The well-attended AHA Annual Convention was held in Denver CO on November 15-18, 2017. Keynote Speaker was Ann Judge, long-time Arabian horse trainer, show judge, and the rider of Denver Broncos Mascot , "Thunder." Not only did Ann share many humorous stories about the Thunder legacy and the 3 different Arabian horses that have been assigned to the mascot role, Ann also gave an inspirational speech about the importance of kindness in all that we do with our horses and the people who love them.
Ann was joined by Thunder's owner, Sharon Magness, and Thunder himself even made an appearance. This amazing horse was completely at ease among the huge crowd inside the large hotel meeting room. Thunder was accompanied by a sizable entourage of attendants, along with his personalized saddle, bridle, blanket, bucket, halter, and other accoutrements -- all adorned with the Denver Broncos logo.
It was quite a sight to see many of our revered Arabian trainers standing in line to have their photographs taken with Thunder and Ann.
Click here to view the lists of judges chosen for 2018 national competitions. Click the link below for voting results of the resolutions proposed for this year.
The Greater Kansas City Arabian Horse Association was chartered in 1964 as the original Arabian Horse Association (AHA) affiliate for the Kansas City area. Each year the Club co-sponsors the Mo-Kan Border Bonanza, a major Region 8 & 11 dual-qualifying Class A Arabian horse show. GKCAHA also sponsors a successful one-day All-Breed show on the Pony Express circuit, and participates in the American Royal horse show, a Kansas City tradition steeped in history. Among the social events the Club hosts, our Midwinter Celebration is an annual tradition for all members, honoring the High Point winners of the show season at a dinner and presentation of awards.
Pictured left: Harvey Kemper on Baby Doll
The Greater Kansas City Arabian Horse Association (GKCAHA) has an active membership of Arabian Horse enthusiasts from Kansas, Missouri, and surrounding states. Many of our members serve on Regional and National AHA Committees, and are active as workers and exhibitors at the various National Championships. The GKCAHA Youth Group has nurtured many current adult members of the organization and has activities planned throughout the year. GKCAHA offers several types of memberships to allow participation from every type of Arabian enthusiast.
To foster the use and improvement of the Arabian Horse by promoting ownership, training, and breeding of Arabian, Half-Arabian, and Anglo-Arabian horses by promoting and providing opportunities for exhibition/competition using Arabian horses; and by engaging in educational, promotional, recreational, charitable, benevolent, and social activities connected with these purposes.