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November, 2013
News Wanted

Send in Your Regional or Club News by December 12!

Wondering how regional updates made it into the AHYA Insider? You can get your news here, too! Email Shawna with regional or club news by Dec. 12 to appear in the next issue! 
Upcoming Dates & Deadlines
  • Nov. 20-23: AHA Annual Convention, Lexington, Ky.
  • Nov. 24: AHYA Board Meeting at AHA Annual Membership Convention, Lexington, Ky.
  • Nov. 30: Regional Youth Team Tournament results close
  • Dec. 15: Regional Youth Team Tournament results due to AHA from the Team Tournament Secretary in your region. 

AHYA Shadow Trailer  
We have a winner!  
Thank you to everyone who supported the 2013 AHYA Shadow Trailer Raffle. It was a record-breaking event for youth programs fundraising, with $27,600.00 raised. The winning ticket was drawn during the afternoon session at U.S. Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. The lucky ticket was number 169, purchased on location at the show by Julie Shick of Ortonville, MI. Congratulations to Julie! 
Special thanks go out to Renee Pelzman, owner of Shadow Trailers of Florida, LLC, and sponsor of our 2013 AHYA Shadow Trailer Raffle. Her generous donation of the beautiful 2-horse, bumper-pull Shadow Pro Series Trailer is very much appreciated. If you would like to offer your thanks, as well, please send thank you notes to: 

Shadow Trailers of Florida, LLC
Attn: Renee Pelzman
6785 West Highway 40
Ocala, FL 34482 

The proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Arabian Horse Youth Association's numerous annual programs, including the AHYA Convention, Creative Contest, Regional Youth Team Tournament, National Arabian Horse Judging Contest, and more. The AHYA Board of Directors also voted in March 2013 to donate a portion of all fundraisers to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado; thus, a portion of the trailer raffle proceeds will be included in the annual AHYA donation to be made to Make-A-Wish Colorado in March 2014. Please direct questions about the raffle to youth@arabianhorses.org or (303) 696-4505. 

Again, thank you to everyone who supported the youth association through this wonderful fundraiser and congratulations to our winner, Julie Shick! 

TAIL a Smashing Success at U.S. Nationals!

Over 375 Girl Scouts and local families registered to attend our TAIL tour program at U.S. Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., last month. The feedback from leaders and parents has been overwhelmingly positive; they can't wait to come back next year. We're happy to share the testimonials below with all of you.


"My little girl scouts really, really enjoyed the TAIL tour on Sunday evening. The parents were so amazed at the opportunities presented through this tour that most girls normally wouldn't normally have. Thank you so much!"


"Thank you so much for fitting us in this evening. The girls had a great time and talked about it the whole way home. Thanks again for a wonderful experience!"


Finally, we offer our sincere thanks to all the volunteer guides and host barns who made TAIL at U.S. Nationals a possibility. You are all wonderful! Thank you to: Cynthia Richardson; Chris Culbreth; Cindy Kunkel; Dawn Leonard; Dawn Strickland; Debbie Helmick; Doug Stewart; Kathie Hart; Jill Mitchell; Liz and Dave Bentley; Pepper Profit; Stacey Dunn; Susie Thompson; Ted Carson; Virginia Godwin; Rory O'Neill and O'Neill Arabians; The Jensen Family and Jade Creek Arabians; Holly Azevedo, Meg Casey, and Trowbridge's Ltd.; Steve Freeman and Marjie and Brett Becker; Dave Daugherty and Setting Sun; Murray Popplewell and Rae-Dawn Arabians; Darleene and Freewill Farm.


Thank You, Judging Contest Supporters

U.S. Nationals hosted over 100 contestants across 3 divisions for the 2013 National Arabian Horse Judging Contest. It was a tremendous success; which would not have been possible without the support of the many sponsors, vendors, owners, handlers, trainers, and riders who donated their products, time, and horses.


We offer very special thanks to:

Sponsors and Donors: Adequan, AHA and AHYA, All Things Equine, Be Dazzled by Dixie, Clients of Hesten Park, Marriott, Minnesota AHA, Nymeyer's at Tanglewood, Region 10, The Hat Lady, USEF, WeatherBeeta, Wintec, and Zia Graphics.


Owners, Trainers, Riders, Handlers, and Horse Gatherers: Annalise Himmel, Ann Simic, Brian Scoggins, Carol Johnson, Carolyn McDonald, Chelsea Wesson, Cindy Kunkel, Cynthia Richardson, Debby Holden, Duane Esser, Jamie Martino, Jessica Bein, Jessica Cole, Josh Shino, Karen Church, Karlan Downing, Kelly Elm, Kevin Price, Laura Myer, Liz and Jacque Land, Lori Conway, Mark Helmick, Martha Rattner, Merri Murdock Krehl, Henrietta Ellzey, Mike and Terri Budd, Pam Gaffney, Jessica DeBak, Peyton Randle, Renee Severson, Rob Bick, Stacey Dunn, Susan Shea, Teri Kraft, and Tish Condas.


Volunteers: Cindy and Yvette Howey, Cynthia Richardson, Dawn Strickland, Debbie Himmel, and Stacey Dunn.

It's All About the Theme!

The AHYA Board of Directors will be meeting in Lexington, Ky., this week to begin the official planning of next year's activities as well as voting for the 2014 Youth Nationals theme. If you have any suggestions email your ideas to Youth Programs today! 


Serving on an AHYA committee is another way to get involved with your breed association. If you are interested in joining a committee please shoot us an email.


Show & Tell

4-H Roundup Time!

Are you or your team participating at either the Eastern or Western National 4-H Roundups this year? We want to hear all about it. Send your story and 1-2 photos to us at youth@arabianhorses.org.


Holiday Fun

If you and/or your horse are participating in any holiday events this season, we would love to see some photos! If you're in a parade, attend a holiday show in costume, or just go for a winter wonderland trail ride, send a brief description and 1-2 photos to youth@arabianhorses.org.

All Breed News

2014 United States Pony Club Annual Meeting

The event is Jan. 22-24, 2014 in Portland, Or. The meeting will provide opportunities to meet active Pony Club leaders and learn more about the organization and its membership. For more information, visit the USPC website.


37th Annual National Youth Horse Leaders Symposium

For the opportunity to network and learn from the nation's most diverse group of horse oriented youth leaders, consider attending the 2014 American Youth Horse Council Symposium. It will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., March 21-23, 2014. You'll have the chance to meet representatives from breed and sport associations, agricultural programs, Girl and Boy Scouts, and more. Get informed about the youth horse industry through workshops, demonstrations, discussions and presentations. For more information, visit the AHYC website.

AHA is a major equine association serving 27,000 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 400 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