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MQHA Annual Meeting date set for December 8, 2018
The MQHA Annual Meeting and December Board Meeting will be held December 8, 2018, in the Hutchinson Event Center, 1005 Hwy 15 S, Plaza 15, Hutchinson, Minn. The Board will meet at 1 PM and the General Membership meeting begins at 3 PM. Members will be voting on proposed Bylaw changes.

Proposed MQHA Bylaw changes available for review
The changes to the current Bylaws, recommended by the Bylaws Committee, have been drafted and are available for review here. Please take a moment to review before the Annual Meeting. The biggest proposed change is the recommendation to reduce the number of Directors and the number of Districts in the state.

Be sure to VOTE!
Click here to download a PDF of candidate profiles. Ballots will be mailed in early November to all MQHA members. The positions of President, Vice President and At-Large Directors will be on the ballot. When you send your ballot in, it's a great time to renew your membership. 2019 Membership forms will be included with the ballot mailings. Be sure to mail your ballot so it will be received by December 7, 2018. Ballots will be counted at the Annual Meeting on December 8.

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MQHA Rec and Open Show Program adds point category

New for this year in MQHA's Recreational and Open Show Program is adding points for lessons you take with your horse.
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
•    NEW! 2 points for every lesson you take with your horse
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.


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.



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.


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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