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Sport Horse and Dressage Championships - Update!

We are moving the Region 2 Sport Horse and Dressage Championship in 2022! 

Stay tuned for the location and dates!  We are planning something special for you!

Nancy Goertzen


Thornburgh Endurance Ride - Update

The Thornburgh endurance ride on October 30th is also the AHA Region 2 Championship 50 mile ride. You must be an AHA member with a competition card to cross enter and your horse must be registered with the Arabian Horse Association. For your $25 entry fee you will receive a cross entry award and if you finish, a completion award also. Best Condition for Arabian and Half Arabian will each receive a gift card for a 10 pound bucket of Platinum Performance Equine supplement generously donated by Platinum Performance. Champion and Top 5 in each division will also receive awards. The cross entry form is included in the on-line entry info on the AERC website. Come on out and have a great ride!



Nancy Goertzen


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Region 2 Championship Show - Update

June 15 – 18, 2022


I am pleased to announce that the Region 2 Championship Show will remain in Santa Barbara at the Earl Warren Showgrounds for 2022!  This was a request from many of you that have contacted me and talked with me this past June.

With the help of generous sponsors and donors, we are pleased to return to a location loved by so many. We do listen, and appreciate your input.

The length of the show has been shortened to only 4 days which helps with the expenses of the facility as their fees have greatly increased.  With only 450 stalls without the ability to have portables, we suggest you get your entries in early.


If you plan to bring an RV, reservations are made directly with Earl Warren – information is on their website – click on RV Reservations tab and choose you space.


Officials are being hired, class schedule revised and refined – the goal is to make our show fun, and we need you there to enjoy and support the Region. 
It is a show, at a location that you wanted, so please plan to attend….see you in Santa Barbara, June 15 – 18, 2022.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Nancy Goertzen

Region 2 Director




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2020 Region 2 Championship - Photos and Video!

A few photos and video from this year's show. 


It's not work if you love what you do!


Photo Gallery:

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2020 Region 2 Championship Show - Judges Cards and Horse List are now Online!


Judges Cards: View/download

Horse List: View/Download






2020 Region 2 - Youth Scholarship Winners!

Congratulation to Natalie Zavala, Jaclyn Thacker, Flora ElmColone and Hayden Becker! 

We awarded 4 scholarships Friday evening in center ring.  Two $1,000  and two $500 scholarships for a total of $3,000.
$1.000  Flora ElmColone
$1,000  Natalie Zavala
$  500  Hayden Becker
$  500  Jacki Thacker

2020 Region 2 - Youth Scholarship Winners

From left to right:

Kim Dahmen - Scholarship Committee Member
Katie Russell - Scholarship Chair
Jackie Thacker - Region 2 Youth President
Nancy Goertzen - Incoming Region 2 Director
Natalie Zavala - Region 2 Youth Vice President 
Joyce Schroeder - Region 2 Director

Unable to attend the ceremony:
Flora ElmColone
Hayden Becker
Gordon Walter - Scholarship Committee Member


A big thank you to show photographer, Kelly Kenneally for the photos!

 Kelly Kenneally
Kelly Kenneally Photography
Rohnert Park, CA

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US Equestrian Approves COVID-19 Related Rule Modifications for 2020


The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved modifications to USEF rules in accordance with a resolution approved by the Board of Directors to address issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. A summary of these modifications is listed below and the full content of each modification can be viewed on the USEF website by clicking hereAdditional rule modifications are currently under review and will be published soon.

Modifications to USEF Rules

The modifications listed below are effective immediately and remain in effect for the remainder of the 2020 competition year.

USEF Entry Blank – GR908.5, GR908.6 and GR916

All breeds and disciplines

Removed language regarding the USEF Release, Assumption of Risk, Waiver and Indemnification which is no longer relevant due to the existence of a new USEF Release, Assumption of Risk, Waiver and Indemnification.

Horse Entry Standard – HJ101, HJ104, HJ109, HJ110, HJ111, HJ112 and HJ113

Hunter & H/J Licensed Competitions

The Horse Entry Standard for Premier, National, Two-Day Restricted Junior Amateur, Regional I and Regional II hunter rated competitions is waived. Competitions will NOT be reclassified to a lower rating based on the Horse Entry Standard.

Hunter Prize Money – HJ109.7c

Hunter & H/J Licensed Competitions

Premier and National hunter rated competitions must continue to offer a minimum of $24,000 at Premier and $5,000 at National hunter rated competitions in the rated hunter sections. However, at Premier hunter rated competitions, if sections are canceled or entries are insufficient to award all prize money, competitions will NOT be required to pool and redistribute additional money not awarded to the champions and the reserve champions of the remaining “A” rated hunter sections. These competitions will NOT be reclassified to a lower rating based on the amount of hunter prize money paid.

Combining and Dividing of Sections or Classes – HU155, HU158, HU162.1 and HU162.5

Hunter & H/J Licensed Competitions

Adds language providing guidance on combining and dividing of sections or classes.

Paramedics – HJ105.1h

Hunter & H/J Licensed Competitions

If the services of a Paramedic cannot be secured for a Premier hunter rated competition, an EMT may be substituted.

Officiating Limitations for Stewards and Technical Delegates – GR1034

All breeds and disciplines

The limitations of GR 1034.4, GR 1034.5 and GR 1034.6 are waived. These rules limited the number of times a steward or technical delegate could officiate in a specific area or at a specific competition within a certain period of time.

Officiating Limitations for Judges – GR1038.4, GR1038.5 and GR1038.6

All breeds and disciplines

The limitations of GR 1038.4, GR 1038.5 and GR 1038.6 are waived. These rules limited the number of times a judge could officiate in a specific area or specific competition within a certain period of time.

Braiding – HU147, HU148, SP111, HK116 and HK143

Hackney, Hunter and Shetland

Ladies Side Saddle Classes – The requirement to braid the mane and tail of horses in these classes is waived.
Shetland – The requirement to have one braid in the foretop and immediately back of the bridle is waived.
Hackney – All braiding must be done by the pony’s owner, exhibitor, trainer or member of the stable’s staff.

Equipment Inspections – PF127, WD120, WD124 and WD129

Paso Fino and Western Dressage

*Presidential Modifications involving equipment inspections in other breeds and disciplines are forthcoming and will be published soon

Paso Fino – All equipment inspections must be done visually.
Western Dressage– All equipment inspections must be done visually.

Additional Information

Timelines and Deadlines

Waivers to application submission dates and process timelines under the following rules shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GR302.1.d. - Holding application for more than 30 days.
GR302.1.h.1 - Date change less than 30 days from comp
GR302.1.h.1.b - Date change less than 240 days from comp
GR302.1.h.3 - Rating change less than 30
GR302.2.g.1 - Must submit eventing competition license 240 days prior to start of competition
GR306 - Inactive competitions
GR315.4.b - 240 day mileage deadline
GR315.4.d - 21 days PDH response
GR904 - Changes in Prize List
GR1212 - Prize Lists

Mileage Exemption Fee Waiver

The mileage exemption fee has not been waived. However, if a provisional denial is reviewed again at a later date, there is no additional mileage exemption fee.

Competition Cancellation Fee

The competition cancellation fee is waived for the remainder of the 2020 competition year.

If you have any questions regarding this modification to USEF rules, please contact Katlynn Sacco at ksacco@usef.org.


AHA Weekly Covid-19 Response - May 15, 2020

New Important Information: 

AHA Town Hall with Nancy Harvey will be held Tuesday, May 19 at 6pm MDT. The topic will be the Mid Summer Nationals. Questions can be submitted to Marketing@arabianhorses.org prior to Monday, May 18 at 6pm MDT. The webinar can be accessed through our Facebook Page or Zoom.

Canadian Futurity Halter Classes will be moved to U.S. Nationals for 2020.

For 2020 the Performance Futurity/Maturity/Derby Program enrollment fee deadline(s) have been adjusted. The first payment for program enrollment has been adjusted to July 1 or enrollment can be paid in full. A follow up email will be sent with more specifics regarding futurities. 

Link to PowerPoint from AHA Show Management Webinar.

New USEF Waivers:

USEF Shows wishing to change to Value Shows may do so by contacting the AHA Competitions Department (for non-Regional and National Shows).

Qualifications that have been waived at this point:

  • All Regional Shows
  • Youth National and Mid Summer Classic Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show
  • Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show
  • U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show
  • Qualifications for Yearling Sweepstakes Classes are also waived

What is the emergency response team working on?

  • The emergency response team has had calls every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • All fees will be refundable for Youth, Mid Summer, and Sport Horse Nationals will be refundable (except for the office fees) if the shows are not held. We are currently planning for Youth, Mid Summer, Sport Horse, Distance and U.S. Nationals.
  • The team has been compiling statistics on cancelled and rescheduled regionals, there are many ongoing updates and the team addresses them daily. The most up to date information on Regional Show Status can be found here

How to reach the emergency response team? 

2020 Region 2 Championship Update

Updated Entry Form- Now Online!

Click here to view show page

May 5, 2020

Canadian National Horse Show Suspended for 2020

Knowing that exhibitors, judges, volunteers and vendors, patrons and sponsors face ongoing health concerns related to travel to and from Canada and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian National Show Commission has decided to suspend the 2020 Canadian National Championship Arabian and Half/Anglo Arabian Horse Show which was scheduled for August, 2020. The status of the Canadian border is still in flux along with current quarantine and provincial travel restrictions. It is our sincere desire to announce this change early enough for our exhibitors, vendors, sponsors and patrons to make the necessary changes to their plans before additional costs are incurred. This is a decision that was not made lightly and was made with a great deal of sadness.

“My heart goes out to all of the people who are involved in the Canadian National Horse Show and who are impacted by this decision,” said President Nancy Harvey. “So many of our exhibitors look forward to this show as the highlight of their year and have been working hard toward this show, with the VS outbreak of 2019, 2020 was to be their year.”

We thank all of the enthusiasts who have gathered at Canadian National time and again to renew long-standing friendships, celebrate our wonderful horses and who give so generously as patrons and sponsors of the show. We so look forward to the 2021 Canadian National Horse Show and we have already begun to plan the event to make sure it will be a show to remember.

The Arabian Horse Association is committed to giving our exhibitors a place to show if they wish, and as promised, we have become creative in our development of that place.

Today, we announce the Youth National Horse show will be hosting the Mid Summer National Championships for 2020. This show will be a one time National Championship show with adult and open classes in many divisions for those who would like to go show. As with Youth Nationals, qualifications for this show will be waived for 2020. The show dates will be July 16 - July 25, 2020 in Oklahoma City, OK. As the Canadian National decision has just recently been made, we will be announcing the exact configuration and class schedule for the Mid Summer National Championships by May 19th.

The Arabian Horse Association, our staff and leadership hope that all of you are staying healthy and we appreciate your patience. Look for information coming on the Town Hall on May 19th.

Please direct questions in the meantime to nationalevents@arabianhorses.org.


USEF Announcement - April 25, 2020

Dear USEF Members and Competition Organizers (Licensees and Managers),

We continue to carefully monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic situation and the position of health experts, including the CDC and other public health authorities. It appears that in several areas of the country, restrictions put in place by State Governors, such as the “stay-at-home” orders, are making a positive difference. Federal, state and local governments are discussing plans for re-opening the environment in the near future. However, this will not occur overnight and will very likely consist of a graduated easing of restrictions over several weeks, which may vary greatly state-to-state, as well as within the states themselves.

The success of these plans is predicated on a mindful and responsible approach to easing restrictions while also maintaining best practices that we have all learned and adopted in order to reduce exposure to and transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Once USEF competitions resume, we must all continue to support and maintain these best practices as part of our daily activities to help prevent further disruptions to our lives. We hope that resumption of competition comes soon.

With that in mind, the suspension of all USEF owned and named events, selection trials, training camps, clinics and activities is being extended through May 31, 2020. This suspension also includes points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF award programs, USEF owned and named events, or selection to a US team including USEF National Championships. Upon the expiration of this suspension, competitions must comply with requirements issued by USEF for operating sport horse competitions in this environment.

Collaborating with competition organizers, affiliate leaders and other industry experts, USEF has been developing competition protocols for safely operating competitions and mitigating the risks associated with COVID-19. Once finalized, we will be providing all competition organizers with these protocols as well as other risk mitigation tools for their use. These tools and resources will also be front-facing on our website and accessible by all members and website visitors.

We have been working on amendments to qualification and selection processes for numerous USEF owned and named events as well as how USEF HOTY awards and ranking lists are calculated. We have started announcing modifications that will make the process as fair as possible for all participants, despite the disruption to the competition year and the likelihood of a staggered regional start-up.

We have received inquiries as to whether USEF will grant exemptions to the junior competitor age restrictions, equine age restrictions and equine eligibility restrictions based on competitive experience. While these topics are being discussed, it is still too early to make definitive conclusions regarding these issues.

We will continue to assess the pandemic impact, and we will keep you informed of any updates to our position as circumstances warrant or as instructed by the government and public health authorities.

The safety and welfare of our members and their horses must continue to be our top priority.

Stay safe,

William J. Moroney
Chief Executive Officer



Upcoming Town Hall Meeting:

Tuesday, April 28 at 6 pm MDT with Nancy Harvey
Available live on the AHA Facebook Page and through this link.
Questions need to be submitted to marketing@arabianhorses.org by Monday, April 27 at 6pm MDT.

AHA Weekly Covid-19 Response: April 24, 2020

Qualifications that have been waived at this point:
  • All Regional Shows
  • Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show
  • We are monitoring regional shows and their potential to be held in order to make determination on qualifications for other national shows.
What is the emergency response team working on?
  • The emergency response team has had calls every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • On Monday, the team discussed the following:
  • AHA will be putting out recommended guidelines that include safety protocols for upcoming shows, we have been working with other breeds and disciplines on putting together a comprehensive list
  • The team continues to have conversations regarding cancelling shows and how that may affect the qualifications for our national shows.
  • At this point, sport horse regional shows are cancelling at a faster rate than other regional shows
  • There is a protocol in place on how the qualifications for Canadian, Sport Horse and U.S. Nationals will be waived
  • On Wednesday, the team discussed the following:
  • We will be hosting a town hall meeting with Nancy Harvey on Tuesday, April 28 at 6pm MDT
  • More discussion regarding qualifications, each of our national shows is unique and the waiving of qualifications will reflect their individuality
  • The emergency response team is here and available to help and shows on establishing protocols, finding judges and stewards, and whatever else we can do to help support your upcoming horse show!
  • On Thursday, the team discussed the following:
  • Town hall meeting, please submit questions by Monday, April 27 at 6pm MDT
  • Further discussions about qualifications
How to reach the emergency response team? 


Important Message from AHDF During Covid 19

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March 30, 2020
AHA Updates from Board of Directors Meeting

Dear Arabian Horse Association Members,

We would like to start off by thanking you, our members and the community, for the support, patience, and understanding you have given us as we navigate this unprecedented situation. It is our number one priority to promote safety. Therefore, we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the health of our staff and community. The leadership of the Arabian Horse Association including the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Emergency Response Team, Budget and Finance Committee and AHA Staff have been working tirelessly to adapt to this ever-changing world. This leadership has worked tirelessly to ensure the financial stability of AHA in this upcoming fiscal year which begins April 1, 2020 and ends March 31, 2021.

The leadership of AHA have met and made the following changes. The items listed below are organized by the points of emphasis outlined by the Emergency Response Team.

1. Establishing confidence with our members

Multiple avenues have been created for consistent and transparent communication to our membership.

All qualifications requirements for 2020 Regional shows have been waived.

All qualification requirements for the 2020 Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show have been waived.

2. Fiscal responsibility to AHA

Funds allocated for staff raises and 401k matching have been eliminated effective immediately.

The hiring of an Executive Vice President for the Arabian Horse Association will be delayed. After Glenn Petty's retirement on June 30, the Executive Committee will be working with Senior Staff to insure that the day to day activities of the association are still being addressed in an efficient way.

The 2020 August Board of Directors meeting has been changed from in-person to a zoom conference to alleviate the expenses to AHA and the individual Regions affected by this pandemic.

No money will be spent from the Half Arabian Designated Fund.

The Judges and Stewards in-person School and Seminar will be cancelled for 2020. The Judge's and Stewards Commissioner's office is working on alternative web-based education for our officials and will be working with USEF to request extensions on license maintenance requirements.

Travel expenditures of staff and volunteers of the Arabian Horse Association must be approved by the Executive Vice President and/or the President effective immediately. Officials and staff at our national events have been instructed to hold on purchasing of travel for those events until travel and event restrictions are lifted.

The Executive Committee of the Arabian Horse Association approve travel expenses by the President of the Arabian Horse Association.

We believe these actions will save AHA approximately $300,000 during this upcoming fiscal year.

3 and 4. Plan for Shows and Recovery Post COVID-19

The Arabian Horse Association is a member service organization that has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and we realize that all of our members have also been affected at very different levels by this pandemic. After much discussion between the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Emergency Response Team and Budget and Finance Committee, it was determined that we have a fiduciary responsibility to the health and continuation of the Breed Association. Therefore, the following was decided upon unanimously by the Board of Directors:

A $25 per horse recovery charge at regional horse shows be paid to the Arabian Horse Association to offset the revenue loss of shows cancelled in 2020.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night on the AHA Town Hall,

Nancy Harvey
Arabian Horse Association President



March 28, 2020
Letter from the President of the
Arabian Horse Association

Dear AHA members,

As I was writing this message, I received an emergency alert that people in my area of California are required to stay inside until April 19th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When this year began with such excitement as we were able to present the Arabian horse on the national stage at the Tournament of Roses, who would have guessed it would evolve to where we are now, and we are only 90 days into 2020. This week, US Equestrian announced that they are extending the moratorium on recording USEF approved horse show results through May 3rd from the originally announced April 16th. The impact of COVID-19 is being felt worldwide and everyday there is a new twist with uncharted territory for all of us.

I know that everyone is worried and downright scared and looking for reassurance, this is a frightening time for all of us. Will we be able to return to our livelihood after this is over or will this change our way of life forever? When will it end, when will we be able to ride and spend time with our fellow horse lovers? What an uncertain time in which we live. What a hard time for all of us. I know you all have questions. Will Youth Nationals, Canadian Nationals, Sport Horse and US Nationals be held, now that many of our local shows have been canceled. Will my Regional show be held? If one is held, will it be safe for me to attend? Some of us can't even go see our horses right now, and one of the reasons we have horses, for the love and stability that they bring to our lives, has been taken away. As AHA President, I want, more than anything in this world, to be able to provide you with answers and something to plan for, but I can't right now and probably not for some time to come. I can only ask you to be patient and to tell you that we are working diligently daily to find our way through this. I know for me personally, this is altering the way I look at the world.

As a licensed official (Judge and Steward), I have always been taught to look at the many sides of a situation, not to jump to conclusions until the facts are known and arrive at a decision in a calm and measured way. I believe this is the approach we need now. At this point, I can tell you that AHA, our staff, the Emergency Response Team, your Executive Committee, Budget and Finance Committee and Board of Directors are committed to find the fairest solutions in a situation that is not fair. The Board is meeting almost weekly, the Executive Committee is meeting multiple days each week and the Emergency Response Team, daily.

Today, I can only say that everyone should take this CRISIS seriously so that hopefully it will pass sooner than later. We must take this one day at a time. I sincerely request that you do your best to exercise patience now. The Emergency Response team and our staff are monitoring all our related equestrian and Agricultural organizations, as well as the requirements from the government. We are listening to you and your concerns and are trying to balance them with the needs of our clubs and Regions. We are planning daily on how our programs and competitions can return to some kind of normalcy with a reasonably level playing field. You have my personal promise on this; I am working everyday to make sure you will be able to compete as soon as it is safe to do so.

We will all get through this eventually. It is hard on everyone individually and our breed and the sport collectively. It is a potentially life-threatening disease that can devastate us on so many levels. AHA and I need your support so that we continue to look at the big picture and work toward our eventual recovery from this very life altering event we are all experiencing and then we can direct our focus to our sport.

You will be hearing from us shortly on the changes the BOD has made to prepare AHA for the future. None of these decisions were taken lightly and involved research and input from many. As the situation plays out, I may have more announcements. I want to thank the members of the EC, the BOD, the B&F, and the Response Team for all the hours they have devoted to helping AHA.

The Emergency Response team will be holding a Town Hall on March 31st. You can direct questions for that Town Hall to marketing@arabianhorses.org.
Please take care of yourself and others.

Best Regards,
Nancy Harvey, AHA President

USEF Update on COVID-19: Suspension Extended

March 25, 2020

Dear USEF Members and Competition Organizers (Licensees and Managers),

We are all anxious for equestrian sport to start up again and for our families and friends to return to their normal lives pre-COVID-19 Pandemic. We also understand the financial pain that this is having on so many in our industry. We, too, at USEF are feeling that pain. However, we are not through this yet. The pandemic continues to cause unprecedented impact throughout the world. The Las Vegas World Cup Finals were canceled. The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are being rescheduled. So, we must all work diligently to address the situation. We greatly appreciate those of you who have joined us in our community-wide effort to responsibly address the COVID-19 virus outbreak by canceling competitions and choosing not to compete during this critical period. This is the only way to flatten the curve of this virus and let us all get back to some level of normal. So as promised, here is an updated position on USEF competitions.

The original 30-day suspension that became effective March 16, 2020, is being extended through May 3, 2020. Effective today, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics and activities will be suspended through May 3, 2020 consistent with recommendations by the CDC. Due to the importance of keeping the members of our equestrian community and their families safe, USEF strongly recommends that competition organizers suspend all USEF licensed competitions across the country and that equestrians do not compete for this same time period. For those competitions that choose to run and can do so in accordance with the CDC, State, and Local recommendations, there will be no accumulation or points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF award programs, USEF owned events, or selection to a US team during this time period. This includes USEF National Championships.

Again, we are cognizant of the ramifications that extensions have on the lives of our members, support personnel and the events that fall within this time period, and the significant impact they have on qualifications for, and the operation of, major events that might be occurring later in the year. With that in mind, our President, Murray Kessler, has already informed me he intends to use his Presidential Modification authority to waive mileage rules and allow for major events to be rescheduled later in the year and has instructed us to develop a fair method for altering qualifications for these events. With that direction, USEF has already implemented mechanisms to provide for flexibility and the ability to make necessary modifications to responsibly manage the competition calendar in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are engaging with organizers daily and continue to review situations on a case-by-case basis.

Important Reminder: If you need to cancel a license or have questions about postponing your event to another date, please contact Katlynn Sacco at ksacco@usef.org.

We continue to closely monitor the situation and we pledge to keep you informed about any updates to our position as circumstances warrant or as instructed by Public Health authorities.

If you need assistance or have any other questions that fall into the following areas, please contact the person listed below using their email address.

Lisa Owens

Katlynn Sacco

Licensed Officials
Alina Brazzil

FEI Sport
Will Connell

National Sport
Terri Dolan

Marketing & Comm
Vicki Lowell
David Harris

Information Tech
Justin Provost

D&M Office
Dr. Stephen Schumacher

General Counsel
Sonja Keating

Bill Moroney

The equestrian community is a resilient one and despite these times of uncertainty resulting from the virus outbreak, we are confident that by working together and persevering, we will overcome the obstacles and come out the other side to once again enjoy the horse sports we love so much.

Be safe,

William J. Moroney
Chief Executive Officer

Official Statement from US Equestrian on Postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

March 24, 2020

Dear USEF Members,

We received official confirmation today from the IOC and Organizing Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games that in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic both organizations have jointly decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021. Prioritizing the safety and health of athletes, staff, and spectators is paramount during this challenging time, and we applaud and support their difficult decision.

The postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is unprecedented in modern history, and we know that there will be many challenges ahead, but remain committed to working with the USOPC and the FEI to ensure the success of our teams and athletes in 2021.

We are deeply disappointed for our athletes and their teams, the coaches, support staff, horse owners, sponsors, and USET Foundation donors and supporters who have wholeheartedly dedicated themselves to the Olympic and Paralympic dream, but in the face of adversity, our athletes continually persevere and we know they will be prepared to represent our country to the best of their abilities next year.

We also understand that this decision will impact many, and as we wait to understand the revised approach of the IOC and Organizing Committee in the coming weeks, we will continue to provide updates and information to our athletes, stakeholders, sponsors, and fans. This is a trying time for our community and we look forward to the incredible feeling of watching our athletes inspire others and embody the Olympic and Paralympic spirit next year in Tokyo.


William J. Moroney
Chief Executive Officer

March 17, 2020

AHA Board of Directors Creates an Emergency Response Team

• The AHA Board of Directors has created an emergency response team that will include the AHA Executive Committee, the chair of the AHA CAC, the chair of the AHA NEOPS, chair of the AHA EEC, AHA EVP, AHA Director of Competition Services, AHA Director of Events and Marketing, the chair of the APAHA and Judges and Stewards Commissioner. This emergency response team will be able to make decisions regarding qualifications for AHA Regional and AHA National events for 2020.

• The AHA Board of Directors has approved waiving qualifications for Regional shows up to May 10, 2020.

The Emergency Response Team will be meeting daily to determine what other changes need to be made to upcoming shows affected by COVID-19.

In addition we want you to be aware of a few resources that currently exist for those of our members affected by the COVID-19:
U.S. Small Business Administration-Provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Better Business Bureau-Business Tips: How to Navigate the Coronavirus Crisis: https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/21714-business-tips-how-to-navigate-the-coronavirus-crisis

Contact your local Chamber of Commerce as they will list resources for your specific area

Contact your lender and loan service provider to find out what options are available to you such as: refinance, loan modification, new repayment plan or forbearance.

The health and safety of our members and staff is a top priority. We urge you to monitor the situation with COVID-19 in your area and take every precaution to ensure you remain safe. Follow the recommendations by the CDC regarding sanitary practices; disinfect common areas and shared tack/equipment, limit physical contact and encourage those to not visit the barn if they or anyone in their family are ill.

We are here to support you. We will send updates as we have additional information to share from this newly formed Response team. If you have any questions relating to horse shows, please do not hesitate to contact Leslie Lockard, Director of Competitions.

Nancy Harvey
President, Arabian Horse Association

March 13, 2020
USEF Announcement

AHA Members;

The USEF has just announced a recommendation that Federation approved events scheduled for between March 16 and April 16th, 2020 be suspended.

The email also indicates this will affect qualifications - please be advised the qualifications of which they speak are those for the FEI level shows, USEF owned shows and Horse of the Year points.

The AHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors are actively working to ensure that the impact of COVID19 to the Arabian horse show, Endurance riding and Competitive Trail communities is limited as much as possible. AHA intends to be flexible with shows, events and exhibitors to do what is best for all during this trying time. This is a truly unprecedented and fluid situation.

Nancy Harvey
President, Arabian Horse Association
USEF Statement
March 13, 2020

Dear USEF Competition Organizers (Licensees and Managers),

The health, safety and well-being of our members and that of their horses is paramount to USEF. We are continuing to closely monitor communications on the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI).

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities will be suspended for the next 30 days. Additionally, USEF strongly recommends that competition organizers suspend all USEF licensed competitions across the country for the next 30 days. For those competitions that do run, there will be no accumulation of points, scores, money won, qualifications, or rankings toward any USEF awards programs, USEF owned event, or selection to a US team during this 30-day time period. This includes USEF National Championships.

If you choose to conduct a competition, you are expected to take immediate steps to limit exposure and create social distancing. Based on information and guidance, in particular, from the CDC, the USEF provides the following recommendations to organizers:

Limit out of state competitors (and for currently operating winter circuits limit new out of state competitors);

Restrict free access in stabling areas to only essential personnel (ie; riders, grooms, farriers, vets, officials);

Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer at in-gates, competition offices, vendors and convenient places throughout the competition grounds;

Ensure restroom facilities are regularly cleaned;

Operate without spectators;

Limit social gatherings to less than 250 people as recommended by the CDC; and

Ensure that food services are of the type that limit contamination, buffets are strongly discouraged.

We are providing these same recommendations to our members in addition to the recommendation that they do not compete for 30 days, but if they do, that they choose venues that are in close proximity (driving distance) to their residence. We have informed them that we are asking organizers to comply with these recommendations within the next few days.

Some organizers may choose to impose additional restrictions and safety measures in line with guidance from local public health authorities. Therefore, we are requiring organizers to post all relevant information to their website and provide it to the USEF Competitions Department.

We are counting on you to make responsible decisions based on the information available, the conditions in your geographic area and the recommendations from your local public health authorities. USEF will continue to assess the situation on a daily basis and will update our position as circumstances warrant.

Resources from the CDC, WHO, USOPC, and the FEI are available on the USEF website (click here). Links found on this webpage provide you with direct access to valuable information on each organization’s website which is updated regularly.

USEF licensed competitions scheduled to occur within the next 30 days, that are cancelled due to the COVID-19 Virus will be treated as force major. This means that the cancellation will not be counted as a cancellation under GR 305.2 and will be treated as having occurred. Additional modifications may be approved if needed.

For your convenience, if you have any questions that fall into the following areas, please contact the person listed using their email address.

Lisa Owens

Katlynn Sacco

Licensed Officials
Alina Brazil

FEI Sport
Will Connell

National Sport
Terri Dolan

Marketing & Comm
Vicki Lowell

David Harris

Information Tech
Justin Provost

D&M Office
Dr. Stephen Schumacher

General Counsel
Sonja Keating

Bill Moroney


Murray S. Kessler

William J. Moroney
Chief Executive Officer


american horse council

Breaking News for the Equine Industry

The Arabian Horse Councils February Newsletter:

This issue contains updates on:

  • Trails Legislation
  • SAFE Act
  • Hike the Hill
  • Horse Industry Priorities - FY2020 Spending Bill
  • Horseracing Integrity Act
  • Navigable Waters Protection Rule
  • Coronavirus
  • State Legislation Outlook
  • VA Adaptive Sports Grants
  • AHC Annual Awards Nominations Open
  • AHC National Issues Forum
  • Equine Genetics Laboratory
  • Time to Ride Applications Open
  • United Horse Coalition & Equine Welfare Data Collective

Click here to view the Newsletter


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While the AHC does grant permission for newsletter articles to be passed on, we hope you will encourage those you are sharing the articles and information with to join the AHC so they can stay informed and up-to-date!

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Help Promote the Arabian Horse

The Local Level Involvement Task Force Mission is “To Bring people to the Arabian Horse Through Local Outreach.”  We are excited to bring you information about opportunities for Arabian horse owners, trainers and barns to participate in this year.  The first two programs are outlined below, and we have more programs in the pipeline!


1: Meet An Arabian Horse Days

Save the Date for the 2020 Meet an Arabian Horse Events!  May 17, 2020 & September 13, 2020

As you know, in 2019 we held the first National Meet an Arabian Horse Day on September 21.  The events were extremely successful and were not limited to September 21; barns with conflicts chose other dates throughout the fall.  We are excited to have a spring and fall event scheduled for 2020. 

A Marketing Toolkit is available on the AHA web site to assist in planning an event (here:https://www.arabianhorses.org/discover/involvement/arabian-horse-day/
Included in the Toolkit:

Event Planning Checklist:

Photography and Liability Release

Sponsorship Letter

Press Release Template

Letter to Schools or Youth Clubs

Raffle Drawing Template

Variety of Marketing Templates (Social Media, etc.)

Promotional materials are available and can be requested online

Sign up your event: Click here

Meet an Arabian Horse Day


2: A Time to Ride through the American Horse Council

In 2019, Arabian horse barns across the nation participated in the Pilot Program and were the largest breed represented. 

Time To Ride was created by the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance to sustain and grow the equine industry by creating the next generation of knowledgeable, dedicated horse enthusiasts and owners while also teaching children valuable life lessons.

To learn more or sign up visit the web site here: https://timetoride.org/

Time to Ride



June 16-21, 2020

Earl Warren Showgrounds
Santa Barbara, California

2020 R2show poster

2020 region 2 championship responds

Click here to view the Region 2 Championship Show page


2019 rose parade news

We are proud to announce that there will be Arabian horses in the Rose parade along with some Region 2 members as well as our President of AHA. There is also the opportunity to visit the Arabians on Dec 29 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank (LAEC) during Equifest - a great time to reach out, bring friends, family, and much more.

Get up close and personal with the 2020 Rose Parade equestrian units at Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo. Watch beautiful horses and talented riders perform drills and dances and demonstrate trick riding and roping. Attendees can also stroll through the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various tack and the many different breeds while enjoying the vendor court, displays, great music, food, and drinks.

Click here to visit the Equestfest web page.



Filming interview to air on TVHi Joyce,
I thought you would enjoy seeing these pics from our filming today for the Arabians / Rose Parade.

Today KTLA came out and filmed us for a segment to be aired prior to the Rose Parade and onward that day. It’ll also be on Hallmark channel.
Leeza Gibbons interviewed Nancy, Ryan  & Dylan (Warrior kid who we matched up with my Parade horse, Tuffy).

It was AMAZING. So exciting and fulfilling. It was magical. Dylan is a 12 year old boy in remission from the most aggressive form of leukemia. Our Arabian horses are the absolute best.
Region Two should be very proud to have helped sponsor this endeavor.  Thank you :-)



We would love to put your National winners up on our site.
Click here to to send us your photos and results!

Katie Russell:

Jagger Jullyen BV
2019 U.S.Reserve National Champion Hunter Pleasure AAOTR 55+
2019 U.S. National Top 10 Hunter Pleasure AAOTR Jackpot
Ridden by Katie Russell

2019 US -  Jagger Jullyen BV and katie russell


Posidon MTC

2019 U.S. National Top 10 H/A Western Pleasure Maturity AAOTR
Ridden by Katie Russell

20199 U.S. -  Posidon MTC and katie russell
Phat Kid
2019 U.S. National Top 10 H/A Hunter Pleasure AAOTR Jackpot
Ridden by Katie Russell

2019 U.S. - Phat Kid  and katie russell
2019 aha insider header

AHA Ad Hoc Report Available
The report to the Arabian Horse Association Board of Directors from the USEF ad hoc Study Committee on whether to leave or remain a USEF Affiliate is now on the AHA website. Following is the link: 
A special ad hoc committee was named by the Arabian Horse Association President shortly after AHA’s November convention created a resolution to study ending the affiliation with USEF.  
This committee once formed met via conference calls virtually every two (2) weeks to study the requirements for that change, their report was presented to the AHA board on August 2, 2019. The board of Directors of the Arabian Horse Association voted to not end their affiliation with USEF at this time but to continue to evaluate the relationship. A consideration was the ongoing affiliate meetings that have been held in conjunction with USEF.   
Nancy Harvey
President, Arabian Horse Association

Region Two would like to congratulate Natalie Zavala

Natalie Zavala was just awarded the 2019 Region 2 AHA $2,000 Youth Scholarship.

Natalie has excelled both academically and within the Arabian Horse Youth Association. She was the Region 2 AHA Youth Director for four years and an active member of the R2 Hippology and Judging team for many years. She graduated with a 4.03 GPA from Westlake High School where she was on the Honor Roll and received numerous academic excellence awards.

Natalie will attend Cal State University Northridge in the fall.

2019 region2 youth scholarship winner Natalie Zavala


Aljassimya Farm 

All are owned and bred by Aljassimya Farm 
MOMAYZ ALJASSIMYA   (class 1066)
by Equator ex RP Miss Surprise 
Gold Champion International Yearling Colt

by Valentinus TO ex RP Miss Surprise 
Bronze Champion International Yearling Filly

MISHA ALJASSIMYA  (class 1061)
by Om El Bellissimo ex RP Miss Surprise 
Class Winner International Two Year Old Fillies


by Monther Al Nasser ex RP Miss Surprise 
Gold Champion International Egyptian Heritage Mare


WANAS ALJASSIMYA   (class 1031)
by Al Ayal AA ex WN Johara Aljassimya
Silver Champion International Egyptian Heritage Filly

2nd place MONALISA ALJASSIMYA by Equator ex Minwah (class 1060)
3rd place ILHAM ALJASSIYA by Equator ex Jehan Aljassimya (class (1060)
3rd place QAMAR ALJASSIMYA by Equator ex Arwa Aljassimya (class 1061)
2nd place ADORA ALJASSIMYA by Al Ayal AA ex Arwa Aljassimya (class 1061)
2nd place MIZNAT ALJASSIMYA by Monther Al Nasser ex RP Miss Surprise (class 1062)


Rancho Soñado Arabians


(Jullyen El Jamaal x Precious V +)
2010 Bay Stallion

Scottsdale Top Ten Ranch Riding ATR
with Dick Walden

0993 235 18SA picante jullyen v


Scottsdale Top Ten Open Reining
with Gary Ferguson

Picante Jullyen V

 Click here to view his web page



Debbie Cervenka

(VCP Magnifire x Lingoberry)

3rd in dressage 1st level ATR championship at Scottsdale show and top 10 in Sport Horse Under Saddle Championship ATR -3rd in the qualifier class.
We placed in 4th and 6th in Arabian Dressage 2nd level tests.

Underfire CCF and Debbie Cervenka



Al Jood Stud


(Da Valentino x Fabrices Destiny)

2009 Grey Purebred Stallion

1st place in his class of the 8yrs and over Stallions during the 2019 Scottsdale International Halter show.

Bronze Champion Senior Stallion during the 2019 Scottsdale International Halter show.

Shown by Mike Wilson of Wilson Training Center.

Owned by Al Jood Stud, Qatar. Member of the Santa Ynez Valley Club.


Destinyed Valentino




Congratulations to Ann Marie Rossie!

2018 Ann Marie Rossi Region2 Volunteer Award at convention

Pictured are Region 2 Director Joyce Schroeder with Ann Marie Rossie, member/president of the San Fernando Valley Club receiving award from Nancy Harvey, AHA President

2018 Championship Endurance Ride

region2 championship endurance ride mainThe 2018 Region 2 Championship Endurance ride was held in conjunction with the Bill Thornburgh Friends and Family endurance ride on October 20th. There were 13 cross entries into the championship 50 mile ride, 10 purebreds and 3 half Arabians. All but one completed the ride.

Champion purebred was SD Expressa ridden by Suzanne Ford Huff and reserve was Magnum Patriot CRF ridden by Kerrie Tuley.

In the Half Arabian division the champion was Forever Fibbin ridden by Terri Castellano and Shez Mostly Zipped ridden by Allan Horn was reserve.

Click here to read full story.

Congratulations to these Region 2 members.

We want to see all our Region 2 members who got a Top Ten or better added to this list.
Please send your information: horse's registered name, owner name, rider/handler name and photo(s) to our website administrator: mark@getpappy.com


Damianos Performance Horses

Dancing nthe Moonlite


Dancing Nthe Moonlite

2018 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Trail Junior Horse
2018 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Trail Futurity

Owned by Tes Wolf of Ojai, California
Ridden by Michael Damianos




2021 Region 2 Youth Scholarship Fund

Region 2 will be awarding up to $3,000 Scholarships in 2021 to deserving Region 2 Youth Member(s).

Applications now being accepted!

Deadline April 4, 2021


Region 2 SCHOLARSHIP 2021

Click here to view Region 2 Youth Scholarship Program page.


2020 National Youth Contests - November 7 and November 14

Wishing luck to our Region 2 Judging and Hippology Teams!

Natalie Zavala
Jacki Thacker
Maria Bustamante
Jessica Hensley
Noelle Yandell
Zi Diaz

Natalie Zavala
Jacki Thacker
Colette Taylor
Elizabeth Lazear

 2021 Region 2 - Youth Board Selected!

Acadia Palmer-Toy - Director
Jessica Henlsey - Vice Director
Noelle Yandell - Treasurer
Maria Bustamante - Secretary

2019 March - Joyce Schroeder and Natalie Zavala ~ AHA Directors Meeting

2019 March - AHA Board Of Directors Meeting

The photo was taken this past weekend, March 10th,  at the AHA Board of Directors meeting in Denver. The Regional Delegates always meet with the youth for lunch and we exchange ideas and get brought up to date as to the upcoming activities for youth at Youth Nationals, and more.  

Youth are also back in Denver for their Board meeting.  While there they always do an educational tour as well.

Pictured with Region 2 Director, Joyce Schroeder is Region 2 Youth Board President, Natalie Zavala.

Natalie is the Region 2 Youth President and is a Senior in High School this year and very active within the Region.  A super young lady!



Region 2 Youth Report - 2018

To the Region 2 Board of Directors,

The youth group had continued success in horse judging at US Nationals in Tulsa in 2018. The team won first place in performance judging and fifth high team in reasons this year. AHA ran their first annual hippology contest this year in Tulsa and our kids were able to take part in that along with the judging contest. The team won first in the horse judging section of the hippology contest. The team also won different individual honors. There was a large parade with the teams and their banners, so the girls were able to carry the Region 2 banner through the main ring between the finals classes on Saturday afternoon.

The horse judging team traveled twice to Arizona for judging practices. We also had a small judging contest at the Region 2 barbecue in Somis.
We plan to conduct another youth run horse show as a fundraiser this year. The fun show in 2018 earned approximately $1500. The show was completely managed and run by the youth including hiring the judge and purchasing ribbons. The youth took on the roles of show manager, announcer, show secretary, gate keeper, and more! It was a fantastic opportunity to earn money for their Region 2 activities and learn what goes into having a successful show. This may be the only youth group to have done this type of fundraiser and have a youth run show. We are proud of their efforts in this.

This year we would also like to have t-shirts made so the Region 2 youth can promote themselves and wear them to shows and clinics and to the judging and hippology events.

Our Region 2 Youth Board for 2019 will be:

President- Natalie Zavala
Vice President- Jacki Thacker
Secretary- Kate Day
Treasurer- Emily Holden

We look forward to expanding and growing the youth programming with the support and encouragement of the directors from Region 2.

With appreciation,
Meaghan Shaffer


Region 2 Youth Judging Team at the 2017 U.S. Nationals!


Region 2 Youth Judging Team at the 2017 U.S. Nationals
Natalie Zavala, Kate Day, Jacki Thacker, Ireland Nowak, Danielle Garcia, Sophia Hoxworth, Sage Bassi

Region 2 Youth Judging Team at the 2017 U.S. Nationals

Youth News: January 2017

Region 2 youth: Hippology ribbonsFifteen of the Region 2 youth had a wonderful field trip to Santa Ynez on Jan 7. We enjoyed an incredible two-hour tour at Alamo Pintado, a visit to Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch, and then to see the Miniature Spotted Donkeys. We finally headed over to Om El Arabian for a viewing of the film, Finding Fortune.

We dined at the taco truck, visited the beautiful horses, and sat on hay bales in the hub of the barn to watch the movie. A thunder and lightning event added to the evening’s excitement. It was a fantastic day and the kids really learned a lot.

The Region 2 youth group has been actively planning for 2017 events. We are working to expand the youth judging teams this year and send a second team to Tulsa. There are many trainings planned to ensure preparedness for these events. The first judging contest will be in April at Cal Poly Pomona alongside 4-H and FFA students. A second judging contest will be held in the summer. These will be the qualifiers for the final 7 youth to attend Tulsa. Anyone in the Region 2 area are welcome to attend and compete at these events and may also go to the free trainings.

Two hippology contests will take place this year as well. These are open to any youth who wish to participate. The first contest will be held in Santa Barbara at the Spring qualifier show in May and the second contest will take place at the Region 2 Championship show in June. We’re looking forward to growing the participation and have wonderful prizes and several age categories.

This is a great program for the youth who love to study, learn and read about horses. They don’t need to own horses to participate. Kids interested in these contests should contact Meaghan for more details.

In order to help fund the activities, the youth will be working at the shows, assisting with ribbons and gates. The youth will also be running carnival games for the youngsters at the Region 2 Championship show along with holding a large silent auction on the weekend, and holding stick horse races.

Please consider donating items for the silent auction and participating in the games, to help the kids earn their way to Tulsa!

Finally, the youth are developing their own Board of Directors! We are pleased to have Natalie Zavala in her second term of Youth Director, Danielle Garcia as Vice Director, Emily Holden as Secretary, Sophia Hoxworth as Treasurer, and Kate Day as Historian.

We look forward to mentoring these ambitious teens.
We are looking forward to a fun filled year!

Submitted by:
Meaghan Shaffer
Region 2 Youth Director