Remembering 'WeeZee,' the Ribbon Lady
MQHA joins the rest of the Minnesota horse world to mourn the passing of Louise "WeeZee" Miner on July 15, 2014. Any exhibitor who has shown in the Coliseum at the State Fair grounds probably remembers WeeZee, who made every ribbon a special event
when she handed out the awards. She was known for her unique outfits,
including one sewn entirely from show ribbons. A memorial service is set from 4 to 8 PM
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 9947 Lyndale
Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420. Prayer service at 7 PM.
State Show features Purina Team Challenge
MQHA’s 2014 State Show will feature the Purina Team Challenge, with buckles, vests and paybacks in two divisions: Open/Youth/Amateur and Novice Youth/Novice Amateur division.
For more details, click here.
Save time, enter online for the MQHA State Show
Now you can enter your horse online, as well as make stall and shavings
reservations for the MQHA State Show July 17-20 at the Minnesota
Equestrian Center in Winona, Minn. Go to http://www.thesingquarters.com and click on the links.
Nominations sought for Board, President, VP
to get more involved in MQHA and share your talents? If you're
interested in becoming a candidate for either President or
Vice-President, please submit your name to the Nominating Committee
chair Todd Flatness.
Three at-large Director positions are also available. Directors serve
three-year terms. If you or someone you know may be interested, contact
Volunteers needed for MQHA State Show
is planning for one of its showcase events, the State Show, set for
July 17-20 at the Minnesota Equestrian Center in Winona. Volunteers are
needed for ring stewards, announcers, office staffing, and gate help.
Please contact Jay Thesing if you can help out at the show.
MYQHA members attend YES
Congratulations to all the MYQHA members who attended the Youth
Excellence Seminar (YES) in College Station, Texas. Pictured are
Kaitlin Jerde, Danielle Paulson, Peyton Stevermer, Lexxi Perez, Paige
Wacker, Connor Crook, Arin Boucher, Ellie Schommer, and Anna Balfany.
Paige was elected AQHYA Sentinal, serving as a national officer.
MQHA Boot Camp set for June 17-19, 2014
AQHA announces World Show Invitation method for halter
Halter exhibitors can be invited to the 2014 AQHA world championship shows by attending a designated number of shows.
New for the 2014 AQHA world championship shows, amateur, Select amateur
and open halter competitors (not including performance halter) can earn
an invitation to the 2014 world shows by participating in a designated
number of shows during the respective qualifying period.
• Amateur and Select amateur: Show at 10 shows in a
halter class. Shows will be counted by show numbers on a one-horse,
• Open: Show at 20 shows in an open halter class. Shows will be counted by show numbers.
Halter exhibitors will still be able to qualify to the world shows by
earning the designated number of qualifying points, and qualifying in
that manner only will appear on the horse’s permanent record. See below
for qualifying point requirements and qualifying periods.
“Adding the participation invitation for halter exhibitors was
discussed at a meeting with AQHA alliance partner the World
Conformation Horse Association, which asked AQHA to look at amateur and
open halter exhibitor entries and explore the option,” said AQHA
Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “After looking at the
averages for the past two years, the participation invitation was
presented to the AQHA Executive Committee, which approved the concept
during its October 2013 meeting and this new invitation method was
announced November 1, 2013.
“We know there are many halter exhibitors who have traditionally tried
to support AQHA shows, but time and again, they are faced with not
enough horses to make a point. Thus, they are not able to qualify for
the world shows,” Treadway added. “This new invitational method will
benefit the AQHA members hauling, showing to the judges and supporting
the AQHA shows.”
The new participation invitation method is for traditional halter classes only and does not include performance halter.
As a reminder youth, amateur, Select amateur and open performance
halter world show qualifiers must earn 10 points in performance events
during the 2014 world show qualifying period in addition to the
required number of performance halter qualifying points. Horses
competing in open performance halter must earn all 10 performance
points in the open division. Horses shown in youth, amateur and Select
amateur performance halter can earn their 10 performance points in any
division or combination of divisions. Showmanship points do not count.
For more information on showing your Quarter Horse, go to AQHA's Showing page.
This information is from AQHA News and information, a service of the American Quarter Horse Association.
Renew your MQHA membership - don't miss out
you haven't purchased or renewed your MQHA membership, the February
Newsletter will be your last issue. The Newsletter is one of the benefits of
membership, so join or renew now to keep on the mailing list. Click here
to download a membership form. And please remember to note your
birthdate on the form to be included on the WSCA membership list.
Northstar Futurities updates announced
The Futurity Committee has announced changes to the Minnesota Stallion
Service Auction (MSSA) and the Northstar Futurities. New for 2014 will
be Northstar Breeder Nominated
prize money. Offspring of nominated stallions and mares will be
eligible for added money. For complete details, including downloadable
entry forms, eligibility and rules, click on the Futurity link at the
top of this page.
MQHA's hugely popular boot camp for 4-H kids is set for June 17-19,
2014, at R & J Arena in Verndale, Minn. Clinicians include Anne
Anderman, Jenna Mickelson, Stephanie Lynn, Jay Barnett, Bill Bormes,
LeeAnn Harrison-DeMars and Mary Fradenburgh. For an information packet
including release form and registration, 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.
Web site business cards need to be renewed
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the cards and links to continue for 2013. Cost is only $100 a year, or
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members can now use their new membership cards to get discounts at
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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.