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Get Festive with Us!

Gather your friends and load up your horses for the first-ever QuarterFest: A Celebration of the American Quarter Horse. This one-of-a-kind event, May 1-3 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will be a chance to cure your cabin fever and revel in the arrival of spring with your horse.

QuarterFest is a tribute to everyone’s favorite animal – the American Quarter Horse. This year, our membership turns 68. While that may not sound like a landmark, you might feel otherwise if it was your 68th and no one had thrown you a party on any of the prior 67. To make up for it, we’re going to throw America’s Horse one heck of a shindig – so big it will last for three days!

The party is going to be at the Tennessee Miller Equestrian Center at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (see the facility at http://www.aqha.com/quarterfest).

“We see this as a great way to kick off the summer riding season,” said Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of marketing and communications. “The Murfreesboro facility is close to nearby trails, so we’re looking at offering trail rides, trail trial competitions and American Quarter Horse test rides.”

We’ll have clinics all weekend long, with four of AQHA’s Professional Horsemen and -women: Curt and Tammy Pate, a husband and wife from Newell, South Dakota; Jeff Griffith of Gallatin Gateway, Montana; and Julie Goodnight of Salida, Colorado. You can bring your horse and participate for $15 per clinic in addition to gate admission.

We’ll have an exciting performance each afternoon, and an all-star American Quarter Horse Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday nights.

There will be seminars, demonstrations, contests and a dedicated youth area to make it fun for everyone. Some of the greatest American Quarter Horses and world champion horsemen and -women will be there to greet everyone.

And perhaps most importantly, AQHA will be kicking off its new conservation division. Taking an active role in preserving access to places to ride, upholding the traditions of horse ownership and enjoyment in America, and educating horsemen on building, preserving and behaving properly on trails is critical to our breed and members. The conservation section will give our members the industry leadership expected from AQHA in this crucial area.

Come to learn. Come to make friends. Come for the entertainment. But most of all, come to honor your horse. Details and reserve tickets will be available online soon at http://www.aqha.com/quarterfest. If you’re an AQHA member, you’ll be eligible for reduced admission at QuarterFest.


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