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
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
OMIQHA Summer SUNsation - Pleasure Driving
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OMIQHA Summer SUNsation - Pleasure Driving

OMIQHA is excited to announce our huge payout for the Pleasure Driving at $2,000! They will have $1000 for the Open and $1000 for the Amateur at the Summer SUNsation show held June 24th and 25th.  They are also looking to make it the biggest pleasure driving class in AQHA history! Collect points from AQHA, OQHA, OMIQHA, and NOQHA! For further information visit their website -   www.omiquarterhorseassn.com .
Eastern Ohio Quarter Horse Show update
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Eastern Ohio Quarter Horse Show update

By Alexia Tordoff, OQHYA Reporter Everyone must have been excited to get back in the show pen as the numbers were really big for the 4-judge   Eastern Ohio Quarter Horse  Show (almost a 1,000 entries per judge!) at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. The show kicked off on Saturday, April 15, with more than 30 youth in the L1 Youth Showmanship. The show ran smoothly as numbers remained large throughout the weekend. The competition was tough and so enjoyable. The weather forecast was for rain but it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend and it was so fun to see so many families celebrating the Easter weekend all around. We all were hoping to see the Easter Bunny but maybe he will show up next year (hint, hint Brent Maxwell)
OMIQHA Warm Up Show
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OMIQHA Warm Up Show

By Samantha Armbruster             Ahhh, the first show of the year. Not only is everyone ready to get out and see all of their horse show friends again, but it is also a great opportunity to test the waters and find out what works and what needs improvement before the summer show season begins. The Ohio Michigan Indiana Quarter Horse Association  put on the very first Warm-Up Show that was a two-day event at Eden Park Equestrian Complex in Sunbury, Ohio on April 8 th and 9 th . Class sizes were large with many novices and good numbers in the Youth and Amateur classes as well.             This new show gave exhibitors the chance to show in every class both days, offering the opportunity to get some extra practice in. Though
Youth News and Spotlight
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Youth News and Spotlight

News OQHYA youth are once again very busy! We had 32 youth run for 2017 Officers and/or Directors. New leaders mean new ideas. Youth spotlight will have a new format and new community service projects are in the works along with some new fundraising ideas. We plan to continue with our educational programs at our meetings to attract new members, and will sponsor the Walk/Trot Western Pleasure Championship Class at the All American Youth Horse Show. Several members are attending the YES convention in Amarillo, Texas and planning for the Youth World Show has begun. The OQHYA will be collecting horse supplies for the Re-Ride Quarter Horse Adaption Program. Check the donation flyer on the OQHYA website, Facebook or