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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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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.

Canadian Awards Tally

1 - Congress Queen Crown :: 6 - Congress Championships :: 11 - Reserve Congress Champions :: 9 - Top 5 Placings :: 19 - Top 20 Placings

Last updated: October 16, 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

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

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

6th – Amateur Ranch Trail, So Simple So Good, bred by Al Cobham Port Hope, owned and shown by Rianna Storey Cambridge, 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 Meadow
Ranch
of Atlanta GA, shown by Clint Ainesworth

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

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

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

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

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

14th – NRHA Open Reining Level 3 Futurity, Shiners Hot Cash owned by Serge Primeau

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

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

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.
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AQHA Recognizes Canadian 50 yr Breeders

Shiney Golden Gun 2011 AQHA Stallion owned and standing at by Braun Ranch, Beechy, Sask.

AQHA announced the recipients of their 2021 50 year legacy breeders today.

Legacy breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 consecutive years.

Congratulations to:

50-Year Legacy Breeders

Jake E. Braun and Sons of Beechy, Saskatchewan.

Jake Braun bred his first Quarter Horse in 1959. Jake co-founded Matador Livestock Co. in 1975 which specialized in breeding and promoting working Quarter Horses. They consigned the high selling horse at the Denver National Show in 1978 and at the Agribition Ranch Horse Sale in 2002. He was the Breeder of the National Reining Horse World Champion in 1998 and has owned and stood three Quarter Horse Sires of World Champions. Their corporation has foals in 11 countries and four continents.*

60 years later the tradition of breeding quality horses at Braun Ranch continues with Jake’s son Brian and his wife Vicky.

* Information courtesy of the Saskatchewan Livestock Association.

50-Year Cumulative Breeders

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Irwin of Aldergrove, British Columbia

Ian Macrae of Hardisty, Alberta

Cumulative breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 years cumulatively.

2022 AQHA Breeder Banquet
The 2021 50-year breeders will be recognized at the AQHA Breeder Banquet during the 2022 AQHA Convention. The banquet is slated for Sunday, February 27, at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. AQHA will also recognize the 2021 AQHA Best Remuda and International Best Remuda, 2020 International Best Remuda, 2020 AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year, top Ranching Heritage Bred Sale of the Year and Top Money Earning Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year. Additional information about the banquet will be shared with the breeders. If you have questions about the list of breeders, email breeders@aqha.org.  

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Big Weekend of Action for Racing Quarter Horses in Alberta

The CQHA Breeder’s award for the  Canadian breeder who consigned the highest selling horse was Ralph Danard of Stony Plain, Alberta.

Danard bred and consigned Hip #1 HOTT CORONA which was also the sale’s highest selling yearling.

The weekend started off with the AQHRA Canada Quarter Horse Cup Sale on Friday. Originally there were 27 Lots consigned but only 16 yearlings and 3 aged horses passed through the sale’s ring.

The sale started out strong as Hip 1 HOTT CORONA (Obsessed With Corona x Im Hott Ur Nott (Tres Seis) maintained the top bid at $15,500. The brown stallion was consigned by Ralph Danard and purchased by Dale Zukoswki.

Hott Corona is an Alberta Bred and Alberta Sired offspring as his sire; Obsessed With Corona who stands in Alberta at Danard’s Running Quarter Horses and Paints.

Hip 9 and 22 both brought the second highest bid of $12,000. Hip 9: Northfork Boss, a gelded son of Jd Wagon Boss was bought by partnership Gehring/Stockwell/Wills from consignor Glenn Wills. Hip 12: O Seeyalater, a daughter of AQHA Champion Sire First Timber was bought by Jeff Rath from consignor Wesley Oulton.

Saturday saw Hortons Real Deal prevailed over Eyesa Timber in a blanket finish for the Alberta Bred Derby. Racing for owner/breeder Charles Stojan, Hortons Real Deal has now won four races in a row, pushing his 2021 earnings to nearly $30,000 USD. William Leech trained and Ricardo Moreno was the jockey. Third was Bright Foo Fighter.

Sunday featured two Quarter Horse races. The first was the Donalda Cochrane Memorial which was won by first time starter Our Storm Chaser for owner/breeder Barry & Janice Sather, trainer Misael Moreno and jockey Diego Benitez. Smokin Ziva was second and Vinnie The Streak third. After gate delays in the feature race the Alberta Bred (RG3) Futurity was finally run. Destello De Luna nosed out O First Sweet Heart. Winning owners were Jane Leech and Haley Moreno, trainer William Leech and jockey Ricardo Moreno. Wave Burner finished third.

Photo Credits:
Hott Corona/Our Storm Chaser >>Julie Brewster
Destello De Luna/Hortons Real Deal >> Ryan Haynes, Coady Photo CtM

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EOQHA Hosts AQHA Virtual Clinics

Pre-Registration is required, and will close:
October 12th at 11pm EST.

Ranch Riding & Western Riding with Dr. Pipkin

The Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association is proud to be presenting Canadian AQHA members the opportunity to attend two virtual seminars presented by AQHA & multi carded judge Dr. John Pipkin.

Two separate seminars will be offered from October 15th to 28th: Ranch Riding & Western Riding.

You are invited to sign up for both, or which ever one you would prefer. Both seminars are being offered on AQHA’s virtual learning platform, and can be accessed at anytime during the duration that they are running.

Your AQHA membership number is required in order for you to complete the registration process.

Please use the in platform “discussion” option to submit any questions you may have for the clinician Dr. Pipkin, in place of live Q & A .

These virtual seminars are  made possible through the AQHA / CQHA Grant program which promotes AQHA & CQHA membership while recognizing the Quarter Horse breed’s participation in events outside AQHA sanctioned events & programs.

About Dr. Pipkin

John Pipkin has been an approved judge for over 30 years, and currently has judge’s cards with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA), National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), and World Conformation Horse Association (WCHA). He has judged over 478 total shows in 11 different countries and 33 states, and 17 World Championship shows including 13 AQHA World, 4 APHA World, 3 International Championships, and other major AQHA, APHA, NRHA, NSBA, WCHA shows.

 

Pipkin is currently the Director of Equine Industry Program and a Regents Professor of Animal Science at West Texas A&M University where his duties include coaching the Horse Judging Team, and supervising the Equestrian and Ag Science Competitive Teams, in addition to teaching, research, an administrative responsibilities. The judging teams he has coached have won 148 (127 at WTAMU) National or World Champion or Reserve Champion titles including the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, AQHA Collegiate World, and NRHA Championships multiple times; and Equestrian Teams under his direction have won 51 National Champion or Reserve Champion titles, including the IHSA Western National Champion team.

Dr. Pipkin was a nominee for the 2019 and 2020 AQHA Don Burt Professional Horseman of the Year. He has trained and shown professionally in Halter, Reining, Working Cow Horse, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, and Trail, and other classes. Pipkin works closely with several Equine and Breed Associations where he works with the rules and/or judges committees. He is a National Director for AQHA, currently serves on the AQHA and WCHA Judges Committees, and has served as Chair of AQHA’s Judges, and Show and Professional Horsemen Committees, and Show Council.

He is currently a Director and President of the National Horse Judging Team Coaches’ Association. He has been appointed as a Regents Professor and received the Teaching Excellence award from the Texas A&M University System, the Magister Optimus and University Teaching Excellence awards at WTAMU, and numerous Texas A&M System Regent’s resolutions and WT President’s Silver Buffalo awards; was inducted into the Texas Tech Department of Animal & Food Sciences Hall of Fame; and has over 150 publications, given over 100 invited professional presentations, chaired or been a member of over 70 graduate student committees, and secured over $5 million in donations, grants, and gifts.

His wife, Kenda, has also judged for AQHA, NRHA, NRCHA, and NSBA. He and Kenda live in Amarillo, and have two sons, John Luke and Joshua.

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CQHA Launches Horse of Merit Program

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association
Horse of Merit Program

A program to honour active Quarter Horses fifteen years of age and older,
proudly presented in partnership with EQUI CARE Canada.

Ottawa, June 24, 2021 — The Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA), the Canadian affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and representative of the largest breed population within the Canadian herd, announces today their “Horse of Merit” program.

The CQHA Horse of Merit program recognizes registered American Quarter Horses within the Canadian quarter horse community who have matured to fifteen years of age and older as of January first. Eligible horses will be those who are still active participants in the industry through competition, lesson & schooling programs, community services and on farm/ranching operations; or enjoying a much-deserved retirement following a successful competitive or reproductive career.

The program is a tribute to senior registered American Quarter Horses in Canada and those who have been associated with them. Their stories will become a part of CQHA’s efforts to honour the breed’s heritage within the country, and attribute value to horses who continue in their purpose bred disciplines and or as they progress through secondary and alternative careers and uses. Additionally, the program aims to celebrate those individuals who are living well into their golden years, while still or after having contributed to the quarter horse industry.

EQUI CARE Canada, the association’s official BEMER partner proudly presents the Horse of Merit program in partnership with CQHA. Leanne Karoles, owner of EQUI CARE Canada, is an avid Quarter horse competitor and breeder herself. She believes, “this partnership allows all quarter horse fans the opportunity to celebrate matured horses in their purpose bred careers, second careers, and beyond into their retirement. The partnership will also
serve to educate the owners of senior horses about advanced tools, which may be used to maintain and sustain the longevity of their horses’ career. Keeping matured horses comfortable and serviceable on into their golden years while rewarding them for their contributions, is a program that EQUI CARE Canada is honoured to be affiliated with.”

Honoured horses will receive a customized letter of induction into the Horse of Merit program, along with a certificate of recognition and an award presented by CQHA and EQUI CARE Canada. These awards will be presented virtually or in person where possible.
For more information about the CQHA Horse of Merit program and the opportunity to nominate a matured horse for the honour, you are welcomed to nominate an eligible horses today.

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association exists to address issues of concern to Canadian owners of American Quarter Horses; to be a communications vehicle for and with Canadian AQHA members; and to promote and market Canadian-bred and/or Canadian-owned American Quarter Horses, both globally and domestically.

About the Photo:
Just Gary AQHA #4674097, a 2005 Canadian bred gelding. After competing for many years successfully in AQHA competition, “Gary” now demonstrates to newcomers and novices, the sport of Mountain Trail at the Happy Trails Horse Park, located in Stoney Creek, Ontario.
Photo Credit: Epona Portraits

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