MAQHA Corporate Challenge: May 21

The Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge kicks off with education.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

The Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge kicks off with education. (Andrea Caudill photo) For more show photos, scroll to the slideshow below.

The second day of the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge kicked off May 21 with education – AQHA Professional Horsewoman and Team Wrangler member Bonnie Minor provided a Ride The Pattern Showmanship clinic, and 2014 Professional’s Choice Professional Horsewoman of the Year Stephanie Lynn taught an equitation clinic.

 One of the largest American Quarter Horse shows in the country, it takes place annually during Memorial Day weekend in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

 The show is deftly handled by Jay and Patrice Thesing, and a hoard of help, and will distribute more than $20,000 in prizes and awards during six days.

 The show is at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul and began May 20 and will run through May 25. The show started with a day of trail and western pleasure, followed by a day of showmanship and halter.

 The show’s emphasis on education, Jay Thesing says, is one of the secrets to its success.

 “The emphasis on learning and sharing knowledge (has helped the show grow),” he says. “Through the generosity of our clinicians, we can put on a clinic and provide good feelings about the show. We strive to make people feel comfortable and welcome at the show.”

 The show managers focus on good organization, good numbers, good prizes, good judges and providing exhibitors a good value for their money.

 If education isn’t enough incentive, then maybe cold hard cash is enough to perk peoples’ ears. The Land of the $10,000 Exhibitor Incentive Fund will distribute money for all-around points earned at the shows. Jay estimates that around five dozen people will earn cash awards at the end of the year.

 “We are hoping to distribute a lot of prize money to a lot of people,” he says. “It can be hard for people to explain that they went to a horse show and earned points – but money is universal to explain.”

Journal Coverage From the MAQHA Corporate Challenge

  • May 24 – It's raining fun at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.
  • May 23 – Tough challenges, fundraisers and fun abound at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.
  • May 22 – Tough competitors persevere at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.
  • May 21 – The Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge kicks off with education.