Qualifying for the 2018 Ford Youth World
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Qualifying for the 2018 Ford Youth World

The American Quarter Horse Association, June 1, 2017  Following review and approval from the AQHA Executive Committee, the points required to qualify for the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show have been announced. This includes the qualifying points for the seven new Level 3 13-&-Under world championship classes. View the updated Ford Youth World  qualifying points .  The qualifying period began May 1, 2017, and ends April 30, 2018. New in 2018,  Level 3 13-&-Under core classes  will be added to the Ford Youth World. Exhibitors can qualify to compete in Level 3 13-&-Under western pleasure, hunter under saddle, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, showmanship, ranch riding
Buckeye Reining Series hosts largest show to date
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Buckeye Reining Series hosts largest show to date

The Buckeye Reining Series hosted their largest show to date with the Leonard Truck and Trailer No Entry Fee Derby Show, held May 25-28, 2017 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. The event drew exhibitors from near and far as each vied for the more than $80,000 in added money and prizes. But the biggest draw for exhibitors was the second annual $50,000 added No Entry Fee Derby sponsored by Leonard Truck and Trailer, which also included both Open and Non Pro Novice Horse Derby divisions. The Open Derby boasted 101 entries in the draw as Shawn Flarida took home top honors in the Open L4 and Novice Horse Derby L4 aboard Luckie Moonstone, owned by Jason Dobrinski of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, with a score of 224.
NOQHA Spring Extravaganza Wrap Up
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NOQHA Spring Extravaganza Wrap Up

Summer is approaching and that means show season is in full force with several shows completed and several more on the horizon. The 2017 Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association (NOQHA) Spring Extravaganza is yet another show in the books for Ohio Exhibitors and the end of the qualifying period for OQHA.   Throughout Memorial Day Weekend large classes formed as new and familiar exhibitors lined up to show in front of judges Will Knabenshue, Jonathan Meilleur, Keith Miller and Jennifer Thompson, and Novice judge Kat Zelnio.   All-Around Youth and Amateur winners of the novice show won saddles while the small fry took home trophies.   All-Around Winners Small Fry     All Around Champion - Addison Nalle-Icenhour
Say YES to Fun
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Say YES to Fun

Check out the new activities planned for the 2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar July 11-13. The American Quarter Horse Youth Association, May 22, 2017  The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to announce new and exciting events for the  2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar  July 11-13 in Amarillo. The deadline to register is June 1. A Mix ‘n’ Mingle event has been added to the schedule, allowing participants to meet other youth from around the world. The event is set for Tuesday afternoon, July 11, at the Holiday Inn and is hosted by the 2016-17 AQHYA officer and director team. YES attendees will make an impact on the Texas Panhandle as they volunteer with local service organization Snack
AQHA: Thoughts From the AQHA Executive Vice President on the Level 1 Championships
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AQHA: Thoughts From the AQHA Executive Vice President on the Level 1 Championships

By AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines Have you ever wondered, "Who makes AQHA's rules?" The answer is not anyone who works at AQHA Headquarters in Amarillo. Rules are proposed, discussed and passed by AQHA members. And any member can potentially change our Association. We are proud to be governed by our members, and we are proud to affect changes that bring more value to AQHA membership and more involvement in our great industry. Watch this video from the 2017 AQHA Convention for a great explanation of how AQHA governance works. The final step for most rule changes includes a review by the AQHA Executive Committee , which is made up of five member-elected, volunteer AQHA members. There are several opinions
Ohio exhibitors place in All American Youth Horse Show
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Ohio exhibitors place in All American Youth Horse Show

By Samantha Armbruster The All American Youth Horse Show just held it’s 49 th annual show at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH from May 11 th through May 14 th . The Ohio Quarter Horse Association was well represented as not only a large contributing sponsor for the show, but also in the number of Ohio youth members that took part in exhibiting as well. Some of the Ohio youth exhibitors that made it to the Championship classes included: Kylie Davis, Sydney Krebs, Baylee Anderson, Mindy Barr and Megan Baily. In order to qualify for the Championship classes, the exhibitor must place either 1 st or 2 nd in their designated age group classes. Most class sizes had anywhere from 15-35 exhibitors in each age division. The Youth
2017 SOQHA Challenge Recap- Results and Photos
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2017 SOQHA Challenge Recap- Results and Photos

By: Brittany Bevis, The Equine Chronicle Novice Youth Reserve Champion Scholarship Winner- Natalie Hilty with Rock On Mr Cool. Photo courtesy of Emma Brown.    If the first portion of the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association’s two-week Challenge/Madness Show Series was any indication of what’s to come, they’re expecting another record turnout for 2017. The Challenge took place May 12-14 in Wilmington, Ohio and was met with a fantastic reception, with entries up more than 1,400 per judge, across all divisions, according to Mark Harrell Horse Shows. Today is an off day for competitors as preparations begin for the SOQHA Madness that kicks off tomorrow and will continue throughout the week. During the Challenge,
Congrats to current and past OQHA members at the IHSA Nationals
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Congrats to current and past OQHA members at the IHSA Nationals

Congratulations to all current and past OQHA members at the IHSA Nationals.   Anneliese Ritzi (U of Findlay) wins Advanced Western Horsemanship national title.   Emma Willeke (U of Findlay) wins Novice Western Horsemanship reserve champion.   Taylor Overmier (Ohio State U) wins Open Reining Pattern for the AQHA Trophy in a tie-breaking return to the pen against last year's defending champion, Selena Finn (U of Nebraska-Lincoln).  "It was intense. I knew it was going to be the two of us," said Taylor, whose first round drew Danny Boy, and her second ride was on Lil' Bill. "Danny Boy is a more mellow draw while Lil' Bill is 'energetic.' Both are very talented horses. My favorite parts of a test are the run downs and stops.
Top exhibitors earn prizes at AQHA Level 1 Championships
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Top exhibitors earn prizes at AQHA Level 1 Championships

After nearly a week of competition, four Ohio exhibitors earned prizes May 7 for placing at the top during the 2017 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina. ALL-AROUND SELECT Ruth Kaplan of Wooster, Ohio, and Wish Upon A Lark, a 2002 palomino gelding by Rugged Lark-Seven S Cagney by Pines Zippo Bars. Breeder/owner: Ruth Kaplan BRONZE ALL-AROUND 13-&-UNDER Mason Dorsey of Powell, Ohio, and Good Alibis, a 2010 red roan gelding by PS Good Bars Kat-Eternal Storyteller by Levis And Alibis. Breeder: Peter Allen Schouweiler, Plainview, Minnesota. Owner: Mason Dorsey SELECT Betty Vanover of Hamersville, Ohio, and Holy Chip, a 2006 bay gelding by Promote This Chip-Sweet Investment
Ohio Youth Collection Drive
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Ohio Youth Collection Drive

The OQHYA Community Service Committee is hosting a canned food drive during May, June and July!.  The canned foods may be dropped off in bins near show offices at any of the Ohio Horse Shows during those months. Donations may be made at OQHA Youth Meetings during those months too.  The youth are challenging ALL barns/trainers/Ohio Association affiliates - "Competition" to see who can donate the most cans!  OQHYA will also be collecting horse supplies for the RE-RIDE Quarter Horse Adaption Program again this year. A portion of the OQHYA raised fundraising funds will also be donated to RE-RIDE.   Donated horse supplies may also be turned in at all approved OQHA horse shows and OQHYA monthly meetings through