Attention Teachers & Tutors
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Attention Teachers & Tutors

OQHF is seeking your help! We are looking for 4-5 teachers/tutors who will be willing to be available to donate 4-5 hours of their time to tutor youth during the All American Quarter Horse Congress. To show our appreciations we may have a small gift for your generous donation. TEXT: Shari Tordoff | 614-571-3872  
OQHA Fall News
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OQHA Fall News

Congress is coming... Entry deadlines have passed and each September day inches closer to the first day of the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Entries are being processed and the Ohio Expo Center is preparing to welcome more than 650,000 people from around the world as they watch exhibitors compete for the title of All American Quarter Horse Congress Champion. It may be hard to top last year’s Golden Anniversary celebration, but the Ohio Quarter Horse Association will surely try as they introduce new classes and events this year including the addition of two days to the beginning of the show. For 51 years OQHA has made it a priority to combine the world’s top tier single-breed horse show with educational and
OQHYA officer opportunities
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OQHYA officer opportunities

Interested in becoming more involved with the Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association?  Any youth interested in becoming an officer (candidates must have completed a minimum of 12 months of service as a director or officer of OQHYA) or director should contact Valerie Sturgeon at 330-651-6107 or vsturgeon@zoominternet.net by September 1st.
Ohio exhibitors place at the top during NSBA World Show
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Ohio exhibitors place at the top during NSBA World Show

Last week, several Ohio exhibitors made the trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) World Championship Show and returned home as champions.  For a few Ohio youth the show continued a winning streak from the AQHYA Ford World Youth Show the week prior.  Below are a listing of all Ohio finalists who placed out of 6700 entries during the 12th annual show.  NSBA 4550 Green Working Hunter 5 th place: Jessica A Johnson - Pickerington, OH Horse - Inescapable  14 th place: Jessica A Johnson - Pickerington, OH Horse - Shock N Yall AQHA 150004 L1 Working Hunter - 1st Yr (Level 1) 4th place: Jessica A Johnson - Pickerington, OH Horse – Traded Coats NSBA 5104 Youth Working Hunter 1 st place: Abigail
Ohio Youth snag honors during Ford Youth World Show
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Ohio Youth snag honors during Ford Youth World Show

The Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association members are taking their “Ohio Hustles Harder” theme quite literally this show season. Last week, 67 Ohio youth and their 79 horses traveled to Oklahoma City to compete for the chance to be named an American Quarter Horse Association Ford World Show Champion. Several youth members walked away with those Championship honors while several others placed in the top performances overall. (See the complete list of Ohio winners below). Congratulations to each exhibitor! 2 Year Old Mares  Level 3 GRAND CHAMPION Horse: SHEZ COOL N ELUSIVE, BROWN MARE  (VERY COOL x MTK SHEZ ELUSIVE) Exhibitor:   BRADYN THOMAS BURKE, MOUNT VERNON, OH, US Owner: TIFFANY L BURKE, MOUNT VERNON,
OQHA is proud to announce their 2017 Congress NYATT Team!
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OQHA is proud to announce their 2017 Congress NYATT Team!

2017 Congress NYATT Team Showmanship - Ellexxah Maxwell & Cora Wyers Barrels - Colin Robinson & Maggie Cain Reining - Caleb Sturgeon & Isabella Tesmer Hunter Under Saddle - Olivia Tordoff & Ashton Krutulis Hunt Seat Equitation - Lauren Carnahan & Kalee Lohr Western Pleasure - Gavin Patterson & Halie Harner Horsemanship - Marley Mainwaring & Emma Brown
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