Ontario Quarter Horse Association

2014 OQHA All Novice Weekend A Success

Great Learning Opportunities…Good Competition…And Lots of Fun!

The OQHA All Novice Show Weekend was held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds on July 12-13th, 2014.

AQHA and OQHA continue to look for ways to reach out to the grass root horse owners and offer events that will encourage Novice exhibitors to come out and learn more about our associations and compete at an affordable event with others of similar experience. The venue was changed from previous years and we decided to hold a full weekend dedicated to novice exhibitors instead of hosting it in parallel with a full AQHA show. Saturday was a full day of clinics/demonstrations followed by an AQHA All Novice Youth and Amateur show on the Sunday. The hard work and planning certainly paid off and we were extremely pleased with the amount of interest and new faces we saw attend this fun filled weekend.


The Ontario Quarter Horse Association teamed up with our Amateur Association to offer horse enthusiasts a fun educational weekend spent with others who share a common interest in the American Quarter Horse.

The weekend started off on Saturday with a day of demonstrations and clinics which were well attended with almost 50 participants, and over 15 horses. Seasoned amateurs held a number of demonstrations, which was intended to help our participants become more prepared for upcoming shows. Attendees learned techniques on everything from Banding & Braiding, to clipping, and the proper way to hang tails. Rickey Ramey was on hand to emphasize the importance of a properly shaped hat, and many exhibitors took advantage of getting their hats shaped. Our generous clinicians (Andrew Dewar, Scott Charmichael and Kathryn Stanton) offered a number of clinics on Saturday afternoon, and those who brought horses were put through their paces with mock classes after each demo, helping them polish their skills and practice the patterns so they would be more prepared for the Novice show on Sunday. Weather on Saturday was perfect, and ice cream and ice cold water was very popular and enjoyed by all in attendance. The day came to a close about 6pm and allowed anyone staying on the grounds to mingle and meet new friends.

The weather was threatening on Sunday, but after an early morning shower, the AQHA/OQHA All Novice Youth and Amateur show was able to start at 8:30. Lindsay Grice was the judge and was accompanied by ring steward Sherry Newbigging. The morning started out with Halter and showmanship classes for Rookie and Level 1 Youth and Amateur. The classes were well attended with between 10 and 15 in each Showmanship class. Just as the last showmanship class was ending, the black clouds rolled in and we were treated with a 10 minute downpour during the lunch break. It rained enough to help with dust control, and eliminated the need for a water truck! After a half hour lunch break, the afternoon started with the English classes, followed by Western and the speed events. The riding classes, which included walk/jog classes, were also well attended.

We would like to congratulate the high point circuit award winners of the day:

  • Hi Point Youth Walk/Trot ~ Ashley Vandergunst with Sunglasses at Night
  • Hi Point Adult Walk/Jog ~ Jasmine Nelson with AGR Amegio Impulse
  • Hi Point Rookie Youth ~ Haley Clark with Hope Im Next
  • Hi Point Novice Youth ~ Sarah Ricker with WP I Could Be Good
  • Hi Point Rookie Amateur ~ Meghan Burke with One Investment Zippo
  • Hi Point Novice Amateur ~ Danielle Gauthier with Cee My Surprise

There were a total of 38 horses and 247 entries attending the show. OQHA continues to look for ways to promote the American Quarter horse breed and develop events that will encourage novice/grass root quarter horse owners to come out and participate. Although OQHA novice shows in the past saw more entries, OQHA is extremely pleased with the number of new faces that came out and showed with us. When we see over 50% of the entries who have never showed at an AQHA show before, and left our show feeling proud and happy they decided to come – that to us is SUCCESS!

OQHA would like to thank everyone who came out to support this show with a special thanks to the first time exhibitors. A huge appreciation to our many volunteers and of course our generous sponsors.

  • Paul and Joanne Straus
  • Omega Alpha
  • Andrew Dewar Performance Horses
  • Rod Jeffries
  • Ken & Glenda McLellan
  • CQHA
  • Ancaster Fairgrounds
  • Carter Training Centre
  • Kathryn Stanton
  • Bridle Path Tack Shop
  • Crawford Quarter Horses
  • Area 2 Promotional Club
  • Rickey Ramey
  • Jesse Goff Farrier Services
  • Nelson Construction
  • Garden Gateway Landscaping
  • Sherry Newbigging
  • Scott Charmichael
  • Area 1 Promotional Club

With so many positive comments from our exhibitors, we look to offer this event again in 2015 back in Ancaster. We hope that for everyone who came and enjoyed themselves, please mention it to your friends and bring them along next year.

Reminder: The clinic/demonstration day is open to all breeds. Bring your horse and let us help you gain more confidence, learn some new techniques and better prepare for the open/club shows.

For Novice/Rookie exhibitors – you don’t need to own the registered quarter horse, you can show anyones horse, as long as it is AQHA registered. no permits necessary.

If you do own a quarter horse and are no longer a Rookie/Novice, introduce your horse to a friend or colleague who would be interested in showing and bring them out and have some fun!

July 20th, 2014|Amateur, News 2014|

You won’t want to miss out…

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Please print & post this flyer for your barn - 2014 OQHBF slots flyer

July 14th, 2014|Futurity, News 2014|

Attention Novice Exhibitors!!!

Attention Novice Exhibitors – AQHA Novice Championship qualifying period is soon ending

Are you a novice exhibitor and hoping to qualify and participate in the AQHA Novice Championships? Qualifying period is July 1st 2013 to June 30, 2014. If you haven’t qualified nationally (check out a thttp://www.aqha.com/Showing/Novice-Championships/Show-Info/Qualifying.aspx) you can also qualify provincially. We understand there may be circumstances which result in your inability to qualify either provincially or nationally. If this is the case, and you would like to participate at the championships, please sent a letter expressing your interest to the OQHA office as soon as possible – Email.

Qualifying for AQHA Novice Championship Show for Ontario Quarter Horse Association Inc. Exhibitor Submission

OQHA exhibitors are encouraged to submit a letter expressing their interest in provincially qualifying for the Novice championship show. The letter will assist the OQHA in identifying those individuals who wish to participate. Letters must be received in the OQHA office by August 30, 2014.

Qualifying Period – July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

  • All novice youth and novice amateur exhibitors will earn state affiliate show points at AQHA/OQHA approved shows during the qualifying period
  • Must be a member in good standing with AQHA and OQHA  OQHA will submit the top three point earning exhibitors in each of the novice classes held at the Novice Championship Show
  • If any of the top-three point-earning exhibitors has nationally qualified, the next exhibitor in the point standings would become eligible
  • If there are not three qualifiers in all classes, non-filled “slots” can be re-allocated to those classes already with three qualifiers; a maximum of up to six qualifiers can be recommended to AQHA
  • Points will be compiled on a one horse, one exhibitor basis
  • In the event of a tie, the exhibitor placing in the most shows will break the tie OQHA points are awarded based on the number of horses in the class and the exhibitor placing. The maximum points earned in a class are 9.

Listed below is how OQHA points are awarded per the novice championship show state qualifying system.


June 19th, 2014|Association, News 2014|

Attention Youth!!!

Are you interested in applying for the 2014 Ontario Congress Youth Team? Youth wishing to participate on the Team must complete a written application and consent form on or before July 31, 2014. Application forms and guidelines are available here on our  Documents Page – NYATT. Please note the UPDATED address to send your application forms to:

Shawna Crawford
Phone: 613-913-7262

Mailing address:
2528 Century Road
Richmond, Ontario K0A 2Z0

Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to represent OQHA

June 19th, 2014|News 2014, Youth|

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