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
Our Region in Numbers
From the Director’s Desk
October 15, 2021:
Greetings Region 16 AHA members and exhibitors,
The Region 16 AHA Regional Championship Show Committee met on the evening of October 14, and voted in favor of joining forces with Region 15 AHA to run the first-ever dual Regional Championship shows at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA, from July 4-9, 2022.
To be clear: this will be two separate shows with their own unique judging panels, and concurrent classes mid-week. We will not lose our identity as Region 16 AHA, and we will continue to celebrate our region throughout the show. Our intention is to have a Region 16 representative on site to address exhibitors needs throughout the show along with the show manager and Region 15 staff.
What does this look like for exhibitors?
- Two high-quality, competitive AHA Regional Championship shows in one beautiful location
- Venue with recent upgrades, such as new footing, Big Ass fans, LED lighting, rubber matted walkways, 24/7 on-site stable office and security, etc.
- One stall fee for both shows
- One hauling fee
- Reduced class fees
- Reduced use of exhibitor vacation time
- Exhibitor special discount thru Choice Hotels
- Open dates on either end to travel, show ends Saturday night
- Expanded class offerings, including hunter over fences, reining, ranch riding and upper level dressage
- Two sets of judges and awards
- Main Ring, Dressage, Western Dressage, and Sport Horse Under Saddle classes will run twice – once under each set of judges
- The individually scored events (Sport Horse In Hand, Reining, Trail, Ranch Riding, & Hunter over Fences) will run concurrently. Both sets of judges will score each go, and will pin Top 5, Reserve & Champion for each region
- Family-friendly destination with historic sites, scenic parkways, and a downtown charm
- Plus plenty of dining venues, craft breweries, wineries, and more!
Fall Meeting Discussion
At the Region 16 AHA Fall Meeting held on October 9, there was much discussion regarding the venue and date options for the 2022 Region 16 AHA Championship Show. As there hadn’t been an option agreed upon by the show committee prior to the meeting, it was brought for discussion amongst the delegates and meeting attendees. Ahead of the meeting, the committee had discussed two options, as there were previously no viable dates available at the venue in Syracuse:
- The Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, to be held August 4-7 (overlapping dates with East Coast Championships)
- A dual Regional Championship show with Region 15 AHA in Lexington, VA, to be held July 4-9
However, during the Fall Meeting, it was brought to the committee’s attention that a possible date had recently opened up in Syracuse, NY, which was clearly an option to consider. As a result, the decision was made to postpone the vote on location and dates for the 2022 show pending a survey of Region 16 AHA members and past show participants, as well as a review of additional financial information on the venue options. The survey was sent out on October 9, and closed at noon on October 14. Updated prices from the Syracuse venue were reviewed alongside the survey results by the Region 16 Championship Show Committee on the evening of October 14.
Regional Championship Show Survey
We sincerely appreciate everyone who took time to complete the Region 16 Championship Show survey. Each and every response was taken into consideration and a data analysis was presented to the show committee (see attached survey data).
The show committee reconvened on October 14 to review the survey data and financials for each venue. At this time, the 2022 price list for the New York State Fairgrounds, under new management, was presented to the show committee. It indicated significant price increases, upwards of 50% for some of the amenities used to host our show. In all, the cost for our region to utilize this venue in 2022 would more than double. Despite the survey preference for this venue and the show committee’s willingness to entertain Syracuse as an option, it was determined that the increased financial expense is not something the region, and our exhibitors, would be able to absorb.
Based on projected expenditures and revenue for a combined show, it is anticipated that both Region 16 and Region 15 AHAs will be able to financially position themselves in a way that allows them both to continue hosting high quality competitions in the future. Careful consideration of the financials for each venue was a large factor in the final selection to move forward with a co-located show.
Venue Rotation Standing Rule
Many are familiar with our region’s standing rule, which called for a rotation of the regional show location. Based on that 2022 was the year for Springfield, MA. Unfortunately, the only available venue dates fell upon the same dates as the East Coast Championships. As the landscape of the show industry continues to evolve, this standing rule was changed in Spring 2021 to allow the show committee to select a venue outside of the rotation when necessary. This proved to be an instance where that was appropriate.
Though the survey results suggested that the Syracuse option was the most desirable venue, the substantial increase in fees was deemed to be far too significant for us to take on. As such, the committee voted 8-0-2 in favor of hosting a dual championship show with Region 15 AHA. This is a bold move, but necessary for Region 16 AHA to thrive.
Change isn’t easy, we understand that. However, change often brings opportunity. Now is the time to be innovative, forward thinking, and engage in new partnerships and ventures.
We hope you will join us for this exciting ride and look forward to seeing you in Lexington!
If you have questions or comments, please reach out to your club delegate, or to a member of the regional championship show committee listed on the Region 16 Committee page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “News.”