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President's Message


It is hard to believe that summer is over and fall is upon us. For those of us who show, we are down to two National events left this year, both in Oklahoma. US Nationals begins October 18th in Tulsa and Distance Nationals begin October 25th in Vinita. If you have local/regional/national show successes you would like to have published in our newsletter, please e-mail them to Karissa Held at We would love to share more stories featuring our members.

The yearly AHA convention starts November 12th. Please keep an eye out for the list of resolutions from AHA and make sure to let your delegates (Tim Schaap, Nancy Miller, Deb Duick, Vikki Dalton, or Kevin Price) know what you think and what is important to you. Remember we are representing YOU.

It was a tough summer for the Association. Our spring sport horse show, with enormous effort from the show committee, had a wonderful turnout and success with less than ideal weather conditions. Unfortunately our pleasure shows did not share in the success. Declining horse counts and classes per horse resulted in lower revenues and some significant losses. The WAHA Show Committee NEEDS your input in order to organize these events.

Here is to wishing everyone a great fall with your horse.

Tim Schaap

Upcoming Events

October 9th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting. Madison, WI
October 12th: WAHA Fall Colors Open Show. Elkhorn, WI
October 18-26th: AHA US National Championships. Tulsa, OK
November 13-16th: AHA Convention. Tulsa, OK
The 2019 Fall Colors Open Show will take place October 12th at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, WI. A variety of halter, showmanship, English, western, and specialty classes are offered and Molly Schwister will judge. See the WAHA website for the complete showbill, rules, and entry forms.

New for 2019 are championship classes for halter, English, and western with neck ribbons. First and second place winners in qualifying classes will be eligible to enter the free championship classes. High point awards will also be awarded. Proper tack and show clothes are required. We hope to see you there! 

High point winners will receive $75 photography gift certificates courtesy of Star Horse Photography (Nyssa Sheridan). Thank you for your generous donation and support of our show!
Attention Members! WAHA is looking to fill a few more volunteer positions for the WAHA Fall Colors Show at the Walworth County Fairgrounds on October 12th. 
Positions Available:
-Gate person/Ribbons
-Office Helper
-Paddock Master
No experience necessary for any role, we will provide guidance and instruction.

If you cannot attend the show, please consider sponsoring classes so we can continue to host affordable shows. To volunteer or sponsor please email

A huge thank you to all who volunteer and sponsor! Our shows would not be possible without you.
Molly Schwister has been showing Arabian horses since she could walk with her grandparents who are from Lodi, WI. Throughout her years competing she has shown Saddleseat, Western, Trail, Showmanship, Halter, Hunter, and Sport Horse. Molly has been involved with Arabian Horse Judging since 2010 where she started judging on the WAHA Youth Horse Judging Team. Throughout those years she has won numerous national awards, which included the National Champion Overall Judge and the honor of being able to judge a class at the US Nationals. She has also been a judge on the Region 10 and US National Horse Judging Contest Panel of Judges. After graduating college Molly moved to Jordan, MN to focus on her career in Agriculture Business. Continuing her love for horses, she has been competing at the local and national level with her horse Psolitude. Molly is currently pursing her AHA Judging Card and hopes to hit the ring as a judge in 2021.
Sport Horse Nationals 2019
Submitted by Nicole Fink
My first Nationals was something I have dreamed of for so long. It was better than I have ever imagined. I took the trip with my friend Colleen Krantz. She was kind enough to haul Lola and I, plus let me camp with her for the week. The offer was almost too good to be true!
She picked me up on Saturday morning and we headed to Crete, IL. Our mares hauled great and quickly settled into their big cozy stalls at Balmoral Park. The facility is iconic, historic and has the best footing I’ve ever stepped in. Lola and I had a day to settle in before our classes started. Getting her used to all the excitement was a bit much for a Junior Horse, but she handled herself well.
Monday morning, we showed in hand, with Lola being one of the youngest mares in the class. When Monday afternoon rolled around, we were getting ready for the Half Arabian Junior Horse Under Saddle final, and Lola didn’t disappoint. She trusted me enough to guide her through a class of 18 other beautiful Junior Horses. Her second direction, she was much more settled. We didn’t top ten, but I was so proud of her! I was also ecstatic to have my family, my friends, and my coach Juli Goder Larson there to watch and guide me. The following day, come to find out we DID make a card with the call judge! You would of thought we just went National Champion with my emotional state. She was also on the younger side in that class, considering Lola only has about a year of under saddle to her name, she held her own.
I will certainly be back to Balmoral Park if Sport Horse Nationals is to return. I loved the facility and it’s character. The atmosphere was wonderful and everyone on the grounds was helpful and willing to lend a hand. I’m proud of everyone who represented Region 10 at Nationals, and I’m sure I can speak for almost everyone, we love Balmoral Park.
2019 Midwest Horse Fair Halter Class at the WAHA August Show
Winners of a drawing held by the Arabian group at Midwest Horse Fair were able to show in an exhibition halter class at the WAHA August show. Mentors shared their horses and taught the participants to lead, trot, and present their horse to the judge. Additionally, the participants learned about grooming for the show ring and general horse care. This class encourages newcomers to attend our Arabian horse show and learn about the different divisions that Arabians can compete in. Thank you to Deb Alt for coordinating and thank you to all mentors!
2019 Mentors:
Tim Schaap and Khamseen al Badia
Jennifer Hamilton and Al Marah Dove Star
Danielle Wagner and Excyte LD
Tammy Teubert and BH Western Wishes
Karissa Held and Amigos Commander
Tara Kreklau and STA Ma Foi
Don't forget to submit your points for the WAHA point system!
See the rules and entry forms on the WAHA website. Have questions? Contact Deb Alt, Gay Jeanne Bower or Cheryl Bumgarner. (Contact info is under the board of directors listings).
We are looking to feature show results in the next issue of our newsletter! Please send your results, photos, and/or stories to
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