Northern Michigan Association Of Western Horse Clubs


May is here!!!

Hurray! Hurray! God has blessed us with some beautiful days to play outside with our horses and to get all those spring yard chores done.  Everyone’s “frost free” hydrants are thawed I hope.  Ours only thawed out on April 23!  We here in Northern Michigan get ready to make every moment of our summers count and that is what can get us through the long cold winter months.

Since wrapping up the yearend banquet our board has been very busy taking care of the NMAWHC business.  We had a successful clinic with Chris Baldwin at Cedar Creek Crossings.  Alisa Forton was voted in as our new point secretary with Isaac Boyer as her assistant.  She has already created a program on her computer to tally NMAWHC points.  Please thank Alisa for stepping up to take over this big job. The NMAWHC rules are being cleaned up and the bylaw document is being renumbered.  Over the years some bylaws have been changed, but the actual document was never renumbered, so looking a reference up became frustrating.  Also, there were a few items in the rules that had been changed in one spot, but were not reflected when they were referenced again throughout the document.  Sandra Stevens has been working on updating the website and she hopes to give the site a facelift in the near future.

Our Fuzzy Feedback Show committee made up of Cathy Browe and Cindy Gerou are busy getting all the details set for that big day on May 31 at the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds.  The 4-H Boot Camp will be held the day before the show so I know a lot of you will be making a weekend out of it. The Fuzzy Feedback Show is set up following the MIHA venue to help our local high school equestrian teams prepare for their upcoming meets.  Riders will ride once for feedback from our clinician J.R. Covell and then once again using that feedback for a ribbon.  There will be some special fun trophies to be won and more of those awesome colored ribbons as well.  Everyone will like this… show clothing is optional for the Fuzzy Feedback Show!

Until Then,

Gerianne Street

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

Pam Benton

Megan Ryan-Kessel

Hope Ann Smeltzer

 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 13-14, 2015 Michigan Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association Open Horse Show – Northern District Fairgrounds, Cadillac, MI

July 18, 2015 G.T. County 4-H Horse & Pony Council,Cherry Classic Horse Show, NWMI Fairgrounds, Traverse City, MI

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

August 22-23, 2015 Wolverine Morgan Horse Association Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City, MI Double judged

August 29-30, 2015 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