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The Challenge kicked off the 2022 Ohio show season
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The Challenge kicked off the 2022 Ohio show season

The Challenge, put on by the SOQHA Youth kicked off the 2022 Ohio show season.  With the addition of a L1 Youth WT division, $11,000 was given away to youth competing in the Scholarship Challenge.  There were fun classes and free photos by Ryan Geiger Photography. Show high points can be found on SOQHA.com/shows .  Exhibitors new to AQHA were welcomed with a gift.  We hope to see them at more shows this year. Challenge Winners  Small Fry Champion - $1000 - Starched Rockies & Gwen Toth  Reserve - $500 – Image Of You & Marley Tincher  L1 Youth Walk Trot Champion - $1000 – Hes A Lazy Lover & Anna Webb Reserve - $500 – Interesting Lady & Meghan Kaser L1 Youth Champion - $1000 – KM Vested In Bo & Abbey Zawisza 
2021 Awards Banquet
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2021 Awards Banquet

The 2021 Ohio Quarter Horse Awards Banquet held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus was our biggest banquet yet!  The banquet room was packed with more than 480 in attendance and over $87,000 in awards presented to the 2021 OQHA award winners. OQHA Director, Justin Billings, and the 2021 Congress Queen, Darcy Woods, gave a warm welcome to all of the guests and led the everyone in an invocation before dinner. CEO, Dr. Scott Myers, welcomed everyone to the Annual Banquet and then took a moment to pay tribute to Past President and National Director, Clark Bradley. He invited  OQHA Director, Cindy Morehead, on stage to read her sentiment for Clark, along with life lessons she learned from
Register for YES 2021
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Register for YES 2021

AQHYA MEMBERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARE INVITED TO MAKE THEIR MARK AT THE 2021 BANK OF AMERICA YOUTH EXCELLENCE SEMINAR, JULY 12-14, IN AMARILLO, TEXAS! Youth interested in attending the  2021 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar , scheduled for July 12-14 in Amarillo, Texas, can  register now . “The Youth Excellence Seminar is the event to be at this summer. With AQHYA members and horse enthusiasts from around the country coming together, there is not a more exhilarating or fun-filled event out there,” said current AQHYA President Justin Eddy. “From leadership workshops, keynote speakers and days filled with excitement, everyone can find something for them in Amarillo this summer. I hope to see you there!”
Annual Picnic
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Annual Picnic

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) is holding its annual picnic Monday, June 20th. OQHA will provide the main course as well as side dishes. Members will gather for a picnic-style meal and yard games at 5:30 p.m. followed by the individual monthly board meetings at 7 p.m.  Youth members - AQHYA world championship show registration. We look forward to seeing everyone!    
2021 SOQHA The Madness is a Wrap
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2021 SOQHA The Madness is a Wrap

The Madness, presented by SOQHA, lived up to its name in more than one way! More than 17,700 AQHA entries, more than 2900 NSBA Dual/Approved entries, more than 240 NSBA entries in the money classes and add in the Small Fry & other non-approved classes, made for an amazing run of shows. Sure, it could have been warmer to start, but the competition was HOT. The youth that showed will be in the finals of the Youth World in August. The Amateur and Select classes were some of the deepest seen in some time. SOQHA truly had horses and exhibitors from California to Maine. SOQHA hopes to see Canadian exhibitors back sooner than later. SOQHA thanks each and every person that showed, watched, attended, and hooted for the great
Judges Named for 2021 Ford Youth World
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Judges Named for 2021 Ford Youth World

A prestigious list of judges is set for the 2021 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce the judges for the 2021  Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show  slated for July 28 - August 8 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The show will include Level 3, Adequan® Level 2,  Nutrena Level 1 youth classes  and 13-&-Under Level 3 core classes.  “We have brought together an outstanding roster of judges for one of the most prestigious events in the equine industry,” said Patti Carter, AQHA senior director of judges. “We look forward to the great competition at this year’s show.” The judges for the 2021 Ford Youth World are: Doug Allen of
EOQHA April 24-25 Show Recap
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EOQHA April 24-25 Show Recap

EOQHA was able to host another great horse show on April 24th and 25th in Springfield, Ohio with entries again exceeding over 1,000 entries per judge at 1,046.  $100 Visa Gift cards were awarded to the high point winners in each division. EOQHA President, Brent Maxwell, would like to thank all that have supported the EOQHA April shows. Best of luck the rest of the show season and we will see you in September.   EOQHA April 24-25 High Pointer Winners Small Fry Looking Willy Good & Kaylee Grace Olds Open Son Of A Machine - Owner-Loretta Grossnickle Novice Youth Shez Burnin Hot & Kailee Rife Youth 14-18 Fantasdeck & Katie Ruffener Youth 13 & under Zippos N My Dreams & Gabriella Lohrenz Novice Amateur
2021 Ford Youth World Schedule
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2021 Ford Youth World Schedule

The tentative schedule for the 2021 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show is available online. The tentative schedule for the   2021 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show  is now available online. The schedule includes Level 3, Adequan® Level 2,  Nutrena Level 1 youth classes  and 13-&-Under Level 3 core classes. New for 2021, ranch trail and working hunter under saddle will also be offered and included as all-age Level 3 classes. VIEW TENTATIVE SCHEDULE After careful consideration of the pandemic’s impact on qualifying opportunities for all youth members between the AQHA Executive Committee, AQHA Show Council, AQHA Affiliate Advisory Board, affiliates, youth advisers and AQHA
Mid-Ohio Dressage Association Becomes an OQHA Affiliate
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Mid-Ohio Dressage Association Becomes an OQHA Affiliate

The Mid-Ohio Dressage Association (MODA) is honored to become an affiliate of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. Through our affiliation with OQHA, MODA hopes to promote dressage to the owners and riders of the more than 40,000 AQHA horses in Ohio through clinics, shows, and educational opportunities. With both Classical and Western Dressage now being AQHA approved classes and being offered at the AQHA World Championship show, now is the time to learn more about the sport of dressage! A pop-up clinic, Dressage 101, will be held on Saturday, May 8, at Southwind Stables in Pataskala. Amy Rothe-Hietter will lead this afternoon of demonstration and lecture to introduce riders to classical and western dressage.
Recap of OQHYA's April Meeting & Educational Event
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Recap of OQHYA's April Meeting & Educational Event

On April 12th, the Ohio Quarter Horse Youth Association held their first in-person meeting since the Covid pandemic began. The meeting was held at the Ohio Quarter Horse headquarters with remote Zoom options available. The meeting started as usual with the completion of ordinary business. After the conclusion of the business meeting, the educational event began. Kelly Richmond Pope is the Creator of the film "All the Queens Horses," and US Marshall Jason Wojdylo joined via zoom. They discussed the investigation and gave background information into the arrest and convictions in the Rita Crundwell case and so many details around the custody, care, and sale of so many horses. OQHA youth also learned about their