Northern Michigan Association Of Western Horse Clubs




Plans are well under way for the Annual Awards Banquet. This year it is going to be held at the Kingsley High School on January 26, 2014 beginning at 4:00 pm. Not only will our members be receiving awards, we will have a silent and live auction, announce our scholarship recipient and enjoy a wonderful dinner. There will also be time to visit with friends and make new friends. By now, the newsletter should  be in your homes and in your packet of information is a form to send in for the banquet. Don’t forget to also mail in your ballots at the same time. The ballots and the dinner reservation forms need to be sent in by January 15th. Please plan to bring an item for the auction. We are looking forward to seeing all of you! 

If you are not yet a member and would like to come to our banquet or have lost your registration form, please send in your RSVP to Gerianne Street, 8100 Hodge Rd, Kingsley, MI 49649.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 10 and under. Children 3 and under are free. Make checks payable to NMAWHC.

Our menu will include: Tossed Salad w/ Rolls and Butter, Parmesan Ranch Chicken, Cherry Dijon Pork Loin, Herb Roasted Redskin Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine and Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheese Strudel

Banquet Schedule:  4:00 pm – Meet and Greet

                                     4:30 pm – Eat

                                     5:30 pm – Welcome, Introductions of New Board & Scholarship Recipient

                                    6:00 pm – Auction & Awards



The points have been tallied and the results have been posted! Click to 2013 Membership Information and scroll down to Final Points to check them out. We had a couple of events that were very close. We have been told by several judges that we have a very nice group of horses in our organization. Congratulations to everyone!  Please review your points and if you have any questions contact Michelle, our Point Secretary.



The Youth Team will be competing at the The All Breed Youth Show this month. We wish them the best of luck!



Within the past few months we have had several unforeseen changes in the staffing of the NMAWHC Board.  As a Board we have been working hard to replace those vacancies with people that are willing to serve and promote our mission statement. Please welcome JoAnn Bohrer as our newest member on the Board. She will complete a 2013 term. At our last meeting we accepted the resignation of Flo Ludka as Treasurer. We extend a big thank you to two of our current board members who are willing to step up to fill vacancies. Sandra Stevens will fill the vacancy of Treasurer which will expire in 2013. Beth Friend will complete Sandra Stevens’ term as secretary. That term will expire in 2015.  Please be sure to thank all three 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.



It is with great excitement that I approach my new position as your new president.  I hope and pray that I can provide the strong leadership that we have had in the past. I am thankful that leaders like Kris Diesler and Mike Zerbe will be here to be supportive of the club and great sounding boards for myself. It will be a great challenge and I am depending on each and every one of you to help myself and our wonderful committed board to meet this challenge with passion.

Ahh-h-h… There is the word that so often we see the world lacking in… passion.  It is also the one thing that all horse people have no lack of. Sometimes we don’t realize how blessed we are to have this fire and love… passion… in our hearts.  It is so important that we are bonding together in this common passion. As a high school teacher I see so many of our youth (and parents) that have no passion. They have nothing to look forward to; nothing to work towards or nothing that depends on them.  They have pretty much decided to just be a passenger in life and never even try to take the reins into their own hands. If only we could put a horse between their legs and lead them down a path of dedication, hard work and commitment.   It would change their lives.

I ran across something recently on fb that pretty much summed up how a child that is raised with horses in their lives is a better human being from the experience.  A Father’s Explanation of Why He Had Horses for His Children :  That URL is: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/A-Father-s-Explanation-of-Why-He-Had-Horses-for-His-Children-.html?soid=1111540182824&aid=B9TJxluLq4M  Please take the time to copy/paste and read this.  It will give you the fuel you might need to keep yourself or your child on the back of a horse.  The cost of keeping a horse, showing, traveling and time it takes is sometimes overwhelming, but the results are priceless.

I am always amazed by the ideas and hard work our board members are committed to put in! We will be losing some real workhorses from our board this year, Elaine Bossingham, Jennifer Smith and Rebecca Hagerty will be sorely missed.  They have all went above and beyond in service to the club.  Please give them an “atta girl” and a pat on the back for a job well done!  This year’s board members are: Beth Friend, Sandra Stevens (Secretary), Flo Ludka (Treasurer), Terri Shoemaker (Vice President), Hope Ann Smeltzer, Travis Sievert, Betsy Howell, Maggie Scholtus, Michele Henderson (Point Secretary),  Sandy Jansen, and Cathy Browe.  I am looking forward to working with some old friends and some new!

As your new president I have thought a lot about how I can serve you best, my goals and what “my” vision is for our club. I would like to share those with you. Those of you familiar with IEP’s will enjoy the format.

Goal #1)  Nurture the rider/horse relationship

                   Objectives:          A.)  Provide educational,  economical and safe activities for our participants

B.)  Instill feelings of autonomy in our riders (It isn’t about what you get it’s about how much you’ve grown.)

Goal #2)  Nurture Board/Member/Participants Relationships

                  Objectives:          A.)  Be a safe and trusted sounding board for complaints, kudos and conflicts

B.)  Have more members attend board meetings

C.)   Encourage positive talk about members or other board members

D.)  Make membership a great payback

Goal #3)  Make our board meetings “fun.”

                Objectives:          A.)  Board members will feel special and respected

B.)  Board meetings will be something we all look forward to attending and attendance will increase

C.) Work will become easier with understanding help from each other

D.) Responsibilities will be clearly defined and dealt out in an equitable way

I have some ideas up my sleeves to help me meet my goals, so hang on, smile, sit down and buck up!   We will see you all this spring and summer at the great events we have planned for the season!

Happy Trails,

Gerianne Street

NMAWHC President


It’s show time!   

April 27 – 10:00 am  - Perfect Pattern Clinic – Clinician/ Val Covell – Cedar Creek Crossing LLC, 5307 Hodge Road, Kingsley, MI

May 11 & 12 – 9:00 am – Northern District Fair Open Horse Show – Northern District Fairgrounds, Cadillac, MI

May 18 – 9:00 am – Fuzzy Feed Back Show – The Rocking Horse Arena, Kalkaska Fairgrounds, Kalkaska, MI

June 8 & 9 – 8:30 – Anna Bays Memorial Horse Show - Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City, MI

June 22 & 23 – 8:30 am – Wolverine Morgan Horse Association 24th Annual 2013 Open Horse Show – Northwestern MI Fairgrounds, Traverse City, MI

July 13 & 14 – 8:30 am - Anna Bays Memorial Horse Show - Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City, MI

July 20 & 21 - 9:00 am – Michigan Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association 2nd Open Horse Show - Northern District Fairgrounds, Cadillac, MI

August 10 – 9:00 am - Northern District Fair Open Horse Show – Northern District Fairgrounds, Cadillac, MI



The Youth Team is selling 2013 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.  If you didn’t pick one up at the banquet be sure to 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.




Past & Present NMAWHC Board with the Booth Family

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.  This year the board approved a Life Time Family Membership for Sue Booth and her family.  Pictured are board members past and present, Sue Booth, her husband Tom, and her daughter Hadley.

Another highlight to the evening was the Educational Scholarship Award.  We were able to fund the Educational Scholarship with $520.00.  The committee carefully reviewed the applications and we were pleased to announce that Kim Fulmerhouser was this year’s recipient.  She is studying nursing at Ferris State University. Congratulations Kim! We wish you the best!

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

Most improved rider: Stella Estes

Groom of year: Linda Estes

Sportsman of year:
Peewee: Stella Estes
W/t 13 & under: Daisy Gamble
W/t 14-19: Andrew Delekta
W/t 20 & up: Nicole Estes
13 & under: Justin Jansen
14-18: Nick Musser
19-34: Shayna Marsh
35 & over: Rebecca Hagerty

Member of year: Jennifer Smith




This was the first year for NMAWHC to be represented by our youth at the All Breed Youth Show. They had a wonderful time and brought back not only individual placings but first place in the costume class and they won the award for best decorated stalls! We offer this event to any youth members that qualify. Complete information regarding how to qualify can be found in our rulebook. If you are a youth consider becoming a part of the team for next year! More information about the team will be discussed at the Banquet.



It’s always great fun when we gather together for the annual tack sale. This year was no exception. In addition to the tack sale this year we added a few new opportunities for fun. We are so excited about the response we had to the Breyer Open Horse Show.  It was a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved. We look forward to next year and anticipate continued growth in this fun and growing experience with Breyer Horses. If you don’t have a collection of Breyer horses, now is your chance to start collecting so you can join the fun at next year’s Breyer Open Horse Show. We extend a special thank you to our judge, Silke Brockmoeller, who drove from Detroit in a snow storm to judge our event. As an official Breyer horse judge she not only judged the event but she spent extra time sharing with participants how the Breyer horses are judged and how to show them.  Be sure to thank Maggie Scholtuz when you see her for being the show manager at our 1st Breyer Open Horse Show.  Pony painting was another new area of fun we added this year. Participants could paint their own pony and if so desire bring them next year to the Breyer Open Horse Show.

Thank you, to all the vendors who participated this year. We couldn’t do this without you. The 2013 vendor forms were handed out at the tack sale and they will also be posted on line soon. To secure the same location as you had this year please send your 2013 forms in as soon as possible.




Congratulations to all the winners at the 2011 NMAWHC Banquet! Great friends, great food and great memories of this past show season were among the highlights of the afternoon. Approximately 130 people attended the annual event.  We extend a special thank you to everyone that bid on the items at the auction. The auction items, the table auction, the raffle tickets and the photo donations totaled to $2,005.54!  Below is a list of some of those that helped with the banquet and/or awards. I know that I have missed a few people. If you know someone that helped and I haven’t listed them please let me know by email at terris231@gmail.com  so I can add them to the list. Thank you!

Jennifer Smith – Coordinating the banquet, coordinating & purchasing all the awards, set-up, clean-up

Outback Steak House & Christine Tate – table service, food and desserts

The Golden Cowboy – center pieces & awards

Elaine Bossingham – Leadline trophies, grand champion buckles, additional tables, set-up, announcing

Rebecca Hagerty – Pee Wee trophies and buckles, securing the location for the banquet, set-up, miscellaneous supplies, coffee, clean-up

Hope Ann Smeltzer – auction items, taking pictures, making the Most Improved Rider Slideshow, delivering the awards, set-up, clean-up

Mike Zerbe – set-up, clean up, announcing

Terri Shoemaker – set-up, pop, clean-up

Maggie Scholtuz – set-up

Betsy Howell – set-up

Sandra Stevens – set-up

Honor Ridge Photography – pictures for awards, pictures of the banquet

Patrick Smith – center pieces

Amanda, Amber and Hannah Harner – set-up, clean-up

Sandy Zerbe – line dance Instruction

Alyssa Reardon – Set-up

Ron Bancroft – auctioneer, lamps for the auction

Lake Ann Grocery – pop


Rookie Of The Year – Jessica Tate

Most Improved Rider -  Paige Rosema

Groom Of The Year – Gerianne Street

Member Of The Year – Jennifer Smith

Show Of The Year – Barn Fundraiser

Sportsmanship Awards

Peewee – Paige Rosema

W/T 13 & Under – Hadley Booth

W/T 14-19 – Nick Musser

W/T 20 & Over – Rebecca Hagerty

13 & Under – Zoe Wahr

14-18 – Katie Deisler

19-34 – Jennifer Smith

35 & Over – Sandy Zerbe.

Buckle Winners

PeeWee ~ Grand – Paige Rosema       Reserve – Grace Wahr

W/T 13 & Under ~ Grand – Katie Athanson      Reserve – Hatti Penrod

13 & Under  Grand ~ Zoe Wahr       Reserve – Kylee Carroll

W/T – 14-19 ~ Grand – Alyssa Bigelow       Reserve – McKenzie Watson

14-18 ~ Grand – Alyssa Reardon       Reserve – Megan Kessel

19-34 ~ Grand – Chelsea Deisler       Reserve – Jessica Tate

W/T 20 & Over ~ Grand – Rebecca Hagerty       Reserve – Jennifer Smith

35 & Over ~ Grand – Lisa Johnson        Reserve – Heidi Truman


Many of you remember Junior Parks. He was a life time member of our association.

Lynn Dean Parks Jr., 75, of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly at his home Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

He was born March 6, 1936, in Alma, to Lynn and Alice (Helman) Parks. Lynn moved to the Traverse City area in 1968, where he owned and operated the Spring Valley Ranch for more than 18 years. His love of horses carried through in everything he did from his hobbies to his occupation. He devoted his life to the 4-H organization. He was a leader and a judge, and spent time training, buying, selling and breeding horses throughout his life.

We extend our condolences to his family.


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.