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December 2021

President Message 

Greetings from WAHA. Winter is here although I think many are wondering where the snow is. WAHA wishes everyone a great holiday season.
Congratulations to all of those who have competed at the end of the season. Whether it was US Nationals, our Fall Open Show or anywhere in-between. Please send photos and any story you would like featured to Karissa Held at We love sharing stories of our members.

We had our annual Fall Colors Open Show at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn.  Thank you to our judge Joann Ace-Schraufnagel for helping make our show a success. A huge thank you goes out to our volunteer show committee who put in lots of hours of time to make the show come together. Our open show committee is already hard at work looking at what our show season will look like next year.
Our Annual meeting will once again be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 at 7pm. With concerns for large gatherings indoors the WAHA Board made the decision to host it virtually again this year. The evening will have a year in review, our election for our open board member positions, a vote on bylaw changes and our annual awards presentation. Please plan to join us from the comfort of your own home. We do plan have a membership meeting at our annual show in July. 

We are looking forward to our annual WAHA August show next year which will be in July at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds July 30-31, 2022 (pending all approvals). This show will be two jam packed days of traditional pleasure classes, Sport Horse Classes, Dressage and more. Stay tuned for more details on this show.

As we approach 2022 we are looking forward to another great year.


Jessica Dillingham 
WAHA President

Upcoming Events

January 12th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual or In Person-TBD)
January 22nd: WAHA Annual Meeting (Virtual)
February 9th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual or In Person-TBD)
March 9th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual or In Person-TBD)
April 13th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual or In Person-TBD)
April 22nd-24th: Midwest Horse Fair (Madison, WI)
July 30th-31st: WAHA August Show (Jefferson, WI-pending approvals)
October 2nd: WAHA Fall Colors Open Show (Elkhorn, WI)
WAHA Annual Meeting: January 22nd
Please join us for the 2022 WAHA Annual Meeting! The annual meeting is scheduled for January 22nd at 7 PM and will be virtual once again.  The agenda will cover elections, bylaw updates, awards, and future plans of our club and shows.  A Zoom link will be sent out closer to the meeting date.  You can also follow our Facebook event page  
Directors Wanted!

The board of directors will be looking to fill several positions at this year's annual meeting.  The board of directors are responsible for representing the membership and planning events/shows for the club.  If you are interested in getting more involved with the Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association, please reach out to WAHA president Jessica Dillingham at
Thank you to all who supported our 2021 Fall Colors show!  We were fortunate to have several volunteers and sponsors that contributed to our shows success.  We were  also fortunate to have great weather with a warm, sunny fall day. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Halter Champion: Girls Wanna Have Fund and Jami Cullen
Halter Reserve Champion: OFW Vicaarious and Karissa Held
English Champion: Hesa Gina and Lauren LaCombe
English Reserve Champion: Sure is a Hot Ride and Lucille Hentzen
Western Champion: Sure is a Hot Ride and Lucille Hentzen
Western Reserve Champion: BB Don Amigo and Lerin Hendrickson
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.

Classes have been split into categories. A large number of classes are in category one and are subject to the qualification rules listed directly below them. This screenshot is of category two classes, including trail, sport horse under saddle, and park horse. The qualification rules governing category two classes are listed right below these classes with the red arrow pointing at the regional qualification guidelines.

As an example, a hypothetical park horse entered and competed at one AHA qualifying show with an amateur in the ATR park horse class and successfully completed the class, the horse would be eligible for as many regionals in that division, so that horse could compete in region 10, region 11, and region 13 in park horse open and/or amateur classes or even junior horse classes if the horse was a junior horse.

Category III and IV include specialty classes with no qualifications and category five discusses dressage and western dressage and how they can either qualify at AHA events or at open qualifying events.

For riders interested in leveling classes (ie select, choice, elite classes), there is a new AHA document available here.

Another reference to closely look over is AHA’s qualification page which has links to other documents explaining co-ownership rules, equitation qualifications, and some town hall recordings discussing the new qualifications.

The best way to be prepared for the show ring is to plan everything out ahead of time! Happy showing! 

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 - 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
Visit the AHA Youth page for activities!
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2021 WAHA Memories
Won my first regional championship with Nyssa's mare No Greater Honor + and was able to show her at Sport Horse Nationals!
-Jessica Dillingham
Max earned 4 new regional titles this year - earning enough points for his Legion of Honor AND his Legion of Merit!
By September I had stepped out of the irons and attended my first horse show as a horse owner/spectator with an absolutely amazing group of people at Sport Horse Nationals! We had a great time and it was a fantastic week!
-Jamie Wright
My miracle pony fought laminitis and was able to come back sound, mentally and physically, to be able to not only show the same year, but start a new discipline too. She debuted at regionals and earned a top 3 in WD, and debuted training level at the august show!
We almost lost Lola this spring, and the fact that she has such a strong will to just be a fighter, gives this girl the heart of a champion. I am truly blessed to have her, the people she has brought into my life and be on this journey with her.
-Nicole Anne
I was able to take my two year old gelding OFW Vicaarious to his first shows!
-Karissa Held
Psolitude+/ went National Champion! Along with 5 Top Tens, 3 regional champions and a regional top five this year!
-Molly Schwister
Natalie Nelson took our Arabian to WI state 4-H Expo and won 2 Top Tens and a Reserve Champion
-Andrea Nelson
Went unanimous national champion with Hudson KD (owner Carla Brownlee) and went reserve national champion with my mom’s horse Tapshoes Ermine (Sue Pfeil). And showed my four year old, Turner, at nationals and regionals!
-Katie Croasdale
Started showing my 19 yr young, previously western pleasure, gelding in hunter over fences! We even made it to Sport Horse Nationals and he earned his first National Top Ten ❤️
-Sydney Arnold
Our 1st time at US Nationals and we made it to our finals and even Top 10’d! Super happy and proud of this girl!
-Wendy Sue
Won my first regional championship this year!
-Alexis Held
Unanimous champion western pleasure select rider, top five ATR & AOTR 19-35.
-Kristin Hendrickson
Everlong TPS (2 yr old) and I attended our first regionals (SH) and received a Top 5!
-Tawni Lynn Karle
My homebred filly HF It’s Miller Thyme who was rejected at birth and raised by a Ster Friesian mare went region 10 SHIH 2 year old champ and 2X reserve region 10 champ mares SHIH ATR and open. She also went SHN top ten.
-Ashley Hoffmann Riehle
I bought two new colts who are half brothers ❤️
Piero Anvil and Galileo Anvil
I also got to show my favorite kids and had a blast ❤️ Payday CA and Hucks Rock Star SA
-Ellyn Harris
Tammy Teubert was so kind to share her amazing boy BH Western Wishes with Sierra at some shows this year. Sierra got to show at her first Arabian show and is hooked!
Sheila Avery Martin was amazing and let me show her horse Chewie at my first ever Arabian show!
-Jay Cimineri
OFW Jonas- Champion Region X Select Rider and Reserve Champion Reg X AOTS
-Peggy and Rodney Sheldon
Photos Wanted!

We are looking for member photos to feature in our newsletters! Photos will be used as newsletter cover photos or other promotional photos throughout the newsletter. We also always welcome WAHA member submissions to our newsletter. Please send your photos, and/or newsletter content to All professional photos must have written release from the photographer to be used in the newsletter.
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