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
2017 ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY
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2017 ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

Participate in the 2017 economic impact study for the United States horse industry. American Horse Council The main survey is designed to capture the impact of individual horse owners (whether commercial or recreational) and industry suppliers of equine-related goods and services. The  American Horse Council Foundation  is pleased to announce that the survey link for the National Economic Impact Study was released on June 5. The survey link will be available until August 1. “The National Survey link will initially be distributed through equine organizations such as the American Quarter Horse Association, United States Equestrian Federation, Certified Horsemanship Association, American Paint Horse
AQHA Announces New Gate for Trail Classes
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AQHA Announces New Gate for Trail Classes

The American Quarter Horse Association is replacing the rope gate with a metal gate in trail classes at two of its world championship shows. The American Quarter Horse Association, July 5, 2017  If you and your horse are used to opening and closing a metal gate, that maneuver will come in handy, as the American Quarter Horse Association is replacing rope gates with metal gates in trail classes at two AQHA world championship shows this year. Exhibitors can view an example on AQHA’s  Youtube channel  of the  type of gate to be used  in trail classes at the 2017  AQHA Select World Championship Show , presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), and the 2017  Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show . AQHA
2017 brings new experiences for OQHA Queen Kelsey Dorka
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2017 brings new experiences for OQHA Queen Kelsey Dorka

I am pleased to report to the OQHA membership that my reign as the 2017 OQHA Queen has been full of exciting news, events and shows. I have been preoccupied with my appearances ranging from Equine Affaire and the Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA) Nationals, to the All-American Youth Horse Show and the SOQHA Madness. I have met countless remarkable individuals involved in our industry who continue to surpass the expectations of exhibitors, trainers and AQHA enthusiasts. It is simply amazing to see many members come together in celebration of their love and passion for the American Quarter Horse. The Equine Affaire has always been a great convention for equestrians to shop and enjoy demonstrations
Summer affiliate news
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Summer affiliate news

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 at the Champions Center in Springfield. 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 with a score of 224. Bobby Avila Jr and CBK Spooks Got Cash scored a 222 to win the Open L2 and
Congress Special Event Tickets On Sale Now
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Congress Special Event Tickets On Sale Now

Event coordinators for the All American Quarter Horse Congress (AAQHC) have revealed special event tickets are now available to purchase for the bull riding, cutting, freestyle reining and masters events. While the majority of classes at the AAQHC do not require separate admission for spectators during the month-long event, the following special events will require individual tickets: The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Mercuria World Series of Cutting and Bridleless Cutting will be Sunday, October 8 at 6 p.m. where horses will herd cattle away from a herd and work it from one side of the arena to the other. PBR Professional Bull Riding Touring Pro Division will be Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m. where