August AQHA Trail Challenge

Sponsored by NHQHA
Sunday, August 13th
Gelinas Farm, Pembroke, NH

Added Bonus!
Western Dressage Lessons
with Kristen Whittaker


This is a great opportunity to spend a day communicating with and navigating your horse through fun and challenging obstacles. We will be offering great outside courses with both natural and man-made obstacles. (In case of rain, will be held indoors.)

We will be offering Open Breed and AQHA classes for both youth and adults. Divisions will include in-hand training, novice, intermediate and masters.

High point youth and adult awards will be presented at each challenge!

End of year awards will be presented to NHQHA members (signups for membership will be available at each challenge). To qualify for year-end awards, you must attend at least 2 out of the 3 challenges offered.

AQHA Registered Quarter Horses can earn merits that will go on their permanent record.


Format for all dates:

8:00 am – 10:00 am — Schooling through course (you must be entered in a class to use schooling course)
10:00 am — 11:00 am — Lunch break
11:00 am — Challenge begins

Click here to download the Trail Challenge Entry Form
Click here to download the Western Dressage Lesson Registration Form
Click here to download the official Flyer


For more information or to sign up contact the Trail Coordinator Jon Rich, at or 603.387.3994.

For additional information, visit

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Spring NHQHA Trail Challenge

Join NHQHA for the Spring Trail Challenge on June 18, 2017 at Last Impression Farm in Swanzey, NH!

DATE: June 18, 2017

Last Impression Farm, 1238 Old Homestead Hwy, Swanzey, NH 03451
Background: 30 acre boarding and training facility with indoor and outdoor arenas, ¼ mile track and outside natural trail obstacle course.

FEE: $40 per class



8:00 – 10:00 am — course open for schooling
10:00 – 11:00 am — lunch
11:00 am — challenge begins


Portable restrooms, parking for trailers, water and day stalls available.


Negative Coggins and Rabies required


All AQHA Trail Rules apply as well as NHQHA Rules.


Jon Rich
PHONE: (603) 387-3994
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URGENT Spring Clinic Cancellation!

Due to the impending torrential rain this weekend the May 14th spring clinic at Gelinas Farm in Pembroke, NH, has been CANCELED!

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Spring Riding Clinic DATE CHANGE!


NHQHA Spring Riding Clinic
Equitation, Showmanship, Horsemanship

Come ride and learn with us on MAY 14, 2017!
The clinic will be held inside a large indoor arena at centrally located Gelinas Farm in Pembroke, NH.


Your Chance to ride and train with the best!

The clinician will be the one and only Gretchen Mathes. Gretchen is a very well-known, highly respected and renowned AQHA professional horsewoman and judge with more than 40 years experience raising, training and showing quarter horses and has produced numerous amateur and youth world and congress champion riders.

9:00 am – 11:00 am — Session 1: Equitation
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Lunch Break
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Session 2: Showmanship
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Half hour break
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm — Session 3: Horsemanship

Each session is $150 per horse/rider.
All 3 sessions for the same horse/rider is available for an all day fee of $375.
Any two sessions for the same horse/rider is available for $275.
Auditors are welcome — $10 per session or $25 for the day.
A 50% deposit will be required to secure your session(s).

Gelinas Farm
471 4th Range Road
Pembroke, NH
Day stalls may be available at $20 each, payable directly to Gelinas Farm.


Sessions will fill up fast — Limited to 10 Participants per session!

Contact Tracey Rich by email or phone 603-387-3995

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NHQHA Halloween Trail Challenge

October 23, 2016

Time: 11:30 am

Judge: Jessica Nelson Whitmore
Last Impression Farm
1238 Old Homestead Hwy, Swanzey, NH 03446
$35 per division
Stalls available on limited basis $10 each
Parking for trailer, water available
Pumpkin carving & food booth

All pre entries will be put in a drawing for $25 Cheshire horse gift card!

For more information please contact Christine Betourney at

Entry Form

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2015 Annual Awards & Membership Banquet

Join us on February 21, 2016 to celebrate our Year End Award Winners!

The Red Blazer
72 Manchester Street
Concord, NH

From 4-8 pm

Tickets are $35 per person

Download your ticket form HERE and mail it to us.

Or purchase your tickets online through PayPal now! 

Tickets must be received by February 1, 2016

During our banquet we will be holding a silent auction. Anyone willing to donate an auction item please contact Chip at

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Fall Show Wrap Up

The show season is winding down for NHQHA but not for some of our members. I would like to send out a huge GOOD LUCK to member and Board Member Tracey Benoit and members Brannigan McNeil and Chrissy Ives, as they are currently at the AQHA Level One Championship Show in Lexington Virginia.

I also hear that Tracey will be leaving Virginia and heading to the Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio and Member/Board member Marge Tanner’s daughter will be competing in the Congress Queen contest. This is the largest AQHA show in the world so competing at this event is a huge endeavor. Safe travels to all and we look forward to hearing about the experience. I will try and keep everyone updated with the progress of these individuals on their upcoming shows, if anyone else has any news they would like me to share, feel free to forward it along to me, I am happy to report all of our members successes.

NHQHA finished its show season off with an AQHA Novice and Open Breed Show at Townsend’s Training Farm in Pembroke in September. Congratulations to the following individuals on their High Point wins for the day:

Open Breed Youth
High Point –  Brannigan McNeil – Krymsun Jack Too
Reserve High Point – Anna Salter – To Lazy To Lope

Novice Youth
High Point – Brannigan McNeil – Krymsun Jack Too
Reserve – Hannah Henning – Sip It While It’s Hot

Open Breed Adult
High Point – Maria Carrier – Found The Invitation
Reserve – Erin Carey – Time To Shine

Novice Amateur
High Point – Maria Carrier – Found The Invitation
Reserve – Ashley Bryant Reynolds – Zip Into Our League

Walk Trot Youth 
High Point – Alexandra Townsend – Just Cruisin Pass
Reserve – Maxine Sexton – Just Cruisin Pass

Walk Trot Adult
High Point – Hannah Dennehy – Sinful City
Reserve – Rose Ekdahl – A Golden Opportunity

Thank you to our sponsors for this show, we couldn’t have these events without your support.

4McNeil Enterprise LLC – Loudon NH
East Coast Blacksmith and Farrier – Deerfield NH
The Tack Shack – Freemont NH
Brookside Quarter Horses – Chester NH
Farm Girl Farrier Service – Erin Carey – Grantham NH

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers – Chip Fisher, Larry Dube, Jay Souza, Pam Currier, Pam Kasnet, Kaitlin Ryan, Ben Inman, Jim Leonard, Jon and Tracey Rich and of course Marge Tanner for running a fantastic Show. I know there were many of you that helped clear the ring that I did not mention, but understand your help did not go unnoticed! With everyone helping out and enjoying our show we had just under 200 entries and made over $1900 for the Association. Words can not express how thankful I am to everyone that showed, sponsored, and or volunteered. It has proven to be a great year!
I am hoping to have the points for the year end posted shortly. Keep your eyes out for those. When they are posted let me know if anything looks out of sorts and I will research it for you.

CONGRATULATIONS to Board Member Abby Dubois who was recently married to Austin Blake this past weekend.

The Board continues to meet and continues to work on our schedule of events for next year. If you have any questions regarding the club, please do not hesitate to contact any Board member. Remember your membership and involvement in the club is what makes it a successful club. Think about becoming a member for 2016 and enjoy a year with us!

NHQHA President

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AQHA & All Breed Judged Trail Challenge

August 2, 2015

Judged by Natalie McGowen

Townsends Training Farm
536 4th Range Road, Pembroke, NH

Check in at 8:00 am
Course opens at 8:30 am

Lunch break 11:00 am  – 12:00 pm
Judged classes start at 12:00 pm

Open to members and non-members!

Adult & Youth Divisions with AQHA & All Breed classes!

Visit or contact Abby at for more information.

Entry Form
Event Flyer

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Townsend’s Trailer Special!

Townsend’s Training Farm 2015 Trailer Special will be held in conjunction with NHQHA’s following events:

Sunday August 2, 2015
AQHA Trail Challenge Workshop and Judged Trail Challenge
At Townsend’s Training Farm

Sunday September 20, 2015
AQHA Fall Novice / Open All Breed Horse Show
At Townsend’s Training FarmFor any person that purchases a new Exiss trailer on either of these dates (MUST BE 8/2 or 9/20), Townsend’s will donate $300.00 to NHQHA!!This is a fantastic opportunity for all parties!TTF has approximately 30 trailers on site at the current time with new trailers constantly coming in.

Please take advantage of this generous offer and help your club at the same time!

For more information, please contact:
Townsend’s Training Farm
536 4th Range Road
Pembroke, NH 03275

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Saturday Night BBQ!

During our Annual Show we will be hosting a Saturday night BBQ. Come join us!

Tickets are $25 per person.
June 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Menu includes:
Smoked Sausage
Pulled Pork
Smoked Chicken
Baked Beans
Cole Slaw
Dirty Rice
Macaroni Salad

Contact Stacey at to reserve your tickets!

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