Let It Ride Moves to April For 2017
Let it Ride will be moving from May to April 27 - 30th, 2017 in Topeka at the Kansas Expocenter. This will be the last weekend for national qualifying for the 2017 Youth World show in OKC. Additional details will be posted shortly. For more information
KQHA Wants You To Attend!
The American Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce the return of the AQHA affiliate workshops. The “Go, Know, Grow – AQHA Affiliate Workshop” is scheduled for May 22-23 in Amarillo.
The workshop will include breakout sessions, round-table discussions and keynote speaker Clint Swindall. Swindall is the president and CEO of Verbalocity Inc., a personal development company that focuses on leadership enhancement. As a professional speaker, Swindall travels the world delivering high-content speeches and training in an entertaining and inspirational style to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and trade associations. To read more, visit www.verbalocity.com.
The “Go, Know, Grow – AQHA Affiliate Workshop” will cover a variety of topics, including member growth, marketing, engaging youth, animal welfare, recreational riding, team building, conflict resolution, and much more. There will also be several breakout sessions available to discuss these specific areas, in addition to any questions you have to help make your affiliate more successful. There will also be a session targeting AQHA racing affiliates.
Each evening will be filled with time to mingle with your fellow affiliate workshop attendees. Attendees will explore the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum during a reception on Monday, May 22, and will enjoy dinner prepared by the famous AQHA Cook Team on Tuesday, May 23.
If you are interested in attending the “Go, Know, Grow – AQHA Affiliate Workshop,” please contact your local affiliate.
While you are in Amarillo, be sure to attend the AQHA show management seminar scheduled for May 24-25. Registration is open, so don’t delay. Patti Carter, AQHA senior director of judges, and Melynda Ackley, AQHA manager of competition operations, will teach the in-depth workshop, which will take a deeper look into marketing, promoting, organizing and managing AQHA shows. AQHA show management workshops are also a great opportunity to review new rules and procedures for the upcoming year. For more information on the AQHA show management workshops or to register, visit www.aqha.com/workshops.
Let's Get Ready to Race!
The bill to reopen horse and greyhound racetracks in Kansas (HB 2173) passed out of the House committee on Federal and State Affairs last week.
- Visit www.raceforkansas.com
- Click "Contact Your Legislator"
- Enter your zip code and find your legislator!
- Locate your State Representative and send a personal email message through our website or give them a phone call.
Remember, when visiting with your representative, encourage them to consider the benefits of this legislation. Tell them your story. Be respectful to their position and responsibility.
What are the Benefits of HB 2173?
- It revitalizes the horse and greyhound industries in Kansas.
- It will produce approximately 4,000 new jobs in Kansas.
- It supports agriculture - a major industry in Kansas.
- It benefits every county in Kansas and many small businesses, because racing horses and greyhounds takes: grain, hay, bedding barns, kennels, dog food, tractors, trucks, trailers, veterinary care, farriers, and more!
- It promotes free enterprise.
- Eureka Downs Fair Track will re-open. Once considered the "Racing Capitol of Kansas."
Currently, the bill is in the full Kansas House. The next step will be for the House to debate the bill on the floor. When the bill is passed, it will go on to the Kansas Senate. For a refresher on how a bill becomes a law in Kansas, here is a chart developed by the Kansas Legislature.
Thank you again for your continued support of our effort to reinvigorate horse and greyhound racing in Kansas. LET'S RACE!
Tony Prohaska, Manager
Greater Kansas Racing Alliance, Inc.
2 National Director Positions Open For Kansas
We have been informed by AQHA that we will have open 2 spots on the AQHA national board. Applications for consideration are due on February 1, 2017. There are some work and travel obligations with these positions as the person(s) will be required to sit on committees and attend meetings which may be at their own expense. If you are interested in applying please click on the link below for the application which contains additional information.
AQHA REGION 8 CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW & QUARTER HORSE SHOWS
AQHA LEVEL 1 (NOVICE) CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOWS
Hope In The Heartland Moves Dates For 2017
Hope In The Heartland will be changing dates for 2017. The show will move to September 28 - October 1, 2017 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. This move should takes us off of the Iowa futurities and the show in Springfield , IL. In addition the number of judges will change from 6 to 4 with a 5th judge pending.
Scholarship Winners Announced
KQHA is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2016 Scholarships. Each student will receive $2065.00 towards their college education. Congratulations to Macy Putnam, Hayley Waddell, Christine Rosa and Regan Mosier.
Alan Hinds Elected as Region 8 Director For AQHYA
KQHYA member Alan Hinds from Lawrence, KS was elected to a Region 8 director position during the YES Conference held in Amarillo, TX July 14, 2016.
AQHYA national officers and regional directors play a major role in the youth association by planning events, participating in community service projects and spreading the word about American Quarter Horses, youth activities and AQHYA. They also represent AQHYA throughout the year at functions and events nationwide.
Throughout the year, the officers and directors network with horse enthusiasts throughout the industry to ensure a successful future for the industry. AQHYA officers and directors set goals to grow youth involvement in every aspect of the equine world, uphold the integrity of the breed and work toward ensuring the future of the industry.
Changes Made To Hall Of Fame
This program honors individuals and horses that have made significant contributions to the KQHA and have had an impact on the Quarter Horse breed. The Hall of Fame award serves as a lasting tribute to outstanding individuals in the Quarter Horse industry.
Persons nominated may be living or deceased and must have been permanent residents of Kansas for at least five years. Individuals must be (or have been, if deceased) in good standing with KQHA. Horses nominated must have been bred in Kansas or owned by a Kansas resident for at least five years. Horses nominated must be deceased.
Nominations are due to the President June 1. Past Presidents and current members of the Board of Directors will vote on all nominations that are put forward by July 15. Each Past President can vote for one person and one horse each year. To be inducted, a person or horse must get votes from at least 50% of the returned ballots.
Inductees will be honored appropriately.
It's Time To Renew Your Membership
All memberships expire on January 31st.
Reminder: Membership dues must be paid prior to the show that you want points to begin at. In order for points to count, both the exhibitor and owner of the horse/horses must be paid. Open points are kept on the horses; amateur& youth on the horse rider combination.
Youth have additional requirements to fulfill for eligibility.
Photos courtesy of the Wright Focus(www.wrightfocus.com)