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AzQHA Gives Away Dough to Show The Arizona Quarter Horse Association is determined to make horse sh

 | Published on 10/24/2017
AzQHA Gives Away Dough to Show

The Arizona Quarter Horse Association is determined to make horse showing more fun and accessible to all horse owners, regardless of breed affiliation. The organization is offering a program in 2018 that rewards new members. Any first-time AzQHA member who joins in 2018 will receive $100 in “Show Dough” which can be used at any of AzQHA’s “No-Bling” One Day shows or at AzQHA’s Trail Challenges. Show Dough can be used to pay for stalls and/or entry fees. It can be used at multiple shows until the entire $100 is used. New members who have previously shown in AQHA classes at a No-Bling show are not eligible and Show Dough certificates may not be used at the Sun Circuit, The AZ Fall Championship or EMO Western States shows. The incentive is projected to bring in many new members to the organization and increase the percentage of those new members who show.

 AzQHA holds three No-Bling shows each year. They are a wonderful way for new exhibitors to get the boots wet in the world of showing without the cost and pressure associated with a large Quarter Horse Circuit. They also offer the veteran showing enthusiast a great place to try a new discipline, practice with a newer horse or simply kick back and have fun. Most classes  cost $13 or less to enter. All of the No-Bling shows have All-Breed classes and Versatility Ranch Horse classes along with AQHA classes. They include English and Western disciplines, along with trail, reining, roping and cow horse.

Points earned at No-Bling shows count towards AzQHA year-end awards and AQHA national points. Cumulative points from the shows in the series are also tallied towards the special year-end awards.

AzQHA Trail Challenges test the skill and communication of horse and rider as a team over a course of natural obstacles and ranch type activities such as log drags and trailer loading.  An AzQHA Trail Challenge is for all breeds and all ages of horse and rider. Everyone from kids to seniors enjoys the camaraderie of the Challenges which often include a pot-luck. Some Trail Challenges also offer clinics to learn more and improve your skills. All Breed riders who are AzQHA members can earn points and receive year end awards.

Versatility Ranch Horse competitions are fun and dynamic way to showcase your horse’s athletic ability and versatility across six classes: ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, ranch reining, ranch cow work and ranch conformation. There are All-Breed and AQHA classes with divisions for open, amateur, cowboy and youth. Arizona Stock Horse offers year end awards for participants.

Arizona Quarter Horse Association Youth members can compete in AQHA and All- Breed classes, earn points for year-end awards and earn money for college all while building character and advancing horsemanship skills. Scholarship money is awarded through interscholastic competitions and presentation based programs.

AzQHA maintains a full schedule of shows and events throughout the year. The organization advocates for all horsemen across the state. Visit azqha.org for a complete listing of activities.