SQHA Welcomes Youth Members

SUBMITTED BY RHONDA STOCK SQHA DIRECTOR

Vienna Ruecker and her horse, Investment By Cooke were the High Point Grassroots winners in 2011.

Are you a youth, 18 years of age or younger, who loves showing your horse and would like to meet new people? If that’s you, the Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association (SQHA) Grassroots program is for you.

The Grassroots program was created several years ago to provide youth with an opportunity to get an introduction into showing in a fun, affordable way. These classes are open to all breeds, registered or not, and are a great way to learn about showing, experience the atmosphere and win some fantastic prizes. Five Grassroots classes are offered at both of the SQHA circuits, including Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship and Trail, and entry fees are only $3 per class (stall fees apply).

In addition, Grassroots competitors with an SQHA membership will qualify for year-end high point awards. There are also circuit awards each time you show, and we are working on gathering some great additional prizes, so stay tuned!

If you have an AQHA registered Quarter Horse, you can also compete in the Novice Youth classes at the shows and gain even more experience. We offer Novice Youth classes in Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Trail, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation.

Being part of the Grassroots program means you can take part in the fun activities put on by the SQHYA. There is a youth meeting planned for May 19 during our Band City Show at 6:00 p.m. in the Corral Room at the Golden Mile Arena in Moose Jaw. The meeting will be followed by a waterslide party at the Prairie Oasis, so be sure to bring your swim gear.

The 2012 circuits include the Band City Show on May 18 – 21, 2012 and the Summer Slide N Celebration on June 12 – 15, 2012. Both shows are held at the Golden Mile Arena, Moose Jaw, SK. Visit www.sqha.org to see the show bills. For more information, contact Marlene Monvoisin, SQHA Director and Youth Advisor at 306-648-3634 or e-mail jeanpaul@sasktel.net.

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