AQHA Director’s Report.....23 CQHA News .......................23 OQHA News .......................24


By Kathy Patterson AQHA Director

Challenge Yourself: The AQHA Trail Challenge Program AQHA Trail Challenges were

established to test a horse and rider’s ability to work as a team and navigate through natural obstacles they might experience on a trail. By competing in a Trail Challenge, riders enhance their horsemanship skills while learn- ing about safety and fun on the trail. Courses generally have six to

16 obstacles on any given Trail Chal- lenge. The land and terrain of the host location determines the number and placement of each obstacle. A judge or judges are located throughout the course to evaluate a rider’s skill to maneuver the horse through an obsta-

cle. Points are given and taken away according to a horse and rider’s abil- ity to navigate the course. The scor- ing system begins with the base score of 70. The horse-and-rider team with the best overall score is declared the Trail Challenge winner in each divi- sion. AQHA offers two divisions for Trail Challenges, an all-breed divi- sion, as well as an American Quarter Horse division. Each division also in- cludes youth and adult categories so the entire family can take part. Within each division there are three levels; Training level – new horse-and-rider partnerships Intermediate level – established horse-and-rider partnerships Master level – partnerships ready for a more demanding course Riders compete for a first

through fifth placing and must be an AQHA or AQHYA member to partic- ipate. Those aboard American Quar- ter Horses will have the chance to earn Trail Challenge merits to be put on the horse’s permanent AQHA record. (Note: At this time, Trail Challenge merits do not show up on a horse’s competition record. When the technology is available, these merits will be uploaded into the data- base.) Riders can also earn great prizes while participating in Trail Challenges by enrolling in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program. Not only will you be recognized for each trail

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The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is an affiliate of the AQHA. Annual membership is

free to current members of AQHA. To enroll

on-line, visit the CQHA web site:, and choose

“Membership” section. Choose “Affiliates” to link to provincial Quarter Horse & Racing Association sites. Contact: CQHA President, Wayne Burwash, ph: 403-246-8283, email:

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challenge you attend, but you will also be earning rewards for the hours you spend in the saddle practicing and com- peting. These hours will count as double for the Horseback Riding Program. Download the AQHA Recreational Activities Guide-

book to learn all the AQHA Trail Challenge rules. AQHA Trail Challenges are available across the United States. To learn more about Trail Challenges or to view the 2017 schedule, visit

Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show The Ford Youth World is the world’s largest, single-

breed world championship horse show open exclusively to youth exhibitors age 18 and under. This is the pinnacle event for youth competitors around the world who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to secure a spot in each of the classes representing English, western and halter disciplines, or earn an invita- tion through their state or provincial affiliate. The Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show is coming up fast on August 4-12 in Oklahoma City. If you’re attend- ing the show please bring along some canned food. The American Quarter Horse Youth Association Community Service and Youth World Show committees, along with the AQHYA Board of Directors, have partnered with the Re- gional Food Bank of Oklahoma to host a food drive during the show. The collection area and donation bins can be found outside of the Show Office. I would like to acknowledge the four very talented

youth and their horses that will make up the team repre- senting Ontario. Hannah Buijs from Lisle and her horse “Lopin To The Bar” showing in Showmanship at Halter, Horsemanship, Western Riding and Trail. Logan Donald- son from Waterford Ontario and his horses “Ms Cody Bell” and “Travelin Home” showing in Tie Down Roping

and Breakaway Roping. Ashley Caris from Kerwood and her horses “A Charming Zip” and “Just Awalkinthe Park” showing in Showmanship At Halter and Trail. Sharese Ri- vait from Orillia Ontario and her horse “Show Your Invi- tation” nationally qualified and showing in Showmanship at Halter, Trail and Western Horsemanship. Best of luck to all of them as they compete at this prestigious event! Visit for all the informa- tion and resources you’ll need to enjoy the show.

CQHA Seeking Team Canada Youth Members for 2018 AQHA Youth World Cup The next AQHA Youth World Cup scheduled to be

held in Bryan College Station, Texas from June 28 to July 8, 2018. The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is ac- tively seeking qualified youth from all across Canada, who are Canadian citizens, Canadian residents, members-in- good-standing of the American Quarter Horse Youth As- sociation (AQHYA), Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA), and the provincial/regional Quarter Horse Asso- ciation where they reside. Youth who are interested in applying as potential can-

didates (as riders and/or non-competing members) for Team Canada must apply by August 31, 2017 (postmark). The 2018 Team Canada Members Qualifying Criteria and the 2018 Team Canada Members Application Form are available by clicking on either of these two CQHA web- page links: Team Canada Forms or CQHA All Forms/Re- sourses or you can email Kathy Patterson, CQHA Youth World Cup Committee Chairperson.

Remember to visit the OQHA, AQHA, and CQHA

websites for all your Quarter Horse news! If I can be of any assistance, please contact me at: Ph: (519) 345-2861 or by e-mail at:

CQHA supports two 2017 qualifying CRI Reining Events and the 2018

Reining Team Canada to compete at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG)

(Calgary, AB - July 9, 2017) —- The FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (USA) from 10 to 23 September 2018. The 2018 Games were originally allocated to Bromont (CAN), but were switched to Tryon at the beginning of November following the with- drawal of Bromont (CAN) earlier this year. Reining originated from the training required for a working cattle

horse and was first developed into a sport in the 1940s by the Amer- ican Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Today, Reining is the only

western-style riding discipline out of eight (the other seven are: Endurance, Vaulting, Reining, Jumping, Eventing, Driving, Dressage, and para-Dressage) recognized by the Fédération Equestre Interna- tionale (FEI) and demands a high level of skill and finesse.

CQHA is proud to sponsor Team Canada in

Reining at WEG 2018 as well as two WEG qualify- ing reining events over the summer of 2017:

#1. At YnotFarm & Equestrian Centre, 137079 Grey Rd 12, Grey County Rd 12, Meaford, ON | July 6, pm CRI*, CRI3*, CRIYR1*


Toll-Free (877) 446-4688 Fax: (613) 446-7888

Email: Website:


Ray Laviolette (613) 446-4688

July 7, pm CRI*, CRI2*, CRI3*, CRIYR1*, CRIYR2* Contact: Ron Lubinski, via email: ynotfarms@ynot- or visit:

#2. At Seelhof Performance Horses, Site 1, Box 14, RR1, Cochrane, AB, T4C 1A1 July 24, all day CRI*3, CRI*2, CRI*1 Contact: Sara Seelhof, via email: saraseelhof@hot- or visit: hofPerformanceHorses/ Stay “in the loop” about events like these with visits to our CQHA Events Calendar

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