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AHA San Joaquin Valley and AHA San Fernando Valley Horse Show

Coming November 18- 20, 2022


Don’t forget to download the show premium for the AHA San Joaquin Valley and AHA San Fernando Valley Horse Show coming November 18- 20, 2022 at Los Angeles Equestrian Center!  This show includes the Region 2 Sport Horse and Dressage Championships!  The main ring is Saturday and Sunday and includes Western, English, Hunter Pleasure, Country Pleasure, Costume, Driving and we threw in some Academy Classes for the lessons people beginners and Opportunity Classes for the little more advanced! 

There will be some vendors there, our photographer – Kelly Kenneally will do a clinic on horse photography Saturday afternoon, a food truck will be onsite throughout the entire show! 

This is a great place to bring those young horses, or those that didn’t go to Nationals and have some fun!!!   We need to support our local shows or they may all disappear!  We love our Arabians, lets show them off!

We hope to see you all there!!!

Nancy Goertzen

Region 2 Director 



2023 Region 2 Championship Show Announcement

It is with great pleasure we announce that the 2023 Region 2 Championship Show will be held in Santa Barbara, CA at Earl Warren Showgrounds June 14 – 17.  The executive show committee has met several times and discussed different sites throughout the Region and found that Earl Warren suits our show the best. 

This past year we have talked to people at our show, sent out a survey monkey to all the exhibitors and owners, looked at our costs and talked with our corporate sponsors and it was unanimous to stay in Santa Barbara.

We are currently contacting judges and officials and hope to have that out soon.  So, save the date – June 14 – 17,2023.  Our class schedule will be improved, and we have listened to all the comments.  We want to make this show the best on the West coast.   As one of our members says, “WE ARE SMALL BUT WE ARE MIGHTY!!!!!”


Looking forward to seeing you all in Santa Barbara!!

Nancy Goertzen, Region 2 Director

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The Arabian Horse Association of San Fernando Valley is planning the following events:

September - Hippology Water Games at Taking the Reins in Los Angeles

The AHASFV youth will reunite and be put into teams to test their Arabian horse knowledge and compete for prizes and bragging rights. 

Click here to visit their website


2022 Region 2 Championship Endurance Ride:

The Region 2 Championship Endurance Ride will be October 29, 2022 during the Bill Thornburgh Endurance Ride near Inyokern CA. 
For more information contact Marci Cunningham at mcunningham@bak.rr.com.

Click here to view the Championship Endurance Ride web page

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2022 REGION 2 Eblast Flyer

The results of the 2021 ride are now online.

Click here to view



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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




2021 REGION 2 AHA WINTER NEWSLETTER - Click to viewThe 2021 Region 2 Newsletter is now out!


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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 - 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? 

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.



Important Message from AHDF During Covid 19

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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


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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


The AHC News is provided to you as a benefit of your AHC membership. We hope you find the articles informative and useful.

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!

Permission to pass on the AHC News articles to your members, readers, or others is granted on the condition that it is forwarded in its original form or directly linked with the AHC logo and a link to the AHC website.



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 :-)


2022 Region 2 - Youth Judging at the U.S. Nationals 

AHA sent an email blast in September that they were offering a youth judging team scholarship. Natalie saw this and immediately went to work. She contacted other girls that she had been on teams with previously to see if they'd want to participate and go again. Despite the last minute proposal, they all said yes! She then wrote an essay and applied for the scholarship. They ended up winning the scholarship so now they all had to try and get the time off work and get reservations made.

The three teammates made it happen and reunited to compete again, this time in the senior division. The teammates were Danielle Garcia, Kate Day, and Natalie Zavala. In the end, they all received both top ten awards individually and team awards. Natalie was reserve champion overall and first in individual reasons, earning a school scholarship. This was a great feat because it was on nobody's radar this year. 

The girls brushed up right beforehand but went with no practice contests or a coach. They just relied on the foundation training received years prior as juniors. They are already planning to compete again next year, in addition to being coaches/mentors for a junior team. AHASFV is looking forward to supporting both teams and we can't be more proud of their girl power, determination, and desire to pay it forward. 

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2022 Arabian Horse Foundation $1000 Scholarship Winner - Elizabeth Lazear

The Region 2 Scholarship winner Lizzie Lazear, graduate of Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, will be attending Cal State University Monterey Bay where she will be studying Marine Science, was also lucky enough to receive an additional scholarship from the Arabian Horse Foundation in the amount of $1,000.

Lizzie has been very active since 2015 with volunteering, participating in Hippology competition, continuing acts of service the the AHASFV Club, becoming a youth board member as treasurer coming into the Arabian Community through Taking The Reins.

Congratulation Lizzie!!


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2022 Region 2 Youth Scholarship Winner - Elizabeth Lazear

"Lizzie Lazear was introduced to the Arabian horse through Taking the Reins, where they have been participating in the equine classes along with their other programs since 2015. Through AHA, you would often find them volunteering endless hours of time handing out ribbons, opening and closing gates and many other volunteer duties at several horse shows every year, including this very Championship show. They have accumulated countless hours, studying and participating in our Region's youth judging and hippology contests.

In 2020, they participated in the National Hippology competition in October. They have continued their acts of service to our organization through AHA of San Fernando Valley as well as becoming a youth board member for Region 2 as the treasurer. Graduating from Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, Lizzie will be attending Cal State University of Monterey Bay where they will be studying Marine Science. They credit their love of public speaking, self-confidence and the joy of service to their years being a part of the Arabian Horse Association, their time at Taking the Reins, and the mentors and friendships they gained along the way. Lastly, a message of thanks to the Region 2 Scholarship committee: Thank you for this award and for believing in my future."

2022 Region 2 youth scholarship winner Lizzie and Misty

Update from Youth Scholarship Winner Danielle Garcia!

Recipient of the 2018 and 2019 Youth Scholarships.

"The Arabian horse has enriched my life in countless ways, most significantly, working with them provided me a clear pathway for getting to and then through my college experience. I first got my introduction to the Arabian horse and eventually Region 2 through the non-profit Taking the Reins. This organization located in Los Angeles opened my eyes and gave me the resources I needed to explore a life outside of my low-income and under-resourced community. My mentors readily supported me as I became more involved in the Arabian horse community and helped to push me in becoming a well rounded horsewoman."

"More specifically, it is through the support of Region 2 and AHASFV that I was able to compete on the youth hippology & judging team at a National level for many years and ultimately set me up for success as I embarked my college experience with the Region 2 Youth Scholarship. I am the daughter of a single mother, who despite her best efforts was financially unable to sustain a college student. The Region's support therefore gave me the freedom to transplant my life to UC Santa Cruz and helped pay for the basic necessities of life as a student: including books, food, and most importantly housing."

"Now that I find myself at the end of that 4 year  undergraduate journey, I feel blessed to have had this community and Arabian horses in my corner for every step of the way. Without this motivation and contribution, finishing college early as both a sociology and community studies major would have been unfeasible. I am eternally grateful to everyone that has contributed to my success and am honored to be a part of AHA. My love for the Arabian horse has been nurtured in this space and as a recent first time Arabian horse owner I never see myself removed from this community. Our shared admiration of the love, grace, and intelligence that the Arabian horse brings to our lives is able to transcend ideologies and barriers that limit opportunity and instead allows us to contribute to each other’s lives in meaningful ways."
~ Danielle Garcia 
 2021 Region2 Scholarship winner Danielle Garcia

AHA SFV Youth at the 2022 Scottsdale Show

The Arabian Horse Association of the San Fernando Valley created a one-of-a kind opportunity for its youth members, the Scottsdale Experience!Twenty-four youth club members jumped at the chance to take a four-day road trip and discover the excitement behind the "Greatest Show on Earth."
Many parents choose to tag along which brought the group number to almost fifty! The purpose of this experience was to expose new families to the Arabian breed and get them fully immersed and involved. AHASFV is looking forward to furthering their interest with our community fun shows, horse camping trips, hippology, and judging teams.
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We did a 3 part Hippology contest online in 2021. 

It ended with our top three winners below and were awarded at the June Championship show.

Jacki Thacker 171 points - Stepping Stones

Noelle Yandell 148 points - Stepping Stones

Cesia Guzman 142 points - Taking the Reins


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