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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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Canadian Horse Journal – Summer 2021

Canadian Horse Journal is available in print on new stands and by subscription, Digital editions are also available.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Seven Deadly Sins of Haymaking
  • Help Your Barn Business Thrive
  • When Things Go Wrong in the Show Ring
  • Meet the Canadians Who Mastered the Maclay
  • Building Better Barn Cultures
  • Switching Coasts: Home is Where Your Horse Is
  • Traditions: Do They Help or Hinder?
HORSE HEALTH
  • Horses and Wildfire Smoke
  • Hot Weather Horse Care
  • Improvements in Equine Ranching
  • Hoof Care Tips & Myth Busters
  • Foot Injuries of the Equine Athlete
  • Moving Well by Breathing Well
DEPARTMENTS
  • Horse Council BC News
  • Manitoba Horse Council News
  • Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association News
  • The Hoofbeat

Canadian Horse Journal is the Exclusive Print Media Partner of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association.

Look for CQHA NEWS  featured in every issue! CQHA members enjoy a special subscription offer. 

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Summer 2021 Virtual Seminar Series

FREE for CQHA & AQHA members!

CQHA in partnership with AQHA is pleased to present the Summer 2021 Virtual Seminar Series.
 

These virtual seminars will be available to view on the seminar platform anytime the registered participant wishes for a minimum of five days.
A Live Q & A session with the seminar’s clinician will be scheduled shortly after the viewing period.

To participate you must be a current member of both AQHA and CQHA!

REGISTER EARLY AND WIN

Those who sign up between within the first 3 days that registrations are open, will be entered to win a
five (5) minute 1 on 1 live Q & A consultation with the seminar’s clinician.

Pre Event Registration is Required.

Registrations are being processed through eventbrite.com, you will need your AQHA membership number to complete the checkout process.

AQHA will email all registered participants directly with instructions on how to access the seminar(s) they are registered for prior to the start date.

Schedule

Session ONE:

Groundwork Fundamentals with Marilyn Randall

  • Material available to stream : June 14-25
  • Live Q&A: June 26 at 4 p.m. CST

Registration closes 1 pm EST June 11th

Session TWO:

Ranch Riding with Dr. John Pipkin

  • Material available to stream: June 21-25
  • Live Q&A: July 17 at 4:00 p.m. CST

Registration closes 12 noon EST June 18th

Session THREE:

Ranch Rail with Dr. John Pipkin

  • Material available to stream: June 28-July 2
  • Live Q&A: July 17 at 4:00 p.m. CST

Registration closes 12 noon EST June 25th

Session FOUR:

Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Equitation with Brian Isbell-Garcia

  • Material available to stream: July 5-9
  • Live Q&A: July 10

Registration closes 12 noon EST July 2nd

Session FIVE:

Hunt Seat Equitation with Dr. John Pipkin

  • Material available to stream: July 12-16
  • Live Q&A: July 17 at 4:00 p.m. CST

Registration closes 12 noon EST July 9th

Session SIX:

Trail with Robert Meneely

  • Material available to stream: July 19-23
  • Live Q&A: July 24 at 4:00 p.m. CST

Registration closes 12 noon EST July 16th

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2021 CQHA Remuda Award

Fleetwood Farms Quarter Horses named 2021 CQHA Remuda

This award is proudly presented in partnership with  RW Hawkins Ranch of Rocky View County, Alberta

Written by Bob Hawkins


Fleetwood Farms Quarter Horses is multi-generational operation located on the scenic native grass land of southern Alberta. Their philosophy is simple:
Breed the best mares to the best stallions based on the strengths and weaknesses of the animals in the pairing.  The Fleetwood Quarter Horse is not designed by making breeding decisions based on the winnings of each parent, but by looking objectively at what each parent presents, and the consistent traits in the ancestry.

The Fleetwood family lives in the multi generational home built in 1906 and surrounded by their ranch land. The family make visitors feel so welcome and the visitors will remember this special event for a long time – this is a unique place on earth. Ryan enjoys taking visitors for “Horse Tours” where they travel around to each band of horses in different pastures so that people can see the horses they’d like to. Ryan and his family believe that they are doing what is best for the breed; the breed that was built on versatility.

Ryan is approaching 30 years as an AQHA breeder, is an AQHA Professional Horseman, a Calgary Stampede Horsemanship Judge, an equestrian judge, a clinician, a horse sale pedigree man, and he has been recently appointed by the AQHA to be a member of the International Committee.

A lot of effort and time goes in to develop a foundation for each weanling to progress with their training and give them extra value. It’s the Fleetwood way of ensuring that foal has a connection and gives value to it’s future owner, which in turn, Ryan believes protects that foal from unfortunate circumstances. It’s easy to spot a Fleetwood weanling, either in the field or under halter. They are very calm, knowledgeable and trustworthy – they look relaxed, and full of confidence.

Ryan, his wife Brandy and their daughters Taya, Truly & Tulsa love the ranch life, and their horses.

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AQHA’s 2021 First-Quarter International Newsletter

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2021 First-Quarter International Newsletter
photo credit: aqha.com

Highlights include:

  • International Best Remuda 2021 Award Winner
  • 2021 convention
  • AQHA International Virtual Educational Marketplace Clinics

  • 2021 Virtual International Membership Region Summits a Success

  • 2020 AQHA Annual Report

Stay up to date with all the latest AQHA international news by keeping up with the On the International Trail Blog. You are sure to be entertained by learning about exciting programs and experiences encountered abroad by AQHA staff, affiliates, members and industry professionals. We will also keep you informed of the latest news and events. Read the most recent blog posts:

 
 

Learn more about the AQHA International Department, which accommodates a diverse set of needs to enhance the value of maintaining AQHA membership globally at www.aqha.com/international.

 

2020 AQHA Annual Report

The American Quarter Horse Association has released the 2020 AQHA Annual Report, which is available to download at www.aqha.com/annualreport. The annual report contains complete statistics for AQHA membership, horse registrations and transfers, show and race statistics, and more.

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2020/2021 AQHA & CQHA Affiliate Grant Program

The CQHA’s main purpose is to support and promote the development of the Canadian Quarter Horse industry in Canada and abroad. CQHA also strives to support the hard work of all the Provincial/Regional Affiliates.
 
Currently, the AQHA annually allocates Funds to CQHA to be used to support, promote and develop American Quarter Horse activities in Canada. The CQHA in turn administers the allocation of these funds in the form of Grant funding to the Provincial and Regional AQHA Affiliates and other events that use AQHA horses to financially assist them in achieving these AQHA objectives in Canada using the Category criteria listed below.
 
The current objectives for Grant funding include activities to encourage the expansion of the AQHA and CQHA membership, AQHA registrations, the marketing of the American Quarter Horse, the understanding and protection of the breed integrity as well as the discovery of the American Quarter Horse’s many talents.
 
There are Three (3) Categories eligible for Grant Funding as set out by AQHA for 2020-2021:
 
  • Category 1: Education/Clinics
  • Category 2: Competition/Use – Funds not to be utilized for AQHA shows with greater than 100 entries (1 entry is a horse and rider combo per class entered)
  • Category 3: Marketing & Membership Outreach
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2021 Shannon Burwash Memorial Awards for Equine and Agricultural Studies

Apply by midnight, June 1st, 2021  

Preference will be given to eligible, full-time, post-secondary Canadian resident students studying at Canadian colleges and universities.

Awards Overview: For 2021 there will be three awards:

One award of $2,000

for full-time students entering more advanced years of study (third year and beyond) in any field of study with emphasis on horses, agriculture, agribusiness, animal health technology, or equine veterinary medicine at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution. Click here for Undergraduate & Graduate Awards

Two awards of $1,000

for full-time students entering first or second year of study at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution in any field of study with emphasis on horses, agriculture, agri-business, animal health technology or equine veterinary medicine. Click here for Undergraduate Awards

To apply, all students must visit The Calgary Foundation website at either of the blue underlined “Click here” links indicated above.

Help us continue to provide these awards into the future with a donation to the
Shannon Burwash Memorial Awards for Equine and Agricultural Studies

April 19, 2021 – (Calgary, AB) — In May of 2014, Dr. Wayne Burwash launched the Shannon Burwash Memorial Awards for Equine and Agricultural Studies at The Calgary Foundation, to honor the legacy of his wife Shannon’s love for the horse and her contribution to the horse industry.  

 

At the time Dr. Burwash offered to match all donations, dollar for dollar, until the fund reached the target goal of $125,000. It was thought that this size of investment should be enough to generate $4000 to $5000 annually to be awarded as scholarships. The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce that the goal has been reached and the

fund is generating enough to continue awarding $4000 per year. To date there have been $23,000 in scholarships awarded from this fund.

 

However, each year the number of very worthy scholarship applications received far exceeds funds available for distribution, and the cost of higher education continues to rise. One of the most impactful ways to address this challenge is funding scholarship awards. Gifts to the scholarship fund are invested, not spent, then they generate an income which is used to award scholarships. Your support is an investment in the future of our horse industry as deserving students develop into the leaders of tomorrow.
                                                        

To Donate:  

  • Online:  Visit https://payment.csfm.com/donations/calgaryfoundation/, choose the green button “Donate to an Existing Fund”, in the search box above the dropdown box of fund names, type “Shannon Burwash” to select the appropriate fund, then complete the payment fields and enter your VISA or MasterCard information. 
  • By Phone:  To pay by credit card over the phone, call 403-802-7700 during office hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm MDT. Please do NOT leave your credit card number on voicemail. 
  • In Person:  The Calgary Foundation, #1180, 105 12 Avenue SE, Calgary during office hours. 
  • By Mail:  Cheque payable to The Calgary Foundation, indicating “Shannon Burwash Memorial Award” in the memo section.  Mail to:

The Calgary Foundation, #1180, 105 12 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A1     

  • Tax Receipts for Donations: A Canadian tax receipt will be issued for donations over $25

For more information, contact Ms. Darlene Chrapko, Director, Awards & Scholarships, at The Calgary Foundation at T: 403-802-7711 or E:  dchrapko@calgaryfoundation.org  

 

For more information contact:

Name: Marnie Somers,

Title: Chair, CQHA Burwash Scholarship Committee

Phone: 204-834-2479 | Cell: 204-476-0483

Email address: marnielsomers@gmail.com

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2021 AQHYA Affiliate Youth Advisers by Province

To contact your provincial AQHYA youth advisor please click the button below to be directed to the AQHA directory or if your province is not represented please email info@cqha.ca

Alberta
Karen Vicente
Westlock, Alberta
 
British Columbia
Pia Peterson
 
Quebec
Andreanne Mayrand
St-Felix-de-Valois, Quebec
Maritime
Laura Robertson
Westville, Nova Scotia
 
Ontario
Kathy Patterson
Bornholm, Ontario

Start Your Journey with AQHYA

Whether you have a love for competition, want to learn more about American Quarter Horses or just enjoy spending time in the saddle, there’s a place for you in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association. AQHYA is for youth 18 and under, with a variety of programs for all kinds of horse-crazy kids like you. Take the reins and join AQHYA today!
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Purina Canada Launches Partnership with CQHA

Purina Canada Connects with the Canadian Quarter Horse Association – A new partnership Brings Equine Nutritional Education and Benefits to CQHA Members

Joint Communiqué

Woodstock, Ontario – February 25, 2021 – Being close to our customers has always been our top priority. We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA). Together we look forward to bringing all CQHA members online support, nutrition education and exclusive offers on our equine products.

For any horse owner, whether they are competing and want the best for their athlete or simply enjoy the company of their equine companion, finding the right product can often be a challenge. They regularly look for products that meet their horses’ requirements. Purina Canada’s offering of feeds and supplements, made in our specialized, drug-free facility in Strathroy, Ontario can meet that demand.

One of the benefits of this national agreement between CQHA and Purina will begin rolling out special offers to members across Canada.

The promotions for 2021 will be offered to provinces at different times between March and June (included). The promotions between provinces may vary dependent on the different distribution abilities, as well as the Purina Equine Nutrition Consultants availability.

The first promotion will be offered in March to CQHA members in Alberta; and will also be offered to members of the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta.

Purina’s product offering provides all horses, no matter where they are in Canada, the premium nutrition they need to stay healthy and bring their best to each trail ride, riding lesson or to the show ring.

 

About Purina Canada

 

Purina is owned by Cargill, Inc. who proudly offers the Purina extended brand of feeds through its licensed subsidiaries outside the United States, in locations around the world, including Canada.

 

Today, Purina is one of the highest equity brands in Cargill’s brand portfolio. Produced and sold on three continents in 13 countries, Purina products are available through an extensive Purina dealer distribution network covering nearly 40,000 points of sales worldwide. Each day numerous horse owners and horses enjoy the benefits of using Purina feed.

 

As the global leader in providing the highest quality animal feeds, we use the most professional distribution network to deliver innovative solutions through animal nutrition products, programs, and services. For more information about Purina, please visit www.equipurina.ca and contact us via Purina Connect 

 

 




Purina Canada s'associe à la Canadian Quarter Horse Association - Une nouvelle collaboration apporte des bénéfices aux membres ainsi que de l’éducation sur la nutrition du cheval aux membres de l'ACQH

Communiqué conjoint

Saint-Hubert, Québec – 26 février 2021 –

Être proche de nos clients a toujours été notre priorité absolue. Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer notre partenariat avec l’Association Canadienne du Quarter Horse (ACQH/CQHA).

Ensemble, nous sommes impatients de proposer à tous les membres de l’ACQH un soutien en ligne, de l’éducation sur la nutrition du cheval ainsi que des offres exclusives sur nos produits équins.

Pour tout propriétaire de cheval, qu’il soit en compétition et qu’il veuille le meilleur pour son athlète ou bien qu’il apprécie simplement la compagnie de son compagnon équin, trouver le bon produit peut souvent être un défi. La recherche régulière de produits répondant aux exigences de leurs chevaux est constante. L’offre d’aliments et de suppléments de Purina Canada, fabriqués dans notre établissement spécialisé et sans médicaments à Strathroy, en Ontario, peut répondre à cette demande.

L’un des avantages de cette entente nationale entre l’ACQH et Purina est le déploiement des offres spéciales aux membres, partout au Canada.

Les promotions pour 2021 seront offertes aux provinces à des moments différents entre Mars et Juin inclusivement. Les promotions entre les provinces peuvent varier en fonction des différentes capacités de distribution, ainsi que de la disponibilité des consultants en nutrition équine de Purina.

La première promotion sera offerte en Mars aux membres de l’ACQH en Alberta et sera également offerte aux membres de la Quarter Horse Association of Alberta.

L’offre de produits de Purina fournit à tous les chevaux, peu importe où ils se trouvent au Canada, la nutrition de première qualité dont ils ont besoin pour rester en bonne santé et être à leur meilleur lors de chaque randonnée, cours d’équitation ou sur le terrain de compétition.

 

 

À propos de Purina Canada

C’est avec une grande fierté que Cargill Incorporée, par le biais de ses filiales internationales, offre la marque de commerce Purina, la plus reconnue à travers le monde en alimentation animale (en dehors des États-Unis).

Aujourd’hui, Purina est une valeur hautement reconnue parmi les plus grandes marques de commerce au monde. Fabriqués et vendus sur trois continents, dans 13 pays, les produits Purina sont distribués par l’entremise de près de 40,000 points de vente Purina à travers le monde. À chaque jour, plus des millions de clients apprécient les avantages des produits et services offerts par la compagnie Purina.

 

En tant que chef de file international en alimentation équine, nous utilisons un vaste réseau de distribution professionnel pour offrir des solutions innovatrices par les produits, les programmes et les services.

Pour plus d’informations sur Purina, veuillez visiter www.equipurina.ca et contactez-nous via Purina Connect.

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Canadians Win 2020 AQHA Racing Challenge Titles

Charles Stojan (center) pictured in 2019 being awarded the same John Deere Owner of the Year Award, which he also claimed in 2020.

The owner / trainer team of Charles Stojan and William Leech had a number of achievements to celebrate in 2020.

With Free Thought extending his AQHA world record winning streak to eighteen, and impressive horses that dominated the racetracks in Alberta during the season, such as Stripstreak, Flight Club, and Light Footed, all qualifying for the AQHA’s  Bank of America Challenge Championships held October 24, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In doing so, Stojan was crowned the  John Deere Champion Owner of the year and Leech was named the Wrangler Champion Trainer of  the year, both very coveted honours in the world of Quarter Horse Racing internationally.

Winning these awards which are part of the AQHA Bank of America Challenge program takes dedication and results earned over a series of races held throughout the year in several different countries.

The horses who help their breeders, owners trainers and jockeys win these awards are enrolled in the lifetime program and earn points and winnings at races held worldwide, which contribute to the annual tally of points which see individuals named to these prestigious awards.

Stojan is a repeat winner of the owner award, he hails from Grande Prairie Alberta. Racing four horses in 2020 in multiple age categories, and collecting points and earnings in Canada and the United States he was awarded a custom belt buckle and John Deere Gator thanks to the AQHA sponsor for his achievements.

2020 Wrangle Champion Trainer of the year, William Leech from Sterling, Alberta faced a whole new set of challenges on the road to achieving this award, due to the Covid-19 world pandemic; for instance there was very limited racing here in Canada, and health and safety protocols at the racetracks meant there were significantly few on track training days. With boarder restrictions put in place by the Canadian government, the trip to New Mexico in October for the Bank of America Championship races was limited to just him and jockey Ricardo Moreno, leaving owner Charles Stojan and his family back at home cheering them on with the rest of Canada.

Congratulations to Charles and William, to their dedicated support team, and the incredible equine athletes who all assisted them in achieving these coveted awards.

 

Free Thought and Jockey Ricardo Moreno celebrating their 18th straight win, an AQHA would record!