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The annual meeting of the South Dakota Horse Council, Inc. will be held April 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Walstrom Room, Animal Science Building, on the SDSU Campus in Brookings, SD. Agenda items include election of officers and directors; legislative update, and planning of educational items for 2016 and 2017. Educational items included are the 4-H State Horse Show and the Little International at SDSU. There will be updates on the SDSU Scholarship award and the Horseperson of the Year Award.

Larry Larson of Rapid City has been selected as the 2016 Horseperson of the Year by the South Dakota Horse Council. Plan to attend this meeting. IF you cannot attend please support the work of the SD Horse Council (affiliated with the American Horse Council) by joining the organization and working on future projects.

The South Dakota Horse Council was formed as a non-profit corporation to serve as the spokesman for the SD horse industry and to work with the American Horse Council to represent the horse industry in Washington before Congress and the Federal regulatory agencies. American Horse Council represents all segments of the equine industry.


OThe South Dakota Horse Council, spokesman for the SD horse industry, welcomes nominations for their 2016 SD Horseperson of the Year Award. Submissions should be postmarked by
March 20th.

Past honorees include: Dr. Steve Tornberg, Dr. Larry Insley, Georga Sutton, Jo Waldner, Jen Eide, Chuck Nelson, Frances Loiseau, Raymond W. Sutton, Jr., Doug Nickel, Gene Carr, Dr. Robert Christensen, DVM, Art Reeves, Danny Bennett, Robert Gregg, Leonard W. Blok, Bob Reed, I. J. Carey, Dr. Hilton M. Briggs, Wayne Bratcher, Walter Schaefer, Raymond G. Sutton & Dr. John J. Edenburn, DVM. The list reflects decades of service and horse knowledge, indeed!

The award’s criteria are: The nominee has been instrumental in, or has influenced the South Dakota horse industry. Submitting the number of years of horse involvement & influence, along with accomplishments & contributions is helpful. Additional documents are encouraged.

Download and print the Horse Person of the Year Nomination Form. When completed, mail ail submissions to: SD Horse Council, President Gene Carr PO Box 25 Hayti, SD 57241. The SD Horse Council will present the award in conjunction with Little International at South Dakota State University April 2nd, 2016.

Horse Council to Host 2016 Driving Clinic!

Dakota Thunder Six The SD Horse Council is sponsoring a Harness Clinic in Brookings, SD, at the SDSU Equine Teaching Facility located on North Medary Ave, on Saturday April 16th, beginning at 10AM. The Clinicians are Mr. Joe Biren, Iona, MN and Dr. Larry Insley, Creighton, SD. Joe is the driver of Dakota Thunder Six Horse Hitch of Shires that competes in the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series and have qualified for the finals in Oklahoma the last two years. Joe also took Dakota Thunder to the Rose Bowl Parade this past New Year’s Day. Dr. Insley is a past instructor at SDSU in Horse Production and driving and is now living in Western SD. He has raised Belgians and Quarter Horses which he has shown and sold for many years.

Driving instruction.Both Mr. Biren and Dr. Insley are very knowledgeable of helping the beginner getting started driving and also helping the advanced person with any issues they might have in driving their horse either single, team or multiples. Some of the areas that will be discussed are fitting harness and harnessing.

No advanced reservations necessary but would like to have you preregister so we have some idea the number attending for the noon meal. Also would like people to comment on the interest areas that they would like discussed or demonstrated.

Driving instruction. Cost for the Clinic is $30 for Adults and $15 ages 5 - 17 Lunch is included.

Contact: Mike Olson, 605-690-9992 or Brandon Kinney, 605-695-0132

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The South Dakota Horse Council, Inc. is organized strictly as a non-profit corporation without pecuniary gain or benefit to its members or to any private individual and:
  • Organized to further the common interests of the horsepersons of South Dakota
  • To serve as means of communication within the industry where unity and strength are needed.
  • To monitor legislation and administrative decisions which would have an impact on horses or horsepersons.
  • To promote interest in horse related activities.
President: Gene Carr, Box 25, Hayti, SD, 605-783-3832
Vice President: Doug Nickel, Canistota, SD, 605-370-1607
Secretary: Jo Waldner, 1805 Edgebrook Circle, Brookings, SD
Treasure: Walter Schafer, Winfred, SD
Directors elected to serve through 2018:
Doug Nickel
Walt Schaefer
Mike Olson
Robin Mathison

Directors elected to serve through 2017:
Gene Carr
Jo Waldner
Janice Cronin
Richard Waldner

Directors elected to serve through 2016:
Jessica Carr
Brandon Kinney
Machelle Bonde
Carly Wettlaufer

SDHC Membership Form - Dues Individual and Club
Outstanding Member Award Nomination Form
Horse Person of the Year Nomination Form
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Meeting Minutes
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