Have you heard about the Local Level Committee? Our mission is: “To bring people to the Arabian horse through local outreach.” In 2019, AHA formed the Local Level Involvement Task Force with the mission stated above. At the 2020 AHA Convention, the Task Force was given standing committee status and became the Local Level Committee.
The Local Level Committee has a diverse group of representatives from almost every AHA Region to bring their ideas as well as share information with their Region. The Regional Representatives will encourage participation in events and programs developed by the Local Level Committee and will be in touch regularly with their Region’s Board and Clubs.
Your Local Level Committee Representatives for Region 16
Kristen Cuneo (Team Lead)
Kristen has been showing horses both on a National and Region 16 level both as a youth rider and as an adult. Since turning professional she currently runs her own training, boarding and lesson facility called Kingswood in East Kingston, NH. In the past Kristen’s Arabian and Half Arabian’s were used in a Therapeutic Program “Wings and Hooves” Therapeutic Riding for 10 years. Kristen is looking forward to working with the AHA committee on projects and to help introduce the public to the wonderful world of the Arabian horse
Jim has owned and trained Arabians since 1974. I am a retired School Psychologist and Mental Health Counselor. Jim has been president of the Empire State AHA several times and Vice Chair of Region XVI, as well as working as a Ringmaster for many years. Jim’s farm hosts many events such as weddings, school events, birthday parties and 4H just to name a few. Jim has written many articles for multiple equine publications as well As judging many open breed horse shows. I look forward to working with everyone on the committee.
Christine works for a fortune 500 company during the day as a director. Christine has had a passion for the Arabian horse since her first ride at age 4. Christine also works with a local Hospice organization to bring the Arabian horse to local Nursing and Rehabilitation centers for residents to enjoy. As a new Local Level Committee Member Christine is excited to bring her experience in Marketing to the team.
We are excited to share programs developed by the Local Level Committee as well as work with AHA in the promotion of new programs, such as Virtual Horse Shows. We encourage you to participate in bringing these programs to your community and we are available to answer any questions you may have on how to do that!
AHA Virtual Shows
AHA is introducing Virtual Horse Shows starting in March; entries may be sent March 1-15, for the following classes:
- Western Pleasure – Walk Jog
- Western Pleasure – Walk, Jog, Lope
- Sport Horse Under Saddle
- Sport Horse In-Hand Mares/Geldings
- Hunter Pleasure – Walk Trot
- Hunter Pleasure – Walk, Trot, Canter
- Showmanship – Pattern
- Performance Halter Mares/Geldings
- Ranch Riding – Pattern
- Hunter Seat Equitation – Pattern
- Hunter Seat Equitation – Walk Trot
- Western Horsemanship – Pattern
- General – Placings only – $25 per class
- Placings – With Feedback/Critique – $35 per class
Judges and class offerings may change each month, so check back if you don’t see the class you want to compete in this time. For more information or to sign up to compete visit the AHA web site: ArabianHorses.org – Virtual Clinics
May is Arabian Horse Month
It’s not too early to start planning your event for May’s Meet an Arabian Horse. As you may know May is Arabian Horse Month. To celebrate, we encourage local clubs, Discovery Farms, lesson programs and others to host an event. Depending on your area, this may be a virtual or in-person event. We have developed a toolkit available on the AHA web site to help you plan and execute your event. Check out the toolkit here: ArabianHorses.org – Toolkit. And look for more information from AHA and the Local Level team in the coming weeks!
If you have questions, please contact Kristen, Christine or Jim and we will be happy to assist you!