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OMIQHA Summer Sunsation
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OMIQHA Summer Sunsation

By Samantha Armbruster The OMIQHA shows have something to offer for everyone. From weekend warriors hauling for national titles to those simply looking to expand into the realm of the Quarter Horse circuit, OMI is a great place for all. Over the past weekend June 24 - 25, three judges provided three sets of points as the show was approved for a total of five associations. Some of the show’s highlights included a pizza party, morning breakfasts, silent auction, random prizes and a Saturday night taco fiesta. Another huge draw to the event was the $2,000 payout for pleasure driving classes thanks to the show’s generous sponsors. With all of these fun activities included in the show itself, it is obvious that the OMIQHA
NOQHA Summer Six Pack success
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NOQHA Summer Six Pack success

The NOQHA Summer Six Pack held June 15-18 was a huge success. They had a sold out show with large class numbers and a great show staff. NOQHA made sure their exhibitors were well hydrated and fed. They offered a pizza party on move-in day and then offered a taco bar, pulled pork dinner and ice cream social during the show. Great prizes were given for each placing as well as circuit champions and member award winners. A variety of all around prizes were also given away. Congratulations to all the winners and NOQHA on a great show.   Amateur Champion- Brandy Baldwin-Bunting with Ms Mae Flash Reserve- Sarah Lebsock with Version Of Goodbar   Select Amateur Champion- Brenda Howell with Dont Need A Mirror Reserve- Terri Bloom
OQHA weathers another successful picnic
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OQHA weathers another successful picnic

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association hosted another successful annual picnic at the Ohio Expo Center Monday evening  where members of all ages mingled underneath the Natural Resources Pavilion for dinner. Thunderstorms and hail did not keep the crowd from enjoying a fish fry prepared by Skip and Todd Salome as OQHYA advisors Valerie Fites and Tammy Gagliardo helped 67 Ohio youth  members register for the AQHYA World Championship Show.  During the meal, Cathy Martz announced on behalf of the Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation that RJ Jacobs, Jillian Channell and Morgan Kessler will each receive $1,000 scholarships and 14 renewal scholarships had also been approved. Following the picnic, the amateurs, youth
Buckeye Reining Series hosts largest show to date
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Buckeye Reining Series hosts largest show to date

The Buckeye Reining Series hosted their largest show to date with the Leonard Truck and Trailer No Entry Fee Derby Show, held May 25-28, 2017 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. The event drew exhibitors from near and far as each vied for the more than $80,000 in added money and prizes. But the biggest draw for exhibitors was the second annual $50,000 added No Entry Fee Derby sponsored by Leonard Truck and Trailer, which also included both Open and Non Pro Novice Horse Derby divisions. The Open Derby boasted 101 entries in the draw as Shawn Flarida took home top honors in the Open L4 and Novice Horse Derby L4 aboard Luckie Moonstone, owned by Jason Dobrinski of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, with a score of 224.
NOQHA Spring Extravaganza Wrap Up
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NOQHA Spring Extravaganza Wrap Up

Summer is approaching and that means show season is in full force with several shows completed and several more on the horizon. The 2017 Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association (NOQHA) Spring Extravaganza is yet another show in the books for Ohio Exhibitors and the end of the qualifying period for OQHA.   Throughout Memorial Day Weekend large classes formed as new and familiar exhibitors lined up to show in front of judges Will Knabenshue, Jonathan Meilleur, Keith Miller and Jennifer Thompson, and Novice judge Kat Zelnio.   All-Around Youth and Amateur winners of the novice show won saddles while the small fry took home trophies.   All-Around Winners Small Fry     All Around Champion - Addison Nalle-Icenhour
AQHA: Thoughts From the AQHA Executive Vice President on the Level 1 Championships
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AQHA: Thoughts From the AQHA Executive Vice President on the Level 1 Championships

By AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines Have you ever wondered, "Who makes AQHA's rules?" The answer is not anyone who works at AQHA Headquarters in Amarillo. Rules are proposed, discussed and passed by AQHA members. And any member can potentially change our Association. We are proud to be governed by our members, and we are proud to affect changes that bring more value to AQHA membership and more involvement in our great industry. Watch this video from the 2017 AQHA Convention for a great explanation of how AQHA governance works. The final step for most rule changes includes a review by the AQHA Executive Committee , which is made up of five member-elected, volunteer AQHA members. There are several opinions
2017 SOQHA Challenge Recap- Results and Photos
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2017 SOQHA Challenge Recap- Results and Photos

By: Brittany Bevis, The Equine Chronicle Novice Youth Reserve Champion Scholarship Winner- Natalie Hilty with Rock On Mr Cool. Photo courtesy of Emma Brown.    If the first portion of the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association’s two-week Challenge/Madness Show Series was any indication of what’s to come, they’re expecting another record turnout for 2017. The Challenge took place May 12-14 in Wilmington, Ohio and was met with a fantastic reception, with entries up more than 1,400 per judge, across all divisions, according to Mark Harrell Horse Shows. Today is an off day for competitors as preparations begin for the SOQHA Madness that kicks off tomorrow and will continue throughout the week. During the Challenge,
Exhibitors not Eligible for Level 2 Competition at the 2017 Lucas Oil World
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Exhibitors not Eligible for Level 2 Competition at the 2017 Lucas Oil World

AQHA modifies eligibility guidelines for the Level 2 Championships, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), at the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. The American Quarter Horse Association, May 10, 2017 The American Quarter Horse Association has released the list of open and amateur exhibitors who are ineligible to show horses in the Adequan® Level 2 championship classes at the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show, tentatively scheduled for November 2-18 in Oklahoma City. The horsemen and -women on the ineligible exhibitors list are competitors who have proven their skills in the show pen and are considered highly accomplished competitors, regardless of whether they
Congrats to current and past OQHA members at the IHSA Nationals
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Congrats to current and past OQHA members at the IHSA Nationals

Congratulations to all current and past OQHA members at the IHSA Nationals.   Anneliese Ritzi (U of Findlay) wins Advanced Western Horsemanship national title.   Emma Willeke (U of Findlay) wins Novice Western Horsemanship reserve champion.   Taylor Overmier (Ohio State U) wins Open Reining Pattern for the AQHA Trophy in a tie-breaking return to the pen against last year's defending champion, Selena Finn (U of Nebraska-Lincoln).  "It was intense. I knew it was going to be the two of us," said Taylor, whose first round drew Danny Boy, and her second ride was on Lil' Bill. "Danny Boy is a more mellow draw while Lil' Bill is 'energetic.' Both are very talented horses. My favorite parts of a test are the run downs and stops.
Top exhibitors earn prizes at AQHA Level 1 Championships
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Top exhibitors earn prizes at AQHA Level 1 Championships

After nearly a week of competition, four Ohio exhibitors earned prizes May 7 for placing at the top during the 2017 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina. ALL-AROUND SELECT Ruth Kaplan of Wooster, Ohio, and Wish Upon A Lark, a 2002 palomino gelding by Rugged Lark-Seven S Cagney by Pines Zippo Bars. Breeder/owner: Ruth Kaplan BRONZE ALL-AROUND 13-&-UNDER Mason Dorsey of Powell, Ohio, and Good Alibis, a 2010 red roan gelding by PS Good Bars Kat-Eternal Storyteller by Levis And Alibis. Breeder: Peter Allen Schouweiler, Plainview, Minnesota. Owner: Mason Dorsey SELECT Betty Vanover of Hamersville, Ohio, and Holy Chip, a 2006 bay gelding by Promote This Chip-Sweet Investment