2006 Horseperson of the Year is Dale Froyum
The Minnesota Horse Council announced the selection of Dale Froyum of Welch, Minnesota, as Minnesota's HORSEPERSON OF THE YEAR. The announcement was made at the Council's Annual Meeting on January 13, 2007. Froyum, who has ridden and trained horses for many years, is recognized in the equine industry for his outstanding contributions to all horsemen throughout the state of Minnesota as well as his contributions on the National and International scene. 2006 was the thirty-seventh year of the award.
Froyum graduated from Augsburg College with a teaching degree in Physical Education and History. He was also a licensed coach. His first teaching position led him and his wife Lona to the small southwestern Minnesota town of Jackson where they bought a farm and started raising and training horses in earnest. Froyum had started buying, training and selling horses at the age of twelve at his parents' farm in Wanamingo, MN, but it was those first yearlings on his first farm that set the pattern tha t would lead him to the top in the equine industry.
Froyum developed an introductory horse series that was offered to 4Hers through SW Technical School. It was so well received that it led to a new and better teaching position at the Hennepin Technical College in1976. Froyum wrote the curriculum and gathered resources for the new Horse Care and Stable Operations course. In 1986, in spite of filled classrooms and filled classes for the Community Education Courses, the program was discontinued.
Froyum's expertise led to consultant positions with the San Anita Racing Group, Canterbury Downs, Malkerson's Stables, Sampson Race Horses, the University of Minnesota Veterinary Board, the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, and Technical Advisory Services for attorneys.
He has served as president and on numerous committees for the Minnesota Palomino Horse Exhibitors. He has served on committees, as national director, judge, executive Board, president-elect and as president of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America. He continues to judge throughout the country. True to his teaching always, he continues to volunteer to help 4Hers and others throughout Minnesota. He conducts seminars on a national basis.
Froyum's love of horses started when he was young and still is strong today. He continues to share his amazingly diverse knowledge with learners of all ages.
Froyum and his wife Lona continue to raise and train horses at their SunBar Ranch in Welch, MN.