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AQHA is Coming to Cowtown
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AQHA is Coming to Cowtown

Join AQHA in Fort Worth, March 8-11 for the AQHA Convention . During convention, they will review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA directors, induct new members into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and elect the AQHA Executive Committee. There is a lot of business to take care of, but a little fun to be had as well. Purchase tickets to the much anticipated Hall of Fame Induction and the Boot Scootin' Foundation, featuring Asleep at the Wheel, hosted by the American Quarter Horse Foundation.  Don't forget to sign-up for the guided Horse Farm Tour on Thursday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m for $45 per person or the Wine Tasting happening Saturday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. for $40 per person.
2019 OQHA Queen - Alexis Taylor
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2019 OQHA Queen - Alexis Taylor

Alexis is a 22-year-old Graduate from Stautzenberger College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She is currently employed as a Research Technician at Charles River Laboratories, where she plays a part in life saving medical advances daily. Alexis grew up on the back of quarter horses and has been riding since before she could walk, passed from one parent to the next in between western classes. Alexis has Two Appendix Quarter horses Ain’t Life Sweet, and Forgot My Coat, who she enjoys showing in the All-around hunter events. The Ohio Quarter Horse Association has been and continues to be a focal point in her life. A big Thank you to OQHA for the opportunity to be a representative to the organization that has impacted
Quarter Horse Congress stays on same dates for 2019; Moves up one week in 2020
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Quarter Horse Congress stays on same dates for 2019; Moves up one week in 2020

Quarter Horse Congress stays on same dates for 2019; Moves up one week in 2020 October 1 – 27, 2019 September 22 – October 18, 2020 COLUMBUS, OH - The dates for the 53rd annual All American Quarter Horse Congress, held October 1 – 27, 2019, have been set by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. The dates for the 2020 Congress have moved up one week to take place from September 22 – October 18, 2020. The decision is based in large part on increasing the window between the Congress and the AQHA World Show. In the past, these shows have been back-to-back with very few days in between to recover and prepare for the Open/Amateur AQHA World Show. In 2018, there were three days in between the shows. The new date implementation will
2018 Awards Banquet In the Books
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2018 Awards Banquet In the Books

The 2018 Ohio Quarter Horse Awards Banquet held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus was bigger than ever!  The banquet room was packed with more than 460 in attendance and awards presented to the 2018 OQHA award winners. OQHA Director and co-host for the night, Justin Billings, kicked off the night by inviting the 2018 Congress Queen, Taylor Foster, to lead the attendees in an invocation before dinner. The 2018 OQHA President, Chris Cecil Darnell followed the three course meal by reflecting on her year in office and presenting Valerie Sturgeon an appreciation award for her years of service as the OQHYA Advisor. She also presented Kyle Flatter and Candi Fites with President’s Awards.
Show Coordinator Chosen for SOQHA Pre-Madness and Madness
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Show Coordinator Chosen for SOQHA Pre-Madness and Madness

LAFAYETTE, IN – John Boxell has been named Pre-Madness and Madness Show Circuit onsite Coordinator, it was announced by Judd Paul, President, Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association (SOQHA). In his new role, Boxell will serve as the onsite show coordinator for SOQHA by representing the organization at the Pre-Madness and Madness Show circuits and liaison with An Equine Production who manages the shows. “John is a well-respected trainer and judge throughout the industry with an impressive track record,” said Paul. “By adding John as the primary onsite representative of SOQHA, the organization’s board of directors will step back from the daily operation of the circuits while continuing to focus on enhancing
The new AQHA.com will be custom built with members and visitors in mind.
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The new AQHA.com will be custom built with members and visitors in mind.

The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce that, coming soon, AQHA members and visitors will enjoy a new website experience, backed by a brand-new AQHA database system. The AQHA website will offer a refreshed and personalized experience, complete with enhanced features to better meet the needs of the American Quarter Horse community worldwide. Behind the scenes, a new database system will allow the website to provide more online interaction with members and customers. Online access to information in addition to online transactions, will be made simpler with this new technology. The updated system will also allow AQHA employees faster and easier access to information, assisting with
2019 AQHA Nutrena East Level 1 Championships Tentative Schedule
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2019 AQHA Nutrena East Level 1 Championships Tentative Schedule

The tentative schedule is available online for the 2019 AQHA Nutrena East Level 1 Championships. The American Quarter Horse Association has released the tentative schedules for the  2019 AQHA Central, AQHA West and Nutrena East Level 1 Championships . The 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships is May 1-5 at the  World Equestrian Center  in Wilmington, Ohio. View the Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships   tentative schedule.   Entry, Stall & RV Reservation Forms are available .  Exhibitors can compete at only one Level 1 Championships each year. To be eligible to enter the 2019 Level 1 Championships, an exhibitor must: Be Level 1-eligible in the class they wish to enter as of January 1, 2018. Be an
Find Your Level for 2019
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Find Your Level for 2019

Before you go show, use this online AQHA system to determine eligibility. When entering American Quarter Horse Association classes, AQHA exhibitors are required to provide proof of their level eligibility to show management. Exhibitors can print their level eligibility or save a digital copy on their phone for presenting to show management during the 2019 show season. To determine level eligibility for 2019, visit  www.aqha.com/leveling  to access the Web-based  AQHA leveling verification system . Eligibility is for the entire year (January-December) so exhibitors only need to determine their level once per show season. How AQHA Levels Work AQHA youth, amateur and open divisions are divided into levels.
The Buckeye Classic will become Two Separate Shows for 2019
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The Buckeye Classic will become Two Separate Shows for 2019

OAQHA Press Release: The Buckeye Classic will become Two Separate Shows for 2019: “The Little Buckeye & YEDA Classic” and the “BWHA Classic” The Little Buckeye and The Buckeye Classic shows, known together as “The Buckeye” were created by a partnership of the BWHA (Buckeye Western Horse Association) and OAQHA (Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association). Since 2013, The Buckeye has awarded more than $300,000 in free youth and amateur entries thanks to the generosity of show sponsors. And, The Little Buckeye earned its spot on AQHA’s Top 10 show list for two years. The combined show was known for being fun - especially for brightening the faces of lead-liners as they took away huge giraffes, hippos or zebras.