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Minnesota Quarter Horses represented at Horse Expo
Expo 2016

A great group of riders and horses represented MQHA at the 2016 Minnesota Horse Expo. They showed off their young American Quarter Horses to big, welcoming crowds in the Warner Coliseum for three days with enthusiasm, smiles and tons of class. Thanks to Carol Sheridan, Shelley Johnsen, Ingrid and Jeff Griskiewicz and Ashley Bona, pictured above with MQHA member Mary Mensch, who coordinated their appearances.

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.
Directors
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.

Youth Day at the Races scholarship available
A $1,000 college scholarship is available for youth 14-18 as part of Youth Day at the Races, sponsored by the Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association. Spend a full day at Canterbury Park on June 25th experiencing the activities involved with preparing a Quarter Horse to run, attend the races, and have your essay entered in the scholarship contest.
For details and entry, click here.

Quarter horses needed for Minnesota Horse Expo
MQHA is seeking two AQHA registered horses to represent our breed and MQHA at the 2016 MN Horse Expo April 21 - 25. Horses will need to be calm, quiet and well groomed representatives able to handle crowds, petting and several rides per day in the Coliseum. Riders will need to care for and exhibit their horses throughout Expo. If you are able help us out, please contact Mary Mensch at 612.202.3553 or mary@maryandjeff.net.

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.

Futurity rules, entry forms now available online
Rules and entry froms for the 2016 Northstar Futurities, open and non-pro, are now available for download on the Futurity Page or by clicking here. For an entry form for the MSSA 2-year-old Western Pleasure class, click here.

MQHA Bylaws updated at January meeting
MQHA's Bylaws were revised by a vote of the membership at the January 30, 2016 meeting in St. Cloud. The Bylaws Committee presented several changes, which were approved:
  • Provisions for email and other electronic notification to membership
  • Language establishing a Foundation Oversight Committee for the recently approved MQHA Foundation
  • Expansion of the Finance Committee to a Finance/Audit Committee
  • Allowing District Directors to be re-appointed to additonal terms if a new candidate cannot be found
  • Clarifying the duties of the Board and specifying that the Executive Secretary, Treasurer and other non-elected positions are non-voting officers.
The revised Bylaws will be printed in an upcoming MQHA Newsletter. The Bylaws are also available in PDF form by clicking here.

2016 Directory email address correction will be available
MQHA members receiving their 2016 Directory this week may notice that many of the email addresses do not line up with names in the member listings. The error happened at the printer and MQHA apologizes for the inconvenience. Corrected member listings will be mailed out, and copies will be available at the Banquet. Email addresses for Directors, Officers and other listings in the Directory and web site are correct.


Phil Callahan passes; condolences to Mary Callahan
Philip Callahan, 91, father of MQHA member Mary Callahan, passed away January 15, 2016, in Albert Lea, Minn. Phil was born on May 31, 1924. He was a World War II veteran. He was a founding member of the Sunset Saddle Club, had been active in the Western Saddle Club Association and numerous draft horse shows across the country, where he had served as judge for many years. He had a great passion for showing horses — especially with his daughter, Mary — including Quarter Horses, Belgians and Percherons.
Philip is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Mary Callahan of Farmington; sisters-in-law Doris Callahan and Elaine Bjerke of Albert Lea; and many nieces and nephews.


Renew your MQHA membership - Dues increase in 2016
Save money by joining today! Dues will increase by $5 beginning May 1, 2016. If 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 2016 membership form. And please remember to note your birthdate on the form to be included on the WSCA membership list.

MQHA Boot Camp now taking registrations

2016 Boot Camp
MQHA's widely popular Boot Camp for 4H kids is set for June 14-16 at R&J Arena, Verndale, Minn. For information and registration, click here.
The 2016 camp features Trail with Della Cryderman, Western Pleasure with Jay Barnett, Horsemanship with Bill Bormes, English Pleasure with LeeAnn Harrison DeMars, Games with Mary Fradenburgh, Showmanship, English Equitation, and one-on-one sessions with NDSU Equine Instructors and Equine Team members. A full set of Quarter Horse shows, including Novice classes, follows on June 18 and 19.  Space is limited, so register now.





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.

Web site business cards need to be renewed
MQHA advertisers need to renew their business card sponsor ads in order for the cards and links to continue for 2013. Cost is only $100 a year, or $150 a year for both web site and Newsletter business cards. A free link to your web site or email is provided with each ad. Help support MQHA and get your business noticed by more than 2,000 unique visitors each month.


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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