2017 Convention
November 15-18, 2017

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2017 Convention

The 2017 AHA Convention will be held at the newly renovated Denver Marriott Tech Center.


The hotel has undergone a top to bottom contemporary renovation.  Improvements include their new restaurant, Pint Brothers Alehouse, the M Club Concierge Lounge, additional meeting space and lounge areas, a state of the art fitness center along with the stylish and spacious guest rooms which feature all new luxury bedding and design. 


The hotel offers a complimentary 3-mile shuttle to nearby attractions including the Landmark Theatre.


NEW!  Click here for room reservations at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.  


Room rates are $135 USD plus applicable taxes and rooms will be booked on a first come, first served basis. Room rates are guaranteed until Wednesday, October 25. However, if our block is sold out prior to October 25, rooms will be guaranteed on a space available basis only. All meetings will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center:

4900 S Syracuse Street

Denver, CO USA, 80237-2725


The hotel will honor room rates 3-days prior and 3-days post Convention dates for those of you looking to turn this into a family vacation.


Please direct any further questions or concerns to the Convention and Sponsorship Specialist, Uriah Quezada at 303.696.4559 or Uriah.Quezada@arabianhorses.org



At Convention

Convention Resources

Shuttle Service



WHERE TO ENTER YOUR CODE: To use your code simply enter it in the “DISCOUNT CODE” box on the first page of the website when making your reservations.  Click here for the reservation link. Code is 964DS.

DISCOUNT: Your discount gives you 10% off one-way and round-trip reservations made online, and is valid for SuperShuttle shared rides and ExecuCar private cars.  Discount does not apply to exclusive/non-stop vans (which are already discounted).

RESERVATIONS: For special reservation questions call 1-800 BLUE VAN (800-258-3826) or customer service, available  24/7. Please note that if you call in your reservation  instead of booking and paying online with your discount code, then your discount is not valid and a $3 call center fee applies.  



SuperShuttle: After collecting luggage, customer must proceed to the SuperShuttle ticket counter to speak with a uniformed Customer Service Representative. The ticket counter is located between the women’s restroom and the ground transportation booth on the southwest side of the terminal. The ticket counter is staffed from 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM daily. A CSR will direct customer to the appropriate shuttle loading area on the transportation island. After hours, customer may use the courtesy phone located at the ticket counter to connect directly to dispatch for further assistance.


ExecuCar: Guests must pick up baggage on Level 5 and proceed to the west side of the main terminal, go out Door 510 to the Taxi/Limo starter on Island 1. The operator will call the guest to coordinate pick-up, using the phone number listed on the reservation. If unable to locate operator, guest may check with the SuperShuttle ticket counter located in the main terminal adjacent to the Hertz Car Rental Desk. Note: The counter cannot make or change reservations or accept payments of any kind on behalf of ExecuCar Denver.




Convention Registration Form

Online Convention Registration  




Interested in becoming a 2017 convention sponsor?  We offer a variety of sponsorships for every budget.  


Custom sponsorships are available, please contact Uriah Quezada, Convention and Sponsorship Specialist at Uriah.Quezada@arabianhorses.org or 303.696.4559. 





Commercial Exhibits

Commercial Exhibit space will be available at convention!


Each 8' x 10" booth is $300 and includes:

  • Access to electricity
  • 8' rear pipe & drape
  • 3' side pipe & drape


Click for the application.




Active Resolutions

Click here for current active resolutions. 








Tentative Schedule

Here is the Tentative Schedule for 2017 Convention. Please note the items highlighted in red have not been confirmed and could change. For scheduling updates please see your Committee Chair.

Visitor Information




Welcome to Denver, where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty combine for the world's most spectacular playground. 


The Denver Marriott Tech Center is located in the heart of the Denver Tech Center, only 25 minutes from Denver International Airport.  World-class shopping at the Cherry Creek Malldining and other attractions are just minutes away.  The hotel offers a complimentary 3-mile shuttle to nearby attractions including the Landmark Theatre.


For those feeling more adventurous, take the 3-minute walk to the light rail to downtown Denver.


  • Discover Denver's thriving arts and culture scene, from world-class museums to unique art districts.


  • From Food & Wine to The New York Times, Denver's reputation for fine dining has risen enormously in recent years, thanks to award-winning chefs, innovative chef-owned eateries and a focus on locally sourced cuisine. Denver chefs are regulars on the Food Network, the Travel Channel and such shows as "Top Chef." Many Mile High City kitchen wizards make frequent cooking appearances at the famed James Beard House in New York City.


  • From downtown amusement parks to fascinating museums, Denver's attractions deliver unique and unforgettable experiences.


  • Shoppers, be prepared to leave your hearts in Denver. The Mile High City's beloved boutiques, shops, malls and shopping neighborhoods have grown exponentially as of late, so the list of where to shop in Denver is longer than ever.  From cute indie stores to antique boutiques to souvenir and Western shops, Denver's shops are stocked with the best finds — so you may want to arrive with a little extra room in your suitcase.


  • The Mile High City is an outdoor adventure and pro sports paradise. Get out and enjoy! Find local hikes, excursions, parks, sporting events and other Denver recreation adventures. Get outdoors and start sightseeing!




Interested in becoming a 2017 convention sponsor?  We offer a variety of sponsorships for every budget.  


Custom sponsorships are available, please contact Uriah Quezada, Convention and Sponsorship Specialist at Uriah.Quezada@arabianhorses.org or 303.696.4559. 

Convention Documents

Awards Programs

Volunteer Service Award


  • Member Organization Level
  • Regional Level
  • National Level


Member Organization Level awards are presented by the club. At the Annual Convention AHA presents the Regional Level awards during general session and the National Level awards during the President's Banquet. Each recipient receives an award certificate, congratulatory letter and lapel pin.


Deadlines vary for each award level; see Chapter 20 in your AHA Handbookfor official rules and deadlines.


Click here to print the nomination form.



Club Excellence Award


Annual awards are presented in the following categories: 


  • Breed Promotion/Community Involvement
  • Membership Recruitment/Retention
  • Club Projects


Has your club organized and participated in activities that deserve special recognition for promoting the breed and AHA? Submit your activity entries by August 15. A panel of judges will evaluate all entries and awards will be presented at the President's Banquet at the annual Convention.


The winning club in each category receives $500.00. The Club of the Year award will be selected from those clubs that were placed in the top five of a minimum of 2 of the 3 categories, and an additional $500.00 award is presented for that honor. For official rules see Chapter 20 in your AHA Handbook.




2017 Resolutions

Add Disclosure of Occipitoatlantoaxial Malformation (OAAM) to the AHA Code of Ethics - Approved Original
Beth Minnich
Equine Stress Research and Education Committee
Modification to Regulation for Judging Conflicts (USEF/EC) - Approved Amendment 1
Johnny Ryan
Arabian Professional & Amateur Horse Association
Amended Requirement for Copies of Member Cards and Registration Papers (USEF/EC) - Approved Original
Jim Hitt
Competition Advisory Committee
Co Ownership and Eligibility to Show in JO and AO Classes, Without Restriction (USEF/EC) - Approved Amendment 1 and from the floor
Lorne Robertson
All Arabian Horse Association of BC
Helmets Required for English Trail (USEF/EC) - Approved Original
Jill Mitchell
Working Western Committee
Exemption to Allow the Number to Follow the Horse in Western Dressage (USEF/EC) - Approved Original
Marilyn Weber
Dressage Committee
Arabian Scoring System Optional (USEF/EC) - Approved Amendment 1
Isaac Taylor
Allow Yearling Fillies and Colts to compete for Champion (USEF/EC) - Approved Original
Isaac Taylor
Addition of Purebred Arabian Liberty (USEF/EC) - Disapproval
Kathryn Wickstrom
Golden Gate AHA
In-Hand Working Western Performance (USEF/EC) - Withdrawn
Dave Dickerson
The Arabian Cutting Horse Association
Fence Heights in Green Hunter (USEF/EC) - Approved Amendement 1 and from the floor
Kelly Alcorn
National Arabian Sport Horse Association
Dressage Technical Delegate Exception (USEF/EC) - Withdrawn
Terry Johnson
Competition Advisory Committee
Sport Horse Modifications (USEF/EC) - Approved Amendment 1
Janet Henderson
Sport Horse Committee
Ranch Horse Riding Modifications (USEF/EC) - Approved Original
Michael Damianos
Working Western Committee
Handling Ties in Western Dressage (USEF/EC) - Approved Original
Marilyn Weber
Dressage Committee
Walk/Trot Western Dressage Exemption (USEF/EC) - Approved Original
Marilyn Weber
Dressage Committee
Defining the Jump in Amateur English Trail (USEF/EC) - Approved Amendment 1
Jill Mitchell
Working Western Committee
Revised Trail Scoring System (USEF/EC) - Approved Amendment 1
Michael Damianos
Working Western Committee
Walk/Jog Trail Amendment (USEF/EC) - Approved Original
Jim Hitt
Working Western Committee
Posted Order of Go (USEF/EC) - Withdrawn
Sheri Odom
Equitation/Showmanship Committee
Reining Seat Equitation Scoring (USEF/EC) - Approved Amendment 1
Sheri Odom
Equitation/Showmanship Committee
Walk/Trot Hunter Seat Equitation Gait Calls (USEF/EC) - Approved Amendment 1
Sheri Odom
Equitation/Showmanship Committee
Reciprocity for Suspensions Assessed by USEF/EC - Withdrawn
Gerald McDonald
Canadian National Show Commission
AHA Medal Class Qualifications - Approved Original
Sheri Odom
Equitation/Showmanship Committee
New Membership Category (Bylaws) - Approved Amendment 1
Nancy Harvey
AHA President