Arabian Horse Association Newsletter
September 2018
In This Issue
AHA Video Corner
A horse tale brought to life by a Door County author and illustrator: 

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What's The Buzz?
Check out these three ways to get the whole family involved with the Arabian horse! 

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Dates & Deadlines
September 15, 2018
Club Level Volunteer Service Award Nominations Due
Nominations For AHA Convention-Elected Positions Deadline (C)

September 18 - 22, 2018
Sport Horse Nationals, Ford Idaho Horse Park, Nampa, ID

October 1, 2018
Resolutions Mailed To Registered Convention Attendees
Early Bird Registration Discount For AHA Convention

October 15, 2018
Election Of Directors For Even-Numbered Regions Must Be Comp
National Volunteer Service Award Nominations

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. 

Madi Zeier

Hi, my name is Madison Zeier and I am a new registry services representative at the Arabian Horse Association. I was raised just north of Denver in Lafayette, Colo. I have grown up showing Half-Arabians and showing 4-H and open shows. I still show occasionally, but my boyfriend and I currently raise and breed Hereford cattle , another passion that I didn't realize I had! Growing up showing horses kept me pretty secluded and never once did I think about owning cattle and who knew? I love it! I still live in Lafayette, close to my family. I judged horses through 4-H and the Colorado Arabian Horse Club judging team for 12 years under the coaching of my grandmother, Jodi Zeier. The Arabian horse world runs pretty closely through our family. My aunt judges nationally and my parents both showed the Arabian circuit for many years. I am very passionate about the breed and am so pleased to be working for the association.


Growing up, I showed in many events including Working Cow, Reining, Western Riding, Trail, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship and Showmanship. I loved participating in 4-H and in the open circuit. I made a lot of memories and friendships that will last a life time. I look forward to pursuing my career in the equine industry.  
I am very excited to be working for the Arabian Horse Association and can't wait to see what happens next!

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AHA Booth Available in Nampa!

AHA will be available to provide services at the 2018 Sport Horse Nationals show beginning on Tuesday, September 18 for your convenience. Visit the AHA booth located on the concourse of the main arena!

AHA will be there to help you:
  • Register or transfer your horse.
  • Submit your in-utero nominations to the Sweepstakes Program, Halter Futurities etc.
  • Purchase or renew your AHA membership - GET A FREE GIFT WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
  • Look up pedigree, progeny and ownership information on DATASOURCE-get a FREE pedigree printout 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.
The end of the year is coming soon. Take advantage of this opportunity to get the personal assistance you need to complete your pending work.

Stop by the booth, and we'll see you in Nampa! 

Distance Nationals Updates - Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Distance Horse Nationals 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/SEDRA- 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/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 Nationals web page under "Exhibitor Information." 

See you in Indiana!

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

Online registration is now available for Convention. For questions on registration please contact Rachel Mears at
Have you booked your flight for Convention yet? Southwest is now offering attendees a discounted rate when you travel to Convention this year. For more information on how to book your flight click here.
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! 

LIVE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS September 29 for the $100,000 President of the UAE Cup

The Arabian Jockey Club will be broadcasting LIVE from historic Churchill Downs for t
$100,000 President of the UAE Cup. It is one of the richest Arabian races of the year for American racing, and will be held as the featured race on the card of Churchill Down's popular "Downs After Dark" series.
Join us for LIVE coverage on AJC Facebook !

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Attention All Club Members!

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

AHA to Attend the 2018 World Equestrian Games!
We are excited to announce that AHA will be attending the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG). Please take a moment from your day to stop by the booth, say "hello", renew a membership, or bring your work and/or questions to the show.

Enjoy your visit, we look forward to seeing you there!

Stay Updated At Sport Horse 

Click the image to download the show app and stay updated! 

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.