Wrapping Up the 2017 AQHA Convention
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Wrapping Up the 2017 AQHA Convention

The American Quarter Horse Association, March 24, 2017   The American Quarter Horse Association is an organization that works for its members. Each spring, AQHA holds an annual  convention  to review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA directors, induct members into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, present year-end awards and elect the AQHA Executive Committee. The 2017 AQHA Convention was March 17-20 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio.   AQHA Executive Committee The new AQHA Executive Committee was elected March 20. This five-person committee is responsible for implementing important decisions made by AQHA members through the board of directors. The 2017-18 AQHA Executive Committee
Youth Spotlight - Mason Dorsey
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Youth Spotlight - Mason Dorsey

OQHYA Media Committee - Interviewed by Ellexxah Maxwell Where do you live and with who? Mason Dorsey lives with his mother, father, two sisters, and a brother in Powell, Ohio.   How did you get involved with horses? Mason got involved with horses through his grandfathers. Both of them were involved with horses, which is how he got interested in the animal and the sport.   What discipline/ classes do you show in and why did you choose that discipline or classes? Mason shows the Western All-Around events which would include the Horsemanship, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Trail, Halter, and Ranch Riding. He says I show the events my horse likes to do.         What would be impossible for you to give up (something that
50th All American Quarter Horse Congress receives Expy Award
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50th All American Quarter Horse Congress receives Expy Award

OQHA Executive Director Dr. Scott Myers and Congress Tri-Chairman Skip Salome were present at the Experience Columbus 2017 Annual Meeting to accept an Experience Columbus Expy award on behalf of the 50th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress.  The Congress and additional five award winners were celebrated at the meeting on March 14 for outstanding contributions to the Columbus hospitalitiy industry and the Greater Columbus visitor experience in 2016. The EXPY Award winners demonstrate the best of ColumbUS and serve as role models for creativity and collaboration in the community. They also bring awareness to the importance of the local visitor economy, which generates $6.4 billion in direct
Zips Chocolate Chip Named in AQHA Hall of Fame
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Zips Chocolate Chip Named in AQHA Hall of Fame

2017 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees The 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees were honored at this year’s American Quarter Horse Association Convention in San Antonio. American Quarter Horse Association Congratulations are in order for the connections of the five horses and five horsemen who were inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio. The 2017 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet March 19 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio. “Induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame is the highest honor possible in our Association, and we welcome these deserving individuals into the Hall of Fame,” said
OQHA Names Tordoff, Seanor, and Cecil to new roles In the Board of Directors
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OQHA Names Tordoff, Seanor, and Cecil to new roles In the Board of Directors

OQHA announces that Tordoff, Seanor, and Cecil will be assets to the Board of Directors moving forward following the unfortunate passing of long-term Director and Congress Tri-Chairman Denny Thorsell. Greg Tordoff, a life member of OQHA and a four-year member of the OQHA Board of Directors, was named an All American Quarter Horse Congress Tri-Chairman by the Board of Directors. Tordoff, who has served on various OQHA/AAQHC committees including Chair of the Annual Banquet Committee, OQHA Long Term Planning, Finance, and Public Policy Committees, Animal Protection and Fire, Stall Move-In, and VIP Awards, will be a valuable addition to the Tri-Chairmen. Tordoff is the National Accounts Manager for Fairmount
AQHA HIRES OAQHA PRESIDENT JUSTIN BILLINGS FOR SHOW DEPARTMENT
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AQHA HIRES OAQHA PRESIDENT JUSTIN BILLINGS FOR SHOW DEPARTMENT

Justin Billings is hired as the new AQHA manager of shows, and Karen McCuistion is hired as the new AQHA manager of AQHA Professional Horsemen and Team Wrangler. March 15, 2017 American Quarter Horse Association AQHA is pleased to announce the additions of Justin Billings and Karen McCuistion. The American Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce the additions of Justin Billings of Ashville, Ohio, and Karen McCuistion of Wilson, Oklahoma, to the Association’s show department. In his new role, Billings will determine and formulate policies/procedures and provide overall direction of AQHA’s shows. He will also plan, direct and coordinate operational activities related to AQHA-approved events
OQHA Director Randy Wilson Joins UF Western Program as ‘Expert in Residence’
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OQHA Director Randy Wilson Joins UF Western Program as ‘Expert in Residence’

The University of Findlay, March 13, 2017 -  https://newsroom.findlay.edu/randy-wilson-joins-uf-western-program-as-expert-in-residence/   Randy R. Wilson ‘83 will join the University of Findlay Western Equestrian Program this fall, as an “Expert in Residence.” Wilson is a National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) Hall of Famer and a five-time winner of American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World and Reserve World Championships. “We are delighted to welcome Randy back to the University of Findlay and we know that he will be a tremendous addition to our Western Equestrian Program,” said Darin Fields, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. Wilson holds an Associate of
NSBA World Show Schedule Released
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NSBA World Show Schedule Released

The NSBA  has released the schedule NSBA World Championship Show & Breeders Championship Futurity & AQHA Show Your Colors slated for August 12-20, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Click Here to view the schedule  
THE SHAMROCK SHUFFLE BRINGS LUCK TO OQHA MEMBERS
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THE SHAMROCK SHUFFLE BRINGS LUCK TO OQHA MEMBERS

Many Ohio exhibitors were feeling lucky at the IQHA Shamrock Shuffle this past weekend. The show was held March 9-12 at C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, IN. Click on the links below to view results. S/C 1 Results S/C 2 Results Circuit Champions   High Points Halter Champion – RPL My Te Cheerful – Vernon Habighorst owner Reserve – Cheers To Being Cool - Vernon Habighorst owner Small Fry Champion - Hes Suddenly Handsom & Emma Gore Reserve - Styles Sophisticated & Kenzie Bracken L1 Amateur W/J Champion – Skips Hot With Me & Cecilia Davis Reserve – Sophisticated Maid & Maureen Pappas-Steger L1 Youth W/J Champion – Suddenly Shes Blonde & Katelyn Dubois Reserve – Whats Glowin On & Mallory Prater