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Ontario-Bred First Cold Wave Wins Thrilling Alex Picov Futurity

Richest Quarter Horse race in Canada

AJAX DOWNS, OCTOBER 27, 2021

The Ontario bred and sired 2-year-old FIRST COLD WAVE (purple) holds off American bred filly Eye Live for Candy in the 21st Picov Futurity. Photos by Clive Cohen/New Image Media
On a sparkling fall afternoon, the stakes action was hot at Ajax Downs on the biggest day of its 2021 Quarter Horse season. The marquee event of the exciting afternoon, which had a big crowd abuzz, was the $115,290 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity at 400-yards for 2-year-olds, the richest Quarter Horse race in Canada, won by Ontario-bred FIRST COLD WAVE.
 
Owned and bred by Robert Bailey of Oakwood, ON, First Cold Wave was the third choice in the nine-horse Futurity field, those that qualified in two Time Trials on Oct. 6. Trained by Ajax Downs’ leading trainer Jason Pascoe and ridden by Brian Bell, First Cold Wave was away well from post seven and chased longshot Blazin Magician before grabbing a short lead. In the final yards, owner Milena Kwiecien’s pair of Eye Live for Candy and SW The Redeemer closed fast but First Cold Wave held on to win by a nose. Eye Live For Candy, with Ismael Mosquiera up, hed second over SW The Redeemer with favoured Lethal Tres Seis, who broke slowly, grabbing fourth.
 
The time was 20.121 into a 17 mph headwind was good for a 93 speed index. First Cold Wave paid $12,30 to win.
On a sparkling fall afternoon, the stakes action was hot at Ajax Downs on the biggest day of its 2021 Quarter Horse season. The marquee event of the exciting afternoon, which had a big crowd abuzz, was the $115,290 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity at 400-yards for 2-year-olds, the richest Quarter Horse race in Canada, won by Ontario-bred FIRST COLD WAVE.
 
Owned and bred by Robert Bailey of Oakwood, ON, First Cold Wave was the third choice in the nine-horse Futurity field, those that qualified in two Time Trials on Oct. 6. Trained by Ajax Downs’ leading trainer Jason Pascoe and ridden by Brian Bell, First Cold Wave was away well from post seven and chased longshot Blazin Magician before grabbing a short lead. In the final yards, owner Milena Kwiecien’s pair of Eye Live for Candy and SW The Redeemer closed fast but First Cold Wave held on to win by a nose. Eye Live For Candy, with Ismael Mosquiera up, hed second over SW The Redeemer with favoured Lethal Tres Seis, who broke slowly, grabbing fourth.
 
The time was 20.121 into a 17 mph headwind was good for a 93 speed index. First Cold Wave paid $12,30 to win.
Facing champion Had to Be Ivory, Maryland Magic broke sharply and fended off Countrys Comin Bac and Had to Be Ivory to win by a neck in 21.824 for the 440-yards, a 103 speed index. He paid $21.10 as the second longest shot in the field.
It was the 13th win in 43 starts for Maryland Magic, who also doubles as a stud for owner Milena Kwiecien and his first foals raced this year.
 
Champion Woodbine Thoroughbred jockey Rafael Hernandez leaps from Championship winner Maryland Magic
 
*Marie Broadstock’s ALL OUTTA SUGAR, trained by Don Reid, won the $52,560 Ontario Sires Stakes Derby for 3-year-olds earlier in the day. Ridden by Ramiro Castillo, All Outta Sugar had a short lead throughout the 350-yard dash and won by half a length over James Bogar’s Bogie Wheels. A son of Sugarman Perry, All Outta Sugar ($11.50) was winning his first stakes race and his second race in his ninth career start. He raced the distance in 18.203 for an 83 speed index.
All Outta Sugar scores a sweet win in the Ontario Sires Stakes Derby
*The 2021 Ajax Downs season wraps up next Wednesday, November 3 with its final card beginning at 12:55 p.m. Fans can register to attend the final day of racing by visiting www.ajaxdowns.com. Follow Ajax Downs on social media for updates and news.
 
Video of the full day of racing, Oct. 27 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqO-skF1Q-0
 
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Alberta Closes it’s 2021 Racing Season with the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Series

Getit Foose, winner of the 2021 Canada Quarter Horse Cup Classic

Flight Club, winner of the 2021 Canada Quarter Horse Cup Derby

Wave Burner, winner of the 2021 Canada Quarter Horse Cup (RG3) Futurit

The final weekend of Quarter Horse racing for the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association’s 2021 season happened this past weekend, October 22 and 23. The 2021  Canada Quarter Horse Cup series was ran at Century Mile Race Track & Casino in Edmonton, AB.

Friday night saw Getit Foose prevail over the field of seven in the Cup Classic. Getit Foose, a California bred gelding by Foose out of the mare Getit Together, was ridden by Ricardo Moreno for owner Charles Stojan and trainer William Leech. Second was stable mate Stripsteak. Dead heat for third between Honor The Fast Man and Getit Hot. 
 
Saturday night was dreary and a sloppy track for the Canada Cup Derby and Futurity (RG3).
Race one saw Flight Club (Foose x Seperate Flight) win the Canada QH Cup Derby. He is owned by Charles Stojan, trained by William Leech and ridden by Ricardo Moreno. Royale Runaway was second and Bright Foo Fighter was third. 
 
The 25th running of the Canada QH Cup (RG3) Futurity was the second race on Saturday night. Wave Burner (Wave Carver x First Prize Sass) prevailed for the win. He is owned by Jeffrey R. W. Rath, trained by Wesley Oulton and ridden by Silvino Morales. Bringontherush was second and Our Storm Chaser third. 
 
Congratulations, to the horses, trainers, owners & jockey’s on their successes!
 
 

The Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association promotes Quarter Horse Racing through the encouragement of breeding and ownership, as well as track development. Inaugurated in 1968, Quarter Horses have been competing in Alberta since 1957, beginning at the Millarville racetrack.

Photos by Ryan Haynes, Coady Photo CTM

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From the Desk of the 2021 Congress Queen

This past week has been a whirlwind to say the least! I wake up everyday and still cannot believe that I have this incredible opportunity to represent the All American Quarter Horse Congress as their 2021 Congress Queen! 
 
Firstly, to the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the 2021 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen. It is an opportunity that I do not take lightly. As I have said previously, past Queens had a major impact on me as a youth, inspiring me with their poise, graciousness, and knowledge of the breed. I hope to follow their amazing examples throughout my year!
 
To my fellow contestants, it was an honour to get to know you over the course of the Queen weekend. You are an incredible group of young women, and I can’t wait to follow along to see all your future achievements! I am so happy to have made 14 new friends along the way.
 
I have so many people to thank for their support on this incredible journey. To the Ontario Quarter Horse Assoc, thank you for allowing me to represent you as OQHA Queen these past two years. Despite the challenges we have all faced, it has truly been an amazing experience. To everyone who has passed along their support over the past week, know I have seen all your positive messages and that they mean the world! Please bear with me as I do my best to get back to you all, but I want everyone to know how touched I am by your kind words!
 
To my parents Jacqueline and Andrew Woods, thank you for your everlasting support of me in every area of my life, igniting my passion for Quarter Horses, and shaping me into the person I am today. I love you both so much.
 
To my trainers Rick Fleetwood and Robyn Storey (Rick Fleetwood Show Horses), thank you for your guidance, encouragement, and support. I have grown so much and gained a second family since working with you!
 
Janine Domingos and Jenna Woodley, thank you for your advice, guidance, and resources in helping me to prepare for this contest.
 
To Taylor Gumz thank you for your mentorship throughout this past year and for ensuring that I was outfitted for the Congress, I truly cannot thank you enough for all your guidance and support.
 
To my sponsors whose support allowed me to navigate all the hurdles I needed to pass in order to just make it to Columbus during these difficult times, I can’t thank you enough for your support and belief in me. Without you, this simply would not have been possible.
 
To everyone who took the time to interview me in preparation for Congress, your guidance and advice was so important in providing me the tools and confidence to be successful in that portion of the contest.
 
To the Queen Team: Jaymie Wells-Drury, Elaine Wells, Jessie Elsass , and Brittany Barker-Hostetler – thank you all for the countless hours of hard work needed to put on this contest and for helping me get acclimated this past week. I feel so blessed for all the support you have given me.
 
To Sarah Johnson, thank you for beautifully capturing the magic of this past week for all of us girls to look back on and cherish!
 
To the ladies in the awards office, thank you for welcoming me with open arms and teaching me the ropes. From making sure I am always fed to checking that my lipstick is always on point, you have been there every step of the way. This past week working with you all has been a blast!
 
And to my horse Betty, you did your job girl… thank you.
 
I am so excited for the year ahead. My experience so far at the Congress has been so rewarding. Seeing the culmination of years of hard work put in by exhibitors and their horses as they earn their Congress placings and speaking with the future of the industry, the youth, and learning about their goals. It has all been truly inspiring!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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In Memorial – Roy & Joan Ionson

In Memorial
 
The Canadian Quarter Horse Industry lost one of its most influential pioneering couples this year, Roy & Joan Ionson of Georgetown, Ontario.
 
To those who knew Roy & Joan, and were fortunate enough to call them friends and family, there is no shortage of tales that can be told of horses, horse shows, and horse people.
 
The founding president of both the Ontario Quarter Horse Association and the Ontario Rodeo Association, Roy was a member of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association’s board of directors back in the early 1960’s.
 
The couple were well known throughout Canada and internationally, with several ties to other Quarter Horse breeding and sales operations.
 
They raised their children in the industry, operated a impressive tack store and in their later years gladly cheered on their grandchildren in their equestrian endeavors.
 
On behalf of the Canadian Quarter Horse community, CQHA would like to send our condolences to the family, and thank Roy and Joan posthumously for their years of hard work and dedication in support of the breed and industry that we all love.
 
Roy Ionson October 29, 1931 – March 21, 2021
Joan Ionson (nee Worthington) July 24, 1937 – October 6, 2021 – They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary together this year.
Photos – Ionson Family Archives
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Canadian Results from the 2021 All American Quarter Horse Congress


Please note that all placings listed are as per the Ohio Quarter Horse Association’s Congress website listing the 2021 results.

In some cases not all information is listed on the results sheets for individual classes. If you know of a Canadian bred horse, exhibitor, or owner who has not been included on this list please email admin@cqha.ca with the details, and a member of the CQHA Media Team will address the oversight.

Photo Credits: Shane Rux Photography, InStride Edition, NSBA Way To Go, Tracey Patterson, Katy Jo Zuidema, Rianna Storey, & Jocelyn d’Entremont-McKenzie

 

Canadian Awards Tally

1 - Congress Queen Crown :: 7 - Congress Championships :: 16 - Reserve Congress Champions :: 14 - Top 5 Placings :: 42 - Top 20 Placings

Last updated: October 25, 2021

All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen – Miss Darcy Woods representing the Ontario Quarter Horse Association

Champion – NRHA Youth Reining 13 & Under, Whizenboonsmal bred by David Dorland of Sudbury, Ontario. Owned & shown by Madison Hayden Rafacz of Citra, Florida.

Champion – NRHA Non Pro Reining Primetime Stakes, Its All Gun owned by Equine Plus Shown and bred by Andre De Bellefeuille – Saint-Basile-Le-Grand, PQ, CA

Champion – Queen Contest Interview – Miss Darcy Woods representing the Ontario Quarter Horse Association

Champion – Queen Contest Written Test – Miss Darcy Woods representing the Ontario Quarter Horse Association

Champion – 2 yr old Open Western Pleasure Stakes NSBA, Look Ma I Madeit, shown by Gil Galyean, and owned by Cory Seebach & Candice Hall of Black Creek, BC

Champion – Level 1 Western Riding 14-18, Canadian bred Hez Pretty Extreme, breeder Bill Rinzema, Keene, ON owned by by Heather Keller and shown by Tatum Keller, El Reno, OK

Champion –  Coughlin NSBA Maiden 2 yr old Western Pleasure Futurity, The Whos Who shown by Canadian Danny Desmond and owned by Wayne & Judy Davis of Reddick, FL

Res Champion – Youth Reining 13 & Under, Whizenboonsmal bred by David Dorland of Sudbury, Ontario. Owned & shown by Madison Hayden Rafacz of Citra, Florida.

Res Champion – NRHA Non Pro Reining Level 4 Stakes, Its All Gun owned by Equine Plus Shown and bred by Andre De Bellefeuille – Saint-Basile-Le-Grand, PQ, CA.

Res Champion – NRHA Non Pro Reining Level 3 Stakes, Its All Gun owned by Equine Plus Shown and bred by Andre De Bellefeuille – Saint-Basile-Le-Grand, PQ, CA.

Res Champion – NRHA Non Pro Reining Level 2 Stakes, Its All Gun owned by Equine Plus Shown and bred by Andre De Bellefeuille – Saint-Basile-Le-Grand, PQ, CA

Res Champion – NRHA Open Reining Level 2 Futurity, Wannaflashya, owned by Martin Audet shown by Barbara Bouchard – Notre Dame De Lourdes, QC, CA.

Res Champion – Youth Ranch Rail, Whizenboonsmal bred by David Dorland of Sudbury, Ontario. Owned & shown by Madison Hayden Rafacz of Citra, Florida.

Res Champion – NSBA Youth Ranch Rail, Whizenboonsmal bred by David Dorland of Sudbury, Ontario. Owned & shown by Madison Hayden Rafacz of Citra, Florida.

Res Champion – Congress Super Sale 2yr old Open Western Pleasure Stakes, Moonshine N Martinis, shown by Canadian Patrick Heeley and owned by Sarah Heeley of Van Meter IA

Res Champion – Congress Super Sale 2yr old Non Pro Western Pleasure Stakes Willy Makesya Wonder, owned & shown by Monica Collins or Hamilton, ON

Res Champion, $10,000 Maturity Limited Horse Open Western Pleasure Staked, Canadian bred Sleep In The Moonlite breeder William Cox of Uxbridge, ON shon by Gil Galyean & ownd by Brody Galyean, Purcell, OK

Res Champion – Level 1 Western Riding 14-18, Canadian bred Dunit On The Range, breeder Tracy Rinzema, Keene, ON owned by Round Meadow Ranch and shown by Lillian Woodruff of Atlanta GA

Res Champion – Congress 3yr old NSBA Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle Futurity, Rock N Motion, owned & shown by Sarah Nimigan of Paris, ON

Res Champion  –  Amateur Western Pleasure, Best Brew at the Bar, owned & shown by Sarah Nimigan if Paris, ON

Res Champion  – NSBA Amateur Western Pleasure, Best Brew at the Bar, owned & shown by Sarah Nimigan if Paris, ON

Res Champion – 3yr Old NSBA Open Trail Stakes, Creepin At The Bar, shown by Canadian Robin Frid, owned by Jaclyn White of Argile, TX

Reserve Champion  – SBB Maiden 2 yr old Limited Open Western
Pleasure, Double The Potential, shown by Canadian Dari Rapley and owned by Paul
& Jo Anne Straus of St Clements, ON

3rd – Youth Ranch Trail, Miss Catnic, owned and shown by Jordan Martin of Chalk River, ON

3rd – NRHA Open Reining Level 3 Futurity, Wannaflashya, owned by Martin Audet shown by Barbara Bouchard – Notre Dame De Lourdes, QC, CA.

3rd – Senior Western Pleasure, Best Brew at the Bar, shown by Timothy Zuidema, and owned by Sarah Nimigan if Paris, ON

3rd – NSBA Senior Western Pleasure, Best Brew at the Bar, shown by Timothy Zuidema, and owned by Sarah Nimigan if Paris, ON

4th – NRHA Open Reining Level 2 Futurity, Wannaflashya, owned by Martin Audet shown by Barbara Bouchard – Notre Dame De Lourdes, QC, CA.

4th – NRHA Open Reining Level 2 Futurity, Shiners Hot Cash owned by Serge Primeau

Shown by Barbara Bouchard – Notre Dame De Lourdes, QC, CA.

4th NSBA Youth Ranch Riding l3 & under, Whizenboonsmal bred by David Dorland of Sudbury, Ontario. Owned & shown by Madison Hayden Rafacz of Citra, Florida.

4thMaturity Western Pleasure Futurity NSBA Limited Open, Best Brew at the Bar, shown by Timothy Zuidema, and owned by Sarah Nimigan if Paris, ON

5th – Amateur Ranch Riding, So Simple So Good, bred by Al Cobham Port Hope, ON owned and shown by Rianna Storey Cambridge, ON

5th Jr Hunter Under Saddle, Armageddon, owned by Barbra Jo Mitchell of Ft Worth TX shown by Canadian Alyse Roberts of Purcell, Oklahoma

5th Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle, Southern Couture, owned by Amanda Head of Yukon OK shown by Canadian Alyse Roberts of Purcell, Oklahoma

5th NSBA Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle, Southern Couture, owned by Amanda Head of Yukon OK shown by Canadian Alyse Roberts of Purcell, Oklahoma

5th  – NSBA Maturity Non Pro Western Pleasure Stakes , Best Brew at the Bar, owned & shown by Sarah Nimigan if Paris, ON

6th – Amateur Ranch Trail, So Simple So Good, bred by Al Cobham Port Hope, owned and shown by Rianna Storey Cambridge, ON

5th – SBB 3 yr old NSBA Limited Open Western Pleasure Futurity, Guess Whoo, shown by Brian Bell, owned by Scott & Linda Berwick of Clarence Creek, ON

6th– Congress Super Sale 3ry old open Western Pleasure Stakes, Implacabile, owned by Angela Burgress, and shown by Canadian Danny Desmond of Bangor, PA

6th  – Senior Western Riding, Canadian bred Dunit On The Range, breeder Bill Rinzema, Keene, ON owned by Round MeadowRanch of Atlanta GA, shown by Clint Ainesworth

6th – Youth Western Pleasure 12-14, KM Sudden Asset, owned & shown by Kaidyn Goodwin of Tusket, NS

6th – NSBA Youth Western Pleasure 12-14 , KM Sudden Asset, owned & shown by Kaidyn Goodwin of Tusket, NS

6th – 3 yr old NSBA Limited Open Western Pleasure Futurity, Guess Whoo, shown by Brian Bell, owned by Scott & Linda Berwick of Clarence Creek, ON

7th – NRHA Open Reining Level 2 Futurity, Shiners Hot Cash owned by Serge Primeau, Shown by Barbara Bouchard – Notre Dame De Lourdes, QC, CA.

7th – Congress Super Sale 3yr old Hunter Under Saddle Stakes, Willy Huntin A Win, shown by Tracey Patterson, owned by Amber Zabel of Caledon, ON

7th Open Western Longe Line NSBA Stakes, Take My Heart Away, shown by Anthony Leir, and owned by Rod Jeffries of Shannonville, ON

7th– Congress 3yr old NSBA Limited Open Hunter Under Saddle Futurity, Rock N Motion, shown by Stephanie Armellini, owned by Sarah Nimigan of Paris, ON

7th– Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation, Canadian bred Cruisen For Hotties, bred by Janna Imrieof Ontario, owned and shown by Danica Weber of Dousman, WI

7th – Level 1 NSBA Amateur Trail, More Radiant owned & shown by Craig Cunningham of Burlington, ON

7th – Level 1 Youth Western Pleasure 13 & under, Lazy N Happy, owned & shown by Erin Duquette of Glencoe, ON

7th – Level 1 NSBA Youth Western Pleasure 13 & under, Lazy N Happy, owned & shown by Erin Duquette of Glencoe, ON

8th Non Pro Western Longe Line, Aintnothinboutyou, owned & shown by Rachel Devet of Ponoka, AB

8th – Open Level 1 Western Pleasure, Luna Moon, shown by Angie Rigdon Cannizzaro, and owned by Scott & Linda Berwick of Clarence Creek, ON

8th– Amateur Performance Halter Mares, Lite Sleeper, owned & shown by Jody O’Neill of Caistor Center, ON

8th – Level 1 Amateur Trail, More Radiant owned & shown by Craig Cunningham of Burlington, ON

8th – NSBA Youth Hunter Under Saddle 15-18, Sleepy Monn, owned by Klaus Zabel and shown by Amber Zabel of Caledon, ON

9th – Ltd. Open Performance Mares, Lite Sleeper, shown by Rick Fleetwood, owned by Jody O’Neill, Caistor Center, ON

9th – Youth Hunter Under Saddle 15-18, Sleepy Monn, owned by Klaus Zabel and shown by Amber Zabel of Caledon, ON

10th – Level 1 Youth Trail 14-18, KM Sudden Asset, owned & shown by Kaidyn Goodwin of Tusket, NS

11th – Sr Level 1 Trail, Get Chocolatize, owned and shown by Laurence Lavoie – Tremblay from Saint – Nicolas, QC

11th – 3yr old NSBA Open Western Pleasure SSB Futurity, Luna Moon, shown by Angie Cannizzaro and owned by Scott & Linda Berwick of Clarence Creek, ON

12th – NRHA Non Pro Reining Primetime Stakes, Stari Nite, owned by Equine Plus Shown and bred by Andre De Bellefeuille – Saint-Basile-Le-Grand, PQ, CA.

12th – Open Performance Mares, Lite Sleeper, shown by Rick Fleetwood, owned by Jody O’Neill, Caistor Center, ON

12th – 3yr old NSBA Open Western Pleasure SSB
Futurity, Guess Whoo, shown by Brain Ale and owned by Scott & Linda Berwick
of Clarence Creek, ON

12th – 2yr old NSBA Limited Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle Stake, Lights N Sirens, owned and shown by Cassandra M onden of Thamesville, ON

13th – 2yr Old Open Western Pleasure NSBA Limited Stakes, No Doubt Chex Me Out, shown by Deseriw Reu, and owned by Shelby Devet of Lacombe AB

13th –Youth Trail 14-18, KM Sudden Asset, owned & shown by Kaidyn Goodwin of Tusket, NS

13th – Coughlin NSBA Maiden 2 yr old Western Pleasure Futurity, Willy Iresistable, shown by Canadian Patrick Heeley, owned by Scott Riden of Good Hope IL

13th – 3yr old NSBA Open Western Pleasure Futurity, Luna Moon, shown by Angie Cannizzaro and owned by Scott & Linda
Berwick of Clarence Creek, ON

14th – NRHA Open Reining Level 3 Futurity, Shiners Hot Cash owned by Serge Primeau Shown by Barbara Bouchard – Notre Dame De Lourdes, QC, CA.

14th – Jr Western Pleasure, Made Ya Look shown by Cody Conover and owned by Brent & Kate Bamford of Calgary, AB

14th – Maiden 2 yr old Limited Open Western Pleasure, Double The Potential, shown by Canadian Dari Rapley and owned by Paul & Jo Anne Straus of St Clements, ON

14th – NSBA Youth Hunter Under Saddle 12 – 14, Ur Gunna Love Me, owned & shown by Erin Duquette of Glencoe, ON.

14th – 3yr old NSBA Open Western Pleasure Futurity, Guess Whoo, shown by Brain Ale and owned by Scott & Linda Berwick
of Clarence Creek, ON

15th – Youth Ranch Trail, Whizenboonsmal bred by David Dorland of Sudbury, Ontario. Owned & shown by Madison Hayden Rafacz of Citra, Florida.

15th Non Pro Western Longe Line, Take My Heart Away, owned & shown by Rod Jeffries of Shannonville, ON

15th – Youth Hunter Under Saddle 12 – 14, Ur Gunna Love Me, owned & shown by Erin Duquette of Glencoe, ON.

16th – NRHA Open Reining Level 3 Futurity, Wannaflashya, owned by Martin Audet shown by Barbara Bouchard – Notre Dame De Lourdes, QC, CA.

19th – NRHA Open Reining Level 4 Futurity, Wannaflashya, owned by Martin Audet shown by Barbara Bouchard – Notre Dame De Lourdes, QC, CA 

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Call for Nominations

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is currently seeking qualified and dedicated individuals to stand for election to the CQHA board of directors. CQHA will be accepting director applications from October 10th to midnight MST October 31st, 2021.

The CQHA board of directors is comprised of a diverse group of individuals from a crossed Canada involved in the Canadian Quarter Horse industry in a multitude of ways.

The volunteer board, seeks to work together to promote the Canadian Quarter Horses community, and to celebrate both domestically and internationally the array of talented horses and equestrians that Canada produces.

Nominations Process

Individuals who are interested in serving as a director of the CQHA need to be nominated by a member of the CQHA and apply to the Nomination and Credentials Committee (NCC) by filling out the nomination/application form on the CQHA website.

The NCC is comprised of the immediate Past-President as chair(if still very involved with the CQHA), the current President and a minimum of one other director appointed by the BOD.

The general purpose of the NCC on behalf of the CQHA is to:

1.     Present a slate of qualified candidates for the election that numbers at a minimum equal to the number of vacant positions on the board

2.     Ensure there is a rigorous nomination system

3.     Ensure there is an election every year

4.     Recruit qualified individuals to stand for election

5.     Recruit qualified individual(s) from any region in Canada that is not currently represented on the board of directors

6.     Serve as scrutineers of the election

 

 

Qualifying Criteria to be eligible to become a director, an individual must:

o   Be nominated by a member of the CQHA

o   Complete the application form and consent to be a nominee, a candidate, and if elected, a director

o   Be member in good standing of the CQHA

o   Be eligible to  be an AQHA member and acquire said memberships, if not already a member

o   Meet the membership eligibility criteria and sign a memorandum of understanding with the CQHA.

o   Provide to the voting membership a brief biography including skills and experience, prior industry involvement, and motivation for seeking election (reference CQHA Directors Application Form).

 

 

The role of the Board
of Director members
:  the role of the CQHA Board of Directors (BOD)
is to help foster the sustainability and development of the association. Directors
provide strategic direction and oversight to fulfill its mandate.  The responsibilities of a CQHA director
include but are not limited to:

o   Providing strategic
direction and oversight

o   Helping develop and
implement policies that support the Quarter Horse industry in Canada and
internationally

o   Review the new director’s
orientation package and sign off on the Memorandum of Understanding and
potential conflict of interest documents

o   Attend and participate in
BoD meetings held by teleconference or in-person, and the Annual General
Meeting held in Canada

o   Participate fully in
committee work as Chair or member

o   Review and approve CQHA’s
annual business plan and annual budget

CQHA directors are required to attend
board of director meetings and are expected to serve on at least one committee.
Most years there are an average of up to 6 board meetings of 2 hours in length.
Directors are volunteers and are NOT remunerated for their time, but may be
reimbursed for pre-approved expenses.

 

The term of the Directors and the number of Directors to be elected:  the term of each director will be 3 years unless the individual is elected to complete a term of a director that has resigned.  The number of directors to be elected each year will equal one third (1/3) of the total number of directors on the board (18). A director should be prepared to devote a minimum of 15 hours per month to board and committee activities.

The following are the steps for nominating and selecting candidates for the election of directors through the nomination committee:

  1. Verify that the individual is qualified: As per the qualifying criteria stated above, the CQHA is looking for individuals with specific skills and experience, who are members in good standing of the CQHA and eligible for membership in the AQHA.
  2. Complete the online nomination/application form: applications and resumes will be accepted through our online application form  from (dates to be determined annually based on the date of the annual general meeting
  3. Committee recruiting candidates: Part of the mandate of the NCC is to actively recruit well qualified nominees to serve as candidates for the election as a director.
  4. Committee selects candidates: The nomination committee will review each of the nominees and put forward all qualified nominees as candidates for election. Nominees may be contacted by the NCC with follow-up questions to help them make their decision.  The final list of candidates will be announced  (date to be determined annually)
  5. Complete your declaration form: Once the candidates are selected by the NCC, they will be asked to complete a memorandum of understanding with the CQHA.