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Are you interested in making a difference, meeting new Juniors, creating lifelong friendships and much more? Then our MHJA Junior community is just for you! The MHJA Junior community continues to grow over the years, and we would love for you to be a part of it! We have several social events designed and organized specifically for juniors. We offer leadership roles and opportunities for juniors to use their voices. Be the change YOU want to see! Make a difference!  Contact Abbie Leidig, MHJA Juniors President. Her address and phone number are in the MHJA Directory. You may also call or text Betsy Gambach at (612) 360-8034 for more information. Betsy's email address is also in the directory.  Join the fun!


CALLING ALL JUNIORS! The MHJA Junior Board is seeking interested members (6th grade through 12th grade) to join the team.  This is a great way to meet other Junior riders, contribute to your horse passion, and gain leadership experience. The application can be found HERE




CALLING MHJA JR'S BETWEEN 6th GRADE THROUGH 12th GRADE! MHJA is forming a new Board of MHJA Junior members to provide leadership & representation for the MHJA Junior program, give the MHJA Board an improved opportunity to hear from this growing segment of our Association, and also offer a leadership opportunity for our youth.



MHJA Juniors! Please join us on Friday, October 25 for an exciting evening at the University of MN Leatherdale Center & Piper Equine Hospital! We’re excited that the evening will include a tour of the Piper Equine Hospital, including the ICU, exam rooms, their X-ray / MRI machines, and a chance to meet Hercules, their Belgian draft and favorite blood donor! Following the tour we'll have dinner, fun activities, and an opportunity to socialize with your fellow MHJA Juniors! Space is limited so go to the following website to sign up & get more details!

Please note that because of our limited space this event is for MHJA members only.  If you're not yet a member but would like to attend please fill out a membership application as well.  Any new memberships are valid through 2020.



Join us in wishing MHJA Juniors a week of good riding as they attend Pony Finals in Lexington, KY! Congratulations!

Taylor Lindstrom (trainer, Heidi Hildebrand)

Lauren Masica (trainer, Jane Martinson)

Tara Pradhan (trainer, Alex McKay)

Check out the Finals LIVE here

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Tara Pradhan, Alex McKay (Trainer)

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Lauren Masica and Hidden Springs AZ

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Tara Pradhan and Modern Love

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Lauren Masica 

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Lauren Masica and Fennel

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Lauren Masica and Fennel


CONGRATULATIONS  to all 38 MHJA Juniors sitting for the Emerson Burr Horsemanship test on Saturday at Mid States Horse Show.  Winners by age group:

Madeline Lewis (Trainer Alex McKay) 8 yrs and under;

Bella Castro (Trainer Jane Martinson) 9-11 yrs;

Quinn Lee O’Halloran (Trainer Alex McKay) 12-14 yrs;

​Grace Griffin (Trainer Bill Nunn) 15-17 yrs.

Winners receive a $100 grant be used towards educational or equestrian related expenses.

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MHJA JUNIOR UPDATE: The MHJA Junior’s Ice Cream Social and Q&A with the judges, has been changed to FRIDAY night after the UEE Poise and Brilliance Hunter Classic at the Jumper Ring. Stick around to have some sweets and get all your judging questions answered. See you there!


MHJA Juniors - I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Join us for an ice cream social on Saturday, June 16, at the Mid-States Summer show in Mason City, IA.

The festivities will be held at the show grounds after the Mid-States Grand Prix! In addition to having ice cream & hanging out with your MHJA friends, you'll have a chance to win the $100 Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant, and join a Q&A with one of the show judges. We hope you can join us! You can read more about the Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant & prep for the test! See you in Mason City!



MHJA JUNIORS:  The MN High School Equestrian association is now open for 2018 registration. MANY additional schools were added last year.  Open to grades 8 through 11. Check it out!


Close to 50 people turned out for the MHJA JUNIORS' Mini-Clinic featuring Sue Novak - Grooming, Nick Novak - Flat Work and Jumping, Betsy Kieffer - Horse Showing 101, and John Kieffer - Concussions, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and the role of the EMT. A great time was had by all!


Get ready for Nick at Night! The next MHJA Juniors event will be held Friday night, April 27 from 6 - 9 pm.  We have planned an evening mini-clinic at beautiful Gypsy Farms West (in Delano) with owner and professional, Nick Novak.  The evening will focus on several key areas to help you prepare for the upcoming show season.  There will be food & beverages, games & fun, and an incredible opportunity to get all of Nick's greatest advice on doing your best at the upcoming shows.  Topics covered will include:

1.) Getting yourself and your horse ready to show;

2.) Walking a courses; and

3.) Watching Nick do some mounted exercises.


Parents, you're welcome to join us!  Meet other parents, watch Nick's demonstrations, and get all your show questions answered during a "Horse Show 101" parent presentation while the kids are enjoying some games. The evening will offer something for everyone! 


Follow the "Sign Up" link for more information and to sign-up for the event.  ​The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, April 25.

We hope to see everyone there! ​



MHJA Members -


2018 is here!  And with 2018 the MHJA is excited to introduce a new program - the MHJA Juniors.  MHJA Juniors is a program focused on fostering education, community, camaraderie, charity, and of course fun for the MHJA junior members (17 & under).    We're planning several events throughout the year… social outings, educational events, volunteer opportunities to name a few.  We're forming program ideas now, so interested juniors will be requested to give their input and of course support throughout the year.  We hope all the Juniors will participate with their fellow horse-crazy friends!



To kickoff the program we're starting with a MHJA Juniors Night Out… an evening of food, festivities & friendship!  Mark your calendars for Friday, February 2, from 6:00 - 9:00, and use the "Sign Up" button below to secure your spot.  Sign up is required by Monday, January 29, but sign up early to confirm your spot, space is limited.


  • Date & Time:  Friday, February 2 from 6:00 - 9:00PM

  • Location: Brunswick Zone / Bowlero in Brooklyn Park (7545 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN) - join us in the party room to start, look for the MHJA Juniors sign!

  • Activities: Kickoff party!  Meet fellow MHJA Juniors, and enjoy an evening of games, bowling, laser tag and dinner…  

  • Cost: $26.50 for MHJA Members, $29.50 for participants who are not members*

    • Cost includes everything for the evening… pizza, bowling (& shoes), laser tag, etc.

    • * If you / your junior is not yet a member, renew your membership by January 31 for a $5 membership discount…

  • Sign Up:  Click the "Sign Up" button below to register & pay for the event.  You do not need to have an account, just a credit card to provide payment.



  • The party is for MHJA members 17 & under, but kids that are not MHJA members are also welcome and encouraged to participate.  We want all horse-loving kids everywhere to have an opportunity to be part of our community, and the event is intended to help everyone meet new friends and have fun.

  • For barns or riding schools that have Juniors that are not members, please promote this event!

  • For parents - there are a number of places for dinner & shopping in nearby Maple Grove, which is a 5 - 10 minute drive.  (Or you're welcome to stay and bowl of course.)



  • Any questions or feedback on the MHJA Juniors program can be sent to this email -

  • If you have your "parent" email listed for your Junior but would like to add their email for future communications please respond to this email with their information.

  • The MHJA Juniors will also communicate via Instagram!  Go add "mhjajuniors" to your Instagram account and stay up-to-date on all the latest.



  • The MHJA Board Members serving on the MHJA Juniors committee are Betsy Gambach, Elizabeth LaFrenz, Lisa Masica, and Suzanne Wepplo.  Please feel free to contact them with questions or comments.


Thanks as always for your support of the MHJA and the MHJA Juniors program as well.  Wishing you a wonderful 2018!

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