Welcome to the SDQHA
PO Box 35, Groton, SD 57445
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.
SDQHA Board of Director Nominations
SDQHA is seeking interested individuals to serve on the SDQHA Board of Directors. Anyone interested
should contact SDQHA members Jodie Svennes or Penny Petersen
SDQHA All-Arounds, please send me your picture for the annual banquet and website!
SDQHA is seeking bids!
Bids are being sought for the following:
* 2015 Point Secretary
* 2015 Association
Treasurer, and Webmaster
Bids should be submitted to SDQHA President Kerry
Papendick by January 10, 2015.
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!
Quarter Horses have always been a big part of Debbiís life since the Holmes family purchased their first AQHA stallion in 1972. Her family has raised AQHYA champions, reserve world champions, and superior halter and performance horses. Debbi started her own breeding program after college, focusing on proven mares with records that she crosses with top stallions in the industry. She studies quarter horse genetics and history and was excited to be part of a group that purchased Wimpy P-1ís registration papers to donate to the AQHA Hall of Fame & Museum this past summer.
Debbi has a long history of service in the quarter horse industry, serving as SDQHA President and on the Board of Directors multiple years. She was one of ten selected nationwide for the inaugural Leadership AQHA class, served on the AQHA Public Policy Committee, and was asked by AQHA to establish the Region 2 Experience/ Championship in Rapid City, South Dakota. Debbi volunteers her time judging rodeo queen contests, giving basic horse lessons for local kids, and has supported 4-H by donating a horse to a member for their 4-H training project. Debbi also donates her skills as a CPA on the SDQHA Audit Committee and as an attorney working on public policy issues to protect the equine industry from special interests groups. Most weekends she can be found involved in an equine event or visiting ranches and horse farms to discuss genetics and industry issues.
Debbi envisions the various areas of the South Dakota equine industry partnering to market their equine products and services, attract new members, and protect our way of life. She has ideas for improving the availability and timeliness of information from AQHA needed for responsible breeding, purchasing, and showing decisions. Debbiís motivation in becoming a SDQHA National Director is to help people meet their American Quarter Horse goals. Debbi strongly feels the position of SDQHA National Director is one of service, and looks forward to listening to your concerns and working to find solutions.