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October 2021

President Message 

Greetings from WAHA. Summer has come to an end and fall is in the air! Congratulations to all of those who have competed throughout the summer season! 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 WAHA August Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The show included All-breed classes, western dressage, dressage, pleasure, fun, and more! Lots of ribbons were awarded and lots of our members had a wonderful weekend. Thank you to our judges Dr. Karlan Downing and Carol Bishop 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 show committee is already hard at work looking at what out show season will look like next year.

Next weekend is our annual Fall Colors Open Show at Walworth County Fairgrounds on Oct 9, 2021. Joann Ace-Schraufnagel will be judging this year! Show sponsorships are still available, please see the form in the show book!

As the season comes to end, don’t forget final Points System results must be submitted, our Ambassador Award Nominations and our New Volunteer Scholarship applications must be completed by October 31, 2021. Enjoy the fall season and good luck to those competing in the upcoming events! 


Jessica Dillingham 
WAHA President

Upcoming Events

October 9th: WAHA Fall Colors Show (Elkhorn, WI)
October 13th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual)
November 10th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (TBD)
November 15th-20th: AHA Convention (Virtual)
December 8th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (TBD)
We hope you can join us for the 2021 Fall Colors Open show!  This show is open to all breeds, and hosts a variety of classes including halter, showmanship, English, western, fun classes, and a $50 liberty jackpot.  Neck ribbons are awarded in the championship classes and three separate high point awards will be given. Class sponsorships are always appreciated to help offset the expenses of the shows so we can continue offering affordable horse shows.

A variety of prizes will be randomly awarded throughout the day to those who sponsor classes or pre-enter! So far prizes have been donated from Tribute grain, EH Equestrian Designs, Pyranha fly spray, Adeptus Health, and PDQ!  

Please visit for printable show bill, rules, and entry forms.  We hope to see you there!

If you are interested in reserving stalls, sponsoring classes, or donating prizes, please contact Jamie Wright at
WAHA Scholarship Deadline: October 31st
This scholarship is open to all WAHA members including affiliate members, amateurs, youth, and professionals

This is an annual scholarship awarded each year at the annual meeting for funds up to $200 to a member of the Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association in order to further their education with an Arabian horse or within the Arabian breed. 

Scholarship requirements
  • Individual must be a member in good standing with the Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association for at least one year prior to scholarship application
  • Member must submit a written application detailing how the scholarship would be used to open additional educational opportunities such as riding with a different instructor, attending a clinic, attending judging school, or USEF education. The application should reflect the individual’s involvement with the Arabian horse and how it will benefit their education while riding, driving, or handling an Arabian horse or how it will give back to the Arabian horse community.
  • The member must have volunteered a minimum of four hours at WAHA events the previous calendar year prior to scholarship application. 
  • The member must demonstrate involvement with an Arabian or half-Arabian horse. Ownership of the horse is not necessary. 
  • The member must write up a brief synopsis and be willing to share their experiences in the newsletter within 60 days following the event.
  • Funds may not be used for show or travel related expenses. Scholarship money is given upon the scholarship committee receiving receipts. 
  • A member may not receive the scholarship consecutive years.  

The form must be received by October 31st for consideration.

Visit to download the entry form.

WAHA Ambassador Nominations Due October 31st
Know of an Arabian or half Arabian who represents the breed in a positive manner? Please consider nominating them for the WAHA Ambassador Award.  

Criteria for the WAHA Ambassador Award:

  • Horse must be a registered Half-Arab or Purebred Arabian
  • Horse nominated must be a “good will” ambassador for the Arabian breed.
  • The owner of the horse nominated MUST be a member of WAHA. (Associate or regular member)
  • The recipient should exhibit outstanding and unusual performance and/or service to people when measured against other breeds, not necessarily in the show ring.
To nominate a candidate for the ambassador award, please send a letter of nomination to Jessica Dillingham at by October 31st.  Photos are encouraged to be included.
WAHA Point System: Don't Forget to Submit Your Points!

Don't forget to submit points from your fall shows!  Points must be submitted within 15 days of each competition.  Points for the 2021 competition year must be submitted by October 31st.  Awards will be given during the WAHA Annual Meeting in January, 2022.

Visit for complete rules, entry forms, and reporting forms.

WAHA August Show Recap
Thank you to all who supported our WAHA August Show by volunteering, sponsoring, or competing! In 2021 we were fortunate to have Dr Karlan Downing (performance and western dressage) and Carol Bishop (dressage and sport horse) as our judges.  Both judges provided feedback to exhibitors and created a friendly and fun atmosphere for learning while competing.
AHA Related News: Revised Qualifications Proposal
The AHA Board of Directors approved a revision to the qualification requirements that was proposed in September.  The new qualification requirements waive qualifications for certain disciplines.  Visit to review the latest qualification requirements.  
AHA Convention: November 15th-20th
The Arabian Horse Association Convention will take place virtually November 15th-20th.  Any AHA member is able to attend, but only club delegates will be able to vote.  Convention registration and all details pertaining to convention can be found at
Visit the AHA Youth page for activities!
  • Word Search
  • Ad Lib
  • Fun Recipes
  • Coloring Pages
  • Fun Book
  • Crossword
  • Fun Facts
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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