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OQHA News

AQHYA Awards Officer Scholarships
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AQHYA Awards Officer Scholarships

The  American Quarter Horse Youth Association  is proud to announce that the national officers, starting with the 2016-17 board, will receive scholarships at the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar.  AQHYA officers serve as ambassadors for the Association, play an active role in the decision-making process of AQHYA and lead events and activities. Officers are elected annually at the Youth Excellence Seminar, and they uphold the objectives and purposes set forth in AQHYA Bylaws. They also represent the 11 regions of AQHYA and every youth member who resides within them.  “AQHA recognizes the incredible commitment and passion these youth officers demonstrate throughout their year of service, and
Ohio Youth place well in Little Buckeye
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Ohio Youth place well in Little Buckeye

Another well-orchestrated and not so little, Little Buckeye is officially complete and many Ohio Youth are walking away with top honors.   The show, held July 14-16, and its sponsors allowed for all youth exhibitors to enter without paying an entry fee. These young exhibitors were also among the first to show in the multi-million dollar World Equestrian Center. Exhibitors were judged by Jerry Erickson, Ryan Kail, Gretchen Mathes, Rick Meredith, Allen Mitchels, and Kristy Starnes in some of the largest classes the show has seen in its run. Highlights from the Little Buckeye: L2 Youth Showmanship (14-18) - 20 shown 1st place - Guccis Got Gold - Shelbey Bolinger - Sycamore, OH L3 Youth Showmanship (14-18) - 15 shown
Foundation Golf Outing raises money for scholarship fund
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Foundation Golf Outing raises money for scholarship fund

More than 50 Ohio Quarter Horse Association members and friends of the Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation were feeling extra giving during the Annual Buckeye Open Golf Outing on Monday at Snow Hill Country Club.    The 15-team event, held traditionally between the Little Buckeye and Buckeye Classic  shows, raised more than $12,000 overall to fund scholarships for OQHA youth members. While the outing as a whole was fun, hole 16 was nothing short of interesting as scholarship recipients presented golfers with a challenge. Participants could make a generous donation to avoid the challenge and tee off behind a tree located way before the actual men’s tee, or spin for a chance to move up by dressing up for a photo shoot. 
Ohio Youth members elected to AQHYA office
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Ohio Youth members elected to AQHYA office

Congratulations are in order for Ohio Youth members Caleb Sturgeon, Olivia Tordoff and Ellexxah Maxwell who were voted into AQHYA officer and director positions during the recently held 2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar (YES) in Amarillo, Texas. Sturgeon, a high school junior from Beloit, has been elected AQHYA 2 nd Vice President. According to the officer biographies on the AQHA website, Sturgeon’s plans include setting up monthly regional conference calls to allow more open communication among the regions. He believes this would improve shows, fundraising and membership promotion across the board. He has served as the vice president of OQHYA and believes he can help improve communication