Amateur Spotlight and Update
The members of OAQHA and BWHA believe in the future of our industry. So much so that they have launched a new program designed to welcome Rookie and First Year Exhibitors to share in what we all love about showing Quarter Horses in Ohio. No matter where you are in your showing level, the Buckeye has something for you. Highlights of the program include:
- Attend Welcome Reception and Learn About Leveling
- Receive Buckeye Bucks for Show Credit
- Join a Trainer’s Barn for Help at the Show
- Team Up with Youth and Amateur Mentors to Make
- Participate in Level 1 Clinic to Gain New Knowledge
On March 5, OAQHA 2nd Vice-President, Scott Nemeth, helped facilitate a strategic planning session for the Amateurs where strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats were discussed. Scott brings invaluable knowledge from his business experience leading a data and analytics team at Nationwide Insurance, an AQHA partner. The Amateurs developed (5) strategic objectives to
help shape the business plan for OAQHA.
Those initiatives include a focus on:
1) Value and Affordability
2) Welcoming and Inclusive
3) Outreach to All
4) Recognition of Exhibitors and Sponsors
5) Fostering a Fun Experience
New at this year’s Buckeye will be an evening of fun sure to be full of laughter brought to you by the Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation and the members of OAQHA and BWHA. Held in between the Little Buckeye and Buckeye Classic circuits, an evening full of donkey races will be a must see event. Come join in on the fun and help support some very worthy charities near and dear to us all.
Scott Nemeth loves American Quarter Horses. The Director of People Analytics at Nationwide Insurance (AQHA Affinity Partner) from Powell, Ohio grew up through his home state’s [Michigan] 4-H program, Michigan Trailriders Association, POA, PHBA, NRHA, AQHA, MQHA, and IBHA ranks.
Now as the 2nd Vice President of the Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association (OAQHA), Nemeth is more involved than ever before. He and his wife Winnie, also an OAQHA Director, along with their daughters Clara and Avaina, show the Ohio circuit as a family. His daughters, who are seventh generation “horse kids” are “completely committed to showing the horse they share, Jacks are Sleepy Too.”
Nemeth has taken the lead in the OAQHA’s new Rookie Program debuting at this year’s Little Buckeye and Buckeye Classic. In addition to the free entries (over $200,000 worth), OAQHA will pair first-time exhibitors with seasoned youth and trainers in the industry, which will provide first-time exhibitors, someone to help during the show.
“The purpose of the Rookie Program is to reach out to grassroots people who wouldn’t normally feel comfortable coming to a show like the Buckeye Classic,” said Nemeth. OAQHA will also feature a workshop for rookie riders to work with top horsemen during the show on July 18.
“Our goal is to be as welcoming as possible,” he said. “What we do is fun and we want to share that with other horse people.”
Nemeth believes in the power that horses freely gift. Whether it is spending quality time with his family or providing growing opportunities for other horse lovers, he is wholeheartedly involved.
“For me, the horse is all about the fun, the journey, and the magic. When people experience the quarter horse it’s a magical connection.”