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AQHA Cancels Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships
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AQHA Cancels Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships

AQHA cancels the three Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships set for this spring for the safety of exhibitors, spectators and AQHA staff. The American Quarter Horse Association has made the decision to cancel the three Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships, which were scheduled for April and May, and will not reschedule the shows. The shows are the Nutrena Central AQHA Level 1 Championships, April 8-11, at OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City; Nutrena West AQHA Level 1 Championships, April 15-19, at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas; and Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships, April 29 - May 3, at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. Exhibitors who were entered to compete at the shows
OMIQHA Spring Warm Up Show Recap
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OMIQHA Spring Warm Up Show Recap

After 3 years of having Youth and Amateur classes only, OMIQHA was able to obtain a full complete showbill for our first show of the year. We had an awesome first show of the year despite lower that normal stall sales, but those that came really came to show with just about a thousand entries for the weekend. We had alot of new individuals showing at this show, we had a couple groups come down from New York state and several from Michigan, a few from Indiana, Pennsylvania, and from all corners of Ohio.  I want to thank all those that make our show what it is, we had a great arena crew, announcer, and show office crew. With our first show at a new facility and date for us, this gave us a few growing pains, but we overcame them and moved
2020 AQHA Convention Cancelled
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2020 AQHA Convention Cancelled

The American Quarter Horse Association cancels the 2020 AQHA Convention, due to rapidly escalating health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The American Quarter Horse Association has cancelled the 2020 AQHA Convention, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. The convention was originally scheduled for March 13-16 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The cancellation of the 2020 AQHA Convention follows the rise in confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and recent announcements of organizations and companies initiating travel bans worldwide. “We’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s convention, based on the latest reports
SOQHA The Challenge Kicks Off the 2020 Season
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SOQHA The Challenge Kicks Off the 2020 Season

A great show ended with kids winning MONEY! Total entries were up more than 130 PER judge over last year. Finishing with nearly 2600 AQHA entries and very strong NSBA. Your complete results along with the scribe sheets are posted to  https://www.anequineproduction.com/soqha-challenge . OQHA Points will be posted at  http://www.oqha.com/points SOQHA would like to thank everyone that attended their show, the judges, An Equine Production, and everyone working behind the scenes to make their show a success! More photos on  SOQHYA Facebook page  The Challenge (Show) High Points Small Fry Champion – Annie Lost Her Socks & Skylar Herrnstein Reserve – Good Old Gold & Meghan Kaser L1 Amateur WT Champion
Bill Coffman Passes
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Bill Coffman Passes

William "Bill" Paul Coffman, 76 years of age, and a former resident of Marion, Ohio, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020, at O'Neill Healthcare in Bay Village. He was born September 12, 1943, in Marion, Ohio where he graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1961. After high school, Bill went on to pursue his genuine love of horses with a 60 year career in the horse business. Bill was a nationally recognized horseman and judge. He trained and showed numerous Congress and World Show champions. Along with his own family, Bill's horses and the Quarter Horse community that he knew and loved were his passion throughout his life. Survivors include his daughters Kelly Coffman (Rex Reeser) and Karie Coffman
OQHYA ANNUAL MEETING
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OQHYA ANNUAL MEETING

    The OQHYA annual meeting took place this past Saturday. A group of more than 50 youth members joined to recap this past years accomplishments, plan for future events and work on community service projects. New OQHYA officers and directors were introduced. Members brainstormed potential fundraising opportunities and community service events, as well as discussing the new AQHA theme. Important dates involving OQHA, NYATT, and Youth World were noted. Before the meeting adjourned, members assembled twelve blankets to be sent to a local children's hospital.  Ten new members were welcomed to the meeting. 52 total youth members were in attendance.          
Ted Handel Passes
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Ted Handel Passes

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association is saddened to announce the sudden passing of Ted Handel. Ted was a director of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and a long time Congress supporter and friend. Ted will be dearly missed. Prayers to his family, especially his wife Judi.  A memorial service celebrating the life of Arthur Theodore “Ted” Handel, Jr., age 73, of Mt. Perry, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 7, at The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, with Pastor Jeff Gill, officiating.  Find the full details at: https://www.hendersonvanatta.com/index.php/obituaries/3323-arthur-theodore-ted-handel-jr
2019 Awards Banquet In the Books
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2019 Awards Banquet In the Books

The 2019 Ohio Quarter Horse Awards Banquet held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus was bigger than ever!  The banquet room was packed with more than 480 in attendance and awards presented to the 2019 OQHA award winners. Alexis Taylor, 2019 OQHA Queen, kicked off the night welcoming guests and inviting OQHA Director, Justin Billings and the 2019 Congress Queen, Mariah Sherer, to the stage  lead the attendees in an invocation before dinner. The 2019 OQHA President, Brent Maxwell followed the three course meal by reflecting on his year in office and presenting Kelli Diaz, Kristine Nagy, and Ron Kendle with President’s Awards.     The 2019 OQHYA President, Ellexxah Maxwell gave an emotional
AQHA Announces 2020 Dates
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AQHA Announces 2020 Dates

The American Quarter Horse Association has an exciting line-up of events planned for 2020. Mark your calendars today with the tentative dates. AQHA Convention March 13-16  –  2020 AQHA Convention  at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas AQHA World Championship Shows June 23-28 –    AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, AQHA Cattle Level 1   Championships, AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals and National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance National Championship Show in Guthrie, Oklahoma July 30 - August 8 –  Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show  in Oklahoma City September 1-6 –  AQHA Select World Championship Show ,  presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan),