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Tom Schoepf was MQHA Director, exhibitor, educator
Tom ShoepfFor 67 years Thomas Joseph Schoepf quietly cared for his family and fulfilled his obligations to students, parents, and staff at the schools where he worked. He never sought the spotlight, but always left an impression, humbly building a legacy that will endure for generations.

Tom died at home with his wife and children on August 9, 2018, after a nearly three-year battle with kidney cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls. Visitation will be 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Monday, August 13, 2018 at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls and one hour before mass at the church on Tuesday. A private interment at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin, MN, will follow the services.

Tom was born on April 12, 1951 in Deming, New Mexico, to Charles and Mary Schoepf. When Tom was young, the family moved to Aitkin, Minnesota, where Tom cultivated a passion for horses that lasted the rest of his life.

After graduating from Aitkin High School, Tom attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth. While there, Tom met his future wife and soulmate, Sara Eddleston, and obtained a degree in Speech Pathology. The couple married on December 27, 1975, while their students were on Christmas break, and began their life together in Wausau, WI. Tom and Sara welcomed their first child, Kathryn, while living in Wausau, and also completed their master’s degrees in education.

Tom and Sara moved to Little Falls in 1979, where Tom accepted a job as coordinator of early childhood special education for Midstate Education District. Tom and his family remained in Little Falls for 21 years, adding a second child, Michael, building a home and several barns for the horses, making memories at the family cabin on Lake Alexander, and touching the lives of hundreds of children with special needs, and their families, who passed through the schools Tom served.

Tom completed his career at Independent School District 197 in West St. Paul, where he served as director of special education and interim superintendent. Tom retired to the family cabin near Cushing in 2010 and made the most of his short retirement—traveling in Florida, Hawaii and the Caribbean with Sara, riding and grooming his horses in preparation for shows around the country, training his dog, Daisy, and, most importantly, cherishing as much time as possible with his five grandchildren, who adored their grandfather and were adored by him.

Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but his legacy will continue to grow and remind us of him everyday. He will always be with us in the horses he rode, the homes he built, the family he nurtured, and the kindness he showed to the people he met along the way.

Tom is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Sara of Cushing, MN; his daughter Kathryn of Mendota Heights, MN, and her husband Scott Nelson and children Elsa and Isaac; his son Michael of Bismarck, ND, and his wife Valerie and children Frances, John, and Mary; his mother, Mary of Aitkin, MN; his siblings Betsy Blaufuss of Pine City, MN, and Chuck of Aitkin; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, godchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Charles; his brother, David; and Sara’s parents, Richard and Kathryn Eddleston.

As an alternative to flowers, the family is accepting contributions to the Thomas J. Schoepf Memorial Scholarship fund. The scholarship is being established to assist deserving students pursuing careers in education or other public service.


2019 Banquet
MQHA Rec and Open Show Program adds point category
New for this year in MQHA's Recreational and Open Show Program is adding points for lessons you take with your horse.
Do you participate in non-MQHA shows, events and activities with your American Quarter Horse? Then join the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association’s Recreational and Open Show program, where you can earn awards for your involvement with your American Quarter Horse.
How it works:
Track points for exhibiting your registered AQHA horse in non-MQHA events (4-H, WSCA, etc.) as well as participating in a variety of other recreational, educational and volunteer activities.
•    Between 1 and 9 points per horse show class (see program enrollment form for details)
•    5 points for every volunteer activity with MQHA (Help at a MQHA show, committee membership, Tack Swap volunteer)
•    5 points every time 100 hours  is achieved in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program
•    2 points for every organized equestrian event where horse and handler participate – example: Clinics, organized trail rides, exhibitions, MQHA Boot Camp, etc.
•    2 points for every MQHA show you attend as a spectator/supporter
•    NEW! 2 points for every lesson you take with your horse
Then submit your point total for activities and competitions spanning from Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 and you’ll receive a trophy and a medal based on whichever level you achieve:
•    Bronze level: 25-49 points
•    Silver level: 50-99 points
•    Gold level: 100+ points
For an enrolment form, click here.


MQHA 4-H Boot Camp registration now open for 2018
2018 Booth Camp
MQHA's popular 4-H Boot Camp is scheduled for June 12-14, 2018 at R&J Arena in Verndale, Minn. The camp introduces 4-H members to new knowledge in Showmanship, Trail, Equitation, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, English Pleasure and Games. Instructors include Theresa Fleener, Della Crydermann, Neal Melton, Bill Bormes, Mary Fradenburgh and NDSU Equine Instructors and Equine Team Members. A WSCA show on June 15 follows the camp. Registration is limited and costs $225. Some scholarships are available. For complete information and registration form, click on the Boot Camp poster to the right or click here. Additional information: Meg Sax, 320-761-3990.



Renew your MQHA membership today
Make sure you don't miss out on all the benefits of being a member of MQHA by renewing your annual membership today. Newsletters will end with your March issue if you don't renew by March. Plus, you will be eligible for year-end awards, Business Partner discounts, and have a voice in your association. Click here to download a 2018 membership form.


Point system and All-Around awards explained to MQHA exhibitors
The MQHA point system and All-Around award qualifications are explained in detail for exhibitors. For an explanation of the point system, click here. For All-Around qualifications, click here.

Donations help with equine legislative issues
Did you know that AQHA has a political action committee for horse-related political issues? The AQHPAC represents the horse industry's voice in the political process. You can donate to the fund, click here for a downloadable form.

MQHA members have discount advantage
Current MQHA members can now use their new membership cards to get discounts at participating business partners. Deals include substantial discounts on good and services, plus other great offers. There are several new participating businesses, so be sure to check it out. Click here for an updated list of participating businesses.



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