Arabian Horse Association Newsletter
June 2018
In This Issue
AHA Video Corner
Have your first riding lesson coming up? Professional riding instructor Elaine Schott talks about what to expect in this free video from USEF Learning Center: 

Click the image to view this free video. 
What's The Buzz?
See how Arabian horses are involved in an annual literacy event, Horse Tales, where kids read books in the "Black Stallion" series:

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AHA Corporate Partners & Sponsors

Sponsorship Webpage

Corporate Partners

Corporate Sponsors



Dates & Deadlines
June 30, 2018
Final Club Membership Count Of Delegates And Alternates 

July 1, 2018
Second Payment Due For Performance Futurity/Maturity Nominat

July 21-28, 2018
Youth Nationals, Oklahoma City, Okla.

August 1, 2018
Third and final payment due for Performance Futurity/Maturity

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. 

Abby Carpenter

Hi, my name is Abby Carpenter and I am the new Awards Processor Representative for AHA. I was born in Lexington, Ky. to two horse-loving parents; however, I spent a lot of my youth attending Canyon High School and jr. high school in Canyon, Texas, which is south of Amarillo, Texas. I competed and was very actively involved with AQHYA, mostly showing in the Hunter/Jumper classes and Hunt Seat on the flat classes with my buckskin Quarter horse, Cinco, whom I still own today and is up here in Colorado with me.  Although my family has primarily owned quarter horses, I still have a great appreciation for the Arabian and my parents have worked within the breed aspect of the industry for many years.

I am the second oldest daughter out of four girls in my family. I have lived in Colorado for about 7 years now and I have just moved back to the Front Range from working and completing my bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Colorado Mesa University, where I just graduated this May 2018.

I am a proud dog mom to a Border Collie, Aussie, and Blue Heeler mix named Cowgirl who loves to run around outside, chase birds and make friends with every person or dog she meets. When we are at the barn together she is my little sidekick and we love to go on adventures together. I am hoping that we can go hiking and camping in the mountains this summer.

I also enjoy trail riding and competing/participating in Ranch Sorting events. Furthermore, I enjoy spending time with family and friends whenever I can, especially if there is a fun, outdoor activity we can do together. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the AHA members that I come into contact with through my new position here.
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Have a Say, Nominate Future Officers by August

The Nominating Committee would like all potential officer candidates for 2019 to submit the application form to the AHA office, c/o Joleen White, by August 1, 2018. The Committee, along with the guidance of the Executive Committee has updated the forms and process to a Competency Model of Leadership. You will want to first review the  Competency Model to become familiar with the rationale for the change, and the concepts and the skill sets desired of leadership in AHA. Second, you'll want to review the  Executive Committee Job Description document as it contains information that will help you understand the commitment and expectations of the leadership offices of the AHA. Lastly, the  leadership profile has changed to reflect this competency model. Upon submission of the profile, the Nominating Committee will review the forms and take appropriate action that is consistent with an equitable presentation of eligible candidates. A decision on whether to have a candidates' forum will be predicated on the number of new candidates submitting applications. Download an application form  here.

Contact Joleen White at 303-696-4552 or by email with any questions.

Distance Nationals Updates - Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Distance Horse National Championships at the Spook Run Site in Henryville, Ind., running October 26-28. We welcome back our returning partners, the Appaloosa Horse Club and the Paso Fino Horse Association, and our 2018 additions, the Performance Shagya-Arabian Registry, the American Morgan Horse Association and the Akhal-Teke Association of America! We are very excited to have all of these great organizations on with us and hope to see all breeds there! 
Don't forget, we also have several AHA/AERC/SERA/OAATS -recognized Open Rides running each day that do not require breed membership(s) and have no qualification requirements. To check out the qualification requirements for the National Rides click here

The LD Challenge is a new event this year, which is open to any horse/rider combination that plans to ride all three days (25 miles a day) in the Open LD Rides. 
The rider must pay the $20 entry fee for the LD Challenge indicated on the entry form before the start of the first day's ride. This is in addition to the entry fee for each individual open ride. Because we encourage the very best care of our horses, all the LD riders must reach a 56 for pulse down criteria and will have a CRI in the final Vet Check for each day. 
On the third day, the entries in the LD Challenge will have a final Vet Check score. The placings and CRI heart rates for each of the three days and the Vet Check at the end of the third day will be converted into a points score. This score will determine the awards for the first-fifth winners and all completion riders. All rules and point schedule are available on the AHA Distance National web page under "Exhibitor Information".
See you in Indiana!

Certified Horsemanship Association Seeking Donations for Silent Auction Items for the 2018 CHA International Conference


The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is seeking donated items for their annual Silent Auction, which will be held at the CHA International Conference in September at the Hilton Fort Collins and at Colorado State University. This is a great way for companies and individuals to reach those who attend CHA's most popular conference. The core audience includes riding instructors, camp and trail instructors, equine facility managers and staff, equine industry professionals, and horse enthusiasts.

Read the full release here.  

Arabians Return to Churchill Downs September 2017

The Arabian Jockey Club recently announced that 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
Have an Upcoming Show or Event?

Want a print ad for the program, commercial to play for attendees or promotional material to hand out? Download the #JointheJourney promotional material located in the Marketplace section of the website.You can find everything from print ads and web banners to social media ads, and more!

Certified Horsemanship Association Offers International Conference Booth Space for Companies to Reach Attendees


The Certified Horsemanship Association is offering booth space at its International Conference at great rates. The conference is scheduled for September 28-30, 2018, at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Booth space allows companies to get in front of the decision makers for equine programs across the U.S. and Canada as they converge to learn how they can improve their businesses.

Read the full release here

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Good Afternoon Club Officers
Our Annual Convention is on the horizon and it is time to start preparing for our upcoming membership count deadline of June 30, 2018. Delegate counts are determined by the total number of adult members your club has as of June 30. That date is fast approaching.
According to the 2018 AHA Bylaws, "Member Organizations, which have at least ten (10) adult members and/or life members, shall be entitled to be represented at an Annual Convention by one (1) voting delegate per 35 adult or life members in good standing or part thereof."
The scale for allotted delegates, as outlined in the 2018 AHA Handbook, is:
10-35 Adult members- 1 Delegate
36-70 Adult members- 2 Delegates
71-105 Adult members- 3 Delegates
106-140 Adult members- 4 Delegates
141-175 Adult members- 5 Delegates
176-210 Adult members- 6 Delegates
211-245 Adult members- 7 Delegates
246-280 Adult members- 8 Delegates
281-315 Adult members- 9 Delegates
316-350 Adult members- 10 Delegates
351-385 Adult members- 11 Delegates
386-420 Adult members- 12 Delegates
421-455 Adult members- 13 Delegates
As a reminder, new membership requests and renewals must be received and processed in office before the end of the business day (5 p.m. MST) on June 29, or via our website by the end of the day on June 30, to ensure they are added to your club's delegate count in time. This is the only time AHA has a "received" deadline rather than a "postmarked by" deadline.

If you have any questions regarding delegate counts or Convention registration please contact Rachel Mears at or (303) 696-4511.

Members' Tales
Ever Wanted to Own Your Own Racehorse? 

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Arabian racing world? Well, now you can get involved directly with Arabian race horses and individuals who are crazy about them!

Golden Sans Racing has a thrilling and hands-on opportunity for anyone interested in getting involved with Arabian racing and becoming a part of a growing sport.

A Lease Package Racing Syndicate was started in June of 2017 by Racing Manager-and former jockey and trainer-Amanda Roxborough, to grow the sport and get more people involved.

"I've done this in the past with Thoroughbreds; I wanted to create one directed at the Arabian breed," Roxborough said. "I'm trying to attract people that obviously have a love for horses and horse racing.

How It Works
This syndicate is a three-horse (3) Arabian racehorse lease package. Each share is $500 and the commitment is for one year. If you purchase one share you will own five percent of all three horses. There is a grand total of 20 shares available, which equals 100 percent interest for the three horses. This allows you to get involved and own the horses without the high cost of purchasing a race horse.

According to the web page, members can receive an all-access racetrack pass with an owner's license, including the following opportunities:
  • Visit the backstretch and watch your horse train in the mornings
  • Learn the inside information about racing from the pros
  • Watch your horse be saddled in the paddock and meet the jockeys
  • Enjoy watching races from an owner's box
  • Have your photo taken in the Winner's Circle
  • The chance to earn purse money
  • Weekly Horse Reports with photos and videos to stay informed anywhere
All of the horses are bred by CRE RUN Enterprises and stabled at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston.

"It's a pretty amazing opportunity that people don't know is here; I really love the sport and I'm happy to get more people involved," Roxborough said. "I really want to get across that for people who are new, it's a very daunting sport to people that don't understand. It's also misunderstood and there are preconceived notions about the sport. My driven goal is to do everything in the highest, most ethical horsemanship way."

She says that like any sport, there are positive and negative individuals and practices happening, but every decision made is to benefit the horses, and that anyone involved will know their horse is treated like a king or queen.
Roxborough's love for racing started in the 80s. She had her first race in 1984 as a jockey and said she fell in love with the sport. In mid-90s when she went to Dubai to work and gallop horses for four seasons.

"I had never sat on an Arabian race horse; in 1995 it was brought to my attention there. I would gallop two or three- out of six horses a day that were Arabians. When I retired I started working in the media production side of racing and I started my own production company."

Roxborough says this is something you can do with family members, and you don't have to be located in a specific area to get involved.

"You don't have to live that close. There are people involved from California, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina. It's a virtual world we live in and everyone gets a link to watch races live," Roxborough said. "Nobody misses out anywhere, that's the beauty of it."

For more information or to get involved contact Amanda Roxborough at 561-222-9300 or at .


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.