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April 27, 2012
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Region 2

Post Entry Fees Waived for Limited Time

The 49th Annual AHASFV Horse Show and Pacific Slope Championships, May 10-13 in Santa Barbara, Calif., includes a concurrent show for Region 2 and Region 3, has extended its entry deadline and waived post entry fees until May 9 at 5:00 p.m. Contact Show Secretary Sharon Richards at 916-645-2288 or Show Manager Jeff Reichman at 805-300-3153 for more information, or visit www.ahasfv.org.

Region 4
Region 4 Championship Prize List Posted

The Region 4 Championship Arabian Show, June 16 -23, 2012 at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho, was voted the USEF Favorite Arabian Show for the past two years! This year's prize list is now posted here. The entry deadline is May 22. Equine Creative Group will stream the show live at www.arabianhorseglobal.com. If you wish to advertise, please contact Christy Egan or Jenn Tricky.


Region 4 & 5 Sport Horses are Dancing Again!

After a 10 year hiatus, the Pas de Deux Arabian Sport Horse Show is back, bigger and better! Set for July 28-29 at DevonWood Equestrian Centre in Sherwood, Oregon, the show will offer a full complement of dressage and sport horse in-hand, under saddle and show hack classes, including the eponymous musical rides.


Launched in 1996, the Pas de Deux All-Arabian Dressage Show drew national attention as the first single-breed, dressage-only competition recognized by AHSA (now USEF). The name Pas de Deux (literally, "dance of two") reflects the partnership of dressage horse and rider and the focus on two breeds, Arabian and Half Arabian. In keeping with the Pas de Deux theme:
  • Sport Horse In-Hand and Under Saddle classes will be split by type - hunter and dressage.
  • The show is a dual qualifier for AHA Regions 4 and 5, allowing competitors to gain points toward championships in both.
  • The Pas de Deux is also a qualifying competition for the Arabian National Sport Horse Championships which return to Nampa, Idaho, this September, as well as the 2012 Oregon Dressage Society and Northwest Dressage Championships.

The Pas de Deux Arabian Sport Horse Show is sponsored by Region 4's brand-new Cascade Arabian Sport Horse Club. For prize list and show details, contact Show Secretary Kaye Phaneuf at (503) 880-3892.


Region 8
Major Changes to Main Ring Show and Sport Horse Show
The Region 8 Main Ring Show, June 6-9, at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colo., has been condensed by one day to better serve exhibitors.  A rough outline is as follows: Wed - performance, Thurs - all halter classes plus more performance, Friday - performance and trail, and Sat - cow classes plus performance.  The new schedule and premium book are up at www.aharegion8.com. Don't worry; we haven't cut any classes so you will find just what you need to have a great show. Contact Show Secretary, JoAnne Read, at (303) 648-3261 for more information. 

**Please note that a couple of changes have been made in the schedule since it was originally posted in early April.  Please check the website on or after May 2 for the class number changes and class age groupings in purebred breeding classes. Also note that classes 68 and 138 have been switched.

The Region 8 Sport Horse Show will be held in Albuquerque, N.M. in conjunction with the Zia Classic show. The show offers a full set of qualifying classes starting on Thursday, May 10. The Region 8 Sport Horse classes will be on Sat. and Sun., May 12-13. The premium book for Zia Classic, including the sport horse qualifying classes and Region 8 Sport Horse Classes is available at www.nmarab.org. Region classes are also available at  www.aharegion8.com. Contact Show Secretary, Lois Seibel at (505) 345-2244 for more information.
Qualifying shows for Region 8 can be found on the Region 8 website. You still have time to qualify!  Hope to see you in Albuquerque and Denver. 
Region 9

Don't Miss the MayFest Challenge

Join us for the MayFest Challenge, May 4-6, 2012 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Ft. Worth, Tex. Experience the wonderful amenities of MayFest, as well as many upgrades and renovations at WRMC!

Judge: Susan Witte [R], Scottsdale, AZ

  • Halter and performance classes
  • National Show Horse classes
  • Reining classes - held in the Coliseum
  • Now there is double the warm-up area outside the Coliseum
  • All new footing in the Coliseum

Last chance to ride in the Coliseum before 2012 AHA Region 9 Championships! Entries have closed but the post-entry fee is only $35/horse - just email or call to reserve stalls and handle the rest on site! Also, it's not too late to become a Friend of MayFest or sponsor a  Championship Rose Garland benefiting the NTAHC Youth Group! Up-to-date information is posted at www.NTAHC.com. Contact Show Manager  Kristen Fisher, 214-284-7094 or Show Secretary Sherry McGraw, 214-418-3905 for more information. 


Region 9 Sport Horse and Championship

Region 9 Sport Horse Championship Show and Region 9 Championship Show will be held over two weekends in Ft. Worth, Texas. Sport Horse is June 7-10 and the Championship Show is June 13-16 with four classes of additional prize money. The prize list for both these shows can be found at www.region9aha.org. We have 11 youth classes with $500 in prize money, 17 amatuer classes offering $1,000 each, six open classes with $2,000 in prize money, and $500 in both the Arabian open and nonpro cutting, all others paying $335 each in prize money except yearling sweepstakes and futurity classes. Please join us in Region 9 for these two exciting shows.


Check Out Our Brand New Region 9 Show

The 2012 Reichert Arabian Celebration, August 31 - September 2, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Tex. is giving Arabian and Half-Arabian exhibitors a new opportunity to show off their horses! Arabians will join several other popular horse breeds over Labor Day weekend in one of the most prominent horse shows in the United States. This is one of the last shows that will earn 2012 AHA U.S. Nationals qualifications, so put it on your calendar! Check out details about the show below. 



Judge, Halter/Performance Classes: John Rannenberg [R], Orange Lake, FL. Judge, Reining & Trail: Bob Kail [NRHA], Scottsdale, AZ


Jackpot Classes

Winning is fun - winning money is even more fun! We offer a full complement of jackpot classes for Open, Junior Horse, and 3 Year Old Performance Classes in all disciplines, as well as Arabian Mare & Stallion 4 & Over Breeding Classes. Jackpot classes will pay out 70% of all jackpot class entry fees collected, to 5th place. Payout details can be found in the prize list.


Special 3 Year Old Classes

Are you looking for an opportunity to get your 3 year old USN futurity horses some ring exposure - and win some money at the same time? Look no further! We are offering 3 year old jackpot classes in Arabian and Half-Arabian Country Pleasure, English Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, and Western Pleasure - with the same tack specifications and class standards as the USN Performance Futurity Classes!


Junior Horse Amateur Classes

Attention Amateurs: Here's your chance to prepare for your USN Performance Maturity Classes! We are offering Junior Horse classes specifically for Amateurs in Arabian and HA Country Pleasure, English Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, and Western Pleasure. Take a spin at the Reichert Arabian Celebration to perfect your performance prior to Nationals.


Reichert Celebration Premier Championship Classes - $2500 Added Money per Class

Bragging rights and cash - what could be better!? Reichert Celebration Premier Championship Classes will be run as jackpot classes, with $2500 added jackpot money. Pros, amateurs, and junior exhibitors qualify by exhibiting in the same discipline earlier in the show - and accumulate AHA qualification points too! We will showcase these classes during our Saturday night session. Payout details can be found in the prize list.


Reichert Celebration Premier Reining Classes - $2500 Added Money per Class

Bob Kail, an internationally experienced NRHA judge, will watch your spins and slides and determine who takes home the jackpot and $2500 added money in the Arabian and Half-Arabian Open Reining Classes. We will showcase these classes during our August 31 Friday night session. Payout details can be found in the prize list. We didn't forget our amateurs and junior exhibitors! Their reining classes will take place Saturday September 1.


Reichert Celebration Premier Native Costume Classes - $500 Added Money per Class

The only thing more exhilarating than riding Mounted Native Costume is taking home a big check! Show off your Arabians/Half-Arabians to the other breeds in a class unique to Arabians. Reichert Celebration Premier Native Costume Classes will be run as jackpot classes, with $500 added jackpot money. Payout details can be found in the prize list.


World Class Trail Course

Trail Competitors! Here's your chance to challenge your Arabians/Half-Arabians on a trail course designed by world-famous designer Tim Kimura! We have open, Amateur, and Junior Exhibitor trail classes - and a Walk/Trot trail class! Trail classes are scheduled for Sunday September 2, and NRHA judge Bob Kail will officiate.


Prizes, Prizes, Prizes

Everyone is a winner! First place in each class wins a Reichert medallion - and Cruel Girl jacket! But no one is left out; all exhibitors in all classes will receive a voucher for a prize from the Reichert Prize Room, where you get to choose from a tremendous variety of exciting items as a reward for your hard work with your horse. Additionally, once a day, Reichert will be giving one lucky exhibitor a BRAND NEW SADDLE! Check the Reichert website for more details.


Youth Scholarship & Team Tournament

The Reichert Equine Foundation will award a $500 scholarship to a youth in each breed association represented at the Reichert Celebration. Be sure to visit the website and download the materials and submit your application by August 15, 2012. Earn more prizes and the opportunity for $1,000 scholarships by participating in the Youth Team Tournament! Teams must be submitted by August 19, 2012 - check the Reichert Celebration Youth Team Tournament page for all the details!



There's so much happening at the Reichert Arabian Celebration, you will want daily updates. Be sure to visit the Reichert Arabian Celebration Facebook page where we will post all the latest news!  Show information, prize list, class schedule, and entry forms will be posted at www.reichertcelebration.com.


For more information:

Show Manager: Kristen Fisher, 214-284-7094

Show Secretary: Nancy Harvey, 626-390-8918

Region 10

An Even Better Region 10 Show in 2012, Entries Close May 23

With a new show arena at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the Region 10 Show, June 14-16 will be more relaxed with time for fun.  Reining classes will be held in the new AgStar Arena, which replaced the old judging arena. The Think Pink benefit for Breast Cancer was a huge success in 2011 and will be expanded to include some really fun halter classes in 2012. Don't miss the new halter classes, fun classes, expanded events for Youth, and the FREE exhibitor party on Friday.


The Arabian Breeders and Halter Alliance is proud to sponsor the "Think Pink" fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure 2012.  Fund raising events include:

  • Two charity halter classes on Friday named "The Cosmo" (any mare or filly A/HA/AA) and "The Manhattan" (any gelding, stallion, or colt A/HA/AA).  Prizes will be awarded to the top five horses plus jackpot money to the handlers and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The audience will participate by selecting the winner by a Calcutta.  Our judges have been selected from Region 10 community:  Austin Boggs, Austin Miller, and Adam Rickart.
  • Saturday is "Think Pink" day. Hats will be provided for show officials and for sale to the public.  We will have sponsor "Battle of the Barns", and the "Calcutta" for Saturday evening classes (Hunter, Western, and Country). 

In addition to the ever-popular ice cream social and scavenger hunt, we are planning additional youth events such as a honoring our graduating seniors and a movie night. Presentations for the Youth Team Tournament winners and Mary Anne Grimmell scholarship recipients will be held on Saturday afternoon.  


The Regional show runs from June 14-16 with preshow Wednesday June 13 and the Sport Horse Regionals in Waukesha on June 23-24.  The complete calendar of regional meetings, shows, clinics and other events can be found here  


Region 10 Judging Team Contest, August 4, 2012

Region 10 is sponsoring a Judging Team Contest, run under the National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association judging contest rules, that is open to all 4-H/FFA/Other junior teams, junior AHA, collegiate/adult AHA teams. The contest will be hosted by the Wisconsin AHA and will be held in conjunction with their August 3-6 show in Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson, WI.  Don't miss this opportunity for your judging teams.  Complete rules and forms will soon be on the Region 10 website


Contact Joan Rose, Region 10 Youth Coordinator, or McKenna Caspers, Contest Chair, for additional information.  


Minnesota AHA Youth Clinic Saturday, June 2, 1-4 p.m.  

MAHA Youth will host a Youth Showmanship, Horsemanship & Hunt Seat Equitation Clinic featuring nationally renowned trainer Laurie Long as the clinician.


Where:  LeFever Training Centre, 1177 Hwy 12, Roberts, Wisconsin. 

Email:   LeFeverTC@aol.com

Barn:     715-749-3600

Cell:      612-965-4121

Admission:   Free to all youth. Free to all MAHA members. Non-members: $25 


Native Texan Laurie Long got her first Arabian horse at age nine and has been hooked ever since. She began training professionally in 1980 and has trained numerous National Champions in Western, Hunter, Show Hack, Halter Showmanship, and Equitation. Laurie's students have earned more than 100 National and Reserve Championships during their youth careers and earned more than $250,000 in scholarships.


Essay Contest: Why I Want an Arabian Horse

Minnesota AHA President Lori Conway announced the first annual "Why I Want an Arabian Horse" contest. Entries are due August 20 by email or August 31 by mail. This contest, developed by Minnesota Horse Council Board Member Carol Dobbelaire, Conway Arabians, and the Minnesota 4-H Horse Association, is open to all Minnesota 4-H members actively involved in the 4-H horse project. Conway Arabians will donate one registered (or eligible to be registered) purebred weanling or yearling gelding.  


Contest Rules: Contestants are to submit a typed essay of up to 1 pages demonstrating their knowledge of the Arabian horse breed, what ownership of this horse would mean to them including how they would provide care, the environment in which the horse would be raised, and any other pertinent and/or human interest information they wish to share. For specific information including all of the paperwork, click here.
Wisconsin AHA Clinic A Great Success 
On April 14-15 the Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association sponsored a hands-on horse/rider clinic with Ray LaCroix, one of the most decorated & versatile Arabian trainers, and one of the most effective horse/rider clinicians, ever.  Well over 100 auditors watched as fourteen horse/rider combinations worked both days on various kinds of problems they were having.  People thanked us for their horses' transformations, begging us to bring Ray back next year.  They said they finally "got it" with their problems because Ray was so good in understanding both horse and rider and creating clear plans to solve their issues.  Some were skeptical when they came, but left the clinic in awe of what they learned. 
Club News
June 22 & 23, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the WDHA Dressage & Sport Horse Show. The show is run in conjunction with the AHA Region 10 Dressage Championships, June 23-24, at the Waukesha County Fairgrounds. New this year will be Dressage Equitation. Returning is an exhibitor's favorite, the Team Competition.  Check the WDHA website for details.   

For a list of clubs and club contacts, click here

Region 12

The 35th Annual Region 12 Show and Spotlight Stallion Futurity

The Region 12 show May 7-12 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia, kicks off with a general meeting and exhibitor party on Monday, the 7th and swings into an aggressive show schedule at 8 a.m. the following morning. Included this year is a full complement of Dressage, Sport Horse and Hunter/Jumper classes. There are Spotlight Futurity classes daily, and the 6th Annual Spotlight Stallion Auction is at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening in the Beef/Dairy Pavilion. For the first time, the entire Region 12 show, including the stallion auction, will be live streamed on www.ArabianHorseGlobal.com.


Janet Searls, Director and Marketing for the Region 12 Spotlight Stallion Futurity, is full of anticipation and enthusiasm for the show. "There is a heartfelt commitment from everyone on the show committee. We try to 'knock it out of the ball park' every year and this time I believe we really are looking at a home run!" Click here for information on the Spotlight. 


Show Secretary Marilyn Norton can be reached at (217) 563-2487 or e-mail


Youth Jamboree!

The 2012 Youth Jamboree is once again being held at the Garrison Arena in Clemson, S.C., June 12-16. The clinicians secured this year are: Cathy Vincent (English, Hunter Pleasure & Equitation), Mark Jamieson (Western, Hunter Pleasure & Arab Halter), Carolyn Duncan & Cindy Tilghman (Hunter over Fences), Robin Ginn, Karen Miller & Teresa Underwood (Dressage), and Leigh Meyer & Norma Karst (Walk-Trot/Jog beginners and challenged riders). We also have instructors for grooming, braiding, clipping etc. Tri-County Technical College's (TCTC) Dean of Veterinary Science, Dr. Margaret Champion and her Director of Curriculum, Chrystal Williams will provide a brief overview of what is available for youth interested in pursuing a Veterinarian Technician degree whether in large or small animal.


Purina has graciously offered two scholarships for this year's event. Two youth will each be awarded a stall for the week, five bags of shavings, either 3 nights hotel lodging or 5 nights of camper hookup on the grounds and 1,000 pounds of Purina feed.  Everyone is encouraged to submit an application. The application and essay forms are available on the Region 12 website
In addition to the Purina Scholarships, we have secured the Coca-Cola $500 Higher Education Scholarship again. This is presented to the most improved youth at the Jamboree determined by the clinicians.  
Contact Robert Obermiller at 828-674-1758 for more information.       
Region 16

Region 16 Championship Show

July 11-14, 2012, Syracuse, N.Y. For more information please contact Linda Misco at 603-887-4588.


2013 Region 16 Championship to be in West Springfield

The Region 16 Board of Delegates after much deliberation and debate at its March 31, 2012 meeting voted to hold the 2013 Championship Show at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in, West Springfield, MA.


The Eastern States Exposition grounds made several improvements to the grounds that would improve the show experience for exhibitors and attendees alike. A new large covered warm up area and a covered walkway to the coliseum were at the top of the list of improvements.


The Board will reassess the Syracuse New York State Fair Grounds facility and grounds after this year's Championship Show and make a decision about future scheduling then.


Please join us in Syracuse this year for the Region 16 Championship Show. Syracuse Fairgrounds had made many improvements and we are looking forward to a wonderful show.


Go For High Point!

Region 16 AHA, Inc. is offering members the opportunity to compete for annual year-end high point awards. This program is offered to members of Local Region 16 Clubs and direct AHA members residing in Region 16 that own or lease Purebred Arabian and Half-Arabian horses that compete in either the show ring, dressage, competitive distance riding or reining events. For more information please visit us at  www.region16.org.


Frequent Rider Milestone Award Program

The Region 16 AHA, Inc. Frequent Rider Milestone Award Program rewards riders for every hour that they spend riding or driving or mileage accumulated for trail riding an Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horse in non-competitive activities. We are committed to recognizing and rewarding the riders who work with and enjoy Arabian and Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horses - in all types of non-competitive riding and driving. The best part of the Region 16 AHA, Inc. Frequent Rider Milestone Award Program is that the type of riding doesn't matter as long as it is non-competitive! Whether you use an Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horse to trail ride, do ranch work, participate in parades, take riding lessons, train under saddle, or just ride or drive for pleasure, you can now be recognized and rewarded for what you love most. For more information please visit us at www.region16.org.


Region 16 Horsemen's Distress Fund  

In 2012 Region 16 will again raise funds at Equine Affaire and the Region 16 Championship Show Region  to support the Region 16 AHA, Inc. Horsemen's Distress Fund.


The funds earned by raffling a hand stitched portrait done by Linda Misco and a handmade tack trunk provided by Region 16 will be used  to assist  members of Region 16 in a time of need. Insurance coverage does not always pay for the sometimes overwhelming expenses when someone is injured or other disasters strike. 


The Region 16 AHA, Inc. Horsemen's Distress Fund has helped many of the Arabian community members during times of unexpected crisis.  From unimaginable barn fires, to catastrophic accidents, to health crisis's that may have impaired ability to meet expenses and care for family members and animals. The fund has become a vehicle that is up and ready to respond immediately when unexpected calamity strikes. Virtually all of the money donated is earmarked to directly help our community horsemen during times of crisis.


To apply for aid from the Region 16 AHA, Inc. Horsemen's Distress Fund please contact  wjmstonepost@aol.com or call 603-887-4588 for assistance, or to let us know of someone in need of assistance. To hold a fundraiser in your area or at your event, feel free to contact us.

To make a donation mail checks to Region 16 Horsemen's Distress Fund c/o Walter Misco  P O Box 87, Chester, NH 03036.


2012 $1,000 Scholarship

The Region 16 AHA scholarship fund was created to recognize accomplishment, ambition and aspiration toward a college education. The scholarship's recipient must lack sufficient financial resources and be involved with Arabian horses. A $1000.00 scholarship is available for one qualified applicant each year. Find more information here.

Region 18

Region 18 Regionals July 18-21 2012

Located at The Western Fair District in the heart of London, Ontario, the Region 18 Championships are within moments from all amenities including fine dining, all levels of accommodations, wonderful shopping and attractions for all ages! The facility is big airy and well appointed with indoor wash stalls, air conditioned lounge and cafeteria, bright warm up ring and show ring and lots of friendly folks to mingle with at the progressive barn party. Come and qualify at the Last Chance Show and see what helpful show staff can do for you in a relaxing and enjoyable environment. London is located close to the 401 and easily accessible for U.S. competitors and Canadian competitors alike, with lots of parking and hookups for the camping set.


The Last Chance show will be held Wednesday July 18 and the link can found below. The judge will be Jane Engers of Michigan. Check out the class list and try a couple of classes to qualify for the Championships! We have an outstanding panel of judges for the Championship show: Rick Moser of Florida, Lizann Bartlett of Pennsylvania and Joseph Polo of Indiana. We hope to see you in the ring showcasing your horses. We'd love to have you, eh? Please click here for more information or here for a prize list. 


New Arrivals? 

If you want to shout it to the heavens we will help you make that happen. Do you have a new arrival? Are you expecting one? Did you take ownership of a new horse? If you want others to hear your great news let our newsletter do some of the work for you. Please email newsletter items to Sheri Roberts at sroberts@cogeco.ca or call 613-813-3808. 


High Point Awards in Region 18

There is no need to sign up in Region 18 to earn a high point award. We will award high point champion awards and reserve champion awards at our Annual Banquet, which takes place in January in conjunction with our Annual General Meeting. To plan your show season go the Give it a shot and you may be the one to receive the year end High Point Award and have your name added to the long list of Champions from years past!


AHA is a major equine association serving 30,000 members across North America. It registers and maintains a database of more than one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses and administers approximately $3 million in annual prize money. AHA produces championship events, recognizes close to 600 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, call 303-696-4500, e-mail info@ArabianHorses.org  or visit  ArabianHorses.org.

ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION - 10805 East Bethany Dr - Aurora, CO 80014 
Phone: 303.696.4500 - Fax: 303-696-4599 - info@ArabianHorses.org - www.ArabianHorses.org