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Back cover available
The MQHA Newsletter is offering special rates and exposure for its June-July edition, which will be widely distributed at MAQHA Corporate Challenge. The back cover ad is available. Exhibitors, breeders, trainers, vendors and services can get the word out in this issue, which will feature stories, columns, news, and will be the official program for the shows. Reserve your ad space now by contacting Vickie Kettlewell. Deadline is May 5 for booking ads, May 15 for ad copy. This is a full-color issue.

Minnesota loses horseman Kenneth Shaw
K ShawKen Shaw, AQHA judge, saddle club supporter and friend to many Minnesota horse enthusiasts, passed away Sunday, March 5.

Services for Kenneth Shaw, 86, of Sartell, formerly of Tracy, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Tracy Lutheran Church. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in the Tracy City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to the Tracy Lutheran Church Building Fund, Prairie View Senior Living and Country Manor in Sartell. The Life Remembrance Center of Tracy is caring for the family.
He died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the Country Manor in Sartell.

Kenneth Luverne Shaw was born Aug. 15, 1930, in Dovray Township, Murray County, to Roy and Hazel (Severson) Shaw. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended country school.

On June 4, 1949, Kenny was united in marriage to Donna Eilefson at Tracy Lutheran Church. They made their home in Tracy where Kenny worked for almost 30 years at the Tracy Bottling Company. He then worked as a bus driver for the Tracy Public Schools. Kenny was active with the Plum Creek Saddle Club and was an AQHA horse show judge in the 5 state area for over 40 years. His most recent judging was in 2013 in Sauk Rapids. He was also Grand Marshal in the Tracy Box Car Days for a number of years. Kenny had a passion for horses and when he was not working with horses, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

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.

The hats have it at MQHA 2017 Banquet
2017 Banquet hats
The "Day at the Races" theme carried the evening at the 2017 MQHA Awards Banquet at Grand Casino Hinckley on January 28.

Roger Wacker inducted to MQHA Hall of Fame
Roger Wacker hall of fameRoger Wacker was inducted into the MQHA Hall of Fame at the Awards Banquet January 28 in Hinckley. Roger is a long-time Minnesota Quarter Horse breeder, businessman, developer of the World Champion Pepi products, owner of Beaus My Daddy, Golden Gloves boxer, and MQHA supporter. He's pictured with daughter Julie, wife Carolyn, daughter Rogalyn and son Shawn.

Darlene Gargano honored as 2016 Volunteer of the Year
Darlene GarganoMQHA Volunteer of the Year honors went to Darlene Gargano, who has helped MQHA in many capacities from Horse Expo to aiding members laid up with injuries. Darlene (left) is pictured receiving her award from MQHA Vice President and Awards Chair Kelly Manner at the Awards Banquet.

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.

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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