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October 2022
 

President's Message 

Greetings from WAHA, Fall is here in Wisconsin! It’s a great time for trail rides and the final horse shows of the season.  
 
Thank you to everyone that came out to the Wisconsin Arabian August Show. Exhibitors, it is not possible if you do not come to show. The show cannot maintain being sustainable without the LARGE VOLUNTEER support, we saw this year. Volunteers to filled the roles of show manager, announcer, ring master, paddock manger, scribe, and more to make this show possible! Thank you to every volunteer in every role.  A thank you also goes out to judges Joshua Schildroth, Marie Johnson, and Joann Williams, we could not have a show without great judges. The show committee is meeting in October to start looking at next year’s show possibility. 
 
Our annual Fall Colors Open Show is scheduled October 8, 2022 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, WI. This should be a fun day for all, we still need volunteers to make it happen! Information for the show is on our website.  Class sponsorships are also always welcome.
 
Have a wonderful fall!    

Jessica Dillingham 
WAHA President

Upcoming Events

October 8th: WAHA Fall Colors Open Show (Elkhorn, WI)
October 12th: WAHA Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual)
November 9th-12th: Arabian Horse Association Convention
WAHA Fall Colors Show: October 8th, 2022
Don't miss the 2022 WAHA Fall Colors Show! 
  • Show clothes optional
  • Western horses of any age may be ridden with two hands in a snaffle
  • Jackpot liberty class
  • Championship classes for halter, English, and western classes
  • Highpoint awards
  • Food stand benefiting JDRF
  • Office fee waived for pre-entries with payment postmarked by October 1st!
Visit https://wisconsinarabian.com/shows for a downloadable show bill and entry form!
Arabians in 4H Horseless Horse
Submitted by Jackie Voltz
This year my horse Bruno (Pyromanium) and I participated in the Kenosha County 4H Horseless Horse Program. The Horseless Horse program pairs a member of the local horse community with a youth member who does not have their own horse. This summer our buddy was Aidan Muse - a very enthusiastic fifth grader! Aidan worked hard this year to learn all about horse ownership, showmanship, and riding. This past weekend Bruno and Aidan competed in the Kenosha 4H fair and earned two red ribbons in showmanship and a blue in costume (fisherman and a big catch) - he made great improvements in his showmanship skills. The pair’s next show is the WAHA Fall Colors show where Aidan hopes to make his official off lead debut in the walk only class. 
 
Bruno is a 18 year old purebred Arabian gelding who enjoys western pleasure. Bruno was the only Arabian at the horse show and was a great representative of the breed - he had never been to a fair before or worn a costume. He was a saint for Aiden and the other 4H kids were so excited to see an Arabian in person. 
2022 WAHA August Show Recap
Thank you to everyone who supported the 2022 WAHA August show! We are grateful to all of our volunteers, exhibitors, and show sponsors.  The weather was perfect and there was a huge selection of classes that offered something for everyone.  Friday night featured fun classes and a pig roast as part of our exhibitor party.  Exhibitors were appreciative of the friendly, supportive atmosphere and feedback offered by the judges.

We hope you will join us again in 2023!  

If you are interested in joining the WAHA show committee, please contact Jessica Dillingham at jessiebugs@hotmail.com.
Arabian Horse Rescue Success!
by Sheila Martin
A HORSE RESCUE STORY! Proud to share that 9 months post rescue, Parker (The Russian Prince) has far exceeded our expectations!

I discovered a gorgeous 17 year old purebred Arabian gelding online at a rescue in Arkansas. He had his papers (straight Russian bred), a current coggins and front shoes on. His video showed a sound minded and healthy bodied horse. I thought that I would NEVER get a rescue horse - just way too many risks & costs associated with rescue horse health & behavior. But something in his eyes, his attitude, the way he carried himself spoke to me. Chloe told me I had to buy him - he looked so much like Arbi!

He had 24 hours left before he shipped on a slaughter truck. On an impulsive whim I paid his rescue fee & had him transported from Arkansas to Wisconsin. He arrived underweight by about 200 pounds, a little beat up on the outside, 2 auction stickers stuck to him, hair permanently rubbed off the bridge of his nose from a halter left on, and his demeanor was anxious but trusting. I could tell he was tired. He quarantined for 20 days at my place. Under one of his shoe pads he had a healing hoof abscess. His feet are now really sound.

Over the winter I just cared for him & he put on weight. I got in contact with his former owner who told me that he was was broke to ride when young but then turned out in a pasture until she bought him at 10 years old. She did a couple endurance rides with him & sold him to a riding stable on the west coast. She was shocked to find out that I found him at a rescue but was happy to know that he had a good home.

When Parker was ridden occasionally over the winter he was hesitant, crow hopped, kicked out a bit & seemed to lack confidence going forward. He didn't back at all & did not want to canter. He threw his head quite a bit, was stiff necked & inflexible but he was very willing to try & wanted to learn. So he has been worked slowly through the basics & then progressed. Danielle has worked diligently with him all summer and his progress is just amazing! He is so responsive, smart and athletic! He is really fun to ride and picks up on new skills very quickly! Parker is gentle on the ground, respectful of space, ties, lunges, loads easily in the trailer & is so very PERSONABLE! He finds us in the pasture to nuzzle & say hello & follows us around!

I just can't believe how AMAZING this horse has turned out to be! Of all the risks that could have been realized, he has none, and he has turned out to far exceed our expectations! In addition he is just drop dead GORGEOUS! Best of all, he was one of our horse camp horses & he was just wonderful with the little kids! Sometimes he was a bit unsure of what was being asked of him but he tried & he was really a trooper for all the ride time & games! Next summer he will be a part of my therapeutic riding program. I just can't say how thankful I am for this little chestnut Arabian gelding, who by the way, reminds me of my first little chestnut Arabian gelding, Arbi. Thank you again to Danielle Martin for putting so much time in the saddle on him to help him continue to reach his potential! Parker is a true rescue success story!
Arabian Horse Association Convention:
2022 Resolutions
The 2022 resolutions can be reviewed at https://www.arabianhorses.org/membership/convention/resolutions/

WAHA encourages all members to review the resolutions and provide any comments or feedback to the elected delegates who will represent the club's membership at convention.
WAHA Point System Reminder

Don't forget to submit your 2022 points for the WAHA Point System!  There are also still plenty of Fall Shows to earn points at if you forgot to enter, and the WAHA Fall Colors show earns double points.  Find more information on the WAHA point system at https://wisconsinarabian.com/point-system.

Youth: There is an additional point system offered for youth riders!  More information and entry forms for the Youth Achievement Awards can be found at https://wisconsinarabian.com/youth.
WAHA Scholarship Opportunity: Open to All Members
Did you know WAHA offers a scholarship opportunity to all members?  This scholarship is to promote continued equine education opportunities for any WAHA member who volunteers with the club.  Members who volunteer for four or more hours in a year are eligible to apply!  This scholarship can be applied to a variety of education opportunities, including judging seminars or various clinics.

You can learn more about WAHA's scholarship program that works to promote continued equine education at https://wisconsinarabian.com/scholarship.
WAHA Ambassador Award Nominations Due Soon
Do you have a horse that has positively represented the Arabian breed?  Nominate them for the WAHA Ambassador Award!  All submissions are due October 31st, 2022.

More information on the ambassador award nomination requirements can be found at https://wisconsinarabian.com/ambassador-award.
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.
Visit the AHA Youth page for activities! 
https://www.arabianhorses.org/youth/more-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 diamondh.arabians@gmail.com. All professional photos must have written release from the photographer to be used in the newsletter.
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