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
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
Northstar Futurities and Shows draw exhibitors from several states
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
Photo: Theresa Laron
Bonnie Minor receives 2016 CC Humble Award
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.
National Directors at the AQHA Convention in Las Vegas: From left,
Gloria Enger, Kelvin Childers, Mary Ebnet, Lainie DeBoer, Dr. Roland
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
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.
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.