Annual Awards

Each year, the Wisconsin Horse Council presents awards for the Horseperson of the Year, Judge of the Year and the WHC Director of the Year at the Midwest Horse Fair®. In some years, there is also a Legislator of the Year. 2008 was the first year that nominations were accepted for the Special Achievement Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, and new in 2016, Equine of the Year was added. All of these awards will also be presented at the Midwest Horse Fair®.

Recipients of the Horseperson, Special Achievement Award and Lifetime Achievement Award are nominated by the public and voted on by the WHC Board of Directors. The WHC Director of the Year and Legislator of the Year are nominated and voted on by the Board of Directors. The Judge of the Year is an annual award given by the Wisconsin Horse Council and is based on a person’s contributions to Wisconsin’s equine industry as a judge.  The winner is chosen by past, active Judges of the Year and is presented at an Awards Ceremony held at the Midwest Horse Fair®. The Equine of the Year candidates are submitted by members in each district to their District President and appointed district members chose a winner. The winner from each district is then sent to the WHC Board of Directors and a final WHC Equine of the Year is chosen.

Nomination forms for MOST awards must be received into the WHC Office by JANUARY 10, 2017.

 

The exception is the Equine of the Year Award. Nominations for this award must be received by the appropriate WHC District President as listed on the Nomination Form on or before DECEMBER 1, 2016.


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Horseperson of the Year Award

The WHC's Horseperson of the Year Award is an annual award based on the person's leadership and contributions to Wisconsin's equine industry.

This individual is nominated by his/her peers.

The nomination information is reviewed by the Directors of the Wisconsin Horse Council to examine an individual's leadership role and contributions to the following: youth activities, education, research, industry promotion, related legislation and regulation, equine organizations, or equine community events and activities.

The award is given to the nominee receiving the most votes from the WHC Directors. A special plaque is presented by the current President of the WHC at the awards ceremony at the Midwest Horse Fair®, Dane Co. Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Special Achievement Award

The WHC's Special Achievement Award is an annual award based on a major accomplishment related to the equine industry.

The nomination information is reviewed by the Directors of the Wisconsin Horse Council. The award is given to the nominee receiving the most votes from the WHC Directors. A special plaque is presented by the current President of the WHC at the awards ceremony at the Midwest Horse Fair®, Dane Co. Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Lifetime Achievement Award

The WHC's Lifetime Achievement Award is an annual award based on a lifetime of service to the equine industry.

The nomination information is reviewed by the Directors of the Wisconsin Horse Council. The award is given to the nominee receiving the most votes from the WHC Directors. A special plaque is presented by the current President of the WHC at the awards ceremony at the Midwest Horse Fair®, Dane Co. Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Judge of the Year Award

The WHC, in cooperation with the Midwest Horse Fair, sponsors the Judge of the Year Award, which is an annual award based on contributions to the Wisconsin equine industry as a judge.

Recognition will be given to all WHC Judge of the Year nominees. The winner, chosen by past, active Judges of the Year , will be given special honors and a plaque.

To nominate a judge for this award, please click on the link above to print out and complete the Judge of the Year Award nomination form.

A special plaque is presented by the current President of the WHC at the awards ceremony at the Midwest Horse Fair®, Dane Co. Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Equine of the Year Award

The Wisconsin Horse Council Districts have created this award to recognize the horses, ponies, donkeys, mules or any equine who have enriched the life of one or more humans or been cast into the spotlight because of outstanding acts, creating a positive image for equines.  The Equine of the Year Award is awarded to the owner of the horse and is based on merit and voted on by District members. Once each District has chosen their winner, the WHC Board of Directors decides the state Equine of the Year.

An award is presented by the current President of the WHC at the awards ceremony at the Midwest Horse Fair®, Dane Co. Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Hall Of Fame - 1984 to Present

Horseperson of the Year Recipients:

2017 Jackie Devine-Pertzborn (Tie)
2017 Liz Rice-Beula (Tie)
2016 Gary Gibson
2015 Rachel Meek
2014 Gail Seasor
2013 Floyd Finney
2012 John Adametz
2011 Carol Klamrowski
2010 Barb Waters
2009 Kellie Zink
2008 Kricket Jewett
2007 Will and Nancy Swierenga
2006 Beverly Gaedke
2005 Kelly Mahloch
2004 Craig Sandmire
2003 Ken Carpenter
2002 Sheila Flucke
2001 Betsy Rohde
2000 Robert Housel
1999 Joe Pribek
1998 Marge and Loren Gettlemen
1997 Linda Pribek
1996 Mike Benson
1995 Linda Newcomb
1994 Marsha Kremer
1993 Nikki Cohen-Wichner
1992 Joan Rose
1991 Mike McGowan
1990 Art Blast
1989 Evelyn Burton
1988 Dee Mielke and John Gurtner
1987 Carol Yohn and Dave Petrie
1986 Esther Schwartz and Ray Antoniewicz
1985 Nancy Kissel and Harold Heiman
1984 Carol Alm and Richard Leadley

Judge of the Year Recipients:

2017 Tia Koehler
2015 Jean Sandmire
2014 Bill Heiser
2011 Dana Panella
2010 Lynne Levy
2009 Karla Kegley
2008 Dan Grunewald
2007 David Pansy
2006 Sandy Vosekuil
2005 Joan Harms
2004 Kathy Findley
2003 Kelly Mahloch
2002 Ron Miller
2001 Pat Stevenson

WHC Director of the Year Recipients:

2017 Karen Kroll
2012 Gary Jackson
2010 Janet Spencer
2009 Ken Carpenter
2008 Gary Steers
2007 Don Schwandt
2006 Marsha Cooper
2005 Sandy Brick-Margelofsky
2004 Marlene Driefke
2003 Troy Brick-Margelofsky
2002 Jim and Eloise Simons, Ron Miller
2001 Nap Bourdeau
2000 Joe Parr and Pat Ziegler
1999 Ron McHugh
1998 Brenda Haldemann
1997 Paul Richardson
1996 Nancy Kissel
1995 Wayne Schutte
1994 Linda Werkheiser
1993 Joan Petrie

Legislator of the Year Award :

2006 Representative Lee Nerison
2005 Representative Jake "Doc" Hines
2004 Representative Al Ott

Lifetime Achievement Award :

2017 Fran Gross
2017 Bruce Kornely
2017 Kristin Urban
2015 Pat Stevenson
2014 John Gurtner
2013 Betsy Rohde
2012 Joe & Linda Pribek
2012 Alex & Mary Jean Irvine
2012 Linda Konichek
2011 Nancy Kissel
2010 Merry Mitchell
2009 Dave Petrie
2008 John F Steifvater (posthumous)
2007 Windy Erd
2006 Esther Schwartz
2005 Skip and Lila Lemanski
2004 Jerry and Sylvia Lee
1999 Ray Antoniewicz
1996 Lucille Nichols

Special Achievement and Outstanding Service Award :

2013 Marnie Housel
2009 Dan Grunewald
2008 Maily and Rob Kocinski
2006 Elaine Kramer
2001 Mike McGowan

Equine of the Year

2017 Tinker owned by Carol Takacs
2016 Cisco (Hez Got The Time) owned by Mike McGowan

 


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Announcements and Notices

WHC Horsemen's Calendar of Upcoming Events

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