Arabian Horse Association Newsletter
December 2017
In This Issue
AHA Video Corner
Learn how to make a simple Christmas ornament with a used horseshoe. 

What's The Buzz
Madonna and her Arabian horse take an evening stroll through an area that was once a Roman Empire, currently located in Southern Portugal. 

See the Tweet and video here


These horses want to wish you a Merry Christmas! 

AHA Corporate Partners & Sponsors
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Dates & Deadlines
December 31, 2017
Breeding Entries, Nominated Sires and Mares; 
Halter Futurities for New and Re-Nominated Horses

For a full list of dates and deadlines click here.

Employee Spotlight
Every month, the AHA Insider showcases one of our employees. We want to give our readers an insight as to who works for AHA and what they do for the association. 

DJ Fleming

I'm DJ 'DeeJ' Fleming and have been with AHA for over 10 years in the Business Technology department. I was originally hired on part-time to make website changes, but I am now the System Administrator and Web Developer. I make sure all staff machines and servers are up and running, as well as develop new web pages and maintain the website. I am also the head of the Employee Activity Committee (E.A.C.), which plans different events and activities throughout the year for staff.
I was born and raised in Colorado and have had a connection to the Association my entire life. Outside of work I enjoy watching movies, having game nights with friends, trying out new recipes and finding good deals on Amazon. 


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Help Us Help You

As we near the close of 2017, it is very important that we clear all of our pending registrations. This is one of the most important activities AHA manages every year, and we ask for your help to see to it that your foal registration records are completed.
We're asking you to please contact us immediately if you have any type of registration work pending. Call Registry Services at 303-696-4500, or email
-Your Registry Services Team

Register Your Foal Today and Save
We would like to remind those of you that have unregistered foals to  submit your Registration Application  as soon as possible to  obtain the lowest  registration fees. You can also go to our  Registration homepage  to answer many of your questions, as well as print off   registration forms .  Click  here  for Purebred registration fees, or click here for Half/Anglo Arabian fees
You can fax your application to 303-696-4599, or email it to your Registry Services team at .  
Give your horse the opportunity it deserves to establish its rightful heritage.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Registry Services at 303-696-4500.

The Equine Stress, Research and Education Committee Wants To Hear From You!

The Equine Stress, Research and Education Committee is seeking input from AHA members on the subject of equine genetic disorders and testing. 

Please take a moment to complete this brief survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated:

The survey will be closed at the end of December, so please do not miss your opportunity to participate.

Take a Moment To Complete A Survey From the Awards Committee

The Awards Committee wants to hear from you regarding the Achievement Award Programs. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey: 

Certified Horsemanship Association Honors 2017 CHA Instructor of the Year and Clinic Instructor of the Year at the CHA International Conference


(November 2017) -  Every year the Certified Horsemanship Association's International Conference honors two of its instructors with the CHA Instructor of the Year and the CHA Clinic Instructor of the Year at the Awards Banquet at the CHA International Conference. This year, two special women were honored on Saturday night at the 50th Anniversary Celebration in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 28, 2017, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa. CHA recognized Jenn Gay of Pinckney, Michigan, as CHA Instructor of the Year and Shellie Hensley of Macksburg, Iowa, as CHA Clinic Instructor of the Year.

Each year CHA recognizes an outstanding individual that has been nominated by their students to receive recognition for what they do best - teach people to ride! CHA Certified Instructor Jenn Gay's love of Girl Scouts started in early childhood, and now she has created an amazing place for Girl Scouts of all ages to come and learn about horses at her Heavenly Horse Stables. Gay started riding at age nine, volunteering at age 12, and teaching beginners by age 17. She is active with various Girl Scout troops and currently serves as the Outdoor Education Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan after serving as their Equestrian Director and other positions there for almost 12 years. Her students are able to earn badges and work on volunteer projects, while troop leaders in southeastern Michigan know that Heavenly Horse Stables is the place to go for equestrian education. Gay has been a CHA Certified Instructor since 2005 in English and Western disciplines, and she currently serves as the Michigan representative for CHA's Region 4.

Gay said that being named the CHA Instructor of the Year was empowering. "I had a calling for teaching others, and as I heard Christy Landwehr, CHA;s CEO, read quotes about the awardee I had thought to myself, 'I hope my students feel that way about me,' and I found out that it is exactly how they feel!" said Gay. "This award is truly a symbol of hard work and dedication to my mission of teaching people today to make a better world for horses tomorrow. I am now eager to work on my goal of becoming a CHA Clinic Instructor and continue to welcome newcomers to the horse industry."

"I see her students being calm and focused as well," said one of Gay's students. "They really strive to be 'just like her.'  She is a friendly, optimistic person whose enthusiasm rubs off on those around her. Her lessons leave an ever-lasting impact on her students.  She has taught me the importance of consistency and timing when working with horses. Her encouraging nature makes the most nervous of riders feel empowered and able to take on the new challenges she sets before them.  Her bubbly fun personality and her commitment to teaching everyone something new helps bring riders back. Not only is she teaching people horsemanship and riding, she has her riders think their processes through, 'Plan your ride, ride your plan.'"

The CHA Clinic Instructor of the Year Award goes to a CHA clinic staff person who has shown outstanding service to CHA by conducting meaningful clinics and influencing the careers of numerous instructors over many years. In addition to being a CHA Clinic Instructor, Shellie Hensley is also CHA Certified at Level 3 for riders with disabilities, a CHA Site Visitor, a Life CHA member, and has been a member since 1994. She has served on the CHA Board of Directors several times. Hensley started H Mill Iron Horsemanship with her husband, Randy. She was previously the Innisfree Equestrian Center as the Equestrian Director, Pegasus Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Ohio as an instructor, and Camp Y-Noah as the Equestrian Director and an Assistant Equestrian Director. This Grass Lake, MI, native is a graduate of Murray State University. She currently lives with her husband and the horses of H Mill Iron in Macksburg, IA.  

Hensley said that as she listened to the comments being read about the winner at the awards banquet, she wondered who it was so she could work with her. It finally hit her when they mentioned one of her quotes from her Facebook page. "Cue the tears!" said Hensley, adding that she was so surprised she doesn't remember what she said during her short acceptance speech.  "Why the strong reaction?  CHA is a membership driven organization, and our members are the backbone and boots in the dirt, living the CHA WHY statement. We are all working to move CHA forward in the equine industry and inspire others toward safe horsemanship, and that includes the importance of certification. To be named Clinic Instructor of the Year is a humbling experience, and I am so incredibly blessed to be able to do what I do in life and have the time and freedom to serve an organization I believe in so deeply."

Barbara Klatt, another CHA Clinician shared more about Hensley. "She has a quote on her Facebook page, 'I am an ordinary woman living an extraordinary life.' There is nothing ordinary about her.  I believe she is an extraordinary woman bringing her unique style and grace into everyone's life who has the opportunity to interact with her. She is passionate in how she lives every part of her life.  She cares deeply about her horses, her students, her family, and her friends.  This comes through in every aspect of how she conducts herself as a CHA Clinic Instructor."
For a complete list of this year and past award winners, visit .

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit .


Certified Horsemanship Association Partners with .Horse Domain Names to Offer Horse-Related Domains to CHA Members at a Discount

(May 2017) -  The Certified Horsemanship Association announces a new partnership with .horse Domain Names, in addition to an exclusive discount for CHA members. The .horse domain name is a new option that horse-related businesses and individuals can use to create a more descriptive entry point into their website and for their email addresses to perfectly describe what they do, whether the website owner is a riding instructor, breeder, equine facility owner, or other equine professional. Following a brand's name immediately with .horse sends a clear, descriptive, and powerful message to website visitors while increasing brand visibility inside and outside of the horse industry.

To read the full release click here

2017 Youth Of The Year

This year, one candidate distinguished herself with her passion for the Arabian horse breed, bringing people in the industry together, and above all, her global view and passion for helping others.
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) is proud to announce Miss Morgan "Danika" Overstreet, from Kent, Wash., as the honored winner of this year's 'Youth of the Year' award. 
AHA would also like to congratulate Miss Elizabeth Elken from Region 5 for earning a $500 scholarship, sponsored by All Things Equine, and as the first runner-up for 'Youth of the Year', and Miss London Collins from Region 7 as the second runner-up. Congrats to all!
The full press release can be found here.