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 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)|
|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