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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.

2017 Tack Swap
MQHA mourns loss of Sue Petersen
Sue PetersenAll of us in MQHA offer condolences to the Petersen family -- John, Eric and Alison Petersen, on the loss of Sue Petersen.

Susan M. Petersen, age 64, of rural Mabel, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah, Iowa.

Susan was born Oct. 30, 1952, in Decorah to Russell and Alice (Brandt) Richardson. She attended Canton Elementary School and in 1970 graduated from Mabel-Canton High School. She studied at the Rochester Technical Institute for business management. She worked at the Harmony House Restaurant while she was in high school, and then started working for Harmony Agri Service after college. She worked on the farm and raised her children before starting at Greenfield Ag when it started operations. She remained with the company through the years and it is now Crop Production Services.

On Dec. 6, 1980, she was united in marriage to John Petersen. They farmed in the Mabel area raising several different species, but mainly quarter horses. She was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church in Canton, the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association, and the United States Bowling Congress. She enjoyed bowling, showing horses, flower gardening, and spending time with her children, especially her grandson Ty.

Susan is survived by her husband, John of Mabel; two children, Eric (Alison) and Jennifer, both of Mabel; her father, Russell of Canton; five brothers and sisters, Dick (Chris) of Canton, Dan (Barb) of Bettendorf, Iowa, Jim (Wendy) of Canton, Mary Kay Hansen of Madison, Wis., and Patty Richardson of Canton; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Alice, and great-nephew, Casey.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Assumption Catholic Church in Canton, with Msgr. Donald P. Schmitz and the Rev. Edward McGrath co-officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Canton. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Assumption Catholic Church in Canton and one hour prior to services at the church. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church.

Online condolences may be made at www.mengisfuneralhome.com

MQHA members elect Directors, Officers
MQHA members elected Lisa Cardelli, Mary Mensch and Hal Schmidt to the Board of Directors. Greg Booth was elected President and Kelly Manner was elected Vice President. Votes were tabulated at the MQHA Annual Meeting Dec. 3 in Monticello, Minn. Meg Sax was appointed Secretary and Jay Thesing was named Point Tabulator / Membership Secretary.

Final 2016 MQHA Point Standings announced
Send in your show, fun photos for Banquet slide show
Revised MQHA point standings for year-end awards have been compiled and are available here. If you are a year-end award winner, OR if you have a good photo or two from 2016, please send photos for an Awards Banquet slide show to Vickie Kettlewell. Remember, you must be an MQHA member for points to count for year-end awards, and a minimum of 10 points are required to qualify. Congratulations to all our winners!

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.

FuturityNorthstar Futurities and Shows draw exhibitors from several states

MQHA's 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 - Heeling.

Photo: Theresa Laron

Bonnie Minor receives 2016 CC Humble Award
Photo: barH
Bonnie 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.
Minnesota National Directors at the AQHA Convention in Las Vegas: From left, Gloria Enger, Kelvin Childers, Mary Ebnet, Lainie DeBoer, Dr. Roland "Butch" Wohlin.

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.

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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