Arabian Horse Association Newsletter
August 2018
In This Issue
AHA Video Corner
Check out the latest AHA Moment Episode where we go over general information about this year's Convention: 

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What's The Buzz?
The ASPCA Equine Welfare Department announces a $50,000 opportunity for organizations looking to make a positive, creative and innovative difference to help equines in their community!

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AHA Corporate Partners & Sponsors

Sponsorship Web page

Corporate Partners


Corporate Sponsors




Media Partners

Dates & Deadlines
August 12-18, 2018
Canadian Nationals
Brandon, MB

August 15, 2018
Convention Resolutions Submission Deadline
Club Excellence Awards, Awarded At AHA Convention, Entries D

August 31, 2018
Regional Volunteer Service Award Nominations Due To Regional

September 1, 2018
List Of Certified Convention Delegates And Alternates
Deadline For Submission Of Nominations For Open Competition
Deadline For Submission Of Nominations For Ambassador Award

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. 

Beth Smith

Hi, my name is Beth Smith and I am the new Registry Services Representative at the Arabian Horse Association. I was raised in a city about 30 minutes north of Seattle, Wa. Horses have always been a passion of mine, and I grew up riding and showing in 4-H and at Dressage shows. Although I've tried every discipline, Dressage has always been my favorite.

I came to Colorado to study at Colorado State University's Equine Sciences program, and have fallen in love with the state. During my time at CSU I participated in the Quarter Horse Judging Team, which allowed me great opportunities to travel the country, network and compete in collegiate judging contests. Now, a few weekends out of the year, I judge local Open shows with the skills and knowledge learned. In addition, I participated in Equine Science Stewards, which is a group that helps to promote the program within the school and in the industry as well. My time at CSU was unforgettable, and I will always be a proud Ram!

In my free time I ride a rescue off the track, a Thoroughbred named Jack. He's a big, lazy sweetheart and I am excited to continue working with him. I also enjoy powerlifting training, and hope to participate in my first meet next year. Although most of my family is in Washington, I love spending the holidays with them, and I have many great friends here in Colorado. I'm excited to continue to help and get to know the members of AHA!
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Headed to Canadian Nationals? We Want to Hear From You!

We're always looking for fun, interesting stories about you and your horse! Send us a brief email about your story to to be featured in our Daily Update videos!

To view past Daily Updates, visit the AHA YouTube channel
Attention all AHA members in Colorado and Wyoming 

AHA Education Alliance Partner, Certified Horsemanship Association, is having their International Conference September 28 - 30, 2018 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and all AHA members can attend at the CHA member rate! Dr. Temple Grandin is our keynote speaker on Sunday, you can Ride a Reiner with NRHA and click here to see all the amazing speakers.  Register today and we'll see you there!

2018 Convention Updates

The 2018 Annual Convention tentative schedule is now available online . Please note that the schedule is tentative and additional updates will be made. For scheduling updates please see your Committee Chair

Don't forget you can go online and book your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, Okla. Room rates are $99 plus tax. To book your room click here

Interested  in becoming a Convention sponsor? AHA offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities for any budget. Please go online and download the sponsorship form. If you do not see an amount that will fit your budget please contact Uriah Quezada at Let's make this year's Convention one to remember! 

Arabian Horse Association is Proud to Announce New Media Partner Level

The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) is proud to announce a new Media Partner level. The Media Partner level was designed to create and strengthen ties in the horse industry while broadening the reach of AHA news and keeping our members informed of horse industry happenings. 

Read the full release here.

New Racing Partnership Offers Perfect Start for Newcomers

Former Thoroughbred jockey and professional racing manager Amanda Roxborough has fallen in love with Arabian racing over the last several years, and is now heading up an Arabian racing syndicate called Goldensands Racing that offers a one-year lease on three racehorses... who are on a serious winning streak that is the talk of the racing industry right now (pictured: Madjikman, one of the graded-stakes winning horses in the Goldesands Racing partnership). It is the perfect time to jump in on the action, and an ideal opportunity for those interested in racing, but don't want a full-time commitment. The partnership provides all the excitement of Arabian racing without the high costs. Plus, members will receive valuable mentorship, education, owner benefits (like back barn access, winners circle photos, owners boxes at the track, and more), and the best part: comradery and fun with new friends through social functions at the track, parties, and more!

Learn more about the racehorses and the partnership at

Arabians Return to Churchill Downs September 2018

The $100,000 President of the UAE Cup (G1) will once again return to historic Churchill Downs on September 29, 2018 for its popular "Downs After Dark" day. Join us at the track, or watch the AJC's live broadcast at 

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Attention All Club Members!

The deadline for nominations for the Club Excellence Award is August 15. Please mail, email, or scan your nominations directly to This is a fantastic opportunity for your club to possibly win $500, or more, in prize money, and be recognized for your outstanding efforts throughout the year. 

The Volunteer Service Award Program recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond in order to promote the breed, club, and association by volunteering time, expertise or resources. There are three different levels of the Volunteer Service Awards: Club Level, Regional Level and National Level. 

Nominations for the Volunteer Service Awards for the Club Level Award are submitted directly to AHA and are due by September 15. Nominations for the Regional Level Award should be submitted to your Regional Director by August 31

To find more information on these award programs, please view our website at 

A Spectator's Guide to Buying WEG Tickets

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is coming to North Carolina this Fall! The FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) is heading to Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Tryon, North Carolina this September 11-23 and tickets for this global sporting event are on sale now.

Read the full article  here.

Headed to Canadian Nationals? 

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Members' Tales
The Anglo-Arabian Representing U.S. Eventing This Year at WEG

This year, the U.S. Eventing team will be represented by five riders and their horses, including an Anglo-Arabian.

Lauren Kieffer and her horse, Vermiculus "Bug", were named a part of the U.S. Eventing Team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C.   Bug is the only part Arabian on the Eventing team this year. 
Photo cred Cindy Lawler
She says riding "just stuck" after she received riding lessons from her parents as a gift at six years old. She got her first horse, Snooze Alarm "Snooze", at 11 years old from her trainer.

"Who would have thought he'd take me all the way to my first four star," Kieffer said.

Little did she know that she would later on be contacted by the breeder of Snooze about a horse she would end up taking to the 2018 World Equestrian Games. She purchased Bug as a feral three-year-old.

Bug is a 2007 Anglo-Arabian gelding owned by Jacqueline Mars. Some of his recent accomplishments include:
  • 3rd Place, Maryland CIC2* (2018)
  • 5th Place, Land Rover Kentucky CCI4* (2018)
  • 7th Place, Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* (2017)
  • 3rd Place, Chattahoochee Hills CIC3* (2017)
"Bug is just a cool dude, he's happy doing his thing, he doesn't fuss," Kieffer said about her horse. "The Anglo-Arab has the grit, they have the endurance and the drive, got to love a horse that wants it just as much as you do."
Photo cred Cindy Lawler

She says it's an honor to have the opportunity to represent her country and sport on one of the highest international stages.

"There are a lot of nerves and pressure and excitement that go along with it, but I have a great village at home of grooms, owners, vets and farriers that all help keep everything running as smoothly as possible."

Kieffer said in preparation for WEG the team has a mandatory outing at Bromont-a three-day CIC event held in Bromont, Quebec-an event she says they are lucky to have near them.

"Being a part of any U.S./Nations cup team is really special. I've been lucky enough to be on teams with them already and there is a good sense of camaraderie," Kieffer said.

She says she would love for the U.S. Eventing team to show off their skill and horses during WEG, and hopefully, bring home a medal.

"We have very strong horses going for the US and some very experienced riders; a medal would be the absolute pinnacle," Kieffer said. "I just want my horse, Bug, to be feeling his finest going into it and to give him the best rides in every phase that I can."  


If you or another AHA member has a story that you would like to share in the AHA Insider, please email Alleynah Cofas at  with the subject line: Member's Tale Story.