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March 2022
 

President's Message 

Greetings from WAHA! Spring is arriving in Wisconsin, which means time for spring trail rides, clinics, horse shows, horse fairs and more fun.

Midwest Horse Fair will once again have a group representing Region 10 Arabian horses with multiple members from your club. Be sure check out their demos throughout the weekend and at visit the Arabians at their stalls in Pavilion Two.

We are returning to in person Board Meetings in April. We will meet at Pizzeria Uno in Madison WI on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 with a 6:30 dinner time and 7pm meeting start. I cannot explain how happy I am to eat and meet in the same space together. For those unable to join us in person, a virtual option will still be available.

We are looking forward to our annual WAHA August show this year which will be in July at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds July 30-31, 2022. This show will be two jam-packed days of traditional pleasure classes, sport horse classes, dressage, western dressage, ranch, and more. Please check out the details on our website and the show book that will be posted soon.

Our annual Fall Colors Open Show is scheduled October 8, 2022 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, WI. The committee is already working on the details of that show. This show has historically been successful for us when we have been able to have a judge volunteer or greatly reduce their daily rate to assist us. If you know a judge that may have availability that you would like to recommend, please send me at a message at Jessiebugs@hotmail.com

WAHA needs volunteers to help at both shows and in a variety of roles. Without volunteers for roles, we have to pay staff and with a tighter budget and increasing expenses, there is the concern that this club will not be able to sustain these events long. If you’re interested in volunteering please email me at jessiebugs@hotmail.com.

Thank you to all of our hard working volunteers year in and year out. We appreciate every one of you.

We look forward to seeing our members out and about in the spring of 2022.

Sincerely, 

Jessica Dillingham 
WAHA President

Upcoming Events

April 13th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (Pizzeria Uno, Madison. 6:30 p.m.)
April 22nd-24th: Midwest Horse Fair (Madison, WI)
May 11th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual or in Person-TBD)
July 30th-31st: WAHA August Show (Jefferson, WI)
October 8th: WAHA Fall Colors Open Show (Elkhorn, WI)
WAHA Youth Meeting at Midwest Horse Fair!
There will be a WAHA Youth meeting at 12 o'clock noon on the Saturday of Midwest Horse Fair (April 23rd).  The meeting will take place at the Arabian breed demo stalls.  All interested youth and family members are invited to attend!  

All youth interested in getting involved with WAHA should checkout the WAHA Youth Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WAHAyouth/
2022 WAHA August Show: July 30th and 31st
This year the WAHA August show will take place July 30th and 31st.  Due to rising facility costs, we have moved to a two day format (Saturday and Sunday).  The show will still host a wide assortment of classes including halter, pleasure, reining, ranch classes, showmanship/equitation, sport horse, dressage, and western dressage.  Look for the schedule and entry forms to be on the WAHA website soon!
Judges: 
Joshua Schildroth (Pleasure ring)
Marie Johnson (Dressage)
Joann Williams (Western Dressage)
 
Volunteers are critical to the survival of this show.  In order to keep this show within budget and allow it to continue, we have several key volunteer positions to fill including dressage scribes, paddock manager, gates/ribbons, and more.  If you are able to volunteer for a portion of the show please contact Jessica Dillingham at jessiebugs@hotmail.com.
2021 WAHA Ambassador: BH Western Wishes

BH Western Wishes, 2000 Purebred Arabian Gelding

Here is his nomination submitted by a fan of his.

 

This year, I wanted to bring forth a nomination of a wonderful Arabian gelding that has been a steady figure in the show ring for a number of years and that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for over ten years.

BH Western Wishes is a 2000 purebred gelding owned by Tammy Teubert of Edgerton, Wisconsin.
One of the things I most admired about Wishes is that he is so steady and reliable in the show ring, no matter what tack he is wearing or who his rider is.

His owner, Tammy, has been incredibly gracious to share her horse with dozens of riders over the years (myself included). Showmanship, hunter pleasure, saddleseat pleasure, equitation, western pleasure, halter: Wishes has done it all. The truly versatile Arabian.

He’s been a great introduction to rated shows for a youth rider, a regional T5 winner with his older amateur owner, an amateur owner & trained horse, and more. What hasn’t Wishes done?

But wait, there’s more. In 2020, Wishes served as a therapeutic riding horse at Horse Power Healing Center in Eagle, Wisconsin. His specialty was in the veteran’s program where he was a faithful and steady mount.

He brought the love of horses and the Arabian back to his owner Tammy. He has also served as a good faith ambassador for the Arabian breed for many years in the rated and open show rings. He has been a wonderful introduction to Arabians for so many riders and handlers. It takes a special gem of a horse to be this reliable and such a wonderful example of the breed.  

Ambassador Award Runner Up: FVF Seakhret Always
When I think of an ambassador for the Arabian breed, it's hard not to think of FVF Seakhret Always, affectionately known as Lola, a 2015 half Arabian mare owned and loved by Nicole Fink.  Lola has introduced new people to the Arabian breed at local/open shows, and also at the national level.  Nicole had a co-worker drive down to Nationals in 2019 just for her daughter to meet and sit on Lola at the show!

In early 2021, Lola endured a heavy battle with laminitis.  Staying true to her Arabian breed, she kept a positive attitue and remained strong with a large heart while veterinarians and farriers helped to keep her comfortable.  While her hunas were crumbling with the possibility of losing her, Lola was comforting us, despite the pain she was in.

With that fighting spirit, Lola overcame this hurdle and was able to show the same year.  While she only had 7 rides on her for the year, she competed all the way to the regional level, where she also debuted a new discipline in western dressage, gathering a top 3 and multiple top 5's.

The team has been together since Lola was 5 months old, showing at open shows, locally, regionally, and nationally, showcasing the loving heart and loyalty that Arabians possess.  At just 5 years of age, Lola achieved the WAHA Legion of Merit, with the majority of those points coming from open shows, competing against all breeds.  Lola was also featured in the Arabian Horse Life Magazine, with a story about our relationship and our amateur owned, trained, and shown journey.

I would like to nominate Lola as a WAHA Ambassador for her heart and her positive attitude.  Lola is the sunflower in our lives, and with that we found a quote by J.R. Rim that fits Lola perfectly, 
"Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there."
2021 WAHA Point System Results

Congrats to all of our 2021 Point System Award Winners!
High Point Halter: OFW Vicaarious

High Point Performance: Fames Harley Girl

Watch a short video highlighting the winners here! https://fb.watch/bx9xa-JioV/

There are no rule changes for the 2022 point system, however, there is only one online reporting form for all show results.  There is still a separate reporting form online for volunteer hours & for endurance/trail riding/competitive trail.  Tammy Teubert has graciously agreed to keep track of all the paper enrollment forms, checks, and show results if you choose to not use the online version.

Remember, there is a free volunteer division for people to record volunteer hours with WAHA.  Win prizes for volunteering!

Entry forms and rules for the 2022 point system are available online at https://wisconsinarabian.com/point-system.
2021 WAHA Scholarship Co-Recipient: Nicole Fink
WAHA is always looking for volunteers for their shows and events, and to some who do not know, WAHA is awarding those volunteers with scholarship opportunities! They are open to any WAHA member who volunteers a total of calculated hours. The scholarship is to be used to further education, I.e. lessons, auditing or attending a clinic. I used my scholarship to further my dressage career with my Half Arabian mare, Lola. Everyone knows Lola and I have switched gears and this was the opportunity to really get our feet wet. Our barn that we moved Lola to, brings in occasionally, professionals who provide lessons. We signed up for two lessons with Jennifer Kotylo, USDF Silver Medalist. Those lessons really opened my eyes on my riding and on how my energy affects my transitions. It was a positive experience and I look forward to riding with her again all while continuing our dressage career!

Congratulations Nicole!

You can learn more about WAHA's scholarship program that works to promote continued equine education at https://wisconsinarabian.com/scholarship.
2022 Changes to Arabian Horse Association Qualifications
Submitted by Nyssa Sheridan

Did you know AHA has changed qualification rules for 2022? While 2020 and 2021 saw a season with no qualifications for regional and national events, there now have been new qualification rules put in place for 2022.

There no longer is the counting of points or the requirements for a first or second place to qualify for regionals.

Many of the classes now require participation at one AHA qualifying show, which includes USEF approved events and AHA value shows. The horse must complete a class in the division and then the horse qualifies for regionals at all eligible classes within that division. As with previous years, in order for a horse and rider to show in amateur to ride or drive classes, the horse must be qualified with an amateur. 
 
A large number of classes also require either a top five at regionals or participation in three AHA qualifying shows to qualify for Nationals.

The best document to reference while planning the 2022 season is the PDF released by AHA.
https://www.arabianhorses.org/export/content.export/aha-docs/AHA_Approved_Qualifications.pdf
Virtual Education Opportunity: View AHA's Judging Seminar Resources
Did you know that you can view AHA's videos from the judge's seminar for free? Each of the topics above features a video presentation regarding class specifications and important points of emphasis for each division.  These videos are great opportunities to study for judging, brush up on the rules of your division, or learn about a new discipline.  View the videos at ArabianHorses.org - Resources.
AHA Related News
AHA Virtual Shows are Back for the Winter!

Need a horse show fix to get you through the winter?  The AHA virtual horse shows are back for a winter series.  Highpoint awards will also be awarded at the end of the show series.

Series Dates:
Classes are $30 for placings only and $45 for placing and a judges critique of your video entry. 

For full details, visit 
https://apha.com/arabian-horse-association-e-show/
Scholarship Opportunities: Arabian Horse Foundation and AHA Region 10

In 2021, over $85,000 in scholarship money was awarded by the Arabian Horse Foundation!

Full details for applications can be found at 
http://thearabianhorsefoundation.org/
Additional scholarship opportunities are provided by AHA Region 10.  Find complete details at http://region10arabians.com/scholarships/
Visit the AHA Youth page for activities! 
https://www.arabianhorses.org/youth/more-activities/
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