KQHA Members Win All Around Trophies at OKC

Congratulations to KQHA members Stephanie Manhart and Marty Oltjen on their placings in the All Around competition at the Central Novice Championships. Individual class winners will be recognized shortly.

Farnam Reserve All-Around Amateur
: Stephanie Manhart, Park, Kansas
Horse: Hoo Wants To Dance
Owner: Stephanie Manhart
Breeder: Karen L. Howe-Misko, Plano, Texas

Farnam Bronze All-Around Select
Exhibitor: Martha Lou Oltjen, Robinson, Kansas
Horse: Cant Be Caught, 2010 sorrel gelding by Investing Wisely-Aprils Good Bar by Zippos Mr Good Bar
Owner: Martha Lou Oltjen
Breeder: Machelle H. Haus, Fischer, Texas


Amy Russell Scholarships Awarded


Hayley Waddell, Regan Mosier and Christine Rosa have been awarded Amy Russell scholarships for 2016 at the Salt City Circuit held in Hutchinson, KS. Long time KQHA member and Amys mother Karen Russell presented the awards to the lucky winners. KQHA would like to thank those providing the scholarships for providing this assistance to 3 very deserving winners.


Hayley Waddell
Karen Russell presenting Hayley Waddell with the Amy Russell Scholarship



Three shows in Kansas welcome versatility classes


AQHA has been working to promote their Ranch Horse Versatility, providing opportunities for regular approved shows to include the elite classes. Three Kansas abpproved shows are welcoming Ranch Horse Versatility classes at their shows to be hosted in Hutchinson, Kansas, this spring.


The three Kansas shows –Cottonwood Classic, Salt City Circuit, and Celebrating Kansas - have included five of the approved Ranch Horse Versatility classes to their schedule. These classes include ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch reining, ranch cow work, and limited ranch cow work in the open, amateur, and youth divisions.


Show Manager Sue Nickel is excited as being one of the first Kansas AQHA approved shows to offer the classes outside the Ranch Horse Versatility approved events. By offering the classes, Nickel hopes to gain new participants at the Kansas shows.


Youth Selling Back Numbers

The Kansas Quarter Horse Youth Association is selling back numbers for all Kansas shows. If you are wanting to reserve or buy a number contact Tate Thompson. Text or call him at 940-230-3791 or meet up with him at a horse show. You can also contact Kathy Green at sunfirefarms@cox.net or 316-841-0164. Each number is $10.00.



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.



KQHA Annual Meetings and Year-End Awards Banquet
January 23rd, 2016


Hayley Waddell

Hayley Waddell

Regan Mosier

Regan Mosier

Kelli Case

Kelli Case


Changes Made To Level 1 Championships

AQHA recently announced changes to the Level 1 Championships . The 2016 SmartPak AQHA West Level 1 Championships will return to the South Point Equestrian & Events Center in Las Vegas, April 20-24. The 2016 Nutrena AQHA East Level 1 Championships is slated for May 4-8 at the Governor James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina, with the newly added 2016 AQHA Central Level 1 Championships April 13-17 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

For 2016 only, AQHA has also changed the qualifying rules. To be eligible to enter the 2016 Level 1 Championship, an exhibitor must:

  • Be Level 1 eligible in the class they wish to enter as of January 1, 2015.
  • Be an AQHA member at the time of entry and at the time of the 2016 Level 1 Championships.
  • If a competitor graduated out of Level 1 in the 2015 show season, he or she is still invited to enter the event.
  • If you win a Level 1 championship in 2015, you cannot show in that same class at future Level 1 Championships, including the 2016 Level 1 Championships. However, you can still show in that class at AQHA shows (excluding the Level 1 Championships) until you meet the point level. You can still show at the Level 1 Championships in any other class(es) for which you are still Level 1-eligible. Learn more about AQHA Rule SHW245.3 in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.

Level 1 eligibility is determined on a class-by-class basis. Exhibitors are encouraged to use the online level verification system at www.aqha.com/leveling to determine if they are Level 1-eligible in a particular class.


Kansas Horse Bowl Team Wins Reserve Championship At Youth World


2015 Horse Bowl

Pictured from left to right are members of the AQHYA World Reserve Champion Horsebowl team, Karsen Smith, Rachel Brown, MaRyka Smith, Rachel Peterson, and Ryanne Ewell. This team of friends met while competing against each other at the Kansas State Horsebowl contest and wanted to work together. Sponsored by the Kansas Quarter Horse Association, they made the trip to Oklahoma City in August and after several rounds of tough competition, secured the Reserve Champion title. After the contest, the team and their coaches, Allesa Ewell and Lisa Smith, visited the backside of Remington Park Racetrack. They met with the head trainer of Caldwell Training Stables, and enjoyed watching the Thoroughbred horses exercise, touring the barns and asking questions.


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.





Logan Western

Photos courtesy of the Wright Focus(www.wrightfocus.com)