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
SOQHA Challenge & Madness Recap
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SOQHA Challenge & Madness Recap

By Natalie Hilty It's Monday morning and I'm headed to school for one more week before the end of the year and finals. I didn't get to be at the barn at 6am this morning or longe my horse or check patterns or draws. Today it's just me and my book bag and my comfortable tennis shoes. But Friday is coming and off we'll go to another horse show! We've been showing horses in Wilmington since May 5th and I can barely describe how much fun it's been. The WEC has become our home away from home this month and the faces are more familiar and the friendships are deeper. The first weekend was hosted by the Ohio region, EOQHA, and was a great show that provided time to get settled in and warmed up for what was coming. The second weekend, The Challenge,
Animal Welfare Recommendations Approved
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Animal Welfare Recommendations Approved

The American Quarter Horse Association, May 18, 2017  The AQHA Executive Committee approved several recommendations from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission at the 2017 AQHA Convention. The recommendations ranged from adding specific medications to the AQHA forbidden drugs or substances list to creating educational efforts for specific animal-handling procedures to a recommendation to use all drug- and animal welfare-related fines to support the AQHA steward program.  The recommendations approved by the Executive Committee include: Fines generated from drug and animal welfare violations be placed in the animal welfare budget to support the steward program. AQHA should encourage show managers
Ohio exhibitors place in All American Youth Horse Show
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Ohio exhibitors place in All American Youth Horse Show

By Samantha Armbruster The All American Youth Horse Show just held it’s 49 th annual show at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH from May 11 th through May 14 th . The Ohio Quarter Horse Association was well represented as not only a large contributing sponsor for the show, but also in the number of Ohio youth members that took part in exhibiting as well. Some of the Ohio youth exhibitors that made it to the Championship classes included: Kylie Davis, Sydney Krebs, Baylee Anderson, Mindy Barr and Megan Baily. In order to qualify for the Championship classes, the exhibitor must place either 1 st or 2 nd in their designated age group classes. Most class sizes had anywhere from 15-35 exhibitors in each age division. The Youth
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,
The AQHA Executive Committee recently reviewed and took action on recommendations from the AQHA Board of Directors
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The AQHA Executive Committee recently reviewed and took action on recommendations from the AQHA Board of Directors

The American Quarter Horse Association, May 11, 2017 - The AQHA Executive Committee met April 24-26 in Amarillo to review the standing-committee recommendations approved at the 2017 AQHA Convention by the AQHA Board of Directors, with the exception of those related to bylaw changes and rules of registration, for which final approval lies with the board of directors. Even though some agenda items were not approved, careful consideration, discussion and debate were devoted to each item. Below are the highlights of approved agenda items from the 2017 standing-committee reports . Read the full committee reports at www.aqha.com/convention . AQHA Equine Research Committee The Executive Committee approved
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