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SDQHA holds annual convention

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Photo by Larry LarsonSDQHA All-Around Champions for 2008 included (seated) Kristen Gonsoir, Groton, Open All-Around with Daddys Legacy; Tiffany Lesmeister, Redwood Falls, MN, Amateur All-Around with Ima Good Leaguer; and Adelia Cuka, Wagner, Amateur Select All-Around with Delicate Invitation. (Standing) Jodie Svennes, Brandt, Novice Amateur All-Around with Sheiks Image; Jamie Hockenbary, Union Center, Reserve Open All-Around with AJ Oak Rocker; Angie Hardeman, Rapid City, Amateur Reserve All-Around with Invite Me Mister; Nancy Tweet, Wentworth, Novice Amateur Reserve All-Around with Addicted Til Tuesday; and Karen Horn, Belle Fourche, Amateur Select Reserve All-Around with Invest Ina Popper.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

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Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

CHAMBERLAIN, SD – A January weekend in South Dakota would normally involve your usual wintertime activities. You know – snow mobiling, skiing, chopping ice, digging out your barn doors… Instead, this year the membership of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association converged on Cedar Shores Resort on the west bank of the Missouri River near Chamberlain for their annual convention.

Held here on Jan. 17th, the day involved board meetings for both the SDQHA and SDQHYA, their youth membership. The Executive Committee began the weekend on Friday evening with a board meeting and continued their association business again the following morning. The general membership met, with a larger than normal attendance, in the afternoon followed by the youth association meeting.

Main business for both groups included election of their 2009 Executive Committees. Dean Johnson of Vale was elected to the SDQHA Presidency with Past-President, Janet Hansen from Fort Pierre being elected by the board as their new Vice-President. Kristen Gonsoir of Groton will continue as the 2009 SDQHA Secretary/Treasurer and will also be the webmaster of their official website – http://www.sdqha.com.

Completing the Executive Committee for 2009 are the following: East – Jo Waldner of Brookings, Roger Wilson of Badger, and newly elected director Bud Roebuck from Montrose; West – Karen Horn of Belle Fourche, Dean Johnson of Vale, and new director Tim Scott of Rapid City; Central – Mysty Schaunaman of Aberdeen, Janet Hansen of Fort Pierre, and new director Penny Peterson of Mitchell; At-Large – Rhonda Nussbaum of Garretson, Amy Goembel of Beresford, and new board member Tracy Cutler from Stratford. Renominated by the membership as AQHA National Directors were Larry Larson of Rapid City, Georga Sutton of Gettysburg, James Hootman of Harrisburg, and Michel Clites from Brookings. Dr. R.M. Christensen of Harrisburg and James L. Sutton from Onida are also represented at the national level as Directors at Large.

SDQHYA Youth Advisor Tiffany Lesmeister and financial advisor Linda Johnson guided the youth association this past year and will continue in 2009. The new SDQHYA officers for the coming year include President Riley Nussbaum from Garretson, Vice-President Alyssa Nix of Sioux Falls, Secretary Stephanie Johnson of Belle Fourche, Treasurer Alexa Kindt of Volga, and Sentel Johnson from Belle Fourche will be the youth Reporter.

Preceded by a social hour, the evening banquet honored the SDQHA/SDQHYA award winners for the 2008 show season. Past association President Janet Hansen acted as the Mistress Of Ceremonies with another highly successful live auction preceding the awards presentation. Funds are directed into the 2009 award accounts for both associations – the 2009 auction drew close to $3,000 this year. Jim Bahr from Brandon once again served as the auctioneer and did a fantastic job helping to raise this much needed funding. Serving cake in honor of their accomplishments in the show arena were Karen Horn from Belle Fourche, on attaining an AQHA Amateur Championship in 2008 with Invest Ina Popper, and John Kabeiseman, Jr. of Yankton, who completed an AQHA Championship with JKS Ben Deesireable.

Special award winners announced that evening ‘down by the river’ included SDQHA Sportsmanship winner Roger Wilson of Badger, and the SDQHYA Sportsmanship winner Nicolette Kindt from Brookings. The 2008 Steve London Memorial Award was presented to Raquel Harder from Truman, MN as a novice exhibitor excelling in their first year competing at SDQHA approved events. It was also announced during the banquet that the Affiliate Most Valuable Professional Horseman for 2008 was Jim Bahr of Brandon.

The SDQHYA made special presentations to their dedicated sponsors for 2008. Certificates were presented to Janet Hansen, the Roger Wilson Family, Double D Western Store, Larry Larson Photography, Inc., Jo Waldner Show Management, and Scott and Kim Mason. Larry Larson was then announced as the ‘Sponsor Of The Year’ by a vote of the SDQHYA membership.

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