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August shows added to Minnesota summer schedule
A set of AQHA-MQHA approved shows has been added to the summer schedule at R & J Arena. Set for August 11-12, the R & J Quarter Horse Shows will be in a split/combined format with four judges. The circuit has added Level 1 Amateur and Youth Walk/Trot Western Pleasure and Level 1 Amateur and Youth Walk/Trot Western Horsemanship.

Special ad rates offered for Corporate Challenge magazine
The MQHA Magazine is offering special color ad rates for the June-July issue, which is also the Corporate Challenge program. Be seen in one of the year's biggest issues, whether you're a trainer, breeder, exhibitor, service or sales business. Full color ads are discounted 20 percent. That means a full page color ad is priced at only $148 for this issue. Book your ad by June 10 to take advantage of this rate. Contact Vickie Kettlewell to reserve ad space.

Saddle up for Minnesota's oldest Quarter Horse show

It's the Northwest Saddle Club Show June 9th in North Branch, Minnesota. It's Double Judged, Indoor and outdoor rings, and a great showing experience for exhibitors. Never been to an AQHA show? Here's a friendly one to start with! Great volunteers who work hard to spruce up the show grounds and make everyone welcome. Full set of classes including rookie, ranch riding, western riding, trail, Level 1, Amateur, Youth and Select classes. AQHA and MQHA approved. For more information click on the Calendar page.

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2019 BanquetBoot Camp scholarships offered
The Minnesota Quarter Horse Foundation will be sponsoring scholarships for the 2018 4-H Boot Camp, only open to youth enrolled in 4-H. There will be a total of 5 4-H Boot Camps scholarships awarded by the MQHA Foundation.
• What is the scholarship for?
It will pay the $225 entry fee.
• What does that fee include?
Stall for horse, food for participating youth and 3 bales of shavings.
• What is the date of the 2018 4-H Boot Camp?
June 12 - 14, 2018, with WSCA show Friday morning June 15.
• Where is it?
R & J Arena, Verndale, MN.

We hope you will consider applying for the MQHA Foundation 4-H Boot Camp Scholarships. Click here for an application.
Remember you need to bring along a chaperone. The scholarship does not pay for your chaperone’s food or your lodging.
If you have questions regarding the MQHA Foundation Boot Camp or Scholarships, contact Meg Sax at 320-761-3990 or msax@maxminn.com.

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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