2012 Year-End Awards Banquet

photo (3)On November 10th, the WWHA had our annual year-end awards banquet and meeting. The banquet marks the end of another successful show season and brings much anticipation and excitement to the air. Everyone gathered at the Windwood of Watertown to celebrate our amazing breed and to see where everyone’s hard work brought them. Carol Olp does an amazing job organizing and bringing to life the awards banquet and with the help from her assistant, Peggy Butler, everything runs smoothly. Our photographer Marianne Springer captured all the memories, some of which are shown here, and Bob Rodenkirch found a beautiful facility to host it.

The banquet is also an annual meeting where old and new business is discussed with the club. We want to thank the three board of directors members whose terms were up for their work and dedication and thank the three new board members who stepped up to fill their positions. Our three new board members are Kricket Jewett, Marianne Springer, and Kayla Kuenzi. We also discussed our next membership meeting featuring the WWHA trail program with awards and guest speaker on January 12, 2013.

Chuck Scholl and A Super Thrilling Spirit were the  first recipients of the Nancy Baer Memorial Trophy for High  Point Country Pleasure horse. Pictured with Chuck (fourth  from left) are some of Dick and Nancy Baer’s friends.

Chuck Scholl and A Super Thrilling Spirit were the first recipients of the Nancy Baer Memorial Trophy for High Point Country Pleasure horse. Pictured with Chuck (fourth from left) are some of Dick and Nancy Baer’s friends.

The WWHA is an amazing association that has a variety of different programs to offer. At the core is our deeply rooted love, respect, and dedication to the breed. Everyone who is a member is extremely proud to own a Tennessee Walking Horse, which can easily be seen and felt at any event or gathering the club has. The members of the club are like family and it’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of an association whose sole purpose is to celebrate the breed. It’s a feeling that you can’t get just anywhere.

The night wasn’t all formal  presentations. We know how to have a  good time!

The night wasn’t all formal presentations. We know how to have a good time!

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Kayla Kuenzi (right) and her horse Dude’s Sun Rise walked away with the most accolades. In addition to recognitions in seven categories, they received the Go Boy Triple Threat Memorial Trophy for High Point Amateur Trail Pleasure horse, the June Mist Memorial High Point Adult Versatility Award, and WWHA Horse of the Year. Kayla was also awarded the Charles and Alice Sears Memorial Sportsmanship Award.

So if you own a Tennessee Walking Horse or just love and admire the breed as much as we do, I strongly urge you to join our association and get involved. Even if you don’t know where to start, we are here to help answer any questions and get you started. An annual membership fee is only $25. More information can be found on our website at www.wisconsinwalkinghorse.org.

Check out the list of winners!

Jenny Kippley (left) was the most successful owner of  2012. Her horses, Copertalk’s Walkie Talkie and Pride’s  Midnight Lilly, earned twelve class category awards. Cheryl  Beres (second from right) and Lilly were the High Point  Youth Pleasure team. Lilly also received the Larry Pickhardt  Memorial Award for High Point English Pleasure horse.

Jenny Kippley (left) was the most successful owner of 2012. Her horses, Copertalk’s Walkie Talkie and Pride’s Midnight Lilly, earned twelve class category awards. Cheryl Beres (second from right) and Lilly were the High Point Youth Pleasure team. Lilly also received the Larry Pickhardt Memorial Award for High Point English Pleasure horse.

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