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Deadlines, ad rates, discounts announced for 2018 Directory 2018 Directory flash sale
It's not too soon to reserve your page for the 2018 MQHA Directory. Special ad rates are available for early bookings. Click here for more information and rates.

Vote for your MQHA Board Directors
MQHA members should by now have received an official ballot in the mail. Be sure to vote for three (3) At-Large Director candidates and mail in the provided envelope to be received by November 30, 2017. Your candidates for the three-year terms are Dena Hagberg, Nancy Klaus, Mallory Storm and Alyssa Tjosaas. For the official Candidate Bios, click here.

Annual Meeting set for December 2, 2017, in St. Cloud
The 2017 MQHA Annual Meeting is set for December 2, 2017, at the Holiday Inn St. Cloud. There will be a State Show Committee meeting at 10 AM in the St. Cloud Room. Youth will meet at 11 AM in the Viking Room. The Board will meet at 12 Noon and the General Membership meeting will start at 1:30 in the St. Cloud Room. All MQHA members are encouraged to attend the Membership meeting. Click on these links for a General Membership Agenda and Board Agenda.

2018 Awards Banquet set for Jan. 20 in Staples
Save the date! Our annual Awards Banquet & Convention is set for January 20, 2018, at Timberlake Hotel / Timber Event Center, 1212 2nd Ave. NE, Staples, MN 56479. Special room rates for this event are available at $99, $109 and $119, depending on room size. Suites available (limited) at $139. Great food, great friends and great times! Click here fpr a reservation form (also available in your October newsletter) and be sure to get your reservation in for the Deadline Discount!

2017 MQHA Point Standings draft released
The 2017 preliminary year-end point standings have been compiled by MQHA Membership/Points Secretary Jay Thesing. For questions or clarifications, please contact Jay.

Congratulations to MYQHA's Youth World exhibitors

Youth World 2017
Ellie Schommer and Lauryn Thune fresh from the arena after winning 6th (Ellie) and 3rd bronze (Lauryn) in Equitation, Level 2, at the the 2017 AQHYA Ford Built Tough Youth World Show. Congratulations to Ellie, Lauryn and the MYQHA Team.

Renew your MQHA membership today
Make sure you don't miss out on all the benefits of being a member of MQHA by renewing your annual membership today. Newsletters will end with your March issue if you don't renew by March. Plus, you will be eligible for year-end awards, Business Partner discounts, and have a voice in your association. Click here to download a 2017 membership form.

Take part in MQHA’s Recreational and Open Show and Program
Do you participate in non-MQHA shows, events and activities with your American Quarter Horse? Then join the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association’s Recreational and Open Show program, where you can earn awards for your involvement with your American Quarter Horse.
How it works:
Track points for exhibiting your registered AQHA horse in non-MQHA events (4-H, WSCA, etc.) as well as participating in a variety of other recreational, educational and volunteer activities.
•    Between 1 and 9 points per horse show class (see program enrollment form for details)
•    5 points for every volunteer activity with MQHA (Help at a MQHA show, committee membership, Tack Swap volunteer)
•    5 points every time 100 hours  is achieved in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program
•    2 points for every organized equestrian event where horse and handler participate – example: Clinics, organized trail rides, exhibitions, MQHA Boot Camp, etc.
•    2 points for every MQHA show you attend as a spectator/supporter
Then submit your point total for activities and competitions spanning from Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 and you’ll receive a trophy and a medal based on whichever level you achieve:
•    Bronze level: 25-49 points
•    Silver level: 50-99 points
•    Gold level: 100+ points
For an enrolment form, click here. For 2016 award winners, click here.

Point system and All-Around awards explained to MQHA exhibitors
The MQHA point system and All-Around award qualifications are explained in detail for exhibitors. For an explanation of the point system, click here. For All-Around qualifications, click here.

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.

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.

Welcome New Members!


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