The MN Horse Council's Annual Meeting is coming up on January 15th. Included in the meeting will be the election of board members for the Board of Directors. Attached are the bios for the board candidates. MHC members should have received their Annual Meeting packets with information. Missing were some of the bios so the entire bio packet is included.

Bios for Minnesota Horse Council Board of Directors January 2022

Each year approximately one third of the Minnesota Horse Council Board of Directors is up for election for a three-year term. This year we will be voting to fill director terms for the following years of service:  Four (4) positions for a three-year term (until our 2025 Annual Meeting) A ballot and ballot envelope are included with the mailing of the Annual Meeting materials. Please follow the voting instructions carefully if you choose to vote by mail. If you intend to vote at the meeting, bring your completed ballot with you. Ballots will also be available when you register at the Annual Meeting.

Dan Drewlow* ........................................................ Page 3

Ann Graney Hoffmann*.......................................... Page 4

Trina Joyce* .......................................................... Page 5

Tom Tweeten* ....................................................... Page 6

*Denotes current Board Member

 

MHC Bio – Dan Drewlow

Born in rural Barnesville Minnesota grow up working on the family farm, neighbors dairy, and neighbors poultry farm which gave me a great understanding and respect for all animals.

I started managing horse facilities with Ricigliano Farm an Arabian Farm in Wolverton MN where we stood 3 stallions. Also cared for the farms large group of show and breeding horses. I was then hired to be the breeding manager for North Star Stables in Georgetown MN. North Star Stables was a Morgan breeding and show facility. We also had a stallion station where we handled the breeding work for a large group of outside stallions. These client stallions were everything from racing, cutting, halter, western pleasure and driving horses. I was approached by a facility in Granby CT to manage their AQHA show and lesson barn. After being in CT for a year and half I was looking to move back to MN. At that time, I was hired to manage Cedar Hill Stables in Lakeville MN. After 8 plus years managing Cedar Hill Stables, I took the steps to lease the facility and started Drewlow Equine LLC. Drewlow Equine is a boarding and breeding facility. I offer full-service stall boarding and pasture boarding. Also offer mare and stallion management services from foaling, breeding, and stallion handling.

Over the years have had the pleasure to serve the equine community in a few different opportunities including FM Mounted Posse Board of Directors, MN Paint Horse Association Futurity Chairman, MN Northstar Paint Horse Club Board of Directors and as show management for many horse shows over the years.

I am looking for the opportunity to continue to service the horse community in MN by being on the MN Horse Council to work to provide an education source for horse owners. Also be a resource for animal welfare, and help guide the industry within the state so that it continues to grow in all of its diverse ways.

Committees: Aisle of Breeds

 

MHC Bio – Ann Graney Hoffmann

The Horse Council continues to be an important voice for all areas of the horse industry in Minnesota. From scholarships to the MSEA to trail maintenance, the MHC has supported horses and their humans in many ways.

I’m very proud of my work as a board member of the MHC. A small group of dedicated volunteers and myself have revived the MN High School Equestrian Association, serving as its President. We boasted a record number of new participants 2021; many of whom will be eligible for recognition with an athletic letter from the high school they attend.

My work as Co-chair of the Aisle of Breeds was exhausting but satisfying. We hosted diverse breeds of horses which allowed State Fair goers to meet a real live horse in addition to promoting the MN Horse Expo.

I believe there is still work to be done to increase our membership, find additional revenue streams and expand our reach to greater MN horse lovers in addition to continuing our generous philanthropy work. All with a limited budget.

Like many young girls, I began my horse odyssey with a pony named Trigger and an ancient Appaloosa, but my love affair with the Arabian horse began with my treasured bay gelding, “Brandy.” I graduated from William Woods University with a double major in equestrian science and business administration and was named Distinguished Scholar in Equestrian Science.

Since 1986, my husband Tom and I have owned Golden Ridge Stables in Lakeville where several instructors give many lessons each week, our trainer and clients compete at a local, regional and national level and we host camps, collaborate with the City of Lakeville on various programs and sponsor an award-winning youth team.

I’ve been on the board of the Tri State Horsemen’s Association for 30 years in 2022 and I most recently serve at the first Vice President. I was honored by being presented Tri-State’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. I have long been a WSCA judge and I enjoy the challenges of judging all breed shows.

At Golden Ridge, we have an active academy program, sponsor an award-winning youth team, and offer a myriad of activities designed to share our passion for horses. We pride ourselves in community involvement in Lakeville and surrounding communities.

I’d be honored to be re-elected to the MHC Board of Directors and continue to share my love of horses on a state-wide level.

Committees: Aisle of Breeds-Co-chair, Finance Committee-2-Vicepresident, Communications, Promotions.

MHC Bio – Trina Joyce

Trina Joyce has served the Minnesota Horse Council, taking on a range of responsibilities, for most of the past 35 years either as a committee chairperson, committee member or board member. At the 2012 Annual Meeting, the Minnesota Horse Council recognized her for the contributions she has made as a volunteer.

Trina's interest in horses started early in life as she has ridden since the age of five. She is a graduate of the former Hennepin County Vo-Tech's Horse Care and Stable Management Program, along with her taking an additional course in Riding Instruction. With her education, she went on to become a riding director at Tannadoona Camp Fire Girls' Camp. She was responsible for evaluating rented horses, training assistants, teaching riding to campers, and leading trail rides. She was also riding instructor for the University of Minnesota Physical Education classes and for Community Education Classes through Hennepin Technical College.

Trina went on to complete the Cheff Center Instructor Course to teach riding to persons who have disabilities. That training inspired her to become the founder and first instructor of We Can Ride, Inc. As a startup, she helped with evaluating and training horses and volunteers, teaching riding to individuals with disabilities, fundraising and publicity. Her commitment to helping people through horses continued by becoming a cofounder and instructor of Cloud 9 Therapeutic Horsemanship. She served as a volunteer at Courage Riders for many years. Trina is currently a volunteer at River Valley Riders since 2000. She has also volunteered for the Minnesota Zoo's Horse Camps for the past two summers.

As a Minnesota Horse Council member, Trina has been a volunteer and/or presenter at every Expo since 1982. She initiated and is responsible for an equine related antique display at Expo. She has put in many volunteer hours at the Minnesota State Fair, Aisle of Breeds, including being the volunteer coordinator in charge of recruiting volunteers for 36 shifts. She also wrote policies and procedures for that position, something that had not been done before. Trina maintains an annual updated list of therapeutic programs and another of Equine Educational opportunities in the state of Minnesota.

As a MHC board member, Trina has served as Philanthropy Coordinator with Public Relations responsibilities for scholarships, grants, direct funding, Horseperson of the Year and Horse of the year. She has been chairperson for the scholarship committee since its inception over thirty years ago. When she served as board secretary, Trina took the responsibility of coordinating the documentation of policies and procedures for each of the fifteen board committees. She has taken photos and written articles for the MHC newsletter. Her favorite equine activity is trail riding.

Committees: Scholarships-Chair, Grants-CoChair, Direct Funding, Promotions, Horse of the Year, Certified Stables, Aisle of Breeds

MHC Bio – Tom Tweeten

Tom Tweeten, PhD, is a scientist with more than 50 years of experience in Analytical Chemistry. He has worked with industrial chemicals, studied human/animal nutrition and environmental science to develop chemical testing procedures to insure product and water quality and integrity.

Tom grew up on a large farm in Southeastern Minnesota. As a young person on the farm, horses were still used for field work. Horses, hogs, beef, soil conservation and youth leadership were key activities in his youth 4-H experience. He was an honor student and active in athletics.

The Tweeten family owns a small farm near Prior Lake where they have trained and shown American Saddlebred and Morgan horses. His lifelong work with horses formed a basis for 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. In addition, Tom has become a recognized clinician giving talks around the country on how grooming is an important of building a relationship with the horse.

Tom has served on the MHC Board of Directors since 1999. His primary responsibility since 2016 has been to serve as MHC Treasurer. His experiences as a MHC Director have included being on the Trails Committee, Grants Committee, Communications Committee and Chairperson of the Direct Funding Committee. He currently is co-chairperson for Show Facilities Committee and Finance Committee Chairperson. He served as 1st Vice-president for five years and Council President in 2006. He represents Minnesota at the national Coalition of States Horse Councils (CSHC) Meeting and at the American Horse Council Annual Meeting. He was elected Financial Liaison for the CSHC Board in 2018. He is also serves on the MHC Foundation Board of Directors as Treasurer and the Minnesota High School Equestrian Association as Co-treasurer. Tom is on the Board of Directors for the Tri-State Horseman’s Association serving as a liaison with the Minnesota Horse Council. He represents the Horse Council on the University of Minnesota Horse Team Advisory Group.

Tom was Co-chair of the Coalition of States Horse Councils Meeting Fall Meeting Planning Committee in 2015 that was held in Bloomington, MN. Tom has received both the Presidential Silver and Gold Metal for Volunteer Service. Through his volunteer positions, business responsibilities and work experiences, Tom has developed a broader sense of how the Minnesota Horse Council can serve the Horse Industry of Minnesota and our nation.

This biography is respectfully submitted as part of the nomination process for another term as Board Director to the Minnesota Horse Council.

Committees: Coalition of States Horse Council (Co-chair), Finance-Chair, Show Facilities-Co-chair, Aisle of Breeds

 

 

 

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