Arabian Horse Association Monthly Newsletter
October 2018
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Dates & Deadlines
October 15
Election Of Directors For Even-Numbered Regions Must Be Comp
National Volunteer Service Award Nominations

October 19-27
U.S. Nationals; Tulsa, Okla. 

October 25
Extraordinary Resolutions Submission deadline for AHA Convention

October 26-28
AHA National Distance Championship; Henryville, Ind. 

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. 

Kelly Huston

Hello!  My name is Kelly Huston and I am the Supervisor in Registry Service. I am your primary contact for Imports/Exports and Arabian Racing, but can help you with any of your questions pertaining to all types of registration, transfer and membership. I have been with AHA for 16 years, all of them working in Registry Services .


I am the mother of two, and grandmother of five wonderful grandchildren. I have owned purebred and Half-Arabians, but currently keep my four legged friends a bit smaller. I have fallen in love with the boxer breed and support Ho-Bo Boxer Rescue here in Colorado as well as Lifeline Puppy Rescue for my other breed of choice. As a teen I loved participating in the local Gymkhanas with my Mor-Ab. Although he was a bit hefty for barrel racing and pole bending I loved it anyway. Having lived through teenage years with horses I truly believe that the experience is something that I would wish for any young adult, and feel blessed that my girls also got to live through this bonding experience.
I have enjoyed many years of traveling to the AHA shows where I have gotten to know many of our members. For me, visiting the barns and meeting all of you is the high point of each show. I enjoy guiding our members through the registration process and to help you to work through your registration questions.
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AHA Registry Staff Available Early at the 52nd Annual U.S. National Arabian Horse Show

AHA Registry Services is available to provide services at the 2018 US Nationals Horse Show beginning Tuesday October 16th for your convenience! Registry Services will be available in the Show Office until the start of the show on Friday. Then, visit the AHA booth located in the south entrance to the Exchange Center. Members-bring your questions or your work to the show.
AHA is 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 - BE ENTERED TO WIN A FREE GIFT (while supplies last)
  • Look up 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! We can also accept your Stallion Reports that are due by the end of December.
  • Choose from a wide variety of blank forms for registration and enrollment to our many programs
The end of the year is upon us-take advantage of this opportunity to get the personal assistance you need to complete your pending work. Let us help you.

We look forward to seeing you in Tulsa!

American Horse Council Seeking Survey Participation

The  American Horse Council is seeking feedback from horse owners in two surveys regarding show and competition participation, and equine research to help focus and set priorities. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.  

1) Shows and competitions survey: 

 2) Equine industry research survey: 
Participants are encouraged to apply before December 7, 2018. If you have any questions please contact AHC directly. 

We Want to Hear From You! 

We want your stories for the Arabian Horse Life e-newsletter! Do you have a happy, heartwarming or funny story to share about you and your Arabian or Half-Arabian event? If so, we want to hear about it. Please send your story and one or two photos to to be considered for an upcoming edition.  

Hydration 101

Transitional seasons can be tricky when it comes to managing horses; not the least of which is monitoring water consumption of your horse to avoid dehydration and its associated complications.

Did you know the average 1,000 pound horse at rest drinks 8 to 10 gallons of water a day? In the summer they can drink twice as
much, but in the winter they may not consume enough. So how can you get your horse to drink more? This blog will cover how to keep your equine friends hydrated during the summer and winter months.

Read how to keep your horse hydrated. 

Thank You! 

Thank you to all who submitted nominations for this year's Club Excellence Awards. We had more than double the overall entries than the 2017 submissions! The winners will be announced at our 2018 Convention, but we will release the finalists at this time for each category, in no particular order: 
Breed Promotion/Community Involvement:
Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association
Wisconsin Desert Horse Association
Colorado Arabian Horse Club
Diablo Arabian Horse Association
Empire State Arabian Horse Association

Membership Recruitment or Retention:
Colorado Arabian Horse Club
Wine Country Arabian Horse Association
Minnesota Arabian Horse Association
Gold Coast Arabian Horse Association
Wisconsin Desert Horse Association

Club Projects:
Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association
Wine Country Arabian Horse Association
Minnesota Arabian Horse Association
Wisconsin Desert Horse Association
Diablo Arabian Horse Association

Again, thank you to all who participated. We look forward to seeing everyone at this year's Convention and acknowledging all of our outstanding clubs. 

Now is the Time to Become a Certified Horsemanship Association Equine Professional

While the end of the year is fast-approaching, the Certified Horsemanship Association's (CHA) clinic schedule is still full of opportunities for members and others to attend a CHA Certification Clinic and become a CHA Certified Equine Professional. CHA is the largest certifying organization in North America, and current clinic opportunities are offered in Alberta, Canada, and eight U.S. states- Alabama, California, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington State. Most clinics take place in the spring, and at this time there will be CHA clinics in most states and provinces.

The All Discipline Standard Instructor Certification means instructors can be certified in English and/or Western disciplines and both. These multi-day 40 hour clinics are held at CHA program member sites that have been approved as host sites within North America. Each clinic has workshops and hands-on demonstration lessons for attendees to show off their knowledge.

Attendees are tested by two CHA Clinic Instructors for proficiency in five areas: safety, horsemanship knowledge and ability, teaching techniques, group control, and professionalism. Attendees must pass written tests and have their lessons evaluated to receive CHA Certification.

Level 1 allows instructors to teach beginners at the walk and trot/jog. Level 2 allows instructors to teach up to the canter/lope, along with pre-jumping exercises, western patterns, and trail riding. Level 3 instructors can teach basic jumping and more advanced horsemanship maneuvers such as simple lead changes, along with more horsemanship theory and horse care. Level 4 instructors can teach jumping, dressage, reining, and other performance events, advanced horse management and horsemanship theory. CHA Master Instructors have been certified to teach both English and Western at Level 4.

There are currently two Standard Instructor Certification Clinics in Alberta available in November 2018 and April 2019. In the United States, this certification clinic is available in Alabama in September 2018, California in April 2019, Iowa in October 2018, Minnesota in May 2019, in Tennessee in November 2018 and May 2019, and Washington State in October 2018.

The Equine Facility Manager Certification is a 20 hour clinic for attendees to showcase their knowledge in equine facility management. Attendees can advance through the levels (Stable Worker, Stable Manager, and Herd Manager), on up to Level 4 (Equine Facility Manager) within one clinic if they can demonstrate competency in all four levels.

There are Equine Facility Manager Certification Clinics currently scheduled in California in February 2019, Kentucky in December 2018, and Texas in October 2018.

If you can't make it to these certifications, please check the CHA clinic schedule online often since new clinics are scheduled throughout the year. Or sign up to receive CHA monthly E-Newsletters at

To see all offered clinics, visit . For more information on CHA Certifications, visit .

CHA is looking for new host sites. If you are a camp, lesson barn, college, university, or boarding stable, that would like to host a CHA clinic, please contact the CHA office at for more information on becoming an official host site. In addition, please visit .

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! 

Quick Sand AA Continues Dominant Winning Streak in the $100,000 President of the UAE Cup at Historic Churchill Downs
From Arabian Jockey Club: 

Aurora, CO - References to "superstar" and "legend in the making" could be heard around Churchill Downs after Quick Sand AA (Burning Sand x Triumphs Silkie), bred and owned by Joe & Betty Gillis of Columbus, Mississippi, extended his undefeated 2018 season with a dominant 9-length win in the 2018 President of the UAE Cup Stake (G1) on Saturday evening, September 29th under the bright lights of the historic twin spires.
The handsome 5-year-old grey stallion, now boasting lifetime earnings of $260,231, chased the pace early behind Madjikman and Easter Man, allowing Thess is Awesome and Uptown Sandy Girl (the lone filly of the field) to set the pace in front. It all changed as they rounded the second turn when Thess is Awesome dropped back and Quick Sand challenged Uptown Sandy Girl and began pulling away at the top of the stretch. By the final furlong, the race belonged to Quick Sand AA as he took the $100,000 President of the UAE Cup in extraordinary, breathtaking fashion with a final time of 1:54.65 going 1 1/16 miles.
Read the full release here

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