The Iowa Quarter Horse Association Annual Meetings and Awards Banquet was held Saturday, January 26th at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa.

The banquet theme, “Casino Royale”, had the banquet hall adorned in casino chips, casino floor used deck of cards, and card shaped balloons.

Heather Maas, emcee of the event, kicked off the night and introduced the newly inducted Hall of Fame recipients: Jack Bowling with Easter King and Real Luck.

Kim Strong, outgoing IQHA president, then took the floor to congratulate the 2018 IQHA board, 2018 open hi-points, 2018 amateur hi-points, and 2018 youth hi-points. Hi-Points honored for the year-end awards were:

Open/Amateur Hi-Points
Open All Around Horse: Black Tye Only/Emma Schaefer
Open Reserve All Around Horse: Im One Hot Chip/Phyllis Steffen
Amateur All Around: Very Smart and Light/Kris Klingaman
Amateur Reserve All Around: Hes Wiser/Missy Merwald
Amateur Select All Around: Pleasure Do N Biznus/Mary Goos
Amateur Select Reserve All Around: Im One Hot Chip/Phyllis Steffen
Level 1 (Novice) Amateur All Around: Just That Hot/Becky Grier
Level 1 (Novice) Reserve All Around: Give Me Your Chex/Sarlynn Heston
High Point Open Halter Horse: Pleasure Do N Biznus/Mary Goos
High Point Open Performance Horse: Black Tye Only/Emma Schaefer
High Point Iowa Bred Horse (award to the breeder): Bruce Allmighty/Monte & Cindy Hamilton (owner and breeder)
Youth Hi-Points
High Point 9 and under: Brocklyn Anderson/Krymsun Cute
High Point 13 and under: Kaydee Bennett/Seventies Hotrod
Reserve High Point 13 and under: Carley Rutledge/VS Born To Be Good
High Point Youth 14-18: Emma Schaefer/Black Tye Only
Reserve High Point Youth 14-18: Alexis Rutledge/Touching Invitation
Level 1 (Novice Youth) High Point: Alexis Rutledge/Touching Invitation
Reserve Level 1 (Novice Youth) High Point: Kaydee Bennett/Seventies Hotrod
Sportsmanship and Special Award Winners
Stan Dreier Memorial Open Sportsmanship Award: Mitch Adkins
Terry Gallentine Amateur Sportsmanship Award: Joni Spies
IQHA President’s Award: Kelly Birkenholtz
IQHA Volunteer of the Year: Shelli Eatwell
IQHA Connie Oliphant Memorial Youth Sportsmanship Award: Curtis Johnson
IQHYA Emily Bohnsack Memorial Youth Spirit Award: Lauren Lounsbury

Wrapping up the evening was hypnotist, Kellen Marson, who featured horse related themes. The brave who volunteered kept the crowd laughing until the end of the night.

The Iowa Quarter Horse Association would like to thank the Banquet Committee (Liz Barker-Peterson, Heather Maas and Martha Maxted Loney) for their hard work in making this event a great evening for all that attended!

Pictures Provided by Tp.Creations Photography
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