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Region One Director’s Report

August 6th, 2021 BOD Meeting via Zoom

The 2021 AHA Convention will be virtual again this year. The member costs will be similar as well as the Zoom platforms used last year. This will allow a lot of members to participate, so spread the word. Award presentations will be November 19th at 6pm. Remember, times listed to be on MST! As of right now, the AHA Convention for 2022, is set for Myrtle Beach, earlier in November than normal, starting November 8th.

Youth Nationals and Mid-Summer Nationals was a huge success again this year. With an increase to approximately 1,400 horses and over 4,900 total class entries. A Ranch Horse Clinic for the Youth was given prior to the show and was well attended. Discussions are currently under way for future plans for MSN in 2022.

Canadian Nationals has made an announcement they will be going forward with plans for 2022.

The USEF Amateur Task Force is still working on several ideas for simplifying and presenting some Amateur rule changes. These ideas will be brought forward in the near future.

One of the biggest discussions this year has been AHA Qualification changes for 2022. In my requests for Region One member opinions concerning Qualifications, everyone that has contacted me, was in favor of some type of qualification requirements. At the August meeting, the AHA BOD passed a compromise proposal to ensure some qualifications for Regionals and Nationals, yet allowing open boarders for lots of Regional participation. 2021 Horse Show placings 1st thru 6th and Top Fives will count towards 2022 qualifications. Specialty classes will have some modifications coming to accommodate the lack of classes available at most Arabian Horse shows. Details will be coming out soon. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Communication is the key.

The Distance Horse National Championships will be hosted by AHA and held in Big South Fork Site in Oneida, TN, September 9 – 12, 2021. This event is partnered with other breeds and open to all. A great opportunity to see Arabian Horses shine!

Leveling for Equitation and Showmanship was passed. These classes will also be split off from Pleasure performance leveling.

The Arabian Horse Foundation reported giving out $85,000 in general scholarships, $17,000 at Youth Nationals and $5,000 for Youth of the Year. They want to thank the Regions and AHA Membership for the support.

We are in a changing world, especially post Pandemic. With the shows coming up, let’s look into developing some fun ideas for all our horse shows. Examples for Region One Show; shorter show sessions for more social time, a Pro/Am for Charity class, Paper Race, Egg & Spoon.

Let’s have some fun!


Signing off…

Kathy Callahan-Smith

Region One Director


 

Kathy

 

 


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