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2018 Advisory Ballot

It’s Advisory Board Election Time

 

This year we are electing five new members to the advisory board.  Four members will serve a two year term replacing the board members that have completed their term.  One member will serve a one year term, completing the position vacated by Brandy VonHolten.  We thank all outgoing board members for their time and input on AHCA matters.

Below are AHCA members who have accepted the nomination to serve on the advisory board.  Please vote for five.   A ballot is attached at the end and can also be found on the website.  Your ballot can be mailed to AHCA, PO Box 350, Swartz Creek, MI  48473 or emailed to info@ahcamail.com or private message Rhonda Miller-Lebbin on FB.  Only members with current regular memberships are eligible to vote.  Please include your AHCA number (if you know it) on your ballot.  It would be appreciated if you would return your ballot by February 18, 2018.

 

KC Annison

 

I started riding horses with my grandfather before I could walk.  I snuck out and climbed on my first solo ride at age two and a half.  My mom gave in and I got a horse of my own when I was four years old.  I started showing horses at age eight and won my first championship at the age of nine.  Horses have been my life’s work since I started professionally training at age ten and continue to enjoy training horses and teaching people about these amazing creatures today.  My favorite classes have always been cutting, reining, and trail.  My office is filled with trophies and trophy saddles but my greatest accomplishments are found in the accomplishments of the people I have instructed over the years.  I live, as I have always lived, just west of Zachary, Louisiana, near the Mississippi River on the beautiful property of Piddlers Paradise, the land of my ancestry. I have been an AHCA member and judge from its beginning.  I have been an AHCA National Finals judge on 3 occasions.

 

 

Tyler Ayler

I am 23 years old and have been training horses for nine years.  Rode under Carol Rose.

2014 – Qualified for EXCA World Finals

2015 – Qualified for EXCA World Finals

2016 – EXCA Oklahoma State Pro Champion

2017 – AHCA National Finals Futurity Reserve Champion

AHCA National Finals Green Horse 2 Champion

AHCA Eagle Ranch Green Horse 2 Champion

AHCA Eagle Ranch Open Champion

AHCA Von Holten Ranch Green Horse 2 Champion

 

 

Jason Bill

 

Growing up in the Suburbs of Oklahoma City had its advantages. I had the best of both worlds, I lived in the suburbs, and my grandfather had an angus Cattle ranch in Welston Oklahoma. When I hit my mid-teens, I was already on my way to learning horses and very interested in the world of “blacksmithing”, Now known as Farrier. Watching how horses move, studying how the react, walk, paying attention to the conformation of what God had given them, I soon started going to clinics put on by Monty Robins, John Lyons, and Pat Parelli, learning how to get in the horses head and starting colts, and in my spare time from that I was studying under an old Farrier learning the business under the horse.  By the time I hit my late teens, I had started breaking colts, and studying the art of Farriery. I went to work on my first Rach before heading to the Marine Corps in early 1989. In 1993 when I was honorably discharged.

 I then pursued the “Cowboy“  life, working Ranches, Feedlots, and shoeing working horses. I got to meet a lot of good cowboys, learning and studying their every move on how they rode their horses to how they worked their job.  In 1994 I ran into an older man that I later learned was a multi-world champion trainer, named David DeArmond. He took me under his wing and started teaching me there was more to riding horses than just getting them to ride, work ranches, and rope. He started my carrier as a horseman, and shoe=wing me how to “teach” and horse how to do things, learn a job, and perform a duty to earn them oats they were eating. This was a whole new gig for me; I was just working hard, taking it all in, and learning as much as I could. In the mid 90’s I started training cutting horses, This just made my life, lol. I was on top of the world.

After a severe injury to the knee, pelvic, and my head in 2004 I had to exit the cutting industry due to lack of finances. I still had my horseshoeing business, and breaking/starting colts to make a living. In 2008, I started studying under Dr. Rick Redden who is a world known Veterinarian that study’s nothing but the lower limb of the equine. My Shoeing business exploded, leaving me no time to ride outside horses, therefore retiring from professional training. In 2013 I was introduced to AHCA event. I was so intrigued from the comradery, horsemanship, and sportsmanship. I started competing in the challenges, and later that year became a judge after going thru the judge’s clinic put on by the president of the AHCA. I’m having a ball with the association and plan to be here for many years to come.

Warm regards,

Jason Bill

2B Performance Horses and Farrier Service

Sante Fe, TX

 

 

Nicole Bourque

 

AHCA Judge, Nicole Bourque grew up riding and competing on horses and mules.  Today she is the wife of Cory Bourque and the mother of 2 amazing children, Hunter and Haylee.  Nicole along with her husband owns and operates Cory Bourque Natural Horsemanship and Cowboy Dressage of Louisiana.  They provide riding lessons, clinics, and horse training in Abbeville, LA.  She stays busy with judging, announcing, and assisting/cheering on her family with their events.

 

 

Clayton Cummings

 

 

AHCA judge Clayton Cummings, grew up riding horses. It wasn’t until he was an adult that he began competing on his horses. Besides obstacle competitions, Clayton is an avid Team Roper.

He has judged events for Christian Youth Rodeo, along with local county rodeos; when he wasn’t judging he was a pickup man.

Clayton spent many years training, campaigning and judging horseback bird dog field trials. He has trained many AKC Field Champions and American Field Regional Champions.

After 30 years in the Carpenters Union, Clayton was able to retire; but a retiree he is not. Clayton has been a Farrier for 28 years and an Equine Dental Specialist for the past 6 years.

Clayton and his wife, Windy, have hosted many different horse events at their place. Their desire to see the AHCA grow, lend them to become affiliates in Kansas and established the Heartland AHCA.

Clayton enjoys visiting with members of AHCA and others in the horse industry about AHCA and believes in promoting AHCA in a positive manner.

 

Debbie Murry

 

Debbie Murry 54 years old I have lived my entire life in the saddle. My childhood was spent on horseback riding with my family and friends. I grew up competing at local horse shows and 4-H shows throughout Kansas and Missouri, where I won many yearend high point awards and state championships. I continued my equestrian interests after high school by working at a hunter/jumper/dressage stable as a groom, and exercise girl. Part of my job was to train off track thoroughbreds to jump and because of this, I got to work closely with veterinarians, Olympic, and international trainers. I then moved onto an apprenticeship opportunity at an Arabian and Saddlebred horse breeding/show barn. I worked up to the position of assistant trainer and breeding manager. We stood three stallions at stud, bred 75 outside mares and foaled out 20-30 mares/year along with a very hectic national show schedule. I am now married to a wonderful husband, we have two beautiful daughters, and our horses continue to be a family project. I have continued to breed, train and show our horses in APHA, NRHA, and local horse show circuit competitions, and more recently I have become interested in the trail/obstacle challenges competing in ACTHA, ETS, and currently AHCA. I have been involved with many local breed organizations and served on many committees within them. I continue to stay current with issues in our industry. I created and manage a Facebook page, KC Horse Events to share information with other equine enthusiasts in the Kansas City area. I enjoy learning about new ideas, and training methods, and of course I really enjoy the many friendships and experiences that I have made in AHCA and throughout the horse world.

 

 

Teri Smith

Teri started riding at a young age.  As a youth she spent as much time as she could in Texas on her uncle’s ranch.  Teri got a nice ranch horse from them to take home to Kansas City.  Turned out this horse liked to jump so she began learning a new riding style.  Taking lessons at Allendale gave her a great start in dressage and valuable instruction jumping.  Teri attended Texas Tech and majored in Park Administration and Agriculture.  While there she acquired some team roping and team penning skills.

Teri is a student of Tom Dorrance/Ray Hunt training offered by the Legacy instructors.  She has attended and hosted clinics for the past 18 years.  Teri has judged Hunter/Jumper shows and local saddle club shows around Kansas City.  Current judges’ cards held include ETX, EXCA, UHCA and AHCA.  Teri is currently working certification in Western Dressage, Working Equitation, and Ranch Horse competition.

 

2018 AHCA ADVISORY BOARD BALLOT

 

 

Vote for 5.

 

 

 

__________   KC Annison

 

 

__________   Tyler Ayler

 

 

__________   Jason Bill

 

 

__________   Nicole Bourque

 

 

__________   Clayton Cummings

 

 

__________   Debbie Murry

 

 

__________   Teri Smith

 

 

AHCA # ___________

 

 

 

Return by February 18, 2018.

Orion West Lighting 2017 AHCA National Finals Sponsor

We are very excited to announce Orion West Equine Lighting as a sponsor for the 2017 AHCA National Finals.  Visit their website and like them on Facebook.  They have given us some awesome products for National awards.  A huge THANK YOU to Orion West Equine Lighting.  www.equinelighting.com,.

Advisory Board Ballot

The ballot included in the newsletter has an error.  Here is the corrected ballot.  We’re sorry for any confusion this may have caused.  Please vote by April 22, 2017.

2017 AHCA ADVISORY BOARD BALLOT Corrected

May/April 2017 Newsletter

March-April 2017 Newsletter.3

Announcing Missouri Foxtrotter and AHCA Partnership

MFTHBA, American Horseman’s Challenge Association Partner to Recognize Missouri Fox Trotters

 

Missouri Fox Trotting Horses competing in American Horseman’s Challenge Association (AHCA) events now have the potential of winning special awards from the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA).  Two special high point programs will be offered to registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horses.

 

The first will focus on the Top 5 High Point Winners for AHCA competition year which is underway now and will continue through September 10, 2017.  Points may be accrued at any ACHA sanctioned event.  The ACHA will tabulate the points based on results from each event.  No additional recordkeeping is required from participating owners.  The MFTHBA will present Top 5 winners custom prizes to recognize their national Top 5 High Point win.  To be eligible to receive awards, horses must be registered with the MFTHBA and the current owner must be a MFTHBA member.

 

The second High Point award will be given at the AHCA National Finals scheduled for October 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2017 in Sedalia, Missouri.  The MFTHBA will present the registered Missouri Fox Trotting Horse accruing the most points at the event with a custom belt buckle.

 

“Missouri Fox Trotters continue to excel in trail obstacle challenge events,” shared Aaron Stanifer, MFTHBA President. “We are excited to partner with the AHCA to recognize Missouri Fox Trotting Horses competing in their events.”

 

Visit www.mfthba.com for more information on the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse

We Ride Sport and Trail Magazine

Check out the AHCA article in We Ride Sport and Trail Horse Magazine.https://joom.ag/zF9Q

May 2016 Newsletter

Attached is the May 2016 Newsletter.  It includes the advisory board ballot.

 

May 16 Newletter Website

May Events

2016 Advisory Board Election

It’s Advisory Board Election Time

 

This year we are electing four new members to the advisory board.  Four members will serve a two year term replacing the board members that have completed their term. We thank all outgoing board members for their time and input on AHCA matters.

 

Below are AHCA members who have accepted the nomination to serve on the advisory board.  Please vote for four.   A ballot is attached at the end and can also be found on the website.  Your ballot can be mailed to AHCA, PO Box 350, Swartz Creek, MI  48473 or emailed to info@ahcamail.com or private message Rhonda Miller-Lebbin on FB.  Only members with current regular memberships are eligible to vote.  Please include your AHCA number (if you know it) on your ballot.  It would be appreciated if you would return your ballot by June 1, 2016.

 

KC Annison

 

I started riding horses with my grandfather before I could walk.  I snuck out and climbed on my first solo ride at age two and a half.  My mom gave in and I got a horse of my own when I was four years old.  I started showing horses at age eight and won my first championship at the age of nine.  Horses have been my life’s work since I started professionally training at age ten and continue to enjoy training horses and teaching people about these amazing creatures today.  My favorite classes have always been cutting, reining, and trail.  My office is filled with trophies and trophy saddles but my greatest accomplishments are found in the accomplishments of the people I have instructed over the years.  I live, as I have always lived, just west of Zachary, Louisiana, near the Mississippi River on the beautiful property of Piddlers Paradise, the land of my ancestry. I have been an AHCA member and judge from its beginning.  I was one of the judge’s at the 2014 National Finals.

 

Jason Bill

 

Born and raised in Oklahoma, my mom was a police officer, and my grandfather (my mom’s dad) was a cattle rancher. I spent most of my weeks in school and working in rual Oklahoma City, and my weekends and summers on my grandfather’s cattle ranch. Grnadpa didnt have much use for a horse due to he could call to the cattle and theyd come up and into the pens. So my horse expierence started at the age of 12, when my mom won a 2yr-old colt at a hunter jumper show in Oklahoma City. i was charged with breaking this what I now call “a total idiot”. as time moved on I started riding other peoples horses, just loping and riding the rough off, not training by no means. My mom had sent me to some John Lyons symposiums to try to learn more about horsemanship. She knew I had the bug and was well on my way to becoming a hand at handling horses. i was also fascinated with the blacksmith that came out and took care of the horses feet. I wanted to learn more about this “very cool”  job that was called “Blacksmith”.

I was able to talk the Blacksmith into letting me ride wiht him after school and on the weekends. by the time I was 16 I was trimming my own horses and a few of the neighbors at the bording stables were at(grandpa wouldnt let us keep the horse on the ranch, like i said, he had no use for horses).

I joined the U.S.M.C. about a year after highschool in 1989, after bening honorably dicharged in 1993, I came back to Oklahoma. i then took a job as a ranch hand in Cushing Oklahoma, breaking horses, riding fence, and caring for the cattle. I then took a job in Ulysses Kansas on a feed lot riding pens for about 6 moths, then moved on to a feed lot in Pratt Kansas, From there I got hired on the Comanche Cattle Company in Cold Water Kansas as a “working cowboy”, the ranch was 80 thousand acres. I thought to myself, “this is the life”, I love it, as close to God and I felt I could get. I went on to work other ranch’s, and feedlots over the next 5 years through out Kansas, Oklahoma, and West Texas. As my horsemanship skills improved i started getting noticed at some of the sales I was turning my horses at. I got a call to come work at Shawnee Farms on Shawnee Oklahoma working for Roy Browning( owner of “The Ol Man”), We stood stallions such as Rare Bar, Pure D Dash, Special Show, and Public Enemy. Here is where my “training” career took off, I started race horses, and started getting horses sent to me to “start” for a cutting horse trainer by the name of David DeArmond, and Mr Pat Paterson. I didnt know who these older gentlemen were til after they came to wach me ride a couple of colts. from there i was hired to work for Mr David DeArmond( owner of Red Top, and Tequila Tom), Being a former Marine Mr Dave and I clicked and became very close. He took me under his wing and became the only father figure I had ever had my entire life, I was accepted into his family as one of them, as still remains to this day.(remind you all this time I was shoeing horses, and a rodeo clown/bull fighter in every spare moment I could to make money to survive.)

After moving to Texas in January 2000(after i figured out the lights were gonna stay on), I started training cutting horses, and showing. my shoeing business was also taking off like a scalded dog as well, i had horses coming in for training, shoeing horses in the evening and showing cutters on the weekends. In 2003 i had gotten severly injured in a shoeing accident, I had gotten kicked in the knee, cracked my pelvic, and cought one in the head knocking me out. that was the turning point of my training career. After recovering from the incident, i was on to shoeing horses full time, and riding my own horses. I stepped off into the podiatry end of my shoeing career, working with veternarians and studying under world known vets such as Dr Rick Redden, Dr Sammy Pittman, and Dr Amy Rutker. My shoeing business exploded, being called form one vets office to another to help work on lame horses and getting them back on track to sound.

In 2012 I was introduced to the American Horsemenship Challenge Association by my now fiance’ Shelly Sylvester. I was amazed at the comrodery, sportsmanship and horsemandhsip that this organization promoted. I immidiately joined and was hooked. being a farrier i had been shoring for all disiplines of equine events from back yard pets, to cutting, jumping, rodeo horses, to obstacle event horses, to carriage horses(Drafts). The A.H.C.A. was the only organization I had seen with the comrodery, horsemanship, and the sportsmanship was impressive.

I did not ask to be on the board avisory of the A.C.H.A, I was nominated, and not by “family”. I dont play politics very well, I tell it like it is, call a spade a spade. I’m the first to admit when I am wrong and will do what I can to right the wrong. I want to help this organization grow, and help the new horse owners learn how fun riding horses can be. Its great when you as a rider and your horse become a team to work thru “obstacles” of every day life.

thanks for the nomination, hope to see yall soon..

Jason Bill

Kent Kramer

1953 :  My experience with horses started by driving a team of horses for a neighbor, the team was hauling hay.  My first ride was on a Percheron with a harness on, I was standing on the traces and hanging onto the hames.

1962 – 1984: Career in US Coast Guard, retired as Chief Warrant Officer W4.

1975:  Acquired two Welsh ponies for my kids.  Have owned horses continually from that time on.

1990-2016: Moved to Pickford, Michigan and have built and continually approved upon the farm business and horse business/facility

1962 – 2016:  Many Leadership roles in USCG and church campgrounds.  I have served on various Boards for 30+ years and I am familiar with board administration, budgeting procedures, meeting protocol, etc.  I have been a self-sustained Pastor for Community of Christ church since 1978.

Currently I am co-owner of Eagles Flight Arena with my daughter and granddaughter.  We own 120 acres with an indoor and outdoor arena, 5 miles of working trails, board horses, hay production, etc. I have also assisted with the  trail competitions we have held at the facility, as well as helping to Judge the AQHA sponsored trail challenges we have held in the past.

I am open to answering any questions you might have and I look forward to doing what needs to be done to help this Association grow and prosper.

Karen LaRue

I work in Environmental, Health and Safety for the Natural Gas Pipeline Division of Kinder Morgan.  I am the recipient of the President’s Award for Volunteerism and currently serve as treasurer of the Board for the Galveston Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA).

 

I am skilled in event planning and administration and fundraising, and have helped to organize and grow a yearly benefit for the Galveston CCA; the event grew from raising $80,000 in 2012, to $100,000 in 2013, and in 2014 earned more than $175,000.

 

I rode horses back in my teens and twenties in Central New York where I grew up.  Then came life… marriage, kids, work, etc.  After my son graduated from high school, I began to volunteer at a Rescue Operation for Horses.  It was there that I realized that my love for horses had never waned.  I adopted a skinny sorrel gelding named Mowgli.  Lucky for me, I met Shelly Sylvester and began to take riding lessons.  When Shelly decided to start a Gulf Coast Affiliate of the AHCA in Texas, I was there to handle the administrative side.  I fell in love with the Organization, the founders, and especially the riders and their horses. Everyone in this organization seems to share the same family values, ideals and are like-minded in their love of the horse.  I would like to be on the Board as I believe that with my skill-set and growing knowledge of the horsemanship world that I can be an asset to the organization.

 

I also enjoy fishing, and spending quality time with my husband of 27 years, James; my son Jake; and my other four legged friends, my African Sulcata Tortoise – Miss Kitty and our three dogs Rocky, Zoe, and Sushi.

 

Cricket Nelson

 

Ho my name is Cricket Nelson, I started with AHCA in 2012 and have been enjoying it ever since. I have attended nationals the past 3 years and am a founding member of Middle of the Mitten AHCA. I would love to be able to help this organization move forward and get many more people involved.

 

 

Teri Smith

 

I’ve had a fulfilling life with horses. Starting with a ranch horse from Texas, as a youngster was fortunate to find work at a local camp/academy who brought in various trainers from all over the country and from several disciplines. My background includes team penning, a little team roping, hunter/jumper, dressage and trail riding. I have had the opportunity to train in Canada for 2 weeks with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I am a certified Mounted Police instructor. I own and operate Kitty Hawk Ranch in Kansas City, MO. I enjoy traveling with my horses and friends. Judging has become my career focus at this time and I am striving to be certified in several associations and venue. Learning is living. Helping people and horses is my passion.

 

 

Brandy VonHolten

Brandy was originally from Texas but spent half of her childhood in Arkansas.  She graduated high school, obtained her BS in Biology, and her BA in Criminal Justice in Arkansas.  She moved to Missouri in 2003, where she completed her Masters in Teaching.  She was a science teacher from 2004-2015, with teaching assignments that spanned from 4th grade to college.  Equine competition consisted of barrel racing, poles, and sorting before her first obstacle competition in 2013.  It was at a double sanctioned UHCA/EXCA event that she realized that there were huge gaps in her equine training.  At that competition she placed last in the Novice division and was disqualified in the Intermediate division for going over the 10 minute time limit.  This was not the results Brandy was use to achieving in her competitive sports.  In fact, Brandy competed in full contact martial arts for 22 years, and is a decorated heavy weight fighter that has represented the USA in international competitions in 5 countries.  The weekend before her first obstacle competition, she had fought in Oklahoma City and qualified for nationals as a World Class Athlete in two divisions.  Needless to say, a new fire had sparked that day.

Brandy never returned to the ring and dove head first into obstacle competition.  By the end of 2013, Brandy finished 3rd overall in the Novice division and 6th overall in the Intermediate division in the UHCA.  In 2014, she won the Championship Buckle and Championship Saddle in the Novice division, and placed 5th overall in the Intermediate division.  She also qualified for EXCA Worlds in the Novice division.  She went to Worlds and placed 6th overall out of 28 competitors.  In 2015, Brandy won the Reserve Champion Buckle in the Intermediate division and qualified for EXCA Worlds in the Intermediate division.  However, in 2014, Brandy and her husband purchased his family’s century farm and turned it into an equine trail riding facility called Von Holten Ranch.  In order to prepare for a large event at their facility, she was not able to attend EXCA Worlds.  This is where AHCA introduced itself to Brandy.  She competed in her first ever event as an Open rider at AHCA Nationals and placed 3rd overall.  She is currently a certified judge for ACTHA, ETS, AHCA, and UHCA.

 

 

 

Stacy Westbrook

Hello my name is Stacy Westbrook. I have owned horses since I was 3yrs old. my daughter and I have been involved with AHCA since 2012. We have been blessed to attend national events since 2013 and I became a judge in 2015 with AHCA. This organization means a lot to my daughter and I as it is based on principles that we live our lives by. I love the fact that this organization focuses on horsemanship so that we may mold our children to ride correctly. I would enjoy working with the board members to continue to grow our AHCA family and support our future riders so that they will have the knowledge and horsemanship to exceed in any event they would like. Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 AHCA ADVISORY BOARD BALLOT

 

 

Vote for 4.

 

 

 

__________   KC Annison

 

 

__________   Jason Bill

 

 

__________   Karen LaRue

 

 

__________   Kent Kramer

 

 

__________   Cricket Nelson

 

 

__________   Teri Smith

 

 

__________   Brandy Von Holten

 

 

__________   Stacy Westbrook

 

 

 

AHCA # ___________

 

 

 

Return by June 1, 2016.

2016 National Finals Buy In Option

AHCA will offer a Buy In Option for the 2016 National Finals.   Many members aren’t able to qualify for Nationals due to a lack of affiliates near them. Where there is no affiliate within 200 miles of the membership address the member will have the opportunity to buy into Nationals. The fee for the first horse to compete would be $150.   Every additional horse or additional entry after the first one would be an $25. This fee would be in addition to the regular entry fee.
A charter or lifetime member will be entitled to bring one entry to Nationals annually without qualifying that horse or paying the buy in fee. They would still have to pay the regular entry fee.

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