Spring Edition 2016

As I write this 2016 is well under way! We have had 2 shows at Gordyville and our Awards Banquet was a great success. The next Land of Lincoln Show is The International Show in Springfield, April 28-30th. It's one of my favorite shows because it is often the first time many of us get to ride outside. Being from the northern part of Illinois there is still a chance of snow in the next few weeks. After that it is on to Oshkosh for the WQHA Spring Show May 27-30 and the Paper Valley Festival, June 2-5th. I hope to see you there!

Awards Banquet

The Land Of Lincoln Quarter Horse Association banquet was a huge success this year. The Banquet took place at the Aquaviva Winery in early March. Attendance was way up and everyone enjoyed great food and company while picking up their year-end awards. As you can probably see from the above pictures, the silent auction and raffle prizes were a huge hit. There was a lot of fun celebrating those hard earned raffle wins while the year-end winners were a bit more reserved. Special thanks go to Carrie and Chayna DeNicolo for putting on such a great event. Beth Manion also deserves our thanks for all of the wonderful year-end awards.
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The News

Rumor has it that Teri Pankau is planning a return to the show ring on her home raised mare, Elegance in Krymsun. Ivy has been making the trip to a few shows to get used to the atmosphere and made her debut with Jennifer Drinkall at Gordyville a few weeks ago in the Green HUS. Word is that she was a very good girl. Be on the lookout for Teri in her hunt clothes soon!

Trista Mallow has pulled her 16 year old mare, Funny Face, out of retirement. Trista sold her young gelding, Suddenly Winter, in the fall. It has been 10 years and a few foals since Funny Face and Trista were a team but you would never know it. They won the Circuit Award in Am Horsemanship at Gordyville in March, not bad!

One of our newest members, Danielle Beauchamp, purchased her mare Surely Sheza Hottie, or Miley, at the Congress last October. Danielle is looking forward to her return to the show ring after over 20 years. While Danielle and Miley get to know each other Jennifer Burton has been showing Miley in the Green Western Pleasure. They have won the Circuit Award at every show they have entered and are currently leading the nation in the Green Western Pleasure.

Speaking of the AQHA Show Leaders List we have some other members off to an early lead. Chayna DeNicolo and her mare are currently 4th in the Novice Showmanship and 15th in the Amateur. This team has been racking up the All Around Awards this season. Chayna also confirmed that Gracie is expecting a 2017 foal by Lazy Loper. Congratulations!

Julie Ehler’s has a new horse as of last summer. She is currently showing VS Struck Gold in Select and Novice Western Pleasure. Jennifer Burton has been showing him in the Junior Western Pleasure and is 7th on the Show Leaders List. Julie and Cody are headed to the Novice Championships in Oklahoma next week.

Mary Caitlyn O’Malley and her new horse Orange is the New Bay are off to a great start. They are 7th on the Show Leaders List in Level 3 Youth HUS. They started together late last year but are already qualified for The AQYHA World Show in HUS. Mary Caitlyn also won the Tyler Auth Memorial Sportsman Award at the Gordyville Illinois Youth Show.

Emma Garcia and Lucky in the Moonlight are also making an appearance on the Show Leaders list, they are currently 6th in the Level 1 Youth HUS. They also picked up an All Around Award in Youth 14-18 at Gordyville this spring.

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Level 1 Championships

We have a few members headed to the Level 1 Championship next week in Oklahoma. Jennifer Stoever will be showing UFzippospotential in Western Pleasure and Horsemanship. Rufus is owned by Jennifer's Dad, James Bond. I know after talking to Jennifer that she is very grateful to her Dad for giving her this opportunity to show Rufus! As I mentioned earlier, Julie Ehler will also be going with her gelding, VS Struck Gold, to show in the Select Western Pleasure. This is the first year that the Level 1 Championships will be offering Select classes. Tanna Suits and Willy Suit My Fancy are also making the trip to show in the All Around. Look for them in the Halter, Showmanship, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship. Lauren Stepaniak and Gota Lota Chex will also be going. They are planning to complete in the Novice and Rookie Ranch Horse, Equitation, HUS, Showmanship and Halter. Good luck ladies!

Youth Reminder

If you would like to join the LLQHA Youth Team please mail your letter of intent to Carrie DeNicolo. The letter can be found on the website,

Eye Candy

To reward you for getting to the end of the newsletter here is a little cuteness to brighten your day. The first two babies are courtesy of Kathy Sheahan and Greta Zeller and the last one belongs to Mary Mancini.

As always if you have any news please let me know. I would love to hear from you!

Your Editor

Cami Van Aken