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IQHRA December 2012 Newsletter

IQHRA December 2012 Newsletter

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Published by John Hernandez
In this "collector's edition" of the newsletter, we salute the winners of the six Iowa Champions Night races run on Friday October 26 AND the six BofA Challenge Championship races run on Saturday October 27.
In this "collector's edition" of the newsletter, we salute the winners of the six Iowa Champions Night races run on Friday October 26 AND the six BofA Challenge Championship races run on Saturday October 27.

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Saluting The ‘12 Iowa Champions
And The ‘12 Bank Of America
Challenge Championship Winners
December 2012 
Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association
The Official Representative For Quarter Horse Racing in Iowa
The Quarter Horse Wirehe Quarter Horse Wire 
In this “collector’s edition” of the IQHRA newsletter,
we salute the winners of the 6 added-money stakesraces held on
Iowa Champions Night
October 26as well as the 6
Bank of America ChallengeChampionship
races contested October 27.By all accounts, the final weekend of the 2012 liveracing season at Prairie Meadows was a smashingsuccess in terms of interest, attendance, impressionsof the facilities, and pari-mutuel wagering.Congratulations to ALL of the winners including apair of Iowa Champions
Eufala Me
(photo) and
who reached the winner’scircle on “the big night” for the 2
straight season.
Stallion Service Auction,IQHRA Annual MeetingScheduled For January 5
Services to over 160 stallions, including5 stallions ranked among the Top 25sires nationally by money earned in2012, will be up for auction at the
IQHRA Stallion Service Auction
setfor Saturday January 5, 2013.Information on the auction and stallionservices available are included in thisedition of the IQHRA newsletter. Lateadditions will be posted on the IQHRAweb site.The Top 25 stallions whose serviceswill be available for bids are:
Pyc Paint Your Wagon
Ivory James
Jess Louisiana Blue
, and
Country Chicks Man
.The auction and the IQHRA AnnualMeeting will be held at the
RamadaTropics Resort & Conference Center 
at I-35/80 & Merle Hay in Des Moines.
© 2012, Coady Photography
President’s Message
Tom Lepic, IQHRA President
With the 2012 Quarter Horse season behind us, we can all take a deep breath and reflect on the great accomplishmentsof the IQHRA and Prairie Meadows. This was a season like no other. In the 27 days of racing we averaged 8.3 horses perrace and had a record 2,060 horses leave the gates at Prairie Meadows. This included another new record of 249Quarter Horse races run during the 2012 season. Furthermore, Iowa-Bred horses won 22 open company races and 5open company stakes as compared to 13 and 3 in 2011.Our meet concluded with a very exciting Iowa Bred Championship night and the Bank of America ChallengeChampionships. I want to express my sincere thank you to both the IQHRA and also Prairie Meadows for putting on whatboth the AQHA and Track Magazine are calling one of the greatest weekends in the history of the American QuarterHorse Association.Furthermore, I want to t
hank Brenda Onstot for her tremendous work with AQHA and the success of this year’s
NationalYouth Days Experience, which was hosted during the championship week/weekend. Also, big thanks to Wyetta Hammerand Polly Lepic, who teamed up and hosted a wonderful bus tour of the Des Moines Art Center, Downtown SculptureGardens, and Botanical Center. This tour was sponsored by five IQHRA members: Chris and John Hovey, Bob and SandyBrown, Butch Bain, Butch and Wyetta Hammer, and Tom and Polly Lepic.Looking to 2013, Quarter Horse racing at Prairie Meadows has never looked brighter. New owners and trainers from allover the country are already making plans to attend our meet. The 2013 meet itself has been approved by the IRGC.Opening night will be Saturday, August 17. The meet will last 9 weeks with Championship Night ending our season onSaturday, October 12
. Our stakes races and purse structure will be announced early in 2013.The Iowa-Bred program looks like it is going to continue to grow quickly. In 2012 we had an increase of Iowa-Bred foalsby nearly 34%. We know of over 30 mares, purchased at the Fall Mixed Sale at Heritage Place, that will be calling Iowatheir home. We are seeing a real increase in the value of owning and breeding Iowa-Breds. Again, a big Thank You to theIQHRA and Prairie Meadows for everything they have done in the past few years to make this possible!
Finally, don’t forget our
IQHRA Annual Membership Meeting and Stallion Service Auction on January 5
at the RamadaTropics Resort & Conference Center at 5000 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, Iowa. With over 160 stallions, this will bethe largest and best stallion auction ever held in Iowa and maybe the entire country.
Make your plans early so you don’
tmiss this great event! The auction will start promptly at 10:00 AM.Thanks again to the board and officers of the IQHRA for your continued hard work. I am proud to be your President!Have a wonderful holiday season. See you in 2013!
Tom LepicPresident

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