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
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
Summer youth news
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Summer youth news

The Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar (YES) is held in Amarillo, Texas, July 11-13. Ohio will be sending 10 youth: Brooke Bradley, Ellexxah Maxwell, Caleb Sturgeon, Olivia Tordoff, Emily Ambrose, Emma Brown, Riley Jacobs Bell, Natalie Hilty, Millie Landon, and Alexia Tordoff. The summer highlight for many OQHYA youth is the AQHA Ford World Show, held August 4-12 in Oklahoma City. New for 2017, AQHA has added Adequan Level 2 classes. Ohio will be very well represented this year as our numbers of nationally and state qualified youth are up! We are sending 67 youth, 79 horses for 237 entries. We are also sending 2 Judging Teams and have multiple youth involved in the art/photo, scrap book contests, and fashion
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
OMIQHA Summer Sunsation
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OMIQHA Summer Sunsation

By Samantha Armbruster The OMIQHA shows have something to offer for everyone. From weekend warriors hauling for national titles to those simply looking to expand into the realm of the Quarter Horse circuit, OMI is a great place for all. Over the past weekend June 24 - 25, three judges provided three sets of points as the show was approved for a total of five associations. Some of the show’s highlights included a pizza party, morning breakfasts, silent auction, random prizes and a Saturday night taco fiesta. Another huge draw to the event was the $2,000 payout for pleasure driving classes thanks to the show’s generous sponsors. With all of these fun activities included in the show itself, it is obvious that the OMIQHA
NOQHA Summer Six Pack success
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NOQHA Summer Six Pack success

The NOQHA Summer Six Pack held June 15-18 was a huge success. They had a sold out show with large class numbers and a great show staff. NOQHA made sure their exhibitors were well hydrated and fed. They offered a pizza party on move-in day and then offered a taco bar, pulled pork dinner and ice cream social during the show. Great prizes were given for each placing as well as circuit champions and member award winners. A variety of all around prizes were also given away. Congratulations to all the winners and NOQHA on a great show.   Amateur Champion- Brandy Baldwin-Bunting with Ms Mae Flash Reserve- Sarah Lebsock with Version Of Goodbar   Select Amateur Champion- Brenda Howell with Dont Need A Mirror Reserve- Terri Bloom
OQHA weathers another successful picnic
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OQHA weathers another successful picnic

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association hosted another successful annual picnic at the Ohio Expo Center Monday evening  where members of all ages mingled underneath the Natural Resources Pavilion for dinner. Thunderstorms and hail did not keep the crowd from enjoying a fish fry prepared by Skip and Todd Salome as OQHYA advisors Valerie Fites and Tammy Gagliardo helped 67 Ohio youth  members register for the AQHYA World Championship Show.  During the meal, Cathy Martz announced on behalf of the Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation that RJ Jacobs, Jillian Channell and Morgan Kessler will each receive $1,000 scholarships and 14 renewal scholarships had also been approved. Following the picnic, the amateurs, youth
Qualifying for the 2018 Ford Youth World
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Qualifying for the 2018 Ford Youth World

The American Quarter Horse Association, June 1, 2017  Following review and approval from the AQHA Executive Committee, the points required to qualify for the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show have been announced. This includes the qualifying points for the seven new Level 3 13-&-Under world championship classes. View the updated Ford Youth World  qualifying points .  The qualifying period began May 1, 2017, and ends April 30, 2018. New in 2018,  Level 3 13-&-Under core classes  will be added to the Ford Youth World. Exhibitors can qualify to compete in Level 3 13-&-Under western pleasure, hunter under saddle, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, showmanship, ranch riding
Buckeye Reining Series hosts largest show to date
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Buckeye Reining Series hosts largest show to date

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, 2017 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. 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, owned by Jason Dobrinski of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, with a score of 224.