AQHA: Thoughts From the AQHA Executive Vice President on the Level 1 Championships
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AQHA: Thoughts From the AQHA Executive Vice President on the Level 1 Championships

By AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines Have you ever wondered, "Who makes AQHA's rules?" The answer is not anyone who works at AQHA Headquarters in Amarillo. Rules are proposed, discussed and passed by AQHA members. And any member can potentially change our Association. We are proud to be governed by our members, and we are proud to affect changes that bring more value to AQHA membership and more involvement in our great industry. Watch this video from the 2017 AQHA Convention for a great explanation of how AQHA governance works. The final step for most rule changes includes a review by the AQHA Executive Committee , which is made up of five member-elected, volunteer AQHA members. There are several opinions
Ohio exhibitors place in All American Youth Horse Show
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Ohio exhibitors place in All American Youth Horse Show

By Samantha Armbruster The All American Youth Horse Show just held it’s 49 th annual show at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH from May 11 th through May 14 th . The Ohio Quarter Horse Association was well represented as not only a large contributing sponsor for the show, but also in the number of Ohio youth members that took part in exhibiting as well. Some of the Ohio youth exhibitors that made it to the Championship classes included: Kylie Davis, Sydney Krebs, Baylee Anderson, Mindy Barr and Megan Baily. In order to qualify for the Championship classes, the exhibitor must place either 1 st or 2 nd in their designated age group classes. Most class sizes had anywhere from 15-35 exhibitors in each age division. The Youth
2017 SOQHA Challenge Recap- Results and Photos
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2017 SOQHA Challenge Recap- Results and Photos

By: Brittany Bevis, The Equine Chronicle Novice Youth Reserve Champion Scholarship Winner- Natalie Hilty with Rock On Mr Cool. Photo courtesy of Emma Brown.    If the first portion of the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association’s two-week Challenge/Madness Show Series was any indication of what’s to come, they’re expecting another record turnout for 2017. The Challenge took place May 12-14 in Wilmington, Ohio and was met with a fantastic reception, with entries up more than 1,400 per judge, across all divisions, according to Mark Harrell Horse Shows. Today is an off day for competitors as preparations begin for the SOQHA Madness that kicks off tomorrow and will continue throughout the week. During the Challenge,
Congrats to current and past OQHA members at the IHSA Nationals
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Congrats to current and past OQHA members at the IHSA Nationals

Congratulations to all current and past OQHA members at the IHSA Nationals.   Anneliese Ritzi (U of Findlay) wins Advanced Western Horsemanship national title.   Emma Willeke (U of Findlay) wins Novice Western Horsemanship reserve champion.   Taylor Overmier (Ohio State U) wins Open Reining Pattern for the AQHA Trophy in a tie-breaking return to the pen against last year's defending champion, Selena Finn (U of Nebraska-Lincoln).  "It was intense. I knew it was going to be the two of us," said Taylor, whose first round drew Danny Boy, and her second ride was on Lil' Bill. "Danny Boy is a more mellow draw while Lil' Bill is 'energetic.' Both are very talented horses. My favorite parts of a test are the run downs and stops.
Top exhibitors earn prizes at AQHA Level 1 Championships
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Top exhibitors earn prizes at AQHA Level 1 Championships

After nearly a week of competition, four Ohio exhibitors earned prizes May 7 for placing at the top during the 2017 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina. ALL-AROUND SELECT Ruth Kaplan of Wooster, Ohio, and Wish Upon A Lark, a 2002 palomino gelding by Rugged Lark-Seven S Cagney by Pines Zippo Bars. Breeder/owner: Ruth Kaplan BRONZE ALL-AROUND 13-&-UNDER Mason Dorsey of Powell, Ohio, and Good Alibis, a 2010 red roan gelding by PS Good Bars Kat-Eternal Storyteller by Levis And Alibis. Breeder: Peter Allen Schouweiler, Plainview, Minnesota. Owner: Mason Dorsey SELECT Betty Vanover of Hamersville, Ohio, and Holy Chip, a 2006 bay gelding by Promote This Chip-Sweet Investment
Ohio Youth Collection Drive
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Ohio Youth Collection Drive

The OQHYA Community Service Committee is hosting a canned food drive during May, June and July!.  The canned foods may be dropped off in bins near show offices at any of the Ohio Horse Shows during those months. Donations may be made at OQHA Youth Meetings during those months too.  The youth are challenging ALL barns/trainers/Ohio Association affiliates - "Competition" to see who can donate the most cans!  OQHYA will also be collecting horse supplies for the RE-RIDE Quarter Horse Adaption Program again this year. A portion of the OQHYA raised fundraising funds will also be donated to RE-RIDE.   Donated horse supplies may also be turned in at all approved OQHA horse shows and OQHYA monthly meetings through
Congratulations to AQHA Level 1 East Champions from Ohio!
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Congratulations to AQHA Level 1 East Champions from Ohio!

Congratulations to the following Ohio Exhibitors and Owners on placing in the AQHA Level 1 East Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina! Stay tuned for updates throughout the week.  Class Placing Horse Exhibitor Owner From L1 Youth Trail 14-18             4 LONESOME AT THE BAR KYLEIGH BUHL KYLEIGH BUHL ASHLAND, OH   7 VENTURE ASSETS BRIANNA N MERKLIN BRIANNA N MERKLIN LEWIS CENTER, OH L1 Youth Trail 13 & Under             2 NEARLY CHOCOLATE ISABELLA MARIE D'ONOFRIO JENNIFER M D'ONOFRIO COLUMBUS, OH   5 GOOD ALIBIS MASON DORSEY MASON DORSEY POWELL, OH Rookie Youth Trail             2 LONESOME AT THE BAR KYLEIGH BUHL KYLEIGH BUHL ASHLAND, OH   11 GOOD ALIBIS MASON DORSEY MASON DORSEY POWELL, OH L1 Amateur Trail             1 OOPS
2018 Ford Youth World Will Offer 13-&-Under Classes
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2018 Ford Youth World Will Offer 13-&-Under Classes

AQHA adds 13-&-Under division in core classes at the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. The American Quarter Horse Association, April 28, 2017 Level 3 13-&-Under core classes have been added to the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show . The classes were recommended by the American Quarter Horse Association Show Committee at the 2017 AQHA Convention and were recently approved by the AQHA Executive Committee. Exhibitors can qualify to compete in Level 3 13-&-Under western pleasure, hunter under saddle, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, showmanship, ranch riding and trail at the 2018 Ford Youth World. The world champion, reserve world champion, top-10 placings
OQHF Virtual Classroom at SOQHA Challenge & Madness
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OQHF Virtual Classroom at SOQHA Challenge & Madness

  The Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation  (OQHF) is excited to announce that we will be hosting a “virtual” Congress Classroom at the SOQHA Challenge and Madness shows in Wilmington, Ohio from May 12-20th. This is a great opportunity for all exhibitors to have a quiet place to study and work. We will have free WiFi, a printer and an iMac in the classroom. We will also be doing random drawings so make sure you come and sign-in! We recognize the challenge of showing and keeping academics a priority and the Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation is excited to be able to host the Classroom at both shows and we thank Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association for helping us find a space. Please follow the OQHA  and OQHF  Facebook pages and the
2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress Judges Announced
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2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress Judges Announced

The judges have been announced for the 2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress. View the list Here