MQHA mourns loss
of Steve Fisher
MQHA has lost a true friend and supporter. Steve
Fisher passed away Feb. 11. Steve was at many horse shows supporting his wife
Susan, and was the enthusiastic DJ at several MQHA Banquets. Our
thoughts and prayers go out to Susan.
Steven R. Fisher, 62, Chisholm, MN, died Sat. Feb. 11, 2017 in St.
Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth, MN. He was born April 5, 1954 in
Hibbing, the son of Wilber and Margaret Fisher. As a young man
Steven played rhythm guitar in the band Phoenix and graduated from the
Hibbing High School in 1972. He always looked forward to getting
back with his friends at reunions. He then joined the Air Force
and when he was 21, he suffered from a debilitating stroke.
Steven was determined, and taught himself many basic skills we take for
granted. After his rehabilitation, he obtained degrees in
electronics and education. He worked for ISD 701 teaching and
working in the Special Education Department, both during the normal
school year and during summer school. Dedicated to the
handicapped, he also ran the Monday night Adults With Disabilities
program, and for the Friday night recreation program he was their DJ
when they had a dance. He retired from ISD 701 in 2003. Steven
also was a motorcycle enthusiast; he was a motorcycle safety
instructor, traveling to various communities in the state. He
belonged to the Gold Wing Road Riders Assoc. and the Minnesota
Wings. After his marriage to Susan Chandler in 2003 he became a
member of the American Quarter Horse Assoc. and the Minnesota Quarter
Horse Assoc. He was the manager of Fishers Lakeside Acres horse
boarding facility in Hutchinson, MN. He and Susan traveled the
country participating in numerous horseshows. One of his favorite
hobbies was photographing sunsets, sunrises or wildlife. For the
past three years Steve enjoyed spending winters in Yuma, AZ.
He is survived by his wife Susan, his children; Kelly Fisher of
Baltimore, MD, Kevin Fisher of Hutchinson, MN, Kimysue (Ryan) Johnson
of Monticello, MN, Kristy (Christopher) Banks of North Judson, IN, Kirk
(Jackie) Ondracek of Hutchinson and Kyle Ondracek of Hutchinson;
numerous grandchildren; a niece Susie Chase of Hibbing, his mother in
law Betty Chandler of Hibbing, sisters in law: Sandra Nash, Tami
Chandler and Lisa (Bob) Koenen; many other relatives and friends and
his two dogs Spike and Scout.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Tina Sanders.
A celebration of his life will be held Sat., Feb. 18, 2017 from 1 to 4
p.m. at the Open Door Church in Hibbing with a service by Rev. Dave
Popilek at 2 p.m. Honorary pallbearers are: Ryan Johnson, Kirk
Ondracek, Terry Hammond, Dave Hart, Larry Pocrnich, Christopher Banks,
Larry Haugen, Hunter Ondracek and Fischer Ondracek. Burial will be in
the Maple Hill Cemetery at a later date.
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 2017 membership form.
The hats have it at MQHA 2017 Banquet
The "Day at the Races" theme carried the evening at the 2017 MQHA Awards Banquet at Grand Casino Hinckley on January 28.
Roger Wacker inducted to MQHA Hall of Fame
Wacker was inducted into the MQHA Hall of Fame at the Awards Banquet
January 28 in Hinckley. Roger is a long-time Minnesota Quarter Horse
breeder, businessman, developer of the World Champion Pepi products,
owner of Beaus My Daddy, Golden Gloves boxer, and MQHA supporter. He's
pictured with daughter Julie, wife Carolyn, daughter Rogalyn and son
Darlene Gargano honored as 2016 Volunteer of the Year
Volunteer of the Year honors went to Darlene Gargano, who has helped
MQHA in many capacities from Horse Expo to aiding members laid up with
injuries. Darlene (left) is pictured receiving her award from MQHA Vice
President and Awards Chair Kelly Manner at the Awards Banquet.
MQHA mourns loss of Sue Petersen
All of us in MQHA offer condolences to the Petersen family -- John, Eric and Alison Petersen, on the loss of Sue Petersen.
Susan M. Petersen, age 64, of rural Mabel, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah, Iowa.
Susan was born Oct. 30, 1952, in Decorah to Russell and Alice (Brandt)
Richardson. She attended Canton Elementary School and in 1970 graduated
from Mabel-Canton High School. She studied at the Rochester Technical
Institute for business management. She worked at the Harmony House
Restaurant while she was in high school, and then started working for
Harmony Agri Service after college. She worked on the farm and raised
her children before starting at Greenfield Ag when it started
operations. She remained with the company through the years and it is
now Crop Production Services.
On Dec. 6, 1980, she was united in marriage to John Petersen. They
farmed in the Mabel area raising several different species, but mainly
quarter horses. She was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church in
Canton, the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association, and the United States
Bowling Congress. She enjoyed bowling, showing horses, flower
gardening, and spending time with her children, especially her grandson
Susan is survived by her husband, John of Mabel; two children, Eric
(Alison) and Jennifer, both of Mabel; her father, Russell of Canton;
five brothers and sisters, Dick (Chris) of Canton, Dan (Barb) of
Bettendorf, Iowa, Jim (Wendy) of Canton, Mary Kay Hansen of Madison,
Wis., and Patty Richardson of Canton; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Alice, and great-nephew, Casey.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Assumption
Catholic Church in Canton, with Msgr. Donald P. Schmitz and the Rev.
Edward McGrath co-officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery
in Canton. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at
the Assumption Catholic Church in Canton and one hour prior to services
at the church. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the
Online condolences may be made at www.mengisfuneralhome.com
MQHA members elect Directors, Officers
MQHA members elected Lisa Cardelli, Mary
Mensch and Hal Schmidt to the Board of Directors. Greg Booth was
elected President and Kelly Manner was elected Vice President. Votes
were tabulated at the MQHA Annual Meeting Dec. 3 in Monticello, Minn.
Meg Sax was appointed Secretary and Jay Thesing was named Point
Tabulator / Membership Secretary.
Final 2016 MQHA Point Standings announced
Send in your show, fun photos for Banquet slide show
Revised MQHA point standings for year-end awards have been compiled and are available here.
If you are a year-end award winner, OR if you have a good photo or two
from 2016, please send photos for an Awards Banquet slide show to Vickie Kettlewell.
Remember, you must be an MQHA member for points to count for year-end
awards, and a minimum of 10 points are required to qualify.
Congratulations to all our winners!
Registration open for 2017 MQHA 4H Boot Camp
Popluar learning sessions feature mulitple disciplines, more
MQHA's 2017 Boot Camp, an intensive three-day program for 4-H members,
features sessions on Showmanship, Trail, English Equitation, Wester
Pleasure, Horsemanship, English Pleasure and Games. The 2017 event is
set for June 13-15 at R&J Arena, Verndale, Minn. The training days
are followed by a fun show on June 16. Instructors include Theresa
Fleener, Della Crydermann, Leah Boucher, Neil Melton, Bill Bormes,
LeeAnn Harrison DeMars, Mary Fradenburgh, and NDSU Equine Instructors
and Equine Team Members. Space is limited. Clinic sessions, stall,
bedding, all meals and snacks are included in the registration cost of
$225. For complete information and forms, click here.
Take part in MQHA’s Recreational and Open Show and Program
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
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. For 2016 award winners, click here.
Northstar Futurities and Shows draw exhibitors from several states
Northstar Futurities and Shows attracted exhibitors from Minnesota,
Iowa, Wisconsin and elsewhere. Dane Larson, left, enjoyed a ride on
Zans Rancho Pep, shown by his father Keith Larson in Dally Team Roping
Photo: Theresa Laron
Bonnie Minor receives 2016 CC Humble Award
Minor (center) received the Humble Award at the 2016 Corporate
Challenge. The award was created to recognize an individual who is
"friendly, greeting others with a smile and 'good luck,' encouraging to
new and old exhibitors, willing to lend a helping hand and has a
personality that embodies humbleness and kindness." The trophy was
sponsored by Susan Wilcox.
Lainie DeBoer named Professional Horsewoman of the Year
AQHA's Professional Choice Professional Horsewoman of the Year is one
of the most prestigious honors in the equine world. At the AQHA
Convention March 12, Lainie DeBoer, Forest Lake, Minn., was honored
with that title by her peers. Lainie has given generously of her time,
expertise and enthusiasm, to both MQHA and AQHA. For the full story, click here.
National Directors at the AQHA Convention in Las Vegas: From left,
Gloria Enger, Kelvin Childers, Mary Ebnet, Lainie DeBoer, Dr. Roland
MQHA awarded $10,000 grant for Boot Camp
MQHA was awarded a $10,000 Bank of America Grant for Boot Camp, it was
announced at the AQHA Convention in Las Vegas. MQHA was one of 3 (along
with South dakota) to be awarded one of the grants.
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
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.
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.