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MQHA State Show set for March 15-18
MQHA's signature set of shows takes new date, same location
MQHA's State Show Committee has announced new dates for the State Show, March 15-18 in Winona, Minn. (These dates were previously held for the TQ Circuit at the same location.) The committee is excited to continue MQHA's tradition of its affiliate-sponsored set of shows to start off the spring season. The format is expected to remain the same with four split/combined shows and four sets of points. More details will be posted here and on MQHA's Facebook page.

Tack Swap, clinic to feature Whitney Lagace
2018 tack swap clinicMQHA's annual Tack Swap and Clinic will feature AQHA Professional Horsewoman and World Champion Whitney Lagace of Connecticut. Set ofr Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at U of M's Leatherdale Equine Center, the sale will begin at 10 AM and the Clinic starts at 11:30 AM. Rachel Mottet of Purina will give a horse nutrition presentation at 11 AM. Lagace will cover trail, horsemanship and showmanship. Check-in for tack sales is 6 to 8 PM Friday and 7 to 9:30 AM Saturday. Click on the flier at right for a PDF. For more information, contact Kelly Manner, 218.969.8970, kelly_manner@yahoo.com

MQHA 4-H Boot Camp registration now open for 2018
2018 Booth Camp
MQHA's popular 4-H Boot Camp is scheduled for June 12-14, 2018 at R&J Arena in Verndale, Minn. The camp introduces 4-H members to new knowledge in Showmanship, Trail, Equitation, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, English Pleasure and Games. Instructors include Theresa Fleener, Della Crydermann, Neal Melton, Bill Bormes, Mary Fradenburgh and NDSU Equine Instructors and Equine Team Members. A WSCA show on June 15 follows the camp. Registration is limited and costs $225. Some scholarships are available. For complete information and registration form, click on the Boot Camp poster to the right or click here. Additional information: Meg Sax, 320-761-3990.

Award choices announced for 2017 MQHA year-end awards
MQHA Awards Chair and Vice President Kelly Manner is sending award letters to all 2017 MQHA award winners, based on the MQHA Point System. When you receive your award letter, CLICK HERE to see your award choices. For further information on the Odio Sweatshirt choices, CLICK HERE. DEADLINE is December 18. To order your award, CLICK HERE to print out the return form. For questions, please contact Kelly. Remember, if you can't pick up your award at the Banquet, you must have someone pick it up for you, or make arrangements with Kelly to ship at your expense. Please send in your photo for the Directory by Dec. 20 to mqhanews@sunupranch.com and make sure your horse's name is in the file name.

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 2018 membership form.


Take part in MQHA’s Recreational and Open Show 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.



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