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MQHA 2017 Directory Flash Sale, 3 days only
Flash SaleThe MQHA Directory is offering special discounts if you book your ad in the next three days. Contact Vickie to reserve your ad space today.


Awards Banquet set for Jan. 28 in Hinckley
MQHA's annual awards banquet is scheduled for January 28, 2017, at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. The banquet theme is "A Day at the Races," and activities planned include social hour, awards and a silent auction. See MQHA's Facebook page for updates. Discounted rooms are available for $99. A banquet reservation form will be posted here soon, and will be included in the November/December MQHA Newsletter.

MQHA members elect Directors, Officers
MQHA members elected Lisa Cardelli, Mary Mensch and Hal Schmidt to the Board of Directors. Greg Booth was elected President and Kelly Manner was elected Vice President. Votes were tabulated at the MQHA Annual Meeting Dec. 3 in Monticello, Minn.

Final 2016 MQHA Point Standings announced
Send in your show, fun photos for Banquet slide show
Revised MQHA point standings for year-end awards have been compiled and are available here. If you are a year-end award winner, OR if you have a good photo or two from 2016, please send photos for an Awards Banquet slide show to Vickie Kettlewell. Remember, you must be an MQHA member for points to count for year-end awards, and a minimum of 10 points are required to qualify. Congratulations to all our winners!

Discounts available for Directory ads
ad ratesinfo directory adsMultiple page discounts are available for ads in the 2017 MQHA Directory. This is the issue that members keep for reference all year. For discount details, click here. For ad deadlines, rates and specs, click here. Deadline for reserving space is Dec. 10, 2016.

Registration open for 2017 MQHA 4H Boot Camp
2017 Boot Camp Flier
Popluar learning sessions feature mulitple disciplines, more

MQHA's 2017 Boot Camp, an intensive three-day program for 4-H members, features sessions on Showmanship, Trail, English Equitation, Wester Pleasure, Horsemanship, English Pleasure and Games. The 2017 event is set for June 13-15 at R&J Arena, Verndale, Minn. The training days are followed by a fun show on June 16. Instructors include Theresa Fleener, Della Crydermann, Leah Boucher, Neil Melton, Bill Bormes, LeeAnn Harrison DeMars, Mary Fradenburgh, and NDSU Equine Instructors and Equine Team Members. Space is limited. Clinic sessions, stall, bedding, all meals and snacks are included in the registration cost of $225. For complete information and forms, click here.



MQHA's new Recreational and Open Show program:
Earn awards for activities with your American Quarter Horse
Do you take part 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 like trophies and medals 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. You can find the complete details at mnqha.com/recreation . For a PDF form, click here.
•    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 Jan. 1-Oct. 31, 2016 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
Enroll today: New member special
If you’re already a member of MQHA, you don’t need to do anything at this time. Just track and submit your points, as well as a check made out to “MQHA” to program coordinator Lindsey Buhrmann by Nov. 15, 2016.
However, if you’re not yet a member of MQHA, join today by completing and mailing in the the 2016 Membership application at mnqha.com/membership.
•    The cost to become a new member is $40. Please add the $10 Recreation and Open Show fee to your total, for a total payment of $50. Checks should be made out to MQHA.
•    Write “Recreation” on your membership form so we know you’ve enrolled and paid for participation in the program – that way in November all you need to do is submit your points.
•    Your MQHA membership will be good up through 2017, and comes with a number of perks and discounts, including saddle club membership for WSCA in 2017. You will, however, need to pay an additional $10 in 2017 when you participate in the Recreational and Open Show program.   
If you plan to participate in Amateur or Youth MQHA/AQHA events you will also need to pay an additional $15 and note this on the membership form.

FuturityNorthstar Futurities and Shows draw exhibitors from several states

MQHA's Northstar Futurities and Shows attracted exhibitors from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and elsewhere. Dane Larson, left, enjoyed a ride on Zans Rancho Pep, shown by his father Keith Larson in Dally Team Roping - Heeling.


















Photo: Theresa Laron


Bonnie Minor receives 2016 CC Humble Award
Bonnie
Photo: barH
Bonnie Minor (center) received the Humble Award at the 2016 Corporate Challenge. The award was created to recognize an individual who is "friendly, greeting others with a smile and 'good luck,' encouraging to new and old exhibitors, willing to lend a helping hand and has a personality that embodies humbleness and kindness." The trophy was sponsored by Susan Wilcox.

Lainie DeBoer named Professional Horsewoman of the Year
AQHA's Professional Choice Professional Horsewoman of the Year is one of the most prestigious honors in the equine world. At the AQHA Convention March 12, Lainie DeBoer, Forest Lake, Minn., was honored with that title by her peers. Lainie has given generously of her time, expertise and enthusiasm, to both MQHA and AQHA. For the full story, click here.
Directors
Minnesota National Directors at the AQHA Convention in Las Vegas: From left, Gloria Enger, Kelvin Childers, Mary Ebnet, Lainie DeBoer, Dr. Roland "Butch" Wohlin.

MQHA awarded $10,000 grant for Boot Camp

MQHA was awarded a $10,000 Bank of America Grant for Boot Camp, it was announced at the AQHA Convention in Las Vegas. MQHA was one of 3 (along with South dakota) to be awarded one of the grants.

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.

Futurity rules, entry forms now available online
Rules and entry froms for the 2016 Northstar Futurities, open and non-pro, are now available for download on the Futurity Page or by clicking here. For an entry form for the MSSA 2-year-old Western Pleasure class, 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.



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