70th Annual SDQHA Banquet and Meeting
- January 2, 2019
- Savanna Simmons
- Promoted by South Dakota Quarter Horse Association
For the second year, South Dakota Quarter Horse Association will be honoring breeders within Mount Rushmore State for their great contributions to AQHA. Jim Taylor, of Huron, will be recognized as the cumulative 50-year breeder, Bob and Karen Meyer, of Glad Valley will be honored as the producer of the year, and the horse of the year is five-time PRCA horse French Flash Hawk, known as Bozo. He was raised by the Hollmann family, owned and ridden by Kristie Peterson, and was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame. Bozo’s dam, Casey’s Ladylove, was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2017, the first South Dakota horse to do so.
SDQHA’s free social will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Casey Tibbs Center in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and the meeting and banquet will be Jan. 12 at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre, South Dakota. Tickets are available on SDQHA.com or by calling 605-481-0245.
Within the Celebrating Legacies category, Darrel & Marlene Griffith, of Spearfish, will be honored as trainers, John & Cindy Baltizore, of Beresford, will be honored within rodeo, Kerry & Lew Papendick, of Rapid City, for showing, Bob & Shilo Johnson, of Lemmon, for racing, Lynn & Connie Weishaar, of Reva, for promoting/miscellaneous, Art & Mary Cowan, of Pierre, for ranching, and As Good As It Gets & Neil Sebring, of Brookings, as influential horse.
“I am very excited for SDQHA to present our first annual Legacy Awards at our 70th annual banquet. The equine industry is very important to South Dakota, and the American Quarter Horse is one of the most popular breeds within our state. The American Quarter Horse is a very diverse breed as one can see as you look at the wide range of disciplines of those we are honoring,” said SDQHA President Kristen Gonsoir. “SDQHA is very honored to have AQHA First Vice-President Stan Weaver and his wife Nancy joining us at the annual business meeting and evening banquet. The banquet will be a fabulous opportunity to hear about some of the rich history of the American Quarter Horse in SD and those individuals that have shaped the industry into what we have today. It isn’t often people of many different equine disciplines can all come together and share in their love of the American Quarter Horse!”
Friday, January 11, 2019 at Casey Tibbs Center, Fort Pierre, SD
Sponsored FREE SDQHA Social – 7 p.m. CST
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Ramkota Hotel, Pierre, SD
SDQHA Board of Directors Meeting: – 7:30 a.m. CST
SDQHYA Meeting – 11:30
General Membership Meeting – 2 p.m.
SDQHA Banquet – 5 PM CST – doors open at 4:30
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Ramkota Hotel, Pierre, SD
Cowboy Church & Fellowship – 9 a.m. CST
Tentative SDQHA General Meeting Agenda (see website for updates):
• Bylaw amendments
• Board member elections
• 2018 sportsmanship award vote
• 2019 budget & 2018 actual financials review
• 2019 show schedule
• Guest Speaker: AQHA Incoming President Stan Weaver
About Savanna Simmons
I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...