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OQHA News

OQHA News Magazine
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OQHA News Magazine

Ohio Quarter Horse News is the official publication of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and the number one resource for Ohio Quarter Horse owners, breeders, trainers, and enthusiasts.  View Ohio Quarter Horse News archives here . 2024 OHIO QUARTER HORSE NEWS Summer NEWSLETTER   2024 Ohio quarter horse news spring newsletter
Bill Flarida, OQHA Honorary Director, Passes
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Bill Flarida, OQHA Honorary Director, Passes

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of OQHA Honorary Director William "Bill" Flarida. Bill was not only a respected figure within the Association, but was also a cherished family man, known for his unwavering love of his wife of 70+ years, Betty, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bill joined the OQHA Board of Directors in 1994 and was named an Honorary Director in 2018. He served 6 years on the OQHA Executive Committee, and he and his wife Betty were avid supporters of the youth association for over 20 years. Bill was the start of the Flarida family reining tradition, and he passed the love of the American Quarter Horse and the sport of reining to his sons and grandchildren. He was
OQHA Past President Skip Salome Passes
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OQHA Past President Skip Salome Passes

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we share the passing of a true legend, OQHA Past President and AAQHC Hall of Fame member Skip Salome Albert “Skip” Salome, of Newark, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Skip was not just a familiar face at the Quarter Horse Congress; he was an integral part of its success for countless years. Having been involved with the Congress since its inception in 1967, Skip served on every OQHA committee and held every position possible, including Association President from 1993-1994, 2005-2006, and 2009-2010. Skip was also a Congress Tri-Chairman for many years, and was inducted into the Congress Hall of Fame in 2008. Skip’s presence at the Congress and within OQHA was
MOST WELL ATTENDED BANQUET IN ASSOCIATION HISTORY
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MOST WELL ATTENDED BANQUET IN ASSOCIATION HISTORY

Thank you to the OQHA Family for an unforgettable 2024 Banquet! Held at the Hilton Downtown Columbus on Saturday, February 3, the OQHA Annual Meetings and Awards Banquet was the most well-attended in association history. The Ohio Quarter Horse Association Board of Directors started the day with their annual meeting to review 2023 and plan for the new year, as well as install the newly elected and appointed directors. The AQHA Most Valuable Professional award was presented to Art O'Brien, voted on by his OQHA peers. The Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association and the Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association also met and discussed their year, as well as installed their new directors and officers. Following the conclusion