Northern Michigan Association Of Western Horse Clubs


The NMAWHC Awards Banquet will be Sunday,

 February 22, 2015 at 3:00PM.

Warm Winter Greetings!

We are right in the middle of winter now and it seems we should be relaxing by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa in hand. But, for us the horse owners, that may be a luxury we barely find time for in these supposedly “quiet” months. We are thawing out buckets, changing blankets, keeping those tails braided and doing ground work, ground work and more ground work. We find ourselves trying on last year’s clothing and making sure we have all our horses gear in order as well. Many of you along with me are probably visiting online sites like tacktrader, dreamhorse and the many, many horsey sites that are too great in number to even mention. Don’t forget the 4-H tack sale on March 7, 2015! Hopefully we can all find those elusive “just right” items before that first show!

Our banquet is near and will be on Sunday, February 22, 2015. The board is very excited about what we have in store for you at the banquet. Our door prizes will include the decorative center pieces that will be filled with useful items you may find helpful to start your 2015 season off right. This year we will be again giving away some coupons that will good for free NMAWHC events. There will also be hidden cash in some of the silent auction items. Oh yes, don’t forget to bring your silent auction items! If you need something, let me know. I still have a lot of horsey gift items that would make nice silent auction items. I will bring a box of great items to the banquet just in case you forget or get too busy to make a purchase elsewhere.

I love to hear about the accomplishments of our members! So many of you are doing such great things in other arenas as well as being equestrians. It is so amazing how the horse can help people shine in so many other aspects of their lives other than just riding. Perks of horse ownership are confidence, strength and responsibility. These things transfer onto our rider’s lives forever. I see many who are excelling in vocal and instrumental music, sports, volunteerism and academics. I would love to mention each and every one of you with special recognition, but I might miss something or someone.

The points are finished! The final points were a great challenge to the board this year since we found ourselves without a point secretary midway through the year. As president I have been at my wits end along with the board in this whole process. The amount of time, energy and passion by all the board members that have worked on getting the points done is truly impressive. I am also thankful for the patience and graciousness the members have had as well. I don’t think any of us knew exactly how big of job it was to tally up year end points! Michele Henderson always did a great job for us and she has been greatly missed. At our next board meeting we will be appointing a new point secretary that will make sure we get those points out to you three times each year.

NMAWHC will be having some great educational programs that we hope you will consider taking part in. The perfect pattern clinic will be April 11 &12, 2015 at Cedar Creek Crossings and the Fuzzy Feedback will be on May 31, 2015 at the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds. We will have all the details and paperwork for these events at the banquet. Our educational scholarship funds went unclaimed and unapplied for this year so that money will be added to next year’s scholarship. If you are planning to attend higher education make sure to pick up this paperwork at the banquet.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the banquet!

Happy Trails,

Gerianne Street

NMAWHC President


Congratulations 2014 YOUTH TEAM!


The Youth Team showed this Fall at the MHSA All Breed Youth Show which was held from October 30 to November 2, 2014.

Our Esteemed Team Members Were:

Molly Friend

Justin Jansen

Nick Musser

Paige Rosema

contact Mrs. Sandy Jansen, Youth Team Coordinator with any questions you have about the NMAWHC youth team.

Please join us on our 2015 team!


2015 N.M.A.W.H.C. Board Members

President: Gerianne Street

Vice-President: Sandra Stevens

Treasurer: Kelly Leonard

Secretary: Beth Friend

Board Members:

JoAnn Bohrer

Isaac Boyer

Cathy Browe

Cindy Gerou

Sandy Jansen

Alisa Forton

 Please be sure to thank all of these people, when you see them, for their desire to serve our club.

Our Board is made up of volunteers spending their time to serve our club and to promote our mission statement.


It is the mission of NMAWHC to

aid and guide our members in

a cooperative joint effort

to provide a fun environment that foster 

advanced learning, promotes successful endeavors

and leads to the enjoyment of horses.



NMAWHC Awards Banquet February 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Kingsley High School,

7475 Kingsley Rd., Kingsley, MI


March 7, 2015 9am 4-H Tack sale at Grand Traverse Academy

April 11-12 (private lessons on April 12)  2015 Perfect Pattern Clinic – With clinician and AQHA Judge Crista Baldwin – Cedar Creek Crossing LLC, 5307 Hodge Road, Kingsley, MI

May 31, 2015  Fuzzy Feed Back Show ,  Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds  Judge TBD

June 27 & 28, 2015  Anna Bays Memorial Horse Show – Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City, MI

July 11 & 12, 2015  Anna Bays Memorial Horse Show – Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City, MI

June 13-14, 2015 Michigan Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association 4th Annual Open Show,  Northern District Fairgrounds, Cadillac, MI

June  Wolverine Morgan Horse Association Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City, MI Double judged

July Michigan Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association 2nd Open Horse Show – Northern District Fairgrounds, Cadillac, MI

August 15, 2015   Northern District Fair Open Horse Show – Northern District Fairgrounds, Cadillac, MI

August Barn Fund-raiser Northwestern Michigan Fair, Traverse City, MI



The 2015 calendars will be a free bonus to anyone and everyone who has a paid membership by our 2015 Annual Membership meeting.  The Youth Team is selling 2015 NMAWHC Calendars this year as part of their fundraising. Many of the pictures from last summer are on the calendars along with the show dates that had been determined by the time of printing.  The calendars sell for $10.00 each.  Contact Hope Smeltzer to purchase one before they are gone.  You may contact her by email at hopeaqha@yahoo.com or by phone at 231-651-0705.





The evening was filled with a lot of laughter, good food, a rousing auction and fantastic awards.  While there were many awards given out, there were a few that were very special!

Another highlight to the evening was the Educational Scholarship Award.  The committee carefully reviewed the applications and we were pleased to announce that Andrew Deletka was this year’s recipient. Congratulations Andrew! We wish you the best!

Congratulations to all our competitors! Here are some of the highlights from that night.

Most improved rider: Lera Kelly

Groom of year: Sandra Jansen

Member of year: Sandra Stevens



New this year is our Walk/Trot Division. We are very excited about the opportunities this will bring. We will no longer have a Novice division. We will instead have a Wak trot 13 and Uner, Walk/Trot 13-19, and Walk/Trot 20 and Over. These will be buckle divisions, and horse and rider will accumulate year end points. Everyone is eligible to ride in the walk/trot as long as the same horse/rider combo that enters the Walk/trot does not go into an age division or open class. For example, A rider could ride a horse in walk/trot and then ride a DIFFERENT horse in their age group. Horses cannot jump from one to the other. We are hoping this new addition will help those who have graduated from the Novice division but needed a walk/trot class to ride new/young horses in.