The South Dakota Quarter Horse Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing
and providing beneficial services and opportunities for all horse enthusiasts. Our goal is to develop our membership through
educational programs, recognition programs, recreational opportunities, the monitoring of equine public policy, the fostering of industry
relations, and the marketing , promotion, and publicity of the American Quarter Horse.
My name is Dean Johnson, and I would like to be South Dakotaís AQHA National Director. In case I havenít yet met you personally, here are a few facts about me to tide you over until we do meet. I am a native of South Dakota, born in Sioux Falls. I attended high school in Wyoming and then graduated from Rocky Mountain Collegeís Equine Science program in Billings, Montana. I returned to South Dakota with my wife, Becky, to raise our three children: Kimberly, Kendra, and Zane. Like any rancher and family man, I have several jobs. First, I own and operate Prairie Industries, a manufacturing business in western South Dakota. My wife and I also run Dry Well Ranch, a cow/calf operation here on South Dakotaís Moreau River. Lastly, I also train horses here at Dry Well Ranch Performance Horses, our horse training and breeding facility in western South Dakota. I am also an AQHA Professional Horseman and an NRHA Professional Horseman, and I currently serve on both the AQHA Professional Horseman and Show committees. I co-chair the SDQHA Summer Shootout and serve on the board of directors for Central States Fair in Rapid City, where we produce the Black Hills Stock Show and equine events that support it. Lastly, I am a board member for Manufacturing Technologies and Solutions, the South Dakota organization under the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of the governorís Office of Economic Development.
I would like to be an AQHA National Director because I feel that I can be a strong voice for South Dakota. I have already served the SDQHA as both president and vice-president, so I see great places that SDQHA can go. Part of my job as a National Director is to promote and encourage even greater involvement. I would like to do this by developing stronger partnerships with our fellow equine organizations and events and by encouraging greater member involvement at the state, national, and international levels. South Dakota is already a great affiliate and AQHA supporter, but we can do and be even more. I want to be a voice and leader for you and for South Dakota. Thank you, and I appreciate your vote!
Congratulations to Dean Johnson-- SDQHA Endorsement for AQHA National Director!