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IQHRA Newsletter - April 2012

IQHRA Newsletter - April 2012

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The April 2012 edition of the IQHRA newsletter.
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AQHA Officials VisitPrairie Meadows
April 2012 
John Hernandez, Executive Secretary, IQHRAQuestions or comments? Email john.hernandez@iqhra.com or call (760) 801-6103
Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association
The Official Representative For Quarter Horse Racing in Iowa
The Quarter Horse Wirehe Quarter Horse Wire 
Early in April, three executives from the American Quarter Horse
Association visited Prairie Meadows on a “site visit” in advance
of 2012 Challenge Championship Night on October 27.The AQHA delegation included Executive Director of Racing
, Senior Manager of Racing And Association Marketing
, and Director of Event Management
Kellye Baker
.Representatives of Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino includedDirector of Marketing
Jeff Nelson
Horsemen’s Liaison
, and QH Racing Secretary
Chad Keller
.The Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association was represented bypresident
Tom Lepic
, past president
Butch Hammer,
andboard member
Brenda Onstot
According to Jeff Nelson, “
There was a lot of positive energy
during the site visit.” He added, “The AQHA was impressed with
the new hotel and is very excited to be able to have all of the
week’s events hosted at a single location.
There is definitelysome shared excitement about the Challenge Championships at
Prairie Meadows.” 
And the AQHA’s Darby concurred, “All in all, I was encouragedby everything I saw. This will be the first time we’ve held the
Challenge Championships and the AQHA Racing Conference at a
hotel/track combo. It’s going to make things so much easier.” 
Championship Challenge Update
As of April 15, only 3 regional challengeraces have taken place, including 2 racesat Sunland Park in New Mexico.In Brazil,
Dash Glory Ease
became thefirst horse to qualify for the Bank Of America Challenge Championship. The4YO Brazilian homebred will be pointedtoward running at Prairie Meadows and isscheduled to be under the care of leadingCalifornia trainer Paul Jones.At Sunland Park on April 1,
JW A RoyalFlirt
pulled off an upset in the Red CellDistance Challenge regional. His owners,George and Judy Weldon of Utah, alsoplan to point their horse toward running inthe 870-yard race at Prairie Meadows.And most recently, on April 8 at SunlandPark, the highly accomplished veteran
Rylees Boy
, owned by Gerardo Ochoa-Pena, stamped his 4th consecutive ticketto the Challenge Championship mainevent by winning his 3rd straight SunlandPark Championship Challenge regional.
President’s Message
Tom Lepic, IQHRA President
I want to thank everyone who has helped with this year’s
IQHRA Stallion Service Auction. Todate, we have sold over $80,000 in breedings and we are still actively marketing the remainingstallions. If you need a breeding for 2012 please check the IQHRA website for the list ofremaining stallions.We are currently working on an
IQHRA “New Owner’s Guide” which will soon be posted on our 
website. This guide will supply all of the information regarding the state regulatory policies forIowa-bred Quarter Horses, racing industry links, licensing information, foaling locations inIowa, stallions standing in Iowa, national (AQHA) and state (IQHRA) contact information,Prairie Meadows condition book, and other important information about owning, racing, andbreeding. A big thank you to Jill Paxton (Department of Agriculture) for making this possible!Our Board is currently working hard to make 2012 a tremendous year for our owners, trainers,
and members. A list of this year’s special events is included in this newsletter. Please take
time to look over the events and dates and join us whenever possible. Thank you to theIQHRA Board for their continued hard work.We are just four months away from the start of our 2012 season. Make sure you markSaturday August 18
on your calendar. Our 2012 meet is over a 10 week period and willinclude 9 races per night. This is a total of 234 racing opportunities for our Quarter Horses,which is the most ever at Prairie Meadows!Yes, it is an exciting time to be an Owner/Breeder/Trainer in the State of Iowa!
Tom LepicPresident

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