KY Quarter Horse Association
PO Box 23917
Lexington, KY 40523-3917
E-mail: General Information
Welcome to the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association. KyQHA
serves as Kentucky's AQHA Affiliate Association to bring
all Quarter Horse owners and associations together throughout
Shines at AQHA Convention
the weekend I had the pleasure to attend the 2017 American
Quarter Horse Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
As an International Director and member of the International
Committee, I was able to participate directly in the governance
of the world's largest equine breed association and recognize
those members who have made significant contributions to
the breed and Association. While it is no secret AQHA's
growth has been stagnant in recent years, I left the meeting
with a sense of optimism and excitement for the future.
With more than 1,000 registered attendees traveling from
more than 30 countries around the world, AQHA membership
came prepared to work and influence the future direction
of the Association - and Kentucky was represented well.
meeting was kicked-off with a keynote address by
four-time Kentucky Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas -
the only person to be inducted into both the Thoroughbred
and Quarter Horse halls of fame. As a proven winner
with 49 world champions, Lukas suggested that your
"attitude is the most important choice you make
everyday. Believe in yourself, and don't be afraid
to lose."As far as selecting winners, he believes
a good horse should "have a head like a princess,
a butt like a fry cook and walk like a hooker" -
that tip probably best left to the horse biz.
Awards Banquet honored all the high-point winners
for 2016, in addition to the Professional Horseman
and Horsewoman of the Year. Bennie Sargent, of Paris,
Kentucky, was selected as the 2016 Most Valuable Professional,
recognizing him for a lifetime of volunteering his
time to promote the American Quarter Horse. First
recognized in 2006 as the Professional Horseman of
the Year and then inducted into the Kentucky Quarter
Horse Association Hall of Fame in 2015, Bennie continues
to work as an Ambassador for AQHA in places as far
as China, where he regularly travels to conduct educational
clinics and judge horse shows.
cap things off, Norm Luba, of Louisville,
Kentucky, was elected by the AQHA Past
Presidents as the newest member of the
Executive Committee. As a lifetime AQHA
member since 1995 and a Director since
2011, Norm most recently served as Chairman
of the Stud Book and Registration Committee.
Norm will undoubtedly work to take AQHA
to a higher level over his next five
years of service and I look forward
to supporting his effort - just hoping
we can all keep up with him as he is
truly a work horse!
As I did get my start in the horse business in Kentucky,
I was proud to see the Commonwealth, and more importantly,
my friends, Bennie and Norm, being recognized as leaders
in the industry by the rest of the AQHA family. Their continued
leadership, combined with a new energy behind AQHA's international
initiatives, gives me a renewed sense of optimism for our
efforts to develop the emerging equine industry in China.
of the Year Announced at Convention
honored Casey Devitt, Christa Baldwin and Bennie Sargent
at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio. March 18, 2017
American Quarter Horse Association
Quarter Horse Association
Don Burt Professional Horseman of the Year, Professional
Horsewoman of the Year and Most Valuable Professional awards
were presented on March 18 at the 2017 AQHA Convention.
Three industry professionals were recognized by their peers
March 18 at the 2017 American Quarter Horse Association
Convention in San Antonio. The Don Burt Professional Horseman
of the Year, Professional Horsewoman of the Year and Most
Valuable Professional awards were presented by Professional's
Choice during the Association's Awards Banquet.
2016 Don Burt Professional's Choice Professional Horseman
of the Year is Casey Devitt of Frankfort, Kentucky.
Devitt sets an example for what an active AQHA Professional
Horseman and AQHA member should look like. He has
been involved in every aspect of the industry - from
racing to showing.
has served as a judge, show steward, show manager,
show monitor, mentor and trainer to other riders.
He has ridden as a jockey; judged large AQHA events,
such as the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show
and the All American Quarter Horse Congress; and has
also served as a show steward and as a mentor to other
AQHA show stewards.
the years, he has been able to share his experience
with AQHA from a different point of view because of
his varied background. He has shown in ranch events,
cattle classes, competed in rodeo, ridden as an exposition
rider and has a background in veterinary medicine.
Devitt has trained amateur and youth riders to be
successful and knowledgeable AQHA members.
2016 Professional's Choice Professional Horsewoman
of the Year is Christa Baldwin of Stanton, Michigan.
With more than 25 years of service, she has served
as an AQHA director, held an AQHA judges card since
1997 and has served on the international, shows, professional
horsemen and judges committees.
her time as a judge, she has judged top events, such
as the Lucas Oil World; Built Ford Tough AQHYA World
Championship Show; AQHA Select World Championship
Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan);and
Congress. At the collegiate level, she won the Congress
judging competition as a student at Michigan State
University. She is a long-time breeder, trainer and
volunteer clinician to AQHA members. The amateur and
youth competitors she has coached through the years
have gone on to earn high-point and all-around titles
on the national level, in addition to Congress and
world championship titles.
is also responsible for facilitating international
clinics in Europe and Australia to share her knowledge
and passion for the American Quarter Horse with AQHA
members across the globe. She has also been able to
share her knowledge through published articles in
The American Quarter Horse Journal.
2016 Most Valuable Professional is Bennie Sargent
of Paris, Kentucky. Sargent is
the epitome of an AQHA Professional Horseman. He was
named the AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year in
2006 and has continued to volunteer to further enhance
AQHA, along with the people and horses he is passionate
has dedicated his time to promote AQHA, the American
Quarter Horse and AQHA educational programs in China.
He has visited the country numerous times, hosted
delegations from China in Kentucky and also arranged
for the first Chinese competitor to attend the Lucas
his local community, he has served as chairman of
the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association Horse Show
Committee, Quarter Horse representative on the Kentucky
Equine Education Project, a board member of the Kentucky
Horse Park, as well as serving as one of four volunteer
committee members working to establish an American
Quarter Horse-dedicated racetrack by Keeneland. Sargent
has also served as a previous KyQHA president and
volunteers as the western team coach for the University
of Kentucky's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
the Professional Horsemen of the Year Awards Being named
an AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year is one of the
top awards of the equine industry. These individuals were
nominated and voted on by their peers.
to the 2016 professionals of the year. Look for more information
on this year's winners in the July issue of The American
Quarter Horse Journal.
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Year-End Awards Program Standings as of:
March 20, 2017
program is open to all current members of KyQHA, in good
standing, as a benefit of membership. To be included, you
MUST fill out a nomination form which can be downloaded
from the link below. All requested information must be
provided before the nomination will be accepted. There
are no fees associated with the nomination. The KyQHA Year-End
Awards Program is for KyQHA approved shows occurring between
October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. To view a list of
approved shows as of the date above, click on the following
KyQHA Awards Banquet will be January 13, 2018, at the Embassy
Suites in Lexington, Kentucky.
Here] to view and print the Nomination Form and
Program Rules 2017
Here] to view an alphabetical list of Horse and
Owner nominations as of this date. Scroll down the list
to see: 1) if your horse is listed; and 2) if under the
nominated column there is a "Yes" indicated. If you do
not find both on the list we have not received your nomination
to date. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and provide to us your nomination form with copy of the
Certificate of Registration and AQHA membership card.
You can also use our toll-free fax (888) 641-3944 to submit
your nomination materials.
Here] to view the Shows Processed as of this date.
Here] to view the UNOFFICIAL class by class standings
as of this date. Note, you must show to a MINIMUM of 7
judges to be considered for an award. The top three (3)
point earners receive awards.
Here] to send us an email if you have a question
or believe there is a problem with your point totals.
You MUST have
a current membership to be eligible:
Here] to check your current KyQHA membership status
Here] to download a 2017 KyQHA Membership Form
POTENTIAL KyQHA BREEDERS’ INCENTIVE FUND AWARD
To be eligible for a KyQHA
BIF award, EVERY owner, breeder,
and/or nominator of a foal or a sire of any KyQHA
BIF eligible horse MUST be a
member in good standing of BOTH the American
Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)
and the Kentucky
Quarter Horse Association (KYQHA) no later
than July 1st of the year in which that
award is to be paid.
For example, for any AQHA
points earned in 2016, the potential recipient
must be a 2017
AQHA and KyQHA member in good standing as of July
comply with this requirement will cause awards to
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE MEMBERSHIPS RESTS WITH
THOSE ANTICIPATING AWARDS.