Arabian Horse Association Newsletter
July 2018
In This Issue
AHA Video Corner
Show season, Rocky style: 

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What's The Buzz?
Lights, Thunder, Action... at U.S. Nationals This Year!

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AHA Corporate Partners & Sponsors

Sponsorship Webpage

Corporate Partners

Corporate Sponsors



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

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

August 3-4, 2018
AHA Board Of Directors Meeting
Aurora, CO

August 12-18, 2018
Canadian Nationals
Brandon, MB

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!
Get Involved!

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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! 

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.

Time To Ride Announces 2018 Challenge


Time To Ride is pleased to announce that the popular Time To Ride Challenge is on for 2018! The purpose of the Challenge is to support individual equine businesses and organizations in attracting newcomers to horses by hosting an event at their facility. This grassroots approach gives barn owners the opportunity to grow their business by introducing non-horsey people to the beauty and benefits horses bring to our lives, while simultaneously growing the horse industry overall. 

Each Time To Ride participating barn and organization (host) is provided with direct marketing support to promote a one-day event for newcomers. The support includes marketing materials that the host barn can use locally, and suggestions for holding a successful event. New this year, Time To Ride will implement and pay for a personalized digital marketing campaign specific to the host's event and location for the first 100 barns that enroll as hosts, investing $500 in each campaign. 

Read the full release here

Discounts Now Available for AHA Members Through
 Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty Car Rentals

Arabian Horse Association (AHA) members now receive discounts through Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty on car rentals as part of their member benefits. Members can receive discounts up to 30% off of car rentals.
Discounts for each rental program can be found by logging into the   Member Login page and clicking on the "View Member Benefits" link under the "I want to..." section.
To view all of AHA's Corporate Partners, Sponsors and Affinity Partners, visit .


AHA Booth Will be Available Early at Youth

The AHA booth will be available early to provide services at the 2018 Youth National Arabian, Half and Anglo-Arabian Horse Show!

AHA is available to provide services at the 26th Annual Youth National Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian Horse Show beginning July 18-28!

Visit the AHA booth located in the Show Office. AHA is there to help you:
  • Register or transfer your horse
  • Purchase or renew your AHA membership - get a FREE gift (while supplies last)
  • Research pedigree, progeny and ownership information on DATASOURCE - get a FREE printout of the pedigree of a registered Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian
  • View/print the accomplishment record of any registered Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian
  • Get assistance with your pending transactions - BRING YOUR WORK TO THE SHOW
  • Choose from a wide variety of blank forms for registration and enrollment to our many programs
This is your opportunity to get personal assistance with your paperwork and get your many questions answered. Let us help you!
See you in Oklahoma City!

AHA's Magazine - Arabian Horse Life - Earns Awards at 2018 AHP Equine Media Awards Banquet

The American Horse Publication's (AHP) three-day conference was held June 14-16, 2018, in Hunt Valley, Md. On the last night of the conference, a banquet was held to recognize award winners for the AHP Equine Media Awards. This year's competition, for materials published in 2017, had over 800 entries. After the judging was complete, the Arabian Horse Association's (AHA) Arabian Horse Life magazine came home with two awards.

Read the full release here

The 2017 Arabian Professional & Amateur Horseman's Association Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Arabian Professional & Amateur Horseman's Association (APAHA) 2017 Award Winners. The APAHA Awards recognize individuals and horses in the Arabian horse industry.

View the names of the award winners here.
2018 Youth Nationals Activities for Exhibitors

The  Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show is coming back to Oklahoma City with many activities for exhibitors to be a part of. Held July 21-28, 2018, at the State Fair Park, the show offers educational and leadership opportunities, social activities for kids of all ages and opportunities for adults and exhibitors, too.

Read the full release  here.


Arabian Horse Association is Proud to Announce Partnership with Kelly Herd Jewelry as a New Corporate Sponsor

The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) is proud to announce a partnership with Kelly Herd Jewelry as AHA's newest Corporate Sponsor.

"We are excited to partner with Kelly Herd Jewelry and have them join our AHA family as a Corporate Sponsor. Kelly Herd has been a longtime supporter of AHA and our Arabian Horse Youth Association. We are thrilled to have Kelly Herd Jewelry as an official Corporate Sponsor," states Uriah Quezada, AHA's Sponsor Specialist.

Read the full release here

I'll See You in Heaven


Angel Heart Farm and the Arabian Horse Reading Literacy Program is excited to launch it's first children's book in a three-part series for children and families. This special book is based on a true story of Faith, Hope, and Love between a very courageous child named Amber and her favorite horse Rolo Basko.

The book may be purchased on our shop page. 100% of proceeds benefit the children and horses at Angel Heart Farm.

Big Shout out to Gary Miller of the Arabian Reading program for his commitment to children and the Arabian horse. Check them out at

This book is available for purchase here.

Members' Tales
The Horse That Keeps on Giving

Megan Gilker received her USDF Bronze Medal at the USDF/USEF Good Horseman Foundation/Massey Ferguson Annual Dressage Show, held at the Georgia International Horse Park in June. This was an open, all-breed show and she earned her scores on all Arabians and Half-Arabians.

She was awarded the last score needed for the Third Level at the show, a goal she set to accomplish a year-and-a-half ago. All riders will receive their awards at the yearly USDF Convention.

She said one of the biggest parts of preparing for this show was finding time.
"The biggest challenge I found with setting my sights on a USDF Bronze Medal is time. The USDF Rider Award Medals is about consistently improving and moving up the levels and doing well in multiple competitions in front of different judges. I found that riding minimum 5 times a week puts me and my horse in the best condition possible," she said. "I consistently try to include hacking a couple times a week or at least a walk warm up and cool down through the pastures or forest to change up the scenario. I also make sure to warm up and cool down with long and low work to get them supple and relaxed and include ground pole work during training sessions to incorporate more variety for muscle development. I sometimes had to do a early morning rides before work or, as I often did, a late evening ride after work."

She said she felt extremely proud of her horses after achieving this goal, and she is excited to have completed it at the young age of 30.

" Without a doubt, their incredibly willing personalities and natural abilities - especially their talent to do lateral work."

M egan plans on one day earning her USEF Silver Medal riding both Kid and Conkar.

"I will still enjoy spending time with Kid and Conkar trail riding around the farm or going to a hunter pace in the fall."


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.