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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
The new AQHA.com will be custom built with members and visitors in mind.
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The new AQHA.com will be custom built with members and visitors in mind.

The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce that, coming soon, AQHA members and visitors will enjoy a new website experience, backed by a brand-new AQHA database system. The AQHA website will offer a refreshed and personalized experience, complete with enhanced features to better meet the needs of the American Quarter Horse community worldwide. Behind the scenes, a new database system will allow the website to provide more online interaction with members and customers. Online access to information in addition to online transactions, will be made simpler with this new technology. The updated system will also allow AQHA employees faster and easier access to information, assisting with
2019 AQHA Nutrena East Level 1 Championships Tentative Schedule
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2019 AQHA Nutrena East Level 1 Championships Tentative Schedule

The tentative schedule is available online for the 2019 AQHA Nutrena East Level 1 Championships. The American Quarter Horse Association has released the tentative schedules for the  2019 AQHA Central, AQHA West and Nutrena East Level 1 Championships . The 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships is May 1-5 at the  World Equestrian Center  in Wilmington, Ohio. View the Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships   tentative schedule.   Entry, Stall & RV Reservation Forms are available .  Exhibitors can compete at only one Level 1 Championships each year. To be eligible to enter the 2019 Level 1 Championships, an exhibitor must: Be Level 1-eligible in the class they wish to enter as of January 1, 2018. Be an
Find Your Level for 2019
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Find Your Level for 2019

Before you go show, use this online AQHA system to determine eligibility. When entering American Quarter Horse Association classes, AQHA exhibitors are required to provide proof of their level eligibility to show management. Exhibitors can print their level eligibility or save a digital copy on their phone for presenting to show management during the 2019 show season. To determine level eligibility for 2019, visit  www.aqha.com/leveling  to access the Web-based  AQHA leveling verification system . Eligibility is for the entire year (January-December) so exhibitors only need to determine their level once per show season. How AQHA Levels Work AQHA youth, amateur and open divisions are divided into levels.
The Buckeye Classic will become Two Separate Shows for 2019
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The Buckeye Classic will become Two Separate Shows for 2019

OAQHA Press Release: The Buckeye Classic will become Two Separate Shows for 2019: “The Little Buckeye & YEDA Classic” and the “BWHA Classic” The Little Buckeye and The Buckeye Classic shows, known together as “The Buckeye” were created by a partnership of the BWHA (Buckeye Western Horse Association) and OAQHA (Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association). Since 2013, The Buckeye has awarded more than $300,000 in free youth and amateur entries thanks to the generosity of show sponsors. And, The Little Buckeye earned its spot on AQHA’s Top 10 show list for two years. The combined show was known for being fun - especially for brightening the faces of lead-liners as they took away huge giraffes, hippos or zebras.
Millie Landon
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Millie Landon

Name: Millie Landon Age: 16 Where do you live and with who? I just moved to Pilot Point, Texas where I live with my mom, Tara, and my stepdad, Doug. How did you get involved in horses? My mother used to train horses, so I have grown up in AQHA since I was born. What discipline(s)/class(es) do you show in and why did you choose that discipline or class(es)? I show in the horsemanship, western pleasure, showmanship, and halter.  I have shown horses that had done the pleasure and had been started in horsemanship and showing those classes makes me feel confident walking into the show pen. What would be possible for you to give up? (something that is not horse related) Something that I could never give up is my family because they
Sam Flarida wins Youth and L1 Non Pro NRHA Futurity
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Sam Flarida wins Youth and L1 Non Pro NRHA Futurity

Congratulations to Sam Flarida on winning the Youth Futurity and the Level 1 Non Pro Futurity with a score of 220 on Hollywooddirtysecret at the NRHA Futurity. They were also  the Level 2 reserve champions, placed third in the Level 3 & 5th in the Level 4. Sam & "Big Mac" won over $58,000!
Courtney Hilty
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Courtney Hilty

Name: Courtney Hilty Where do you live and with who? I live in Huber Heights, Ohio and I live with my sister Natalie and my parents, Tim and Gretchen Hilty. Walnut Hills Farm is also the home of our three dogs Bridget, Bandit, and KateSpade as well as our six horses and six chickens. How did you get involved in horses? I became involved with horses when I was eight years old. We took lessons at the Sullenberger farm in Piqua, Ohio. We started in 4-H at the Miami county fair and later became AQHA members in 2014. Soon after we joined IEA and eventually YEDA. We also joined a rodeo drill team called Midwest Express that later became Silver Lining Drill Team. We now show at the Clark County fair and show with Piper Performance Horses.