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Special Membership Meeting

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is providing it’s membership with official notice of  Special Membership meeting to review and vote on the proposed by-law changes for the Canadian Quarter Horse Association. This meeting will be hosted live and in person, Friday March 25th, 3pm GMT-6 at the Keystone Center in Brandon, Manitoba, with the option for members to join the meeting virtually through the Zoom streaming platform.

 

The CQHA’s governance committee, under the guidance of committee chair, Dr. Wayne Burwash and with legal consultation from the Ontario firm of Sport Law, has drafted a comprehensive set of by-laws that address the current needs of the association, and will support it as it develops programs and services to support the Canadian Quarter Horse Industry on into the future.

Please take a moment to download the document and review it prior to the meeting. If you have questions or concerns, please submit them in writing to admin@cqha.ca.

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First Canadian to Win the AQHA Racing’s Gordon Crone Special Achievement

On the evening of January 12th, 2022 the who’s who of the Quarter Horse Racing industry met in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to celebrate at their annual AQHA Racing Champions Ceremony. For Canada’s Ross Brigden of Medicine Hat, Albert, this would be a night worth the trip to “The Sooner State”.

Brigden was awarded the prestgious American Quarter Horse Association’s Gordon Crone Special Achievement award. The award is given yearly to an outstanding man (it’s female counter part is the Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement Award) within the American Quarter Horse racing industry to recognize his achievement within in the industry throughout the year. The award is voted on by the AQHA Racing Committee.

An AQHA member since the 1970’s Brigden, is a long-time supporter of Quarter horse racing. An AQHA director-at-large, he was elected to the AQHA Racing Council in May 2021, (this marked his third term serving on the Council) and he has twice been the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association’s president. The retired trainer in his career saddled graded stakes winners Katies Sign and A Special Martini, and trained the earners of nearly $1 million. He has bred the earners of nearly half a million dollars, including stakes winners Snoboat and Princess Of Zoom.

 

When interviewed just days after being honoured with the award by the Mediciane Hat News, Brigden said it’s an honour to be the first Canadian to receive it. “For a Canadian to win it, that’s pretty good, I’m happy. . .There’s a lot of good people that probably deserved it. . . [The Committee] voted on it, I was fortunate enough to win it and it makes you feel great, no doubt about it.”

To read the full interview please click here.

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AQHA International Invites You to the 2022 AQHA Canadian and European Summits

Re-posted from the AQHA website: Connect with fellow AQHA members and affiliates in your region by attending a membership summit in Manitoba, Canada, or Vienna, Austria.

The AQHA International Department is excited for the upcoming 2022 AQHA Canadian and European Summits. An AQHA International Membership Summit is conducted every other year for each membership region. During the summit, AQHA provides updates on Association business activities that are most impactful for international members, as well as updates regarding international member programs that add value to engagement with AQHA and its affiliates.

Topics of discussion during the summits include, but are not limited to, international department-specific and general AQHA news, task force updates, rule changes, funding structures, educational seminars and any other information that’s pertinent to the region.

In addition to the business summits, AQHA International hosts an educational day on a topic important to the region, such as judge education, show steward education or show management.

Summits are free for current AQHA members or $55 USD for non-members.

2022 AQHA Canadian Summit
AQHA International is pleased to invite our Canadian provincial affiliates and AQHA members to attend the 2022 AQHA Canadian Summit, March 25-27 in Brandon, Manitoba.

This event will take place at the Keystone Centre. Click here to reserve your spot for this event! Please RSVP by February 1, 2022.

AQHA is happy to offer a discounted rate with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Brandon, Manitoba. Click here to reserve your room by February 25, 2022.

Tentative Summit Schedule:

  • March 25 – Evening Reception
    • Join us for the Brandon Wheat Kings vs. Prince Albert Raiders hockey game! Purchase your tickets now for $25 to sit in the American Quarter Horse Viewing Lounge in the Keystone Centre.

  • March 26 – Business Summit Day and Canadian Quarter Horse Association Awards Banquet
  • March 27 – Education Day
    • Topic: Equine Health Management

2022 AQHA European Summit
To our friends, affiliates and members in Europe, we hope you and your families are safe and well during this escalated period of the pandemic. AQHA International is optimistic about hosting an in-person AQHA European Summit in Vienna, Austria, in April 2022, in conjunction with the Federation of European Quarter Horse Associations (FEQHA).

AQHA will continue to monitor international travel restrictions. If travel and limited group meeting restrictions stay in place, AQHA will investigate modifying the 2022 AQHA European Summit to a virtual format. An update will be shared in early 2022 as to whether this event will take place in person or virtually.

Stay tuned to the AQHA International website, social media and newsletters for updates and additional information about the upcoming summits in the European and Canadian membership regions. 

If you have any questions, please contact international@aqha.org.

AQHA news and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA on Twitter and visit www.aqha.com/news.

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Canadian Results from the 2021 NRHA Futurity

Congratulations to all the Canadians that made their mark on the 2021 NRHA Futurity.

Canada was well represented, in the ring and behind the scenes, CQHA Director Brad Bowie was an official announcer, and AQHA/ NRHA Judge & CQHA Director Lyle Jackson was there as an official.

Canadian owners, breeders, trainers, and non pro riders showed off their talents, taking home some nice size cheques, and all will have memories to talk about on into the future.

Here are the Canadian results from the 2021 National Reining Horse Association’s Futurity:

(L to R) CQHA Directors Brad Bowie & Lyle Jackson

Patrice St-Onge

Congratulations to Patrice St-Onge, Valleyfield, Quebec native, and owner of St-Onge Reining Horses located in Gainesville, Texas; St-Onge and Hostetler Performance Horses, the cosigners of the 2021 NRHA Futurity Prospect Sale High Seller "MMB Voodoo Gun"

The 2019 colt had been in training with St-Onge. He is sired by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Shiners Voodoo Dr, out of Silk Guns.

Breana Carsey and her family, purchase the colt with plans to develop him with trainer, Shawn Flarida.

Jesse Beckley for
Canadian Owner Norma Siebert

Congratulations to Jesse Beckley of Cranbrook, British Columbia and TrashyInYurDreams on winning the Level 2 & 3 Open Championship with a score of 222.5 which placed them fifth in the Level 4 Open.

TrashyInYurDreams is a 2018 sorrel stallion sired by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya out of This Chicsdundreamin, the team went home with earning of $120,652USD for owner Norma Siebert of Langley British Columbia.

Click the Image to watch the Run!

Jade Whitmarsh Canadian Bred, Family Owned

2021 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship's inaugural Bob’s Custom Saddles Intermediate Non Pro Showdown Championship title went to Cochrane, Alberta's Jade Whitmarsh.

Whitmarsh, rode Canadian bred 2013 Stallion. Sired by NRHA’s $13 Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz, out of Solitary Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun x full sister to Hollywoodtinseltown). He is owned and was bred by Marie Whitmarsh.

The pair finished in a three-way tie for the top score with a 210.5 triggering a run-off. As the final horse to go in the run-off Jade and "Cruz" bested their original run by five points, and claimed the Bob’s Custom Saddles Showdown Championship and took home $5,000USD!

Click the Image to watch the Run!

Reyzed On Crush

Congratulations to Canadian Breeder Sandy Corriveau, of Eckville, Alberta. Rayzed On Crush was the the Level 1 Reserve Championship with a score of 214, winning $4,326 for rider Raphael Bourdeau and owner Brian Kelly of Adh-Mor Ranch of Ponoka, Alberta.

Reyzed On Crush is by sired by Canadian stallion PS Mega Shine Chic out of Dual Rey Olena Play.

The pair was also sixth in Level 2 taking home $5,458.24USD for that run.

Open Futurity Finals - Prime Time Open
5 Trashy Guns 424 Duane W Latimer CAN XCS Ranch LLC Gunnatrashya
CR Guns Fancy
72 71½ 71½ 71 71 0 214 848.26
6 Ziggy Rocks 360 Duane W Latimer CAN Roxanne Koepsell Whizkey N Diamonds
Shes Got Good Guns
71½ 70½ 72½ 71 70½ 0 213 698.57
7 Mabnum Shining Gun 272

Patrice St-Onge

Watch the run

CAN St-Onge Reining Horses Inc Colonel Shining Gun
Miss Magnum Pine
64½ 65½ 65 65½ 65 3 198½ 598.77
Open Futurity Finals - Level 1
2 Reyzed On Crush 402 Raphael Bourdeau USA Adh-Mor Ranch PS Mega Shine Chic
Dual Rey Olena Play
72 71 71 72 71 214 4,326.14
14 PT Seventy Eight 299 Shelby Mitchell  Geri Greenall Platinum Vintage
Payin On Time
68½ 69½ 69½ 69 69 207½ 1,274.90
25 Plum Got Spangled 200 Haley R Franc CAN Story Book Stables Star Spangled Whiz
Plum Reyning
68½ 68 67 67 68 203 766.91
Open Futurity Finals - Limited Open Level 2
1Trashinyurdreams256Jesse Beckley
Watch the run
CANNorma A SiebertGunnatrashya
This Chicsdundreamin
747474½73½75½222½15,006.90
6 Reyzed On Crush 402 Raphael Bourdeau USA Adh-Mor Ranch PS Mega Shine Chic
Dual Rey Olena Play
72 71 71 72 71 214 5,458.24
20Mizzen Whiz Ya426Jesse BeckleyCANNicole L Driscoll Cathy DriscollGunnatrashya
Mizzen Whizzen
70½7068½70½70½2112,553.26
21Wannaflashya278Barbara BouchardCANMartin AudetGunnatrashya
Unquestionably Crome
70½7169½7069½2102,422.99
30Plum Got Spangled200Haley R FrancCANStory Book StablesStar Spangled Whiz
Plum Reyning
68½686767682031,237.55
32Mabnum Shining Gun272Patrice St-OngeCANSt-Onge Reining Horses IncColonel Shining Gun
Miss Magnum Pine
64½65½6565½65195½1,237.55
Open Futurity Finals - Level 3 Intermediate Open
1 Trashinyurdreams 256 Jesse Beckley CAN Norma A Siebert Gunnatrashya
This Chicsdundreamin
74 74 74½ 73½ 75½ 222½ 32,236.02

 

Open Futurity Finals - Level 4 Open
4 Trashinyurdreams 256 Jesse Beckley CAN Norma A Siebert Gunnatrashya
This Chicsdundreamin
74 74 74½ 73½ 75½ 222½ 73,409.13
22 Trashy Guns 424 Duane W Latimer CAN XCS Ranch LLC Gunnatrashya
CR Guns Fancy
72 71½ 71½ 71 71 214 10,810.74
25 Ziggy Rocks 360 Duane W Latimer CAN Roxanne Koepsell Whizkey N Diamonds
Shes Got Good Guns
71½ 70½ 72½ 71 70½ 213 10,208.87
26 All Guns On Crush 159 Dany Tremblay CAN Adh-Mor Ranch PS Mega Shine Chic
All Guns On Deck
72 71½ 70 69½ 70½ 212 9,906.29
Bob Custom Saddles NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Showdown
1 North Sail Solitaire 1065

Jade Marie Whitmarsh

watch the run

CAN Marie H Whitmarsh Topsail Whiz
Solitary Gunner
68½ (72½) 70½ (72) 70½ (72) 71 (71) 69½ (71½) 210½ (215½) 5,000.00
7 Lil Gunin Whiz 1064 Brooke Leneatha Whitmarsh CAN Marie H Whitmarsh Lil Gun
68 68 68½ 69 69 205½
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Level 4
22 Its All Gun 733

Andre De Bellefeuille

 

CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 210½ 4,167.69
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Level 3
13 Its All Gun 733 Andre De Bellefeuille CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 210½ 3,244.63
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Level 2
9 Its All Gun 733

Andre De Bellefeuille

watch the run

CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 210½ 2,987.40
27 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
69 67½ 66½ 69 68½ 205 851.14
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Prime Time
9 Its All Gun 733

Andre De Bellefeuille

Watch the Run

CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 3 213½ 449.99
16 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
69 67½ 66½ 69 68½ 3 208 225.27
Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round - Level 1
14 Sudberryz Custom Sno 757 Kash Lang CAN Kash Lang Electric Snow
Cactus Berry
Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round - Level 3
6 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round - Level 4
18 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
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2021 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund Scholarship Recipients Announced

November 16, 2021 — Calgary, AB — The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2021 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund. Qualified students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June.

$2,000 Leadership Award to Melissa Gablehaus 

Melissa is in her fourth and final year in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Calgary. She is very passionate about equine medicine and the equine industry. Melissa grew up being a very active member in 4-H, where she was the club and district president, as well as spending a significant amount of time volunteering, planning community events, and mentoring younger members. Melissa did her undergraduate studies at Mount Royal University in the Bachelor of Science program. Throughout veterinary school, she was the secretary of the UCVM Equine Club and the president of the UCVM Pathology Club, as well as the animal interaction representative. Outside of school, Melissa volunteered for several years with VetPD, which is a program that provides continuing education for veterinarians. This opportunity allowed Melissa to participate in a variety of topics within equine medicine and surgery and to take part in the hands-on portions of these conferences. Melissa also volunteered with Aggie Days and the Giddy Up program through the Calgary Stampede.

Outside of her academic commitments, Melissa enjoys riding and competing on her American Quarter Horse, Docs Stitch N Velvet. When she is not in school or spending time with Stitch, she spends the remainder of her time on her fiancé’s dairy farm. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she plans on working in a mixed animal clinic, with a special interest in equine medicine.

$2,000 Leadership Award to Melissa Gablehaus
$1,000 Encouragement Award to Jocelyn Leclaire

Jocelyn is a third-generation Clydesdale enthusiast and breeder from the Didsbury, Alberta. She grew up on her family’s “funny” farm northwest of town, where we owned cows, sheep, goats, a llama but best of all, horses. My two sisters and I were all expected to know the importance of all things horse from a very young age. My family foals approximately 10 Clydesdale mares a year, attends exhibitions and  preps the show string, all of which we were expected to and happy to help with. Horses have taught me the most important lessons I have ever learned, determination, compassion, respect, friendship, and trust, to name a few. The importance of horses in my life is immeasurable. I cannot imagine a career where I did not enjoy their presence, hence why I am pursuing veterinary medicine. After beginning my practice, I would like to specialize in equine reproduction. I am genuinely grateful for the Shannon Burwash Memorial award’s contribution to my education, as it is one step closer to pursuing my childhood dream.’

$1,000 Encouragement Award to Holly Frijters

Holly  will be attending the University of Alberta in the Fall of 2021 to start her undergraduate program of Bachelor of Science in Animal Health, with a Major in Companion and Performance Animals. Holly’s goal is to further study veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary or potentially abroad and eventually become an equine vet working with high performance horses. Ever since Holly was a young girl, horses have been her passion. She competitively show jumped for nearly thirteen years. Through her many years of working with these animals, Holly developed a strong appreciation for horses and the high standard of care they deserve. With her education, Holly wants to further her knowledge and give back to the animals and community that greatly influenced her life and career aspirations. Holly’s passion for horse and animal care is evident in her work experience. Holly’s work as a stable hand included caring for over 30 horses and meeting their individual daily needs. Holly also assisted in the training of young horses and developing their personal skills. Most recently Holly worked as a technician assistant at the Southern Alberta Veterinary Emergency (SAVE) hospital where she got to firsthand experience veterinarians doing their amazing work. All of these experiences have help to solidify Holly’s dream of becoming a vet herself.

$1,000 Encouragement Award to Holly Frijters

Since 2016, there have been two different categories of scholarship awards:  

  • The Leadership Award is for students advancing past their second year of studies ($2,000 award).
  • The Encouragement Award is for first- or second-year students (2 X $1,000 awards).

“Again this year, we were extremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants,” said Dr. Wayne Burwash. “This is the seventh year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon’s passing in 2013, and we have now awarded $27,000 in scholarships. Congratulations to all the recipients and best wishes for rewarding careers involving the horse.” 

Shannon Burwash with "Oprah" (Lopin Foran Invite) Credit: Holy Nicole Photography

Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. These scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a post-secondary education and becoming involved in the horse industry in their future. 

Help CQHA expand scholarship support with a donation to the Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund for Equine and Agricultural Studies

Our overall goal was to raise $125,000 so the fund can keep generating annual awards to deserving students into the future. Dr. Burwash is most appreciative of all the generous donors who have enabled us to reach this important milestone.  As of 2019, the fund reached its target goal of $125,000, but welcomes further donations so that it may increase the number of scholarships awarded annually.

To Donate:   

  • Online:  Visit  calgaryfoundation.org choose “Donate” at the top, right hand side of webpage, then click on the link for “Donate to an Existing Fund”, and then search the drop-down menu for “Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund for Equine for Equine and Agricultural Studies” (listed alphabetically). VISA and MasterCard are accepted.
  • By Phone:  To pay by credit card over the phone, call 403-802-7700 during office hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please do NOT leave your credit card number on voicemail.
  • In Person: The Calgary Foundation, Kananoff Centre, #1180,105 12th Ave., SE, Calgary during office hours.
  • By Mail: Make cheques 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.Jesica Zutz  Awards Program Advisor, The Calgary Foundation at T: 403-802-7711 or E: jzutz@calgaryfoundation.or

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Canadian Results from the AQHA Open, Amateur & Select World Championship Shows

Canadian Results from the 2021 Farnam AQHA and Adequan® Select World Championship Shows and Adequan® Level 2 and Nutrena Level 1 Championships.

Photos courtesy of: Official AQHA World show photographer Shane Rux Photography, In Stride Edition, Go Horse Show, and Premiersires.com.

updated: November 24th, 2021

2021 Farnam AQHA World Champion

Champion – L1 Trail Stakes – AIR RYDE, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x KM HOT NUMBER) shown by SARA B SIMONS, AUBREY, TX owner: ANITA WIESCAMP, QUITMAN, TX breeder: BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

Champions – L3 Team Penning : JITTERS TIME,  2009, GELDING (ONE TIME PEPTO x JITTERS BROWN) rider: REMY GREER, HEMET, CA
breeder: DAVID W BROWN | MATES GONE WILD, 2012, GELDING(WILD HAIRED CAT x MARTINA MATE) rider: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada
breeder: DEAN DOMANN | SHEYKEN THEM BONES, 2009, GELDING (SMOOTH AS A CAT x SHEYSSMARTLITTLELENA)
rider: JAMES E GREER, HEMET, CA breeder: KENNETH F RODGERS MD All three horses are owned by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada

Reserve Champion – L3 Junior Reining – MARVELOUS SIXTYSIX, 2017, GELDING (INFERNO SIXTY SIX x PEPPY CHIC FINALE) shown by: TREVOR ELLIOTT DARE, LEXINGTON, OK (PRO) owned by: COURTNEY BATTISON, PURCELL, OK Breeder: JANNA IMRIE Erin, ON, CANADA

Bronze Champion – L1 Western Pleasure – CHICKLETT, 2018, MARE (THE ROCK x BEST LEXUS EVER MADE) exhibitor:  SARA B SIMONS, AUBREY, TX – owner: JULIE C BYRD, NORCO, CA, breedrs: K&L QUARTER HORSES/ BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

4th – L3 Senior Reining – CHICOWHIZ, 2015, STALLION (SMART CHIC OLENA x WHIZICLE) shown by: CODY V SAPERGIA, GAINESVILLE, TX owned by: LARIZZI CORPORATION , GAINESVILLE, TX breeder: EQUINE PLUS St. Basile Grand, QB, CANADA

4th – L3 Amt Team Penning- MATES GONE WILD, 2012, GELDING (WILD HAIRED CAT x MARTINA MATE) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: DEAN DOMANN

4th – L1 3yr Western Pleasure Stakes – MADE SLEEPY, 2018, GELDING (ONE HOT KRYMSUN x SLEEP MACHINE) exhibitor: GIL GALYEAN, PURCELL, OK (PRO) owner: GIL AND/OR BECKY GALYEAN, PURCELL, OK breeder: WILLIAM W COX, Ontario

4th – L3 Sr Western Riding – DUNIT ON THE RANGE, 2008, GELDING (OPENRANGE x EMERALD SELECTION) shown by: Clint Ainsworth, owned by: ROUND MEADOW RANCH EQUINE LLC, ATLANTA, GA breeder: TRACY RINZEMA Keene, ON, CANADA

5th – L3 Amt Ranch Sorting – SHEZA STING REY, 2014, MARE (DUAL REY x SHEZA STRAY CAT) owned & shown by: KURT ROBSON, CARSTAIRS, AB, Canada breeder: COWS & HORSES ETC

5th – L3 Amt Team Penning – QT WITH A BOOTY, 2009, MARE (WILD HAIRED CAT x AUTUMN DOX) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: CRYSTAL JAYANN LEHRMANN

5th – L1 Western Riding – AIR RYDE, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x KM HOT NUMBER) exhibitor: SARA B SIMONS, AUBREY, TX (PRO) owner: ANITA WIESCAMP, QUITMAN, TX, breeder: BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

8th – L3 Amt Two Yr Old Gelding – SKORED A PROPHET, 2019, GELDING (HE SHOOTZ HE SKORZ x PJ PROPHETS COOLSKIP) shown by: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owner & breeder: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada

10th – L3 Senior Barrel Racing – DANCIN N THE CASH, 2010, GELDING (KS CASH N FAME x DANCING IN MY HEART) ridden by: BRITTNEY HIPP, TUTTLE, OK owned by: BRAD OZEROGLU, KILLAM, AB, Canada breeder: LORI K WADDELL

11th – L3 Amt Ranch Sorting JITTERS TIME, 2009, GELDING (ONE TIME PEPTO x JITTERS BROWN) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: DAVID W BROWN

12th – L3 Amt Aged Mares – IEM A LOOKER, 2017, MARE (IEM THE ONE x LOOKIN FOR KISSES) shown by: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owned by: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada breeder: JOHN L OR BONNIE J BALL

14th – L3 Senior Dally Team Roping – Heading – DOCS BUENO SPARK, 2015, STALLION (TOMS BLUE BABY x ROCKIN T TRUDY) shown by: TATE D KIRCHENSCHLAGER, STEPHENVILLE, TX owned by: W6 RANCH, HUDSON HOPE, BC, Canada breeder: TOM OR SHELIA TRASK

14th – L3 Amt Hunt Seat Equitation – THE PETITE SECRET, 2012, GELDING (Canadian Stallion: DESIGNED BY SECRET x PETITE HEARTSTRINGS) owned & shown by: SYDNEY D SCHMIDT, LOWMAN, NY breeder: SHERYL CHILLSON, Brockville, ON

 

 

Adequan® Level 2 World Championships
Champion – L2 Sr Hunter Under Saddle – WITHOUT PERMISSION, 2015, GELDING (THE ULTIMATE FANCY x MY FAVORITE UNCLE 08) exhibitor: LINDSAY L SODERBERG-GEIGER, RED DEER COUNTY, AB, Canada (PRO) owner: JOHN & DONNA QUINTELL breeder: STACEY M STINSON, LOUISVILLE, KY
Champion – JP L2 Sr Hunter Under Saddle – WITHOUT PERMISSION, 2015, GELDING (THE ULTIMATE FANCY x MY FAVORITE UNCLE 08) exhibitor: LINDSAY L SODERBERG-GEIGER, RED DEER COUNTY, AB, Canada (PRO) owner: JOHN & DONNA QUINTELL breeder: STACEY M STINSON, LOUISVILLE, KY

Champion – JP L2 Two Yr Old Geldings – L2 Two Yr Old Geldings – SKORED A PROPHET, 2019, GELDING (HE SHOOTZ HE SKORZ x PJ PROPHETS COOLSKIP) exhibitor: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owner & breeders: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada

Reserve Champion – JP L2 Junior Hunter Under Saddle – KRUZIN FOR CALGIRLZ, 2017, GELDING (THE KRYMSUN KRUZER x GIRLS CALL THE SHOTS) exhibitor: CLAIRE MARCELL, COLLINSVILLE, TX owned by: GENELLE MCKENZIE, GARIBALDI HIGHLANDS, BC, Canada breeder: JAMES GAUTHIER JR

Reserve Champion – JP L2 Aged Mares IEM A LOOKER, 2017, MARE (IEM THE ONE x LOOKIN FOR KISSES) exhibitor: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owners: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada breeder: JOHN L OR BONNIE J BALL

Reserve Champion L2 Senior Western Pleasure – AIR RYDE, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x KM HOT NUMBER) exhibitor: ALICIA L CARROLL, ABILENE, TX owner: ANITA WIESCAMP, QUITMAN, TX breeder: BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

Reserve Champion JP L2 Senior Western Pleasure – AIR RYDE, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x KM HOT NUMBER) exhibitor: ALICIA L CARROLL, ABILENE, TX owner: ANITA WIESCAMP, QUITMAN, TX breeder: BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

Reserve Champion – JP L2 Senior Western Riding – MADE BY J, 2012, MARE (MACHINE MADE x DARK JASMINE) exhibitor: GIL GALYEAN, PURCELL, OK (PRO) owner: SUSAN L OSTRANDER breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

Bronze Champion – L2 Amt Select Western Horsemanship – HEZ SIMPLY WESTERN, 2015, GELDING (DRESS WESTERN x SIMPLY TALKIN SEXY) owned & shown by: APRIL GENTRY, OLYMPIA, WA breeder: MADELAINE DERKSEN Dugald, MB Canada

Bronze Champion – L2 Two Yr Old Geldings – SKORED A PROPHET, 2019, GELDING (HESHOOTZ HE SKORZ x PJ PROPHETS COOLSKIP) exhibitor: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owner & breeders: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada

Bronze Champion – L2 Aged Mares IEM A LOOKER, 2017, MARE (IEM THE ONE x LOOKIN FOR KISSES) exhibitor: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owners: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada breeder: JOHN L OR BONNIE J BALL

4th – L2 Amt Two Yr Old Geldings – SKORED A PROPHET, 2019, GELDING (HE SHOOTZ HE SKORZ x PJ PROPHETS COOLSKIP) shown by: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada bred & owned by: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada

5th – L2 Amt Hunt Seat Equitation – THE PETITE SECRET, 2012, GELDING (CANADIAN STALLION : DESIGNED BY SECRET x PETITE HEARTSTRINGS) Owned & shown by: SYDNEY D SCHMIDT, LOWMAN, NY breeder: SHERYL CHILLSON, Brockville, Ontario

5th – L2 Junior TrailEXTREMELY WICKED, 2016, GELDING (EXTREMELY HOT CHIPS x BEAUTI SLEEP) owned & shown by: CHARLIE BUSSIERES, NEUVILLE, QC, Canada breeder: TAMMY THOMPSON DYER

5th – L2 Senior Western Riding – MADE BY J, 2012, MARE (MACHINE MADE x DARK JASMINE) exhibitor: GIL GALYEAN, PURCELL, OK (PRO) owner: SUSAN L OSTRANDER breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

6th – L2 Amt Ranch Sorting –  STRIP TAZ, 2012, GELDING (PEPTO TAZ x STAR REYS) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: TLC RANCH

6th – L2 Junior Hunter Under Saddle – KRUZIN FOR CALGIRLZ, 2017, GELDING (THE KRYMSUN KRUZER x GIRLS CALL THE SHOTS) exhibitor: CLAIRE MARCELL, COLLINSVILLE, TX owned by: GENELLE MCKENZIE, GARIBALDI HIGHLANDS, BC, Canada breeder: JAMES GAUTHIER JR

7th – L2 Amt Aged Mares – IEM A LOOKER, 2017, MARE (IEM THE ONE x LOOKIN FOR KISSES) shown by: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owner: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada, breeder: JOHN L OR BONNIE J BALL

7th – L2 Junior Cutting – TL BOONSTRUCK, 2017, STALLION (BOON A LITTLE x ONE PEPTO DIVA) owned & shown by: TROY DONALDSON, WATERFORD, ON, Canada breeder: JARRED ABNEY

8th – L2 Amt Hunt Seat Equitation – EAT PRAY LOPE, 2014, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x COOL COASTIN LADY) owned & shown by: MAGGIE M MCCRADY, BELLINGHAM, WA breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

10th – L2 Amt Hunter Under Saddle – KRUZIN FOR CALGIRLZ, 2017, GELDING (THE KRYMSUN KRUZER x GIRLS CALL THE SHOTS) owned & shown by: GENELLE MCKENZIE, GARIBALDI HIGHLANDS, BC, Canada breeder: JAMES GAUTHIER JR

10th – L2 Junior Working Cow Horse – Composite – TL BOONSTRUCK, 2017, STALLION (BOON A LITTLE x ONE PEPTO DIVA) owned & shown by: TROY DONALDSON, WATERFORD, ON, Canada breeder: JARRED ABNEY

10th – L2 Senior Western Pleasure – MAYBELINE, 2015, MARE (BATT MAN x RL SUDDEN FANCY) exhibitor: SUZANNE PICKARD, GLENCOE, ON, Canada owner: ANNIKA I REAR, RIPLEY, ON, Canada, breeder: JACK D CREDITT

11th – L2 Senior TrailLAZY LOOKER, 2013, GELDING (LAZY LOPER x ONLY WHEN INVITED) exhibitor: SHAYLEY A BEATON, HIGH RIVER, AB, Canada
owner: ELIZABETH BARTLETT GORSKI, WEST PALM BCH, FL breeder: LINDA BALL SARGENT

12th – L2 Junior Hunter Under Saddle – AL WAYS INCREDIBLE, 2017, MARE (ALLOCATE YOUR ASSETS x A GREAT RIDE) exhibitor: LINDSAY L SODERBERG-GEIGER, RED DEER COUNTY, AB, Canada (PRO), owner: STARLAND RANCH LLC, EL RENO, OK breeder: GREG HOLSTEGE

14th – L2 Senior Trail – LOPIN SO LAZY, 2011, MARE (LAZY LOPER x SHES ONLY GOOD) exhibitor: SHAYLEY A BEATON, HIGH RIVER, AB, Canada owner: NANCY G CHAPMAN TTEE NGC TRUST, COLLEGE GROVE, TN breeder: BRENT TINCHER, OXFORD, OH (PRO)

14th – L2 Senior Western Riding – THE HOT INTERN, 2010, MARE (PRESIDENTIAL ORDER x ZIPPED SO LIGHTLY) exhibitor: SHAYLEY A BEATON, HIGH RIVER, AB, Canada owner: BARBARA STOIA, PALM BEACH, FL breeder: REICHERT HORSE CO INC

16th – L2 Amt Western Pleasure – MAYBELINE, 2015, MARE (BATT MAN x RL SUDDEN FANCY) owned and shown by: ANNIKA I REAR, RIPLEY, ON, Canada
breeder: JACK D CREDITT

 
Adequan® Select World Championships

Champion – Amt Select Western Horsemanship HEZ SIMPLY WESTERN, 2015, GELDING (DRESS WESTERN x SIMPLY TALKIN SEXY) owned & shown by: APRIL GENTRY, OLYMPIA, WA breeder: MADELAINE DERKSEN Dugald, MB Canada

Champion – Amt Select Performance Stallions – HEAVEN SENT CHIC, 2008, STALLION (SMART CHIC OLENA x LITTLE LENA GIRL) owned & shown by: KELLY REY, SANGER, TX breeder: Canadian JIM BABCOCK, Sanger, TX

Reserve Champion – Amt Select Showmanship at Halter – COOL COASTIN MACHINE, 2014, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x COOL COASTIN LADY) exhibitor: SHELLEY OTNESS, WILLIAMSVILLE, IL owner: CAROL BETH OTNESS, DUVALL, WA, breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

Reserve Champions – Amt Select Team Penning – SHEZA STING REY, 2014, MARE (DUAL REY x SHEZA STRAY CAT) rider/ owner: KURT ROBSON, CARSTAIRS, AB, breeder: COWS & HORSES ETC | STRIP TAZ, 2012, GELDING (PEPTO TAZ x STAR REYS) rider / owner: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: TLC RANCH |ROYALY DUN N SAVANAH, 2013, GELDING (ONE TIME ROYALTY x SAVANAH HOLLI) rider / owner: KRISTIN LANE, HELENA, MT breeder: JANET LYNN BOWEN DVM

5th – Amt Select Ranch Sorting – STRIP TAZ, 2012, GELDING (PEPTO TAZ x STAR REYS) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: TLC RANCH

6th – Amt Select Hunter Hack – BLUE KAHLUA, 2013, GELDING (CHOCOLUA x EXOTIC AND BLUE) exhibitor: NANCY GULICK, SEATTLE, WA
owner: MONTLAKE FARM LLC, SEATTLE, WA breeder: Canadian ALYSE B ROBERTS, PURCELL, OK (PRO)

7th – Amt Select Working Hunter – BLUE KAHLUA, 2013, GELDING (CHOCOLUA x EXOTIC AND BLUE) exhibitor: NANCY GULICK, SEATTLE, WA
owner: MONTLAKE FARM LLC, SEATTLE, WA breeder: Canadian ALYSE B ROBERTS, PURCELL, OK (PRO)

9th – Amt Select Equitation Over Fences – BLUE KAHLUA, 2013, GELDING (CHOCOLUA x EXOTIC AND BLUE) exhibitor: NANCY GULICK, SEATTLE, WA owner: MONTLAKE FARM LLC, SEATTLE, WA breeder: Canadian ALYSE B ROBERTS, PURCELL, OK (PRO)

9th – Amt Select Pleasure Driving – BLUE KAHLUA, 2013, GELDING (CHOCOLUA x EXOTIC AND BLUE) exhibitor: NANCY GULICK, SEATTLE, WA
owner: MONTLAKE FARM LLC, SEATTLE, WA breeder: Canadian ALYSE B ROBERTS, PURCELL, OK (PRO)

10th – Amt Select Performance Geldings – COOL COASTIN MACHINE, 2014, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x COOL COASTIN LADY) exhibitor: SHELLEY OTNESS, WILLIAMSVILLE, IL owner: CAROL BETH OTNESS, DUVALL, WA, breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

13th – Amt Select Hunt Seat Equitation – LOPIN MAKES ME LAZY, 2018, GELDING (LAZY LOPER x ONE SOUTHERN GLOW) owned & shown by: SHARON J FORBES-HANKS, PILOT MOUND, MB, Canada breeder: DARREN M PUTNAM

14th – Amt Select Western Horsemanship – COOL COASTIN MACHINE, 2014, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x COOL COASTIN LADY) shown by: SHELLEY OTNESS, WILLIAMSVILLE, IL owned by: CAROL BETH OTNESS, DUVALL, WA
breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

 
Nutrena Level 1 Championships

Bronze Champion – L1 Amt Select Showmanship at Halter – SHESA HOT SELECTION, 2012, MARE (EXTREMELY HOT CHIPS x EMERALD SELECTION) shown by: MONICA PARDUHN owned by: JEFF PARDUHN 1994 REV TRUST, EDMOND, OK
Breeder : TRACY RINZEMA, Keene, ON, CANADA

Bronze Champion – L1 Amt Select Western Riding – LEMONMADE, 2012, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x ZIP N THERAPY) owned & shown by APRIL I WOOSTER, LUSELAND, SK, Canada breeder: BRET AND CANDY PARRISH

Bronze Champion – L1 Amt Select Trail – DUNIT ON THE RANGE, 2008, GELDING (OPENRANGE x EMERALD SELECTION) shown by: ANN WOODRUFF, ATLANTA, GA owned by: ROUND MEADOW RANCH EQUINE LLC, ATLANTA, GA breeder: TRACY RINZEMA Keene, ON, CANADA

4th – L1 Amt Select Showmanship at Halter – HEZ SIMPLY WESTERN, 2015, GELDING (DRESS WESTERN x SIMPLY TALKIN SEXY) owned & shown by: APRIL GENTRY, OLYMPIA, WA breeder: MADELAINE DERKSEN Dugald, MB Canada

6th- L1 Amt Select Western Pleasure – CHASING BATTERFLIES, 2016, MARE (BATT MAN x WHOS CHEATING WHO) owned & shown by PAMELA M JONES, CIRCLEVILLE, OH breeder: SCOTT AND LINDA BERWICK, CLARENCE CREEK, ON, CANADA

6th – L1 Amt Select Western Riding – DUNIT ON THE RANGE, 2008, GELDING (OPENRANGE x EMERALD SELECTION) shown by: ANN WOODRUFF, ATLANTA, GA owned by: ROUND MEADOW RANCH EQUINE LLC, ATLANTA, GA breeder: TRACY RINZEMA Keene, ON, CANADA

9th – L1 Amt Select Western Riding – MUGG SHOT, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x MY HOTTEST FANTASY) owned & shown by JACQUELINE S MARLOW, BOERNE, TX breeder: ROD JEFFRIES Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, ON, CANADA

9th – L1 Amt Select Western Horsemanship – LEMONMADE, 2012, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x ZIP N THERAPY) owned & shown by APRIL I WOOSTER, LUSELAND, SK, Canada breeder: BRET AND CANDY PARRISH

15th – L1 Amt Select Hunter Under Saddle – THE NEXT WIFE, 2017, MARE (THE NEXT DETAIL x MARRY AN MD) owned & shown by HEATHER M PRYDE, RED DEER COUNTY, AB, Canada Breeder: PAIGE QUARTERMAN

15th – L1 Amt Performance Halter Mares – MAYBELINE, 2015, MARE (BATT MAN x RL SUDDEN FANCY) owned & shown by ANNIKA I REAR, RIPLEY, ON, Canada, breeder: JACK D CREDITT

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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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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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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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2021 CQHA Industry Development / Doris Heintz Award Recipients

Our Canadian Quarter Horse industry simply wouldn’t exist without the many dedicated individuals a crossed Canada who have and continue to contribute to the development and sustainment of Quarter Horse events and businesses form coast to coast to coast!

Here are the 2021 recipients of CQHA’s Doris Henintz award for Canadian Quarter Horse industry Leadership and Development:

Larry Clifford

Larry Clifford - Manitoba

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William (Bill) Holiday - Saskatchewan

Bill Holiday was from Goodwater, Saskatchewan. He was a loving and devoted family man who remained a steadfast friend of many and was also a good, trustworthy, honourable, straight forward man. He was an accomplished fine rancher and knowledgeable lawyer. Bill served a number of terms on the CQHA. Bill’s contributions have been invaluable: he drafter the CQHA’s constitution sub sequential bylaw, amendments to the constitution, applied for CQHA’s trademarks, submitted not-for-profit returns to Industry Canada; maintained the official CQHA minutes book and corporate seal in his law office in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Bill was a very generous cooperate sponsor for the 2008 AQHA Youth World Cup held in London, Ontario. He had a passion for preserving the history of quarter horses in Canada and promoting the ranch horse sector of the industry. These were high priorities on Bill’s list as a director. Bill could always be counted on to give his straightforward response that others could follow and understand. His friends in the quarter horse industry will always remember his enthusiasm for ranching and his love of his family.

Gaëtan Laroche - Quebec

Gaetan was a dedicated horseman who wore many hats in his decades long involvement in Canada’s Quarter Horse and Reining industries. For over 40 years, Gaetan was a fixture in the CQHA and reining community, as a competitor, and National Reining Horse Association judge, a show organizer, NRHA & AQHA show manager, and a board member for many equestrian organizations. He judged the NRHA futurity in Germany four times and served as president of the Association Quebecoise de Reining (AQR) in 1982 & 1991. In 1980 Gaetan’s creativity launched the Performance-Quebec, AQR breeding program, which is now firmly established. In 2009, he was inducted into the AQH Hall of Fame, and in 2014, Reining Canada recognized Gaetan as “Reiner of the Year”. Gaetan was a fixture at the AQH Reining shows in Blainville and Sorel, Quebec for decades, as well as acting as show manager of the QQHA, Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association for a number of years; he tackled organizational challenges, solved almost all logistical problems and learned nearly all the rules on reining (as well as other equestrian disciplines.)

Marnie Somers - Manitoba

Marnie has held many different positions throughout her career. She has worked in both the public and private sectors as well as becoming a very accomplished author. Her horse industry experiences expand over 35 years. During this period of time she took part in breeding fine quarter horses, training and showing her western pleasure horses, and volunteering at many of the shows and activities. From 2000 – 2001 Marnie was the driving force for re-establishment of the CQHA. She was finally able to get the CQHA affiliate approved by AQHA. This was no easy task. Marnie demonstrated superior leadership of the CQHA for over 11 years, and also over 20 year volunteering on different committees within the CQHA. She is also an AQHA Lifetime Director from Manitoba, where she represents many committees in the AQHA family; all of this, while belonging to other equine organization nationally, provincially, and local. Her leadership skills and knowledge were instrumental where ever she volunteered. Marnie is a wonderful friend, a hard worker and always supportive of the right cause. Her leadership styles and life experiences are communicated and modelled by many. Marie has been a true inspiration to all of us at the CQHA.