meetings one month later. The amateurs and youth will
indeed meet to give out their top six awards and socialize. The
afternoon will consist of various mini seminars of topics interesting
to horse members....MnDOT Certified Drivers Licensing, horse insurance,
how to create a video to sell your horse, maybe U of M research of
Quarter Horse diseases.....that's where we can use your help. Tell us
what you are interested in hearing.
The theme of the awards banquet will be "MQHA Goes Hollywood!" The
evening will be somewhat like the Academy Awards....we'd like you to
dress up. Gals break out those prom dresses, mother of the bride
dresses, bridesmaid dresses. Let's get some more use out of them.
Guys...a suit and tie would be great! Lets make this a fancy event.
We'll have a red carpet of sorts and a "best dressed" award. There will
be PRESENTERS of awards and ACCEPTANCE speeches. There will be
entertainment in between.
No, we can't get Blake and Miranda....but we can use songs and put our
pictures and video clips to them. So we need your help too....we need
pictures from shows, or at home, or trail riding of you with your
horses. We need pictures of your life without horses....fishing ("You
and me fishing in the dark..."), gardening, golfing, whatever you do in
your life away from horses. We would like pictures or video clips of
everyone...not just awards winners. We are going to try to do the "Call
Me Maybe" song and Blake Shelton's "Redneck." If you have an idea let
us know. We want some good, CLEAN fun! Brenda Stevermer is collecting
pictures and video clips (see article below). If you are great at
putting pics and videos to music....we need your help!
We could use a spotlight if anyone has one lying around the garage.
Screens and powerpoint projectors too! Any ideas or help would be
Photos wanted for MQHA Banquet
MQHA Banquet organizers are
looking for some fun photos and win pictures to spice up the 2013 MQHA
Year End Banquet, set for January 25th, 2014 in Lakeville, Minn. Brenda
Stevermer has this request: "To all our amazing members: We need you!
Please provide me with the following pictures this fall! We want to
showcase you as we celebrate another great year!"
1) Candid show, barn and everyday horse pictures.
2) Now and Then—A little of the past with the new and
improved now. This may be a "guess who," so send them in!
3) Family fun pictures. Have a wedding? New baby? Fun vacation? We want to see!
4) Win Pictures (photographer can send directly to me with release) Must have release if copyrighted.
5) Kid pictures! Youth World! Open show!
6) Boot camp pictures
7) Candids from Congress, World, Select World, Novice Championships. Let us celebrate with you!
8) If you are a Champion or Reserve Champion in Year
end Standings in a class we will need a Win Picture. This is really
Photos may be sent to: Bstevermer@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Please call Brenda at 507.317.8107
Heinie Hendley passes away
mourns the passing
of Heinie Hendley. A memorial service was held October 24,
2013. Heinie, with his wife Donna, successfully
and showed many Quarter Horses and Paints and owned Ironwood Acres in
Maple Plain. He was a long-time member of MQHA. Condolences may be sent
to Donna at Ironwood Acres, 4150 S. Lake Sarah Dr., Maple Plain MN
MQHA Boot Camp set for June 17-19, 2014
MQHA's hugely popular boot camp for 4-H kids is set for June 17-19,
2014, at R & J Arena in Verndale, Minn. Clinicians include Anne
Anderman, Jenna Mickelson, Stephanie Lynn, Jay Barnett, Bill Bormes,
LeeAnn Harrison-DeMars and Mary Fradenburgh. For an information packet
including release form and registration, click here.
Sara Reuvers Top Ten in HUS at Youth World
Sara Reuvers and her horse A Stellar Future
placed 10th at the AQHYA World Show August 8th in Hunter Under Saddle
out of 114 entries. Congratulations Sara and the entire Youth team for
a succssful trip to Oklahoma City.
Daneille Paulson took 7th place in
Performance Halter Mares. Lexxi Perez made the finals in the Stake Race with Hickorys Lil
Thunder. You can watch Lexxi live on the AQHA web site Tuesday, August
6th. More news to come as competition continues.
Donations help with equine legislative issues
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.
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. Membership cards have been mailed
to paid 2013 members. 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.
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.