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The event totals are in – these were the top AQHA shows and circuits in 2018.
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The event totals are in – these were the top AQHA shows and circuits in 2018.

From The American Quarter Horse Association From February in Las Vegas to the tail end of the year in Florida, AQHA members turned out in droves to support shows, circuits and special events across the United States. Combined, the overall Top-10 AQHA shows saw entries totaling 93,992 in 2018. Rankings were calculated by dividing the total number of entries for each event by the event’s total number of show numbers.            “Congratulations to the show management teams behind these top shows. It’s exciting to look at this list of shows and see both the East and West coasts represented, with shows from up north and down south, spanning spring, summer, fall and winter,” said AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle.  “These
2019 AQHA Convention Wrap Up
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2019 AQHA Convention Wrap Up

The American Quarter Horse Association held its annual convention to review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA directors, induct members into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and elect the AQHA Executive Committee March 8-11 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. The five-person Executive Committee is responsible for implementing important decisions made by AQHA members through the board of directors. The 2019-20 AQHA Executive Committee is President Stan Weaver of Big Sandy, Montana; First Vice President F.E. Butch Wise of El Reno, Oklahoma; Second Vice President Norman Luba of Louisville, Kentucky; member Dr. Scott Myers of Sharon Center, Ohio; and member Kenneth Banks of Schulenburg,
The Challenge Kicked Off the 2019 Season
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The Challenge Kicked Off the 2019 Season

The Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association’s first show of the 2019 season is a wrap. The CHALLENGE was a great show. Despite the cold and a few snow flurries, they had record entries. The show offered a flat fee of $180 per horse and was run by An Equine Production. They also provided a Leveled 14-18 Showmanship and Horsemanship class. “We love the Challenge because it’s a great opportunity for the kids to earn some money for a change,” says Ohio Trainer Missy Thyfault. “The kids love picking their best three classes which makes it a little different than the normal High Point awards typically offered. If someone has an off day in that class they picked, the race can get shaken up some. It keeps it fun for them, and the
FAQ - 2019 AQHA Rule Book
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FAQ - 2019 AQHA Rule Book

An Equine Production created this quick reference guide so that you can download it, save it to your phone or tablet, etc. They hope that it will help you find some of the quick rules that they are often asked in the office or at the gate. Please note, at NO times, should this replace the AQHA Rule Book. And NEVER feel like you are ‘bothering’ show management with a rule question. An Equine Production wants you to ask, understand, and know. If you are more comfortable with the rules, you will show more often! 
AQHA is Coming to Cowtown
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AQHA is Coming to Cowtown

Join AQHA in Fort Worth, March 8-11 for the AQHA Convention . During convention, they will 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. There is a lot of business to take care of, but a little fun to be had as well. Purchase tickets to the much anticipated Hall of Fame Induction and the Boot Scootin' Foundation, featuring Asleep at the Wheel, hosted by the American Quarter Horse Foundation.  Don't forget to sign-up for the guided Horse Farm Tour on Thursday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m for $45 per person or the Wine Tasting happening Saturday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. for $40 per person.
2019 OQHA Queen - Alexis Taylor
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2019 OQHA Queen - Alexis Taylor

Alexis is a 22-year-old graduate from Stautzenberger College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She is currently employed as a Research Technician at Charles River Laboratories, where she plays a part in life saving medical advances daily. Alexis grew up on the back of quarter horses and has been riding since before she could walk, passed from one parent to the next in between western classes. Alexis has two Appendix Quarter horses Ain’t Life Sweet, and Forgot My Coat, who she enjoys showing in the All Around Hunter events. The Ohio Quarter Horse Association has been and continues to be a focal point in her life. A big thank you to OQHA for the opportunity to be a representative to the organization that has impacted
Quarter Horse Congress stays on same dates for 2019; Moves up one week in 2020
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Quarter Horse Congress stays on same dates for 2019; Moves up one week in 2020

Quarter Horse Congress stays on same dates for 2019; Moves up one week in 2020 October 1 – 27, 2019 September 22 – October 18, 2020 COLUMBUS, OH - The dates for the 53rd annual All American Quarter Horse Congress, held October 1 – 27, 2019, have been set by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. The dates for the 2020 Congress have moved up one week to take place from September 22 – October 18, 2020. The decision is based in large part on increasing the window between the Congress and the AQHA World Show. In the past, these shows have been back-to-back with very few days in between to recover and prepare for the Open/Amateur AQHA World Show. In 2018, there were three days in between the shows. The new date implementation will
2018 Awards Banquet In the Books
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2018 Awards Banquet In the Books

The 2018 Ohio Quarter Horse Awards Banquet held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus was bigger than ever!  The banquet room was packed with more than 460 in attendance and awards presented to the 2018 OQHA award winners. OQHA Director and co-host for the night, Justin Billings, kicked off the night by inviting the 2018 Congress Queen, Taylor Foster, to lead the attendees in an invocation before dinner. The 2018 OQHA President, Chris Cecil Darnell followed the three course meal by reflecting on her year in office and presenting Valerie Sturgeon an appreciation award for her years of service as the OQHYA Advisor. She also presented Kyle Flatter and Candi Fites with President’s Awards.
Show Coordinator Chosen for SOQHA Pre-Madness and Madness
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Show Coordinator Chosen for SOQHA Pre-Madness and Madness

LAFAYETTE, IN – John Boxell has been named Pre-Madness and Madness Show Circuit onsite Coordinator, it was announced by Judd Paul, President, Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association (SOQHA). In his new role, Boxell will serve as the onsite show coordinator for SOQHA by representing the organization at the Pre-Madness and Madness Show circuits and liaison with An Equine Production who manages the shows. “John is a well-respected trainer and judge throughout the industry with an impressive track record,” said Paul. “By adding John as the primary onsite representative of SOQHA, the organization’s board of directors will step back from the daily operation of the circuits while continuing to focus on enhancing