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MQHA Banquet set for February 7 in Willmar
The annual MQHA Awards Banquet and meetings have been set for Feb. 7, 2015 at the Willmar Conference Center in Willmar, Minn. The Valentine-themed banquet will feature entertainment, multi-media presentations and fun for members. A silent auction will raise funds for the banquet and scholarships, and there will be a wine auction fundraiser. Send your MQHA Proud photos, winner photos, and candids to Vickie Kettlewell for inclusion in a multi-media show. A block of rooms is available to MQHA members at the Best Western Plus, attached to the Conference Center complex. Rooms are $99; it is recommended that reservations be made soon. Call 320. 235.6060 for reservations. Information: Butch and Judy Wohlin, 320.796.5404. Silent Auction donations: Sue Fisher.
Amateurs vote to explore merger with MQHA
Members of the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association voted
at their annual meeting December 6 in Monticello, Minn., to proceed with steps to possibly merge with parent association MQHA. If the associations merge, the Amateurs would keep a separate checkbook and would be established as a full committee of MQHA, Brenda Stevermer explained. The MAQHA Corporate Challenge would be managed with a subcommittee of Amateurs. MAQHA and MQHA invite your input on the proposed merger. Contact Brenda Stevermer, bstevermer@gmail.com, to voice your opinion or ideas. Further discussion and action may be taken at the Feb. 7, 2015 meetings in Willmar.
gloria toast
Newly elected MQHA President Julie Bernick congratulates retiring Executive Secretary Gloria Enger at Gloria's Roast and Toast, Dec. 6 in Monticello, Minn.

Help us recognize your acomplishments
Time to celebrate. It’s December and as you look back on your year’s accomplishments we’d love to hear about them. Outside of your accomplishments and wins with MQHA, tell us if you or your horse received an AQHA Superior award or an AQHA Open, Amateur or Youth Championship, or if you placed at one of the World Championship shows, East or West Level 1 (Novice) Championship shows, the WSCA Champ show, or Congress, or maybe you’re on one of AQHA’s lists of leading point earners.  Let us know, we will publish a list and have a “Bragging Rights” page in the Directory and on the web. Email Greg or Vickie.
Thanks and congratulations!

Bonnie Minor named to Team Wrangler
bonnieAQHA Professional Horseman Bonnie Minor, past president of MQHA, has been named to AQHA Team Wrangler. Other team members for 2015 are Teddy Johnson, Gary Roberts, Tyson Furlong, Rob Meneely, CR Bradley, Josh Little, Keith Miller, Marty Simper, Jody Ramer, Randy Jacobs, Rick Leek, Brent Tincher, JD Yates, Jillian Bergstresser, Bobby Lewis, Whitney Legace, Genevieve Miller and GR Carter.

Team Wrangler is a program sponsored by Wrangler. The team is made up of the top AQHA Professional Horsemen in the world. MQHA member and National Director Lainie DeBoer has also been a member.

Year-end MQHA winners can select awards
Open, amateur and youth class winners, as well as open and amateur all-around winners, can chose from a selection of awards of their choice. You can also donate your award's cash equivalent to the Scholarship Fund. Complete details will be emailed to all winners. For the details, list and photos of awards, click here for the Word file. Click here for the PDF file. For questions, please contact Awards Chair Brenda Stevermer.

Directory deadline is this week, reserve now
Want to advertise your horse, your business, your stallion, your success? The 2015 MQHA Directory cover and back cover are available now. This is the issue that everyone keeps around all year.
2015 MQHA Directory Reminders, Pricing and Deadlines:
Full page BW $180
Full Page Color $365
Half page BW $100
Half page color: $185
Cover is available for $1,000
Back cover is available for $575 (full back cover with accommodation for mailing label area and postage)
Ads must be booked by Dec. 1 and must be in hand by Dec. 8.
Editorial content needs to be received by Dec. 10.
Year-end photos due by Dec. 5 (if you are a Grand or Reserve year-end winner you are invited to submit a photo to be displayed in the Directory). Photos can be emailed to mqhanews@sunupranch.com.

Lainie DeBoer takes Huntfield Derby titles
AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lainie DeBoer won both championships at the National Quarter Horse League Huntfield Open Derby finals November 16. She rode Regal Tequila to the low open championship and Dive in the regular open finals. Lainie is an MQHA Board member and AQHA National Director.

Minnesotans have World Show winners
MQHA member, Professional Horsewoman and National Director Lainie DeBoer rode Only Royal Blue to the AQHA World Championship in Senior Working Hunter in Oklahoma City. A Minnesota-bred horse, BMQ All That Glitters, won the Progressive Working Hunter World Championship; the mare was bred by Annette Kamphaus of Nevis, Minn. Lisa Anderson-Peck placed 14th in Amateur Hunter Under saddle. Let us know if you have a placing you want to add to this list.

MQHA Boot Camp gearing up for 2015
boot campMQHA's popular Boot Camp is in the works for June 16-18, 2015, at R&J Arena, Verndale, Minn. Trainers include Anne Anderman, showmanship; Jenna Mickelson, trail; Stephanie Lynn, equitation; Jay Barnett, western pleasure; Bill Bormes, horsemanship; LeeAnn Harrison-DeMars, hunter under saddle; Mary Fradenburgh, games; Don Gunderson, halter demonstration; and instructors from North Dakota State University. The three day event will be followed by an All-Breed Fun Show June 19, and the All Novice Quarter Horse Show June 20-21. For a Boot Camp flyer, click here. For a Boot Camp registration form, click here.

Renew your MQHA membership - don't miss out
If you haven't purchased or renewed your MQHA membership, the February Newsletter will be your last issue. The Newsletter is one of the benefits of membership, so join or renew now to keep on the mailing list. Click here to download a membership form. And please remember to note your birthdate on the form to be included on the WSCA membership list.

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.

Web site business cards need to be renewed
MQHA advertisers need to renew their business card sponsor ads in order for the cards and links to continue for 2013. Cost is only $100 a year, or $150 a year for both web site and Newsletter business cards. A free link to your web site or email is provided with each ad. Help support MQHA and get your business noticed by more than 2,000 unique visitors each month.

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.

MQHA Open Show Program offers awards

Do you show in open shows with your Quarter Horse? If you're a member of MQHA, or want to join, you can be eligible to receive year-end awards. Check out the Open Show Program on the Membership Page.

Welcome New Members!


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