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December 2009





The BAHA Youth is always stepping up to the plate and setting examples for the rest of the Arabian youth. BAHA member and  Region 14 Youth Director,  Katie Pelphrey, was named 2009 AHA Youth of the Year during the recent AHA Convention.  

Katie is a bright young lady who has been with BAHA from it's inception. Katie was the first BAHA Youth President and helped set the foundation for many of our youth programs within the club. Katie has always been a leader and is always looking out for the best interest of the Arabian horse youth members.

During the AHYA youth convention this summer Katie presented a motion to the youth delegates that would allow a horse and rider switch in the finals of the Saddle Seat Equitation 14-17 division. This motion was approved and moved on to this years AHA convention as Resolution 12-09. Katie addressed the delegation from the floor of the convention and after she explained the resolution she received a resounding applause. After a slight change the resolution was approved and will go into affect after approval is obtained at the January USEF Convention in Louisville Kentucky.  

Katie was awarded the AHA Youth of the Year perpetual trophy along with a $1,000 scholarship from AHA.In addition Katie received a dozen red roses and a $1,250 scholarship from Region 14. Katie was elected to the position of AHYA Youth Vice President during the AHYA convention in 2008 and was re-elected to a second term this summer. Katie will be attending the University of Kentucky this fall. Katie will be speaking at the Region 14 banquet in February so make your reservations now to see and hear this young leader of today and tomorrow.   Katie is the second Region 14 Youth to be honored with this award. In 2006 outgoing Region 14 Youth Director Monica Christian was named AHA Youth of the Year. Monica is now attending the Ohio State University and she will also receive a 1,250 scholarship from Region 14 to assist her in obtaining her medical degree.



Everyone knows that this time of year brings lots of giving and good cheer. Jerry and Barbara Johnson of Heaven Sent Arabians have been giving back to the equine community in a unique way for the past two years. In 2008,  the Johnson's began fostering at risk equines for the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. The KyEHC provides shelter for unwanted equines across the state of Kentucky. The equines are then evaluated on a physical and mental level to be adopted to future homes. Often the KyEHC looks for help from generous people like the Johnson's to help foster special needs or at risk equines. In January of 2008, a precious little Arabian weanling filly arrived at Heaven Sent Farm. Here "Sparkle" was able to frolick in her own paddock with her new buddy and come inside to a nice, warm barn every night. Sparkle lived at the Johnson's farm until December of 2008. With a little networking and help from some wonderful individuals in the Arabian community, Sparkle was adopted to a loving new home in Missouri. A report was received this Thanksgiving on Sparkle. She has turned into quite the lovebug and was out and about being ponied on her first trail ride, which we heard she absolutely loved! Yay for Sparkle!


Now that Sparkle has been placed in a new home, the Johnson's are fostering a new furry friend. Autumn is a 12 year old miniature mare that just loves life in general. She has another pony that is her pasture mate, but Autumn especially loves to nose with the big horses through the fence. She does not know that she is a mini! Autumn is super easy to handle and loves people of all ages. Autumn has been diagnosed with cushings disease and requires daily medication, but her daily feeding and medication has just become a normal part of daily barn rountine with ease at Heaven Sent Arabians. Autumn is currently available for adoption through the KyEHC. Autumn would be great as a companion for another horse or would be great for young children to learn about having a horse since she is just the right size!


The KyEHC is located near Lexington, KY and has horses of all shapes, sizes, colors and breeds that are available for adoption! Most horses can be viewed on their website at New horses arrive almost daily, so the website may not always reflect which horses are available at that time. If you are interested in adopting a new member of your family or interested in becoming a volunteer. please contac the KyEHC at 859-881-5849.


The BAHA is highlighting this special mare as she is part of our Arabian horse community.

Misty is an 18 yr old Arabian mare that has been used as a previous show horse. She now has arthritis in her right front fetlock. She could be used for an occasional light ride around the farm, but she
would need joint injections for any significant amout of riding. She has a wonderful personality and gets along with mares and geldings. She has been easy to handle and groom and does well for the farrier and vet. Misty would love to find a home where she can be loved and pampered.

If you are interested in finding about more information on adopting Misty, please contact the
Kentucky Equine Humane Center at 859-881-5849. She's waiting for you!



October 2009

October 2009



             509 SPINPOINTE ROAD
             FISHERVILLE, KENTUCKY 40023

  4:30 P.M.- SOCIAL TIME

                         FURNISHED BY THE CLUB.

                         DESSERTS TO BE FURNISHED BY ANYONE
                         WANTING TO BRING SOMETHING

         6:00 P.M.  GENERAL MEETING

         7:30 P.M.   HAYRIDE AROUND THE FARM



You Are Invited...


to an exclusive preview and tour of
The Arabian Horse Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky
Saturday, September 26, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the first and only time this opportunity will be available prior to the Galleries opening in 2010. No RSVP required, just come to the International Museum of the Horse at 3:30 p.m. on September 26.

The preview will include a reception and tour of the galleries, which will be followed by a presentation by Evie Tubbs, the Arabian Horse Galleries Project Manager and Bill Cooke, the Director of the International Museum of the Horse.

This preview will be hosted by the Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association, the Kentucky Arabian Horse Association, Kentucky Arabian & Half Arabian Breeders Alliance, the Society for Arabian Horses in the Bluegrass Area and the Kentucky Arabian Riders & Breeders Society. Please join us for this exciting time in our breed's history!

For More information, contact Shannon Leva at (859) 259-4232.


The Falling Leaves Trail Ride is right around the corner, folks! Held this year on October 9th -111th,  at D Bar K Camp, near Mammoth Cave, this is a great time for BAHA members and friends to gather and have a great relaxing time together. Come early, stay late! We'll be having a barbeque dinner and bonfire on Saturday evening again this year. New this year will be a Sunday morning breakfast for campers! Be sure to get your forms in won't want to miss out! 

Speaking of trail rides...

Several BAHA members recently attended the Region 14 Arabian Trail Ride held in Norman, Indiana. Mary Ann Allen, Dave and Olivia Stone, Joe and Lisa Waits, and Jennifer Tosch were those who attended from BAHA. There were 115 riders who came together for a beautiful weekend! The facilities were wonderful and the trails were even better! Region 14 held several interactive activities for campers each evening. Jennifer Tosch was the lucky winner of the split the pot raffle! Congrats, Jennifer! Everyone had a great time meeting new friends from the Region and catching up with old faces.

Special thanks to all who attended the August General Membership meeting in Lexington. Bill and Henrietta Ellzey always do a wonderful job hosting and we couldn't thank them enough for letting us use their beautiful farm. Those who attended were treated to some lovely weather, a tasty taco bar, and an informative meeting. Many new members and friends were in attendance. So glad to see everyone! Our next General Membership meeting will be held in October at Firelight Arabians in Taylorsville, KY. Stay tuned for more information!



Summer 2009

August 2009


Hope that all of you have had a great summer, it has been busy and seems as if there has been something going on every weekend for many of our members. It has been hard to come up with a date for a club meeting, that didn't conflict with horse shows, the region 14 trail ride, and all of the other end of summer activities!

Bill and Henrietta Ellzey will host the BAHA General meeting at their
Flint Hill Farm on Saturday, August 22, 2009.  

The days activities will
start at 2 p.m. with  swimming, volleyball, cornhole, time to chat with friends and catch up  with all the summer  activities of our friends.

The business meeting will start at 4:30 p.m.  A Taco Bar  will be  available
for all to enjoy at 6 p.m.  For those of you would like, you are more than welcome tostay after
the meeting and enjoy the pool and relax.  All the youth are urged to come and have a  fun afternoon before school starts or if your are already in school before everything gets in full swing.

You are encouraged to bring a friend with you, it is a great opportunity to
show your friends what a fun group BAHA is all about!

Flint Hill Farm is located on Caveson Way in Nicholasville, Ky.



Summer is almost over...which means it's time to gear up for the Falling Leaves Trail Ride!! BAHA's annual benefit trail ride is held near Mammoth Cave at D Bar K Horse Camp. D Bar K is owned and operated by BAHA friends, Ernest and Debbie King. BAHA has been hosting the Falling Leaves ride for several years at this location and this year we will be celebrating out 5th year of hosting a trail ride! We offer a three day ride, a Saturday night dinner and campfire, camp games, and a guarantee to have tons of fun!


As summer winds down and everyone is getting back to school fever, a few BAHA members are stepping out into the real world. BAHA Youth President, Mary Kate Fahy and long time active youth member, Krista Michael, are beginning their college trek in a few weeks. Both of these young ladies have been instrumental in keeping out youth club active and organized. We wish you both nothing but success in the future and hope to see you around at the BAHA activities!

They're hot and tired, but all of the BAHA kiddos are home safely from the Arabian and Half Arabian Youth Nationals. Check out all of their winnings below. These kids really stepped it up a notch this year. Not only did they bring home roses and ribbons in peformance classes, many also competed hippology and judging. They are truly are versatile, just like our beloved Arabians!!

Way to go BAHA Youth!! We are oh so very proud of you!


Youth Nationals 2009
6 National Championships
8 Reserve National Championships
High Point Dressage Horse and Rider Award
43 Top Tens!
Quincy Hernandez
      1 National Champion on SRC Phoenix Rising
      High Point Dressage Horse and Rider Award
      1 Reserve National Champion on SRC Phoenix Rising
      7 Top Tens on SRC Night Wind (3) and SRC Phoenix Rising (2), Hippology and Individual Judging
Emily Bennett
      1 National Champion on IM Mr Right SRC
      1 Reserve National Champion on Hisho
      7 Top Tens on Only A Dream RM (2), Alada Lena, Hisho, Im Mr Right SRC, Hippology and Individual Judging
Emily Howser
      1 National Champion in Hippology
 1 Reserve National Champion on Hisho

       1 Reserve National Champion on Alada Lena
       1 Reserve National Champion in Individual Judging
       8 Top Tens on Hisho (3), Alada Lena, Only A Dream RM and IM Mr Right SRC, Hippology and Individual Judging
Katie Pelphrey
      1 National Champion on SRC Phoenix Rising
      1 Reserve National Champion on SRC Phoenix Rising
      8 Top Tens on SRC Night Wind (3), SRC Phoenix Rising (2), EVG Sierra, Georgetown EF and Im Mr Right SRC
Lexi Hernandez
      1 National Champion on SRC Phoenix Rising

      1 National Champion in Individual Judging
      4 Top Tens on SRC Phoenix Rising (2), Hippology, and Individual Judging
Lily Walton
      1 Reserve National Champion on Im Mr Right SRC
       6 Top Tens on SRC Night Wind, Xxtra Cool, On Acount, IM Mr Right SRC, Hippology and Individual Judging
Jessica Lyons
      Top Tens on On Acount and Xxtra Cool
Mary Kate Fahy
      Top Ten on Ima Celebrity Too
 The DA Salvatore - Judging Team
       1 Reserve National Champion with Lexi Hernandez, Lily Walton, Emily Bennett, Quincy Hernandez and Emily Howser 

It's every kiddos favorite time of year...time for YOUTH NATIONALS! Many of our BAHA youth are currently competing in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the U.S. Arabian and Half Arabian Youth National Horse Show.
A full week of fun filled activites and of course,  competition, makes this event one of the youth rider's most premier!

On Friday, July 24th, youth were able to attend the annual AHYA Convention. This year's theme was AHYA on the loose.  New officers were elected and new this year was the passing of a resolution. Gordon Potts and Gene Holloway were the keynote speakers this year for the Convention.Both did a wonderful job of pointing the youth in new directions for the years to come.  This year there were 215 eligible delegates, 134 registered delegates and approximately 80 youth members that participated in the Convention. off the press...

                   BAHA Member Katie Pelphrey was re-elected as the AHYA Vice President!

On Saturday, several trainers stepped up and donated their time and knowledge for several hourse at the APAHA Clinics held for the kiddos. Andrew Sellman and Vicki Humphrey gave clinics on halter and English/Country Pleasure. This was a great opportunity for the youth to get first hand info from our industry's most notable trainers.  Both Humphrey and Sellman have been awarded some of the most top honors from APAHA and USEF.

On Sunday, members of each AHA region got together to show their creativity and spirit to decorate gold carts that were presented  for the Parade of Regions at the opening ceremonies of the show. We are very eager to see what our BAHA kids helped get together for the Region 14 cart!

The current report is that several of our BAHA members have made their first round cuts and have advanced to further competition. From all of us at home...GOOD LUCK!!



May 2009

This Spring was a Blast!

Another successful year for the Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association and their annual horse show can now go in the record books! We were blessed with an absolutely beautiful weekend and no rain! Adrienne Hancock-Leong came up a winner in more than one way this year. BAHA stapled a playing card to the back of each ribbon with the intent for exhibitors to make a "poker hand." The exhibitor with the best hand at the end of the horse show had a lovely prize awaiting them. Adrienne wowed us all with her hand of a royal flush and took hom the gift certificate to Kentucky Horse Supply! Jennifer Henderson was also a lucky lady this year. Jennifer and her gelding,Tazzer, took home the honors of Supreme Arabian/Half Arabian Halter Champion and a $200 prize! Kentucky Horse Supply was gracious enough to donate gifts to the show's High Point Youth and Amateur this year. The winner of the High Point Youth was Collin Downs, while the winner of the High Point Adult was Jennifer Tosch. Way to go!




April 2009


The horsey stork came to visit Jenese Briegel and her family on April 25, 2009. Jenese and family welcomed in a stunning chestnut colt, sired by their stallion Temmpo and out of a G Amigo granddaughter. Congratulations!


The 2008 Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association's Breeders Futurity was a resounding success!

Surpasssing the record setting 2007 edition. With over $2,500.00 in possible purse payouts, participation was up in all divisions including the new performance "Maturity" classes. The 2009 edition looks to be even bigger and better!

A special thanks to Firelight Arabians for sponsoring all divisional champion trophies, to Foundation Farm
for sponsoring all champion,  reserve champion, and top five neck ribbons, and to K.E.E.P. for sponsoring
all of the futurity classes.

With the success of the Stallion Service Auction, and all proceeds going to the Futurity program, we want to
thank all owners who graciously donated a breeding and to the lucky winning bidders. The 2009 edition will
once again provide the opportunity to purchase a breeding to some very special Stallions at a very good price.

Come join the fun and make some $$$ while you are showing off your breeding program!!
The 2009 nomination
forms and program rules are available at or contact (502-321-8986). 




 In the Ribbons...

Our BAHA members are always staying busy! Despite the cold and rainy weather, Firelight Arabians recently brought home some ribbons from the Bluegrass Classic and Bluegrass Spring Festival Horse Shows held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Several other BAHA members were also in attendance, but have not yet submitted show results. Congratulations to all BAHA members on another job well done!

Fuel Afire ridden by Jennifer Henderson
    1st Arabian Country Pleasure AAOTR
 2nd Arabian Country Open


Fuel Afire ridden by Lorie Henderson
1st Arabian Country Pleasure Open
Whittnee ridden by Jennifer Henderson
 1st Purebred Arabian Hunter ATR
 2nd Purebred Arabian Hunter Open
 1st Purebred Arabian Hunter Pleasure AOTR

Tazzer shown by Jennifer Henderson
  1st Purebred Arabian Gelding AOTH
2nd Purebred Arabian Gelding AAOTH
                                 1st Purebred Arabian Hunter AOTR                                   
1st Purebred Arabian Hunter Novice
3rd Purebred Arabian Hunter Jr Horse



Sierra Midnite ridden by Katherine Tate 
 2nd Half-Arabian Hunter JTR 13 & under
                                               2nd Half-Arabian Hunter JTR 13 & under                                               
   3rd Half-Arabian Hunter Open
 3rd Half Arabian Hunter JOTR


Khemosha Bey+/ ridden by Katherine Tate
   1st Purebred Arabian Western Pleasure JTR 13 $ under
                                    1st  Purebred Arabian Western Pleasure                                       
1st Purebred Arabian Hunter JTR 13 & under
 1st Purebred Arabian Hunter JTR
 3rd Purebred Arabian Hunter Open

Khemosha Bey+/ ridden by Lorie Henderson
       1st Purebred Arabian Western Pleasure Open
  1st Purebred Arabian Western Pleasure Open



March 2009

 Congratulations to our Region 14 Award Nominees and Winners!

Katie Pelphrey was awarded the Youth of the year award and Rebecca Reed was awarded the Amateur of the year award. Congrats, ladies!

Special congratulations to all of the BAHA members that were nominated for an award.

Jennifer Henderson, Collin Downs, Darlene Steven, Jason Reed, Martha Murdock, Lorie Henderson, Jason Reed, and Jenese Briegel.

Stay tuned for a complete report from the Region 14 meeting and banquet!

BAHA Youth Members and Advisors at the Region 14 Banquet



February 2009
Hopefully as you read this, the bitter cold weather that we all experienced in January is just a bad memory. I know that all of us were saying to ourselves, now tell me again why I am out at the barn when the high temperature for the day never gets into double digits, the wind chill is 15 plus below “0" , the mud has frozen around the gates and you can’t open them, water lines are frozen, tractors won’t start, muck is frozen in the spreader and on and on. It is a well known fact that horse owners are internal optimist they know that with each passing day the weather will improve, pastures will no longer be nothing but mud, daylight hours will increase, no more having to blanket our horses and the foals that will be born this year will all be that special foal that we have been waiting for and that is the answer to the question we ask ourselves in January. 
There is not much club news to report this month. Some of our members have been attending the San-A-Tone winter schooling shows. It takes real dedication to show in cold weather. Thanks to Sandy Stewart for
holding these shows and allowing Café Baha to sell concessions. SPECIAL THANKS to the volunteers who have been helping at Café Baha. Good news-one of our special volunteers, Joe Waits broken leg is healing right on schedule.
The Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association’s annual meeting and High Point Awards Dinner was held January 24 . The winners of the High Point Awards will be published in the March issue of the Arabian News.

LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL STALLION-Contact Jenese Breigel or Rick Tosch for information on the many outstanding stallions that are available in the 2009 Stallion Silent Auction. 

Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association will hold their 2009 Annual Open Horse Show on Sunday April 26, 2009 at the Shelbyville Fair grounds in Shelbyville, Ky. More details to follow.  



January 2009

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that it is 2009.  Hope that all of you had a Merry Christmas and had the opportunity to spend time with friends and family.


The Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association will hold their annual high point banquet Saturday January 24, 2009 at the Ruritan Club in Finchville, Kentucky.  Social hour will be at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6 p.m. The general meeting and awards presentations will start at 7 p.m. Elections will be held for the five at large director positions and the youth executive board. BAHA will furnish the meat, potatoes, bread and drinks.  We all know what great cooks BAHA members are so bring your favorite salad, vegetable or dessert  and  enjoy  a great evening of good friends and great food, invite a friend to come with you it is a great way to introduce them  to BAHA.  


Don’t forget to sign up for the 2009 High Point Program.  The 2008 BAHA High Point Program had 91 horse/rider participants.  The high point year starts November 1, 2008 and ends October 31, 2009.  Contact Terri Rettura, committee chairperson for information /applications.

 ll time to participate in the Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association 2009 Futurity. Submit your futurity  Planning on breeding that special mare this year-then be sure and check out the many outstanding stallions that are available  through the Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association stallion auction.  It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to purchase a breeding at a discounted price. Contact Jenese Briegel, stallion auction chairperson.


Mark your calendar, April 26, 2009 is the date  of  the BAHA Spring Blast Futurity and open horse show at the Shelbyville Fairgrounds in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  Show bill will be available in February issue of Arabian News.


The San-N-Tone winter series of open horse shows  is in full swing and Café BAHA is on site to provide concessions .  There will be a show in February and March. Call Sandy Stewart  at (502) 722-9330 for information regarding the shows.   BAHA is sponsoring a cooler for the Arabian/Half Arabian overall high point winner.


Dave and Oliva Stone has sent Rodeo Road (August Bey v x Mane Street) better knows as Harvey to train with Nathan Salamy at Copperhill Arabians  in Nashville, TN.  Look forward to seeing him at our show in April. 


BAHA extends congratulations to all of our members who  had that special foal born in 2008, been a winner in the show ring, won awards for outstanding achieventments in many different areas, graduated from high school and other great moments in their lives.   Our heartfelt sympathy to those of you who suffered the loss of a family member, friend or equine companion in 2008.


Once again Happy New Year and looking forward to a wonderful  2009. 


BAHA Member brings home the Hi-Point Adult Amateur Award at PMHA 2008!


BAHA Member Jenese Briegel and her grey Arabian gelding BHR Black Diamond earned the Hi-Point Adult Amateur Award this year at the 11th Annual PMHA Morab National Championships held October 25-26, 2008 at the Kentucky Horse Park,  in Lexington, Kentucky!


To win the Hi-Point Adult Amateur Award, they competed in 3 distinctly different disciplines, and the highest score of each of those 3 disciplines was used to determine Hi-Point Standing.


PMHA offers 3 Hi-Point Awards: Adult Amateur, Junior, and Exceptionale (Morab horses only) at their National show. The PMHA Morab National Championships is a three-breed Class "A" show for Morabs, Arabians, and Morgans. It is USEF and AHA approved, and is a Region 14 qualifier for Arabians. The 2008 show included over 155 classes, including Performance, Halter, Sport Horse, IABS, Youth, and Fun classes for all 3 breeds. More information at the Purebred Morab Horse Association website:



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