The 2005 Pioneer Horseman Award Recipient is Max Von Bluecher 

The Minnesota Horse Council announces the 2005 Pioneer Horseman Award. The award is designed to honor those individuals from past years whose expertise and contributions made long-lasting positive changes in the equine industry. The fifth awrd was announced at the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show on August 26, 2005.

The 2005 recipient is Max von Bluecher of Long Lake, Minnesota. Max von Bluecher was born in Germany in 1921. There he developed his many skills by learning from the classic masters in the equine industry. In 1952, under the auspices of the Marshall Plan, he immigrated to America. For the first few years he and his family lived in Sparta, Illinois; then they relocated to the Twin Cities area. By the early 60's, he had created the widely known Fortuna Farm where he taught Dressage and Eventing for more than forty years.

In 1985, he was honored by the American Trakehner Association with the Karl-Heinz Barton Trophy for exemplary service to the Association that he helped found and develop in America. In 2003, the Minnesota Hunter/Jumper Association honored him for his contributions to that industry in this state.

Throughout his career he helped promote dressage and eventing by sponsoring shows and supporting any events sponsored by others. His endless energy was legendary. TO quote a former student: "Max...got us out there riding in formation, teaching us (whether we got it or not) that feel is everything...His voice alone soother and encouraged any horse. He had a gift."

Von Bluecher died at age 83 on September 11, 2004.

Fortuna Farm, Long Lake, Minnesota, is currently operated by Mimi and Robert Ranwick.

Von Bluecher's widow, Karin, received the Pioneer Horseman Award at a ceremony in his honor at the Minnesota State Fair.

Von Bluecher is also survived by a son, Helmuth and his wife Charlene. Helmuth is a verterinarian in practice in California, Daughter Alexandra and her husband Peter von Kiedrowski who live in Germany, Granddaughter Tescha works in the racing industry in Florida and Grandson Eric attends college in California.

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