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Banquet slide show wants your photos
Have a fun (or otherwise) photo from 2016? We want your snapshots from horse shows, barn, trail rides, special events, or every day, for the MQHA Banquet slide show. Please email your favorite 2016 shots to Vickie Kettlewell for inclusion in this mulitmedia event to be showcased at the 2017 Awards Banquet.

MQHA Banquet schedule updated
The MQHA banquet schedule has been tweaked and the Social Hour will now begin at 4:30 PM on Saturday, January 28, followed by dinner at 5 PM and awards beginning immediately after dinner at 6 PM. Don't forget the Silent Auction, and bring any auction items you'd like to donate to the banquet. Following awards will be more fun with Minnow Races.
MQHA's annual awards banquet is scheduled for January 28, 2017, at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. The banquet theme is "A Day at the Races."

MYQHA tack swap
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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