NORTHERN MINNESOTA ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION
The Northern Minnesota Arabian Horse Association was incorporated on August 5, 1966.
Its first officers were Les Sellnow, President; Reynhart Arvidson, Vice President; Dawn Lundgren, Secretary; and Don Gilbertson, Treasurer. Other charter members were Muriel Besser, Shirley Motley, Virginia Reed, Willie Hargest, Mrs. Ed Hargest and Steve Vollmer.
The purpose of NMAHA is to encourage interest in Arabian horses, to cooperate with other organizations and individuals in developing and maintaining the highest qualities of this incomparable breed and to encourage ownership and enjoyment of Arabian horses at all levels.
The first show sponsored by NMAHA was a Class C Arabian Show held at Alexandria, Minnesota in the late summer of 1966. From the late 1960's through 1984, with only a couple exceptions, the shows were held in Brainerd, where it also eventually developed into a Class A Show. In 1985 the show moved to Sauk Centre, where it remains.
In addition to the shows, NMAHA was one of the earliest clubs to sponsor an endurance ride, showcasing what the Arabian can do on the trail. The Pillager Cup 50-Mile Endurance Ride and the 25-Mile Competitive Rides were held at Pillsbury State Forest near Pillager, Minnesota, beginning in the late 1960's and continuing well into the 1980's. Many of our members still enjoy riding the trails of Pillsbury and other Minnesota state forests and parks as part of our spring and fall club sponsored trail rides. Our club has also supported recreational riders with clinics and booths at horse expos for a number of years and through donations to help improve trail facilities in the state.
We enjoy the camaraderie of our potluck meetings and the annual Christmas Party which are all held at members homes or at various locations in central and northern Minnesota. We have recently added two other activities that we sponsor. One is the NMAHA Ambassador Program, an incentive program with points to be earned from a wide variety of horse activities. This culminates in an awards ceremony at our March meeting. In addition, we have been sponsoring an ACS Show (Arabian Community Show) that has been held at Litchfield the past couple years.
NMAHA also participates in the Region 10 Presidents' award program which provides beautiful plaques to help affiliated clubs honor hard working members. See write-up below the officers list.