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Eastern Canadian Regional Director: Joanne McEachern,

RR#4, Grand Valley, Ont. L0N 1G0 (519) 928-9828

Ontario Director Chris Blane

562 Lynden Road, Brantford, ON 519-647-0313(cell), 519-802-4449(cell)

2012 Ontario Directors: District 1 (Western Ontario): Debby McMullen-Hockin

(519) 485-7577, Boundaries for District 1: From Hwy 86 at Amberley along through to Hwy 8 to Dundas (Hamilton) & all West!

District 2 (Central Ontario): Joanne McEachern,

RR#4, Grand Valley, Ont. L0N 1G0

(519) 928-9828

Boundaries for District 2: East of Hwy 86 from Amberley to Hwy 8 at (Dundas) Hamilton and West of Gravenhurst down to Whitby along Hwy 12.

District 3 (Northern Ontario): Boundaries for District 3: North of Gravenhurst along Hwy 169, Hwy 11 & Hwy 60 over to Pem- broke.. all North!

District 4 (Eastern Ontario): Kathy Richards

733 Black Rd., Demorestville, ON K0K 1W0 613-476-3792, Boundaries for District 4: East of Hwy 12 from Whitby up to Gravenhurst, East of Huntsville along Hwy 60 to Pembroke.

District 1 - Quebec - TBA 2010 Maritimes Director – TBA

WEB SITE: • E-Mail Address: NBHA Newsletter February 2012

peek out! There are buds on some trees, and there is still light at 5:30 at night! Everyone must be getting that itch to ride.

The signs of spring are starting to

NBHA Canada will start off the season once again with our extremely popular Spring Thaw show on May 11- 13, 2012. We will again return to Ancaster Fairgrounds to kick off our season starter. As soon as the class list is available it will be posted on and sent out by your district directors. Members can start to get their sponsorships for the year, and use their Athlete Credits towards any show you wish. More information and updated Sponsorship package will soon be up on the NBHA website, so look it over and get out to your sponsors quickly to beat the rush! We are also planning the details for the July Canada Day, and our East- ern Canadian Finals shows, and as soon as that information is firm, we will be getting those details online and out to the membership.

There are some great new shows coming in already! There is one new one in District 1, we will be going to the Niagara Regional Exhibition at the Welland Fairgrounds. Other shows for district 1 are : Via Trailers(T), May 18, 19 and 20th-12Country 95.9 Rock N Rodeo, Dorchester Rodeo(T), Welland

Fair September 15, Dorchester Fair, and Brigden Fair. There are a few more we are working on at the moment and as soon as all the details are worked out, we will be sending it out on emails and posting it on the website. So check the website regularly to keep up with the new information.

shows this year. There are three in the works right now! August 4 & 5, we will be returning to the Northern Barrel Race in New Liskeard. Confirmed is also a new 2 day show July 14 & 15 in Bonfield. Once all the classes and entry forms are finalized we will be getting this out to the membership. If anyone up that way would like to approach their local fair or saddle clubs and have them host a show please get in touch with us and we will help to get the details worked out for you. District 2 has some new shows and some old returning favourites. This is the list so far: April 7 and 14 Leyzacs Farm at Erin, May 20 Dun- dalk, May 26 Sutton sc, June 17 Dun- dalk , June 23 Sutton sc., July 8 North Hill Farm , August 12 Sutton fair, August 19 Dundalk , August 25 Sutton sc , Sept 8 Dundalk fair ,Sept 22 Sutton sc. There will be more details and entry forms as they become available. District 4 so far this year has Mill- brook Fair, Chesterville Rodeo and

District 3 is getting some new

NBHA show, the NBHA show at Linda Young`s farm near Millbrook, and Perth Fairgrounds. These are ten- tative at this moment. District 4 is working on some new venues, so those too will be posted as soon as that infor- mation is available.

fy for the 2013 Novice Championship Shows.

We have some news that was sent to us on the Novice Championships from the AQHA. AQHA recently announced the classes that will be offered at the inaugural AQHA nation- al Novice championship shows, which will be held October 5-7 in Murfrees- boro, Tennessee, and Las Vegas. Also, state qualifying methods for the Novice championships have been determined. Novice amateur and Novice youth competitors may qualify for the Novice championships in the following classes: Barrel racing, Pole bending, Stake race(see below for OQHA info on qualifying for these classes here in Ontario), Halter: year- ling, 2-year-old, 3-year-old, aged and performance halter geldings and mares, Showmanship, Horsemanship, Hunt seat equitation, Western pleasure, Hunter under saddle, Trail, Western riding and Reining.

Several opportunities exist for Novice competitors to qualify for the Novice Championship Show Weekend. OQHA clarified OQHA Provincial Qualifications for the AQHA Novice Youth and Amateur Championship Shows. The top 3 Ontario Quarter Horse members in the Point Standings up until June 30, 2012 will qualify for the 2012 AQHA Novice Championship Shows. Shows after June 30 will quali-

At least some of the AQHA Shows in Ontario will offer Novice, Youth and Novice Amateur Barrels and Pole Bending. This includes the Teen Ranch Quarter Horse Shows, June. A complete list will be available shortly. The Ontario Rules will be posted on the AQHA website ( shortly. If any more information is needed, please contact Ken McLellan, at 519-289-5526. You could always check the information on the Ontario Quarter Horse site ( for shows and list of classes to see if they include Poles, Barrels and Stake qualifying classes. This could be a very good thing for all our quarterhorses, who wouldn’t want to be the Inaugural Champion? Those points would look great on your horse’s pedigree.

There is also a new organization out there, the National Pole Bending Association, based in the United States. One of our members Joanne Fisher is trying to get some of our shows sanctioned so that we may be able to have our members a greater chance to qualify for their finals, held in Liberty, Kentucky, at the Central Kentucky Ag and Expo Center June 29-July 1, 2012. You can check out this organization on their website for more infor- mation, rules, and a membership form if you wish to participate. When we get more news on qualifying etc. we will be posting this and sending it out to the members.

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