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Phil Jenson was a Minnesota mover for Quarter Horses
Phil Jenson, whose long Quarter Horse history included induction to MQHA's Hall of Fame, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018.
A funeral service for Phil Jenson, 90, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church in rural Albert Lea. Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, July 6, from 5-7 pm at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com. Phil died July 2, 2018 at Oak Park Place in Albert Lea.
Phil JensonPhilip (Phil) Berglund Jenson was born on August 19, 1927, to Herman D. and Gladys (Berglund) Jenson in Albert Lea. He was baptized at First Baptist, later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran, and graduated from ALHS in 1945. On June 12, 1949 he was united in marriage to Loneita (Nita) M. Nelsen at Trinity Lutheran.
Phil was raised at Broadway Farm, where Phil and Nita continued to live for 50 years. Beginning with a dairy farm of 60 Holsteins and a few horses, they later farmed 1000 acres, with a 100 cow-calf beef operation/feedlot, over 60 Quarter Horses, and a saddle shop. He instructed youth in horse clinics and was involved in starting the MN 4-H horse project. Phil’s priority was “family first”, being a devoted husband and father. He excelled in carpentry, farm mechanics, woodworking, and “500” card playing. Phil loved to sing with his beautiful tenor voice. They often traveled to Branson enjoying country/gospel music. Later, retired from farming, they moved to an acreage where he restored antique tractors. In 2004, after Nita’s stroke, Phil became the family cook and her caregiver.
Phil was active in the MN Quarter Horse industry as an avid horse owner, breeder, showman, clinician and judge. He was an AQHA judge for over 30 years throughout the US and Canada, also holding judge’s cards for 6 other horse breeds. He was an AQHA national director, past president/director in the MN Quarter Horse Association & Sunset Saddle Club. Phil had many champions at the MN State Fair and exhibited for 55 years at the Freeborn County Fair. Numerous honors include AQHA Breeder Awards, MN Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, and SEMSCA Horse Person of the Year. Phil and his family hosted the annual AQHA Spring Show for 28 years and at one time it was the largest one-day show in the nation. Broadway Farm horses earned several state and national championships. Survivors include daughters, Gale Nelson, of Albert Lea; Trudy (Darvin) Moberg, of Bruce, SD. Grandchildren, Jeff (Melissa) Nelson; Scott (Amber) Moberg; Shane (Tori) Moberg; Trina (Andrew) Turner. Great-grandchildren, Allie, Josie, Becca, and Brock Nelson; Whitney & Kelsey Moberg; and Madelyn Moberg. Sister-in-law, Jackie Jenson; and several nieces and nephews. Phil was preceded in death by his wife, Nita; parents; brother, Ralph Jenson; sisters, Marynona (Clair) Brunkow, Lois (Don) Hill, and Carol Jenson; son-in-law, Lynn Nelson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Prairie River Camp Horse Ministry (Youth for Christ); MN 4-H Horse Endowment ; or Central Freeborn Lutheran Church.

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.

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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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