Welcome to Region 16!

Connecticut – Maine – Massachusetts
New Hampshire – New York – Rhode Island – Vermont

What We Do

Promoting and coordinating Arabian horse shows, trail rides, and more throughout Region 16, including the Arabian and Half-Arabian Regional Championships

Formulating publicity, educational programs, and other activities in the interest of Arabian horse owners, clubs and enthusiasts

Promoting, encouraging and stimulating popular interest in the outstanding qualities of the Arabian Horse

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July 22-25: Region 16 Championships


From the Director’s Desk

July 14, 2021:

Greetings Region 16 and AHA members,

Over the past few weeks there has been much discussion regarding proposed qualifications for our Regional and National shows. I have received dozens of emails from AHA members throughout the country voicing their concerns and recommendations.

I apologize for not responding to every individual email, but assure you that they have been received and read. As an owner, breeder, rider, and trainer myself with a full-time corporate job, I sincerely appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share their thoughts in a constructive manner with the best interests of the Arabian horse in mind.

Again, many thanks to all who have taken the time to reach out. Please know your voice has been heard and is valued.

Warm Regards, 
Cheryl Lane-Caron
Region 16 Director

Meet An Arabian Horse Month; Regional Championship Show Updates

Greetings Region 16 members and exhibitors, 

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that May is Meet An Arabian Horse Month. This promotion through AHA’s local outreach leaders includes weekly challenges to promote individual participation. For our clubs and Discovery Farms, $500 is on the line. The top five clubs or farms who enroll the most new members are eligible for a prize. AHA has put together resources available for download to help you plan a virtual or in person event. Many thanks to our local outreach leader, Kristen Cuneo for sharing information to all clubs. I encourage everyone to get involved and tag your social media posts with #MeetAnArabianHorse to share the joy of the Arabian horse with as many people as possible. 

As we celebrate Meet An Arabian Horse Month, here in the Northeast the 2021 show season is also ready to kick into high gear! Compared to where we were one year ago, the outlook is much brighter. I can’t wait to reconnect with all of our Arabian horse enthusiasts and am eagerly looking forward to attending an Arabian horse show for the first time in more than a year. 

Speaking of shows, I know there are many questions and concerns regarding the Region 16 Championship Show in Syracuse, NY, from July 22-25. We appreciate your interest, and patience, as the show committee navigates the challenges of organizing a high quality event while the parameters in which we can operate change as state’s ease COVID-19 restrictions. We will do our best to communicate all local, state, federal, and venue precautions with you by utilizing our website, social media, and AHA member email list. Please be respectful to our show committee and officials working to implement these protocols and take the time to read all communications and share them with your barn mates and guardians of junior exhibitors. 

At the spring meeting the Region 16 delegates voted to move forward with the show with some changes for the 2021 year. These changes have received the necessary approvals from AHA and at this time I’d like to share them all with you. Please keep in mind that these are for the 2021 show only. They are born out of necessity to ensure the Region remains financially solvent as our show will be running concurrent to the AHA Youth and Mid-Summer Nationals. Again, it is the intent of the Region 16 board of directors, show committee, and delegates to provide a high-quality, enjoyable, and competitive show this year with an eye towards building for the future. 

2021 Region 16 Show Changes 

1. The Championship show will remain four (4) days in length, however, there will be no pre-show offered. Qualifications have been waived, thus negating the need for a pre-show qualifier. 

2. The show will be held at the New York State Fairgrounds in the old Coliseum, not the Expo Center. The schedule will accommodate all classes being held indoors, with the exception of Dressage, which will utilize the 4-H ring. 

3. The hunter over fences and carriage driving classes will not be held (2021 only). 

4. There will be one main ring judge. We are pleased to have Kim Morgan join us! 

5. There will be one judge for hunter type sport horse and one judge for dressage type sport horse, traditional dressage and western dressage. We are pleased to have Todd Karn join us as the SHIH and SHUS hunter type judge! Charlotte Trentelman will join us as the SHIH/SHUS dressage type and dressage judge!

Exciting Additions to the 2021 Show

1. The Main barn has been renovated and is now complete with porta-stalls. 

2. A Wine & Cheese Welcome Party will be offered. 

3. On Saturday evening, the PB Arabian Costume class will be held in memory of Kristine Phelps. 

4. The inaugural Director’s Class will be held with past and current Region 16 directors donating money to a winner-take all jackpot. 

5. Stay tuned for more news to come! 

Please know that these changes were not made lightly and we have been working diligently to take everyone into consideration. In that vein, I’d also like to share that per our bylaws, which indicate that the Regional Championship show should rotate location, the 2022 Regional Show has been tentatively scheduled for August 4-7, 2022, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. 

We look forward to seeing you in Syracuse this year and appreciate your continued support of the Region 16 Championships. The 2021 Region 16 Championship Horse Show prize list will be released shortly. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at region16arabian@gmail.com

Warm Regards, 
Cheryl Lane-Caron
Region 16 Director

Eastern Classic Celebrates 50th Anniversary

AHANY’s Eastern Classic Show will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary from June 11-13, 2021, at the Showplex in Hamburg, NY.  The show committee is planning to include some throwback/yesteryear fun with classes such as Get of sire, Most Classic Head and Versatility classes. TBA class slots are still available. If there’s a class you’d like to see added, contact them as soon as possible before the class list is finalized. Check out the prize list at www.ahany.net. Also in the works is a Silent Stallion Auction. If you have a stallion that you’d like to add to the lineup, please contact the show committee. Sponsorships are also welcome at this time. Contact ahanyevents@gmail.com to be included in the festivities.

Region 16 AHYA Youth Director

Region 16 is pleased to announce Kiki Basta as the 2021-2022 Youth Director! Kiki is a friendly face at local, regional, and national shows and well-known for her quick smile and enthusiasm for all things equine – especially the Arabian horse!Kiki has been showing Arabians since 2014 under the tutelage of Jennifer Jelich at Jelich Farms LLC in Massachusetts.

She says, “I own two Half-Arabians, Exxhilaration and Smug and Superior, who I show equitation, hunter pleasure, and sport horse under saddle. I can’t wait for the upcoming year!” In addition to her accolades in the show ring, Kiki is president of Jelich’s leadership team and a great role model to the younger equestrians at the farm.

That experience will serve her well as she looks to organize activities to get Region 16 youth members involved. Sloane Roncaioli, Region 16 Youth Coordinator, will assist with the coordination of youth activities. Youth interested in being involved should send an email to region16youth@gmail.com.

AHA Local Level Committee in Region 16

Region 16 is excited by the interest in the newly formed AHA Local Level Committee with the mission “to bring people to the Arabian horse through local outreach”. Our Region 16 liaisons will be as follows: 

Christine Silvia (MA) krystyne613@aol.com 

Kristen Cuneo (NH) kwwiser89@gmail.com 

Jim Maroney (NY) jmaroney3@live.com

We appreciate their willingness to step up and encourage others to join them! They will be our points of contact within the region to the AHA committee. 

Over the past year Region 16 has been working to establish a community outreach committee for and will continue to build on the framework established. We are seeking other interested individuals from each club to build interest, generate ideas, and implement the programs created. If you are passionate about the Arabian horse and enjoy introducing them to others, please contact Christine or Kristen for more information on how you can be involved. 

Submit News

Region 16 clubs are encouraged to submit news to be featured here and/or in the AHA Regional Insider by the 20th of month. Please send to region16web@gmail.com with the subject line “News.”