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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),
2020 Official Handbook is Now Online
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2020 Official Handbook is Now Online

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association Official Handbook of By-Laws, Rules and Regulations is updated yearly. To view the handbook, click the image below.   
10 Reasons to Enter the 2020 Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships
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10 Reasons to Enter the 2020 Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships

Enter the Nutrena AQHA Level 1 Championships using the new online entry form! New this year, Nutrena Central, West and East AQHA Level 1 Championships exhibitors can enter the 2020 shows online! Simply fill out your entry form and submit it electronically for the opportunity to compete at one of the most pinnacle events in the world for Level 1, Rookie and walk-trot exhibitors. Exhibitors can compete at only one of the Nutrena Level 1 Championships each year. Entries are due: March 15 for the   Nutrena Central AQHA Level 1 Championships ; the show is April 8-11 in Oklahoma City.  Enter the Nutrena Central. March 15 for the   Nutrena West AQHA Level 1 Championships ;   the show is April 15-19 in Las Vegas.  Enter the Nutrena
AQHA: The Power of YOUth
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AQHA: The Power of YOUth

AQHA Publicity The American Quarter Horse Youth Association has announced its 2020 theme: The Power of YOUth. Each month of 2020 has its own corresponding challenge for AQHYA members to share their #MyWhy on topics that make up their AQHYA story. Mark your calendar with the upcoming challenges. February: The American Quarter Horse #AllAbouttheHorse March: Friendships April: Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar May: AQHA Showing June: Leadership Development July: AQHYA Programs August: Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show September: Community Service October: Career Development November: Scholarships December: Family After completing each challenge, share your videos, photos or
Deadline Reminder - OQHF Scholarship Applications Due
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Deadline Reminder - OQHF Scholarship Applications Due

Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarship Applications are due February 15, 2020. Be sure to check out all the requires and read over the process here
Book Your Hotel for Convention
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Book Your Hotel for Convention

Book your hotel room prior to February 20 for the 2020 AQHA Convention to receive a special rate. The   American Quarter Horse Association  is an organization that works for its members. Each spring, AQHA holds an annual convention to review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA directors, induct new members into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and elect the AQHA Executive Committee. The  2020 AQHA Convention  is March 13-16 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas. Register for Convention Register for convention by January 31 to avoid late fees. Attendees also have the option to purchase tickets for the Hall of Fame Induction and the Fabulous Foundation Party, hosted by the American Quarter Horse
New AQHA Chief Show Officer
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New AQHA Chief Show Officer

Pete Kyle announces resignation from AQHA, and Justin Billings takes the reins as AQHA chief show officer. Pete Kyle announced his resignation as chief show officer from the American Quarter Horse Association on Friday, January 3. “Pete has brought years of experience and knowledge to the Association, and we are grateful for his service to AQHA,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president. “We wish Pete the best of luck in his future endeavors.” “With this announcement, AQHA has promoted Justin Billings to AQHA chief show officer,” said Huffhines. Billings joined AQHA in April 2017 as the manager of shows and was promoted to director of shows in January 2019. Billings formulates policies/procedures