Directors

The MHC is guided by up to 17 directors who each serve a three-year term.

 

President

Tracy Turner, DVM

(651) 351-7206; (763) 441-3797 (w)
10777 110 St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082-8402
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Committees: Legislative (Chair), Expo, Direct Funding, Scholarships, Grants, State Horse Council, and as President serves ex-officio on all other committees. 

Tracy Turner was raised around horses on a small ranch in Southwestern Colorado and he has had a love for horses since. He apprenticed with a farrier in 1972 and used these skills to help finance his education.

He received his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1978, received post graduate education at the University of Georgia and Purdue University. He has served on the faculty of University of Illinois, the University of Florida, and the University of Minnesota. He left the University in 2004 and joined Anoka Equine Veterinary Services. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and by the American Board of Thermology. He has spoken nationally and internationally on lameness topics.

Turner is a member of the AM Vet Med Assoc., the AM Assoc of Equine Practitioners, the Minnesota Assoc of Equine Practitioners, the AM Farrier's Assoc, the Minnesota Farrier's Assoc, and the Minnesota Thoroughbred Assoc.

Turner rides and competes at combined training, he is also a member of the United States Eventing Assoc, the United States Dressage Federation, Minnesota Thoroughbred Assn and served on the board of directors of the Central States Dressage and Eventing Association from 1998-2001. He has been a member of the MN Horse Council Board of Directors for the past 6 years. He serves on the Facilities/Show, Direct Funding, Scholarships, and Grants committees. He is chair of the Legislative committee. His goal for the Horse Council is to have the council become the voice in Minnesota for the horse industry and for the Horse Council to be the leading advocate in the state for Horse welfare.

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1st Vice President

Thomas Tweeten
(952) 226-4190; (952) 226-4192
4190 190th St. E.
Prior Lake, MN 55372-8703
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Committees: State Horse Council (co-chair), Trails, Expo, Budget Review/Expo, Grants, Horseperson of the Year, Legislative

Tom Tweeten, PhD, is a scientist with more than 38 years of experience in Analytical Chemistry. He has worked with industrial chemicals and human and animal nutrition to develop chemical testing procedures to insure product quality and integrity.

Tom grew up on a large farm in Southeastern Minnesota. During his early childhood horses were still used to work the farm. Horses, hogs, beef, soil conservation and youth leadership were key activities in his youth 4-H experience.

The Tweeten family owns a small farm where they train American Saddlebred and Morgan horses. Family members show both regionally and nationally. The horse experience lead Tom and a couple of young entrepreneurs to begin a small business in 1996 that has developed a line of horse care products that are sold in the US, Canada and Europe. In addition Tom has become a recognized clinician giving talks around the country on how grooming is an important part of building a relationship with the horse.

Tom is on the Board of Directors for the Tri-State Horseman’s Association serving as a liaison to the Minnesota Horse Council. His experiences on the Minnesota Horse Council Board of Directors include being on the Trails Committee, Budget Committee, Grants Committee, and Legislative Committee as well as being chairperson for Direct Fund and the Board Nominations Committee. He served as 1st Vice-president for two years and Council President in 2006. He represented Minnesota at the national States Horse Council Advisory Committee Meeting twice and once at the American Horse Council Meeting in Washington DC. Through these positions, responsibilities and experiences, Tom has developed a broader sense of how the Minnesota Horse Council can serve the Horse Industry of Minnesota.

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2nd Vice President 

Darrell Mead
(952) 356-2078
15421 70th Place North
Maple Grove, MN 55311-3246
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Darrell has been riding all his life. He actively participated in trail riding and trail development for many years. In 1990 he became a director for MHC and focused on work with the Trail Blazers Committee.  This committee has been instrumental in the opening of new horse camps, maintaining current horse camps and trail repair and maintenance.  With his position on the Board of Directors of MN Recreation Trail User’s Association (MRTUA) he is able to assist the Horse Council with matching funds.

The MN Horse Expo takes up a large amount of his time.  His wife sometimes says he works longer hours at that than at the bakery.  He manages the barn, campground, and security at the Horse Expo. 

Darrell is a baker by profession, and owns the Old Fashion Donut Shoppe in Crystal for the pas 30 years.  Darrell is married; he and his wife currently own two mules.

Committees he is involved with include Trail Blazers (Chair), Expo, Chair of Expo Oversight Committee, State Horse Council, Promotions, Nominations, Inventory/Storage, Horseperson of the Year, Grants, Budget, Budget Review/Expo, Annual Meeting, and Communications.  Darrell also is a member and co- chair of the Equine Advisory Group (Oversees money from Trail Passes).

 

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Treasurer

Tim Bonham
(612) 721-1007
4309 30th Ave So
Minneapolis, MN 55406-3710
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Committees: Web Oversight, Communications, Grants, Budget, MN Horsemen's Directory, Nominations,

Tim has been around horses all his life. His parents were successful breeders and trainers of Morgan horses, operating the Bonnie-Lee Farms in Willmar, MN. Horses were a significant part of his growing up years, and he continues working with them.

Tim came to the MN Horse Council after serving on the Board of the North Central Morgan Association as Treasurer for 9 years. He still works with the North Star Morgan Show, and serves as Ringmaster at some Morgan Horse Shows, and at the State 4-H horse show.

He began working with the Minnesota Horse Expo back in 1987, when it was held in the Auditorium in downtown Minneapolis. He worked as 'stage director', seeing that the horses were ready to enter the arena and that the announcer had the script for those horses, and that the matching music was ready, etc. He continued that for many years when the Expo moved to the Fairgrounds, as well as creating the schedule of arena events for the weekend, and has worked on computerizing some of the Expo office activity.

From the Expo, Tim moved to the parent organization, the Minnesota Horse Council, where he was first elected to the Board in 1988 to fill a vacancy. In 1991 he was chosen to be Treasurer, and he still serves in that office.

He also serves on the Legislative, Communications, and Horseperson of the Year committees. As Treasurer, Tim chairs the Donations & Grants committee, and serves on the Financial committee. He also works on maintaining the Council website.

Tim says that his main goals in serving on the Minnesota Horse Council are:

  • First, seeing that the Council Board understands where the Council is spending it's money.
  • Next, seeing that the money is spent on projects that benefit most of the horse owners in the state.
  • Then, seeing that the Council money is invested as 'seed money' to help local horse groups start projects in their area -- the Council can't do everything, it must cooperate with local horse groups (and one of the ways the ways we can cooperate is by using our financial resources).
  • Finally, seeing that the Council stays focused on activities that provide specific benefits to horse people in the state. We should be a functional organization, not a research group!

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Secretary

Dawn Moore
(952) 949-6659
PO Box 1095
Minnetonka, MN 55345-0095
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Committees:Horseperson of the Year (Chair), Pioneer Award (Chair),Web Oversight Committee, Annual Meeting, Nominations, Scholarships, Certified Stables, Budget, MN Horsemen's Directory

Dawn grew up near Mound, MN and had horse and ponies as a young child and throughout her high school years. She was an active member of Trista Riders, a now defunct WSCA saddle club based out of Minnetrista. She showed her grade horses at local open shows, fun shows, Parkdale Riders shows, and other smaller WSCA shows in the area. Then off to college, she took a sabbatical from the horse industry.

Her return to the horse industry was in 1998, when a neighbor introduced her then 11 year old daughter, Ashley, to American Saddlebred horses. Ashley and Dawn started riding lessons and driving lessons at Westwood Farm in Plato, MN. Today, they own 1 American Saddlebred and enjoy riding him at the barn and letting others use him as a lesson horse to fall in love with this great breed.

Dawn is a member of MSHA (MN Saddlebred Horse Ass’n), Tri-State, and the MN Horse Council. She has also volunteered at several horse shows, F.A.S.H, (Friends of the American Saddle Horse), Northstar Morgan Americana Horse Show, MN Futurity Show and other horse related events. She volunteers with her daughter on a regular basis for WE CAN RIDE, INC therapeutic riding program.

Her main involvement with the MN Horse Council focuses on the Annual Meeting, which continues to grow each year. She currently serves as Secretary for the Council. She has been involved in several ad-hoc committees over the years, as well as on the Certified Stable committee. She has volunteered at the Aisle of Breeds and the MN Horse EXPO as well throughout the last few years. Dawn has been a board member sine January 2002 and looks forward to working with the Council as the horse community continues to grow in MN.

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Expo President

Glen Eaton
(952) 356-2090; Expo: (952) 922-8666
4328 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55410-1343
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Committees: Expo (President), State Horse Council (co-chair), State Fair/Aisle of Breeds, Inventory/Storage, Budget Review/Expo.

Glen has been a member of the Minnesota Horse Council since about 1982 and a Director since 1989. Glen became the Exhibit Director of the Minnesota Horse Exposition, Inc. in August of 1988 and has held that position to the present time. He has also served as President of the Minnesota Horse Expo since 1991. The Minnesota Horse Expo is Glen’s primary function for the Minnesota Horse Council but he serves on other committees as well.

Since moving to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in 1989 the Minnesota Horse Expo has become one of the best known and largest Horse Expos in the United States and Canada. Glen enjoys every minute of the work and challenge that goes into making a successful Expo (not only in size but quality). Of course this could not have been possible without the many dedicated Minnesota Horse Expo Directors and Staff members who have continued their efforts over the years.

Glen enjoys working the Directors and Staff, meeting people and talking with them over the telephone, but the most satisfying time is at the Minnesota Horse Council Annual meeting where the profits from the Expo are distributed as grants, scholarships, and to the other areas such as the Trail Blazers, etc.

Glen is a member of the Zuhrah Shrine Horse Patrol and is a Past President of the Midwest Shrine Horse Patrol. He is the present Secretary and Treasure of the Midwest Shrine Horse Patrol that meets once a year in various cities throughout the Midwest and Canada. He also holds a full time job with the E. Weinberg Chemical and Supply Co., in St. Louis Park. On a national basis, Glen has been active member with the States Horse Council Activities Committee (Committee within the American Horse Council in Washington DC). Glen is the present Chairperson of the Horse Fairs and Expos Sub-committee. In April of 2006 Glen was awarded the annual American Horse Council Van Ness Award for the volunteer work he has done in the Equine Industry.

Glen hopes to be involved with the Minnesota Horse Exposition and the Minnesota Horse Council for years to come.

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Dave Fleischhaker
10300 Brent Ave
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077-5026
651-450-6710
651-402-5512 (cell)

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Raised on a farmstead in Eastern South Dakota, David grew up around animals and was especially fond of the work horses used on the farm where he mastered harnessing skills, driving wagons and plows. As a young person he learned not only the value of horses as working partners but he enjoyed riding as a pleasure past time and spent many hours on horse back.

Life’s adventures brought David to the Twin Cities to pursue an education and a job, and eventually the ownership of two businesses. He was also an active volunteer in a variety of organizations and held leadership roles in many of the organizations including Radio Emergency Action Citizen Team (REACT), Minneapolis Aquatennial, St Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation.

Never losing his passion for animals, he eventually settled on a small hobby farm in the south Metro that he shares with his wife, three horses, and a collection of small dogs. Dave has served canine rescue and re-homing organizations for the last four years, providing foster care for approximately 200 dogs, managing procurement, assisting with relay transport, and fulfilling roles in the canine rescue system.

Recently, Dave and his wife have become active in Emergency Animal Disaster Response completing a variety of certifications and participating in training exercises related to disaster rescue and animal sheltering. They are involved in the development of Scott County’s Emergency Animal Disaster Plan. Scott County has significant agricultural space and high density of equine interest, including many stables and boarding facilities. Dave has just been appointed to the Board of MN Animal Disaster Coalition.

Dave is passionate about animals, their role in society as companions, and insuring there are resources available to equine enthusiasts. David is dedicated to quality animal care, welfare and safe management of horse related facilities. He is an advocate for the humane management and needs of all animals.

 

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Trina Joyce
(612) 729-7798
3035 34th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406-2103
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Committees: Scholarships (Chair), Grants, Direct Funding

Trina Joyce has been riding since about the age of four. She is a graduate of the former Hennepin County Vo-Tech's Horse Care and Stable Management Program. She then taught individual and group lessons through Community Education and the University of Minnesota horseback riding physical education class at the Vo-Tech. She is also a graduate of Cheff Center in Michigan, where she learned to teach riding to people who have disabilities and that has been a primary interest of hers. She founded and was the first instructor for We Can Ride, Inc., co-founded and was an instructor for Cloud 9 Therapeutic Horsemanship. She was involved with Courage Riders from the beginning and now volunteers with River Valley Riders.

Trina's been involved with the MHC and has attended monthly meetings for about 30 years. She has been chair of the Scholarship Committee since its inception and now serves as the Philanthropy Coordinator; which includes scholarships, grants and direct funding.  She maintains an updated list of all of the therapeutic riding programs in the state and another of all the horse-related educational opportunities.

Trina has been at every Horse Expo since it started as a volunteer and/or presenter. She has written articles and taken photos for the MHC newsletter and volunteered at the Aisle of Breeds at the State Fair. When she was Secretary of the MHC, she helped develop the first Policy and Procedures for  about 15 committees and provided direction for the Administrative Assistant. Trina has been an avid trail rider for many years.

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Kris Kelly 
612-919-5146  
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
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My name is Kris Kelly and I live in White Bear Lake. I was active with horses as a youngster, as many horse crazy young girls are. As an adult, for the past 30 years, I have been involved with horses both privately as an owner and publicly in the business arena.

I have had the good fortune to have worn many hats in the horse world. I started out as a horse owner and quickly became a successful competitor in both the open show circuit and the Quarter horse circuit in both the english and western disciplines. I was involved with Minnesota High School Rodeo through my daughter’s activities. I worked both as an assistant trainer and have been an instructor for over 20 years, including designing curriculum and training seminars for instructors. I have had the experience of managing a 140 horse commercial boarding facility for 23 years.  For 18 years, I have owned and now currently own a full service public horse facility offering horse activities to the general public. 

On the retail side, I owned a tack shop for 24 years.  I have been instrumental in the formation of Minnesota Stable Owners Association, Stable Pathways, Inc. (therapeutic riding program) and the Gordon Nelson Memorial Foundation (scholarships awarded to the horse community) and also serving on their Boards. Locally, I have been an active member of Northwest Saddle Club for 25 years, serving on their Board, and am a founding member of DeadBroke Saddle Club. Over the years, I have served on the Boards of WSCA, MQHA and MAQHA. I chaired the WSCA Championship show one year.

On the volunteering end, I have coordinated and run the Minnesota State Special Olympics Equestrian Show, consisting of 140-160 athletes, for the past 15 years providing both horses andvolunteers. I love to trail ride and still take many people on their first “out of the arena” experience on overnight camping trips. I feel that to be a part of something, you must give something back and I have tried to do that with all the organizations I have joined.

Needless to say, I have been involved in many aspects of the horse industry in Minnesota over a long period of time and know personally, and as a business owner, the issues that we, we who have horses are facing, both humane, economically, and environmentally. We are being impacted by state and federal regulations daily and it is important to be proactive so the sport remains a viable recreational pursuit. I feel I can bridge old and new thoughts to forge ahead and help the Minnesota Horse Council do the best job it can for the horse owners and for the industry in our state. 

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Sue McDonough
(651) 699-8117
1314 Fairmount Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-2703
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Committees: Certified Stables (Chair), Direct Funding, Disaster Response, MN Horsemen's Directory, Grants, Horseperson of the Year, Pioneer Award, Scholarships, Web Oversight, TEEFA.

Sue was introduced to the Minnesota Horse Council by a Director who invited her to a meeting and also to accompany this director to re-inspect a Certified Stable. She was hooked. She assumed the role of chairperson for the Certified Stable Program and attended meetings for 3 years before agreeing to become a director. The CS program had 15 stables when Sue started and currently has 65 and growing. Sue takes pride in "Promoting Pride in Ownership" through inspecting, re-inspecting and certifying qualified Stables and Farms. She does not have a problem giving up her weekends in the summer to drive the many miles required to do the inspections.

Sue has been an active participant at the Minnesota Horse Expo helping in the Horse Council booth and Aisle of Breeds. Sue was president of the Grant Trail Rangers for five years, and was an active participant at meetings pertaining to the development of the Willard Munger Gateway Trail system. Sue has taken Horse Management classes and other horse related classes at the University River Falls. She has loved horses all her life, and has owned horses for the past twenty five years. Sue has her two horses Brio and Binaca at Oak Meadow Farm in Grant Township.

Sues’ goals she would like to see for the MHC
• Continue to "Promote Pride in Ownership" through the Certified Stable Program
• Give a voice to all horse owners and enthusiasts in Minnesota
• Continue to promote programs and decisions that benefit all, not just a select few.
• Continue to be available to listen to horse owners, stable owners and enthusiasts throughout MN, while assisting them in finding solutions to best fit their needs or concerns.

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Kim Otterson
28192 County 18, Browerville, MN 56438
320-412-6389
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Kim Otterson grew up as one of those kids who always wanted a horse. “A horse” was at the top of every Christmas wish list for the first 11 years of her life. At the age of 11, she had saved $100 and was able to purchase her first horse, a weanling part-Arab colt. The deal was, “she could have a horse, and do what she wanted with him, but she had to pay for everything herself.” That was the beginning of a career in the horse industry.

An entrepreneur from an early age, Kim started by taking in a boarder or two and did a little training over the next few years to support her own horse. This led, eventually, to a B.S. in Agriculture from UW-RF, and a career that has included such diverse jobs as starting Thoroughbreds for the track, working on large Quarter Horse breeding operations, working with young cutting prospects in Oklahoma, owning her own small AQHA breeding farm, and working for most of the last 25 years as a full time farrier.

During that time she also served on the briefly on the board of the Minnesota Horse Council. She also served as an election judge and has always been happy to help out groups like 4-H and FFA.

When Kim bought that first horse she was fortunate enough to have an excellent mentor in Bill Eckert the man who sold her that colt. Anytime there was a problem or a question, he was ready, willing, and able to help. Since that time, her path has been blessed by the help of countless others. This has left her with a deep appreciation of the importance of giving back to the industry that has given so much to her. It has also left her with a deep appreciation for the many ways that a horse can have a significant influence in the life of a person.

The state of Minnesota has a history of having a vibrant and diverse horse industry. The Minnesota Horse Council has played a significant role in protecting and supporting the many aspects of that industry. Kim’s interest in the Minnesota Horse Council stems from the desire to both give something back to the industry and to support this group in its efforts to do the same.

Kim lives in central Minnesota in a rural area, about an hour north of St Cloud. She feels that with both her background in the horse industry and living outside the Twin Cities she can bring to the board a slightly different perspective on the diverse nature and needs of the horse industry in the state. 

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Doug Persian
763-242-5570
Buffalo area
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Doug Persian bought his first horse eleven years ago, and he’s been addicted ever since.  In his journey of learning everything he could about horses, he found the Minnesota Horse Council.  Doug has been a member for many years and attended the MHC board meetings on a regular basis since 2008. One of the issues he has been instrumental in is the boarding stable property tax issue. Doug took the issue to the Farm Bureau Federation and it was added to the state platform.

Doug has enjoyed trail riding and is an active member and Vice President of the Buffalo Stars & Stirrups Saddle Club. Doug has helped at the MN Horse Expo as a volunteer as well as volunteered his time for some of the heavy lifting (literally) at the MHC storage locker, helping to put in new shelving for storage.

Doug currently boards horses and provides horse activities for disadvantaged youths through a non-profit organization he started called So Others May Shine.

In Doug’s words:

Attending MHC board meetings as a visitor has given me insight to the scope and range of the benefits the MHC provides to the horse industry.  To indicate my commitment to the MHC, I am currently serving on the promotions committee and the education committee. 

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Marian Robinson

(763) 588-0297
4630 Golden Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, MN 55422-4162
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Committees: Disaster Response (Chair), Horseperson of the Year, Grants, Certified Stables

Marian's first experience with ponies was at a very young age, screaming and kicking all the way, but when they tried to take her off the pony she didn't want to get off. She has ridden saddle seat, western, hunter/jump, dressage and cross-country eventing.

She has been a volunteer with the Mustang Adoption Program for many years and a volunteer with Horse Expo since 1997. When the devastating floods hit the Red River Valley, Marian stepped in to help with the Equine rescue efforts organized by the MHC & WSCA. From that activity was born the MHC Natural Disaster Team which Marian now chairs.

The Minnesota Horse Council has many diverse personalities, and Marian states that being on the Board is a positive experience. Marian has been on the Board since 1997.

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Jan Schatzlein
(612) 825-2459
413 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2910
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Jan has been working at the Schatzlein Saddle Shop since 1967.  The store has been in the family for 101 years.  She has been a saddle club member for 25 years and has long been involved in horse related organizations and activities, including being a member of DNR trail development work groups.  Her dedication to volunteering for improving the infra-structure for horse riding in Minnesota is exemplified by the fact that she has been the MRTUA (MN Recreational Trail Users Association) treasurer for the past twelve years. 

Jan has shown horses, but her passion is now trail riding.  One of her current goals is to ride in every MN state park and state forest.

Through her business, Jan has made and maintained a lot of contacts with people across the broad spectrum of horse interests.  Jan is interested in serving on the board because she believes she can help us in our mission to provide a common voice for Minnesota horsemen. According to Jan, “people from all different types of horse-related businesses and organizations should come together under the umbrella of the MN Horse Council and represent a strong front for the horse-related interests in this state.”

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Missie Schwartz
612-868-6041
PO Box 223
Plato, MN  55370
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Committees: Communications (Chair), Expo, State Fair/Aisle of Breeds, Budget Review/Expo,Web Oversight, Trail Blazers

Missie has been involved with horses for many years. Her first horse was a Pinto Welsh the family had while they lived for a short time in Nebraska. When her father was transferred back to Minnesota, he chose not to pay for the shipping charges so Speckles stayed in Nebraska. After five years of a little girl pleading, her grandfather took her to a farm one day and had her ride a few horses. That weekend her dad picked up "Jubilee" and the farm owner threw in a Shetland, "Jip", for company. When Missie later wanted a foal, she walked beans to earn the fees.

Many years later, Missie is still doing those extras for her horses and other equine enthusiasts. She is a current board member and past ride manager, newsletter editor and President of the Minnesota Distance Riding Association, member of Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Ride Association, American Quarter Horse Association, International Arabian Horse Association and American Endurance Ride Conference. Missie and her husband enjoy trail riding and compete in team penning, team sorting and ranch rodeos. Together they own and operate Tucker Road Stable, a member of the Minnesota Horse Council Certified Stable program since 1997.

In her spare time Missie enjoys training young horses and assisting her boarders with problems. She also works as a part time equine vet technician.

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Mark Ward
(651) 436-6557
2700 Manning Ave. S.
Woodbury, MN 55129-9256
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Committees: Website (Chair), Minnesota Horsemen's Directory (Chair), Direct Funding (Chair), Legislative, Nominations, Grants, Communications

Mark Ward is a 30-year professional in the horse business.

Mark grew up in Rochester, MN where he kept a horse and took lessons at Jack Brainerd’s Diamond B Ranch. Besides riding his horse for hours, Mark joined Jack’s rodeos as a teen, riding broncs, bareback and bulls.

After completing a B.A. from Stanford University and while writing his dissertation and teaching in the Philosophy of Science Dept. at the University of Minnesota, Mark turned his attention in 1979 to horses and teaching riding lessons. What was once a hobby became his full-time career. He has owned and operated the Windy Ridge Ranch in Woodbury since 1979, teaching countless youngsters and adults how to ride, take care of horses and have fun while doing it. Mark’s English and Western lessons are based on dressage, thanks to his training with dressage instructor Anne McKay.

During 2014, the Windy Ridge Ranch will be celebrating its 35th year of business. 

In the 1980s, Mark started the Windy Ridge Riders Horse Club, as well as their Drill Team and Junior Equestrian Team. Both teams perform at the Washington County Fair and MN State Fair every year. Mark has been the leader of the Valley Shamrock 4-H Project for over 20 years.  

Mark is a past-president of the MN Horse Expo (1988-1990) and led the effort to move the Expo from the Minneapolis Convention Center to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

In 2008 Mark headed the effort to create the new website for the Minnesota Horse Council and to create the online Minnesota Horsemen's Directory.

In 2009 and 2010 Mark served as president of the Minnesota Horse Council.

Mark has two grown sons and three grandchildren. He and his wife, Katie Clapp, live in Stillwater, MN and together take care of the Windy Ridge Ranch, 49 horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Currently, Mark and Katie both enjoy competing at the training level in 3-day eventing trials.

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Jennifer Willey
(612) 669-7564
Maple Grove, MN 55369-6286
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Committees: Website, Horsemen's Directory, Communications, Horse Welfare, Education (co-chair)

Jennifer has been riding and studying horses for over 25 years. She has ridden many Western and English disciplines and has a passion for cattle work, jumping and dressage. Jennifer has also spent many hours down the trails and camping. In the horse industry Jennifer spent time teaching and training professionally while earning her degree.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management with a BSB in Marketing in 2005 and is an experienced professional. In 2007 Jennifer was named “Instructor of the Year” by the Certified Horsemanship Association and is also a Master Instructor and Clinician. Jennifer has a broad understanding of the horse industry and enjoys speaking with people at events and brainstorming ways to further promote the Minnesota horse industry.

For the Minnesota Horse Council, Jennifer founded the Sponsorship Program and the Horse of the Year Program. She also developed the Facebook page and the Lesson Barn Lists handed out to the general public at the Minnesota Horse Expo and at the Minnesota State Fair. Jennifer created the "I Visited the Horse Barn" buttons handed out to fairgoers in 2012 and 2013. Jennifer was chairperson of the Minnesota Horse Council Promotions Committee from 2010-2013.  Jennifer's primary interests on the Minnesota Horse Council include education, legislation, horse welfare and equine business support.

Jennifer is also a member of the Certified Horsemanship Association, Dead Broke Saddle Club, and The National Versatility Ranch Horse Association.

Her other activities and interests include trail riding, fishing, cutting, cross-country skiing, canoeing and cooking. 

Her favorite quote: “Nothing will work unless you do.”

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