Maybe it is the adrenaline rush that you get from chasing a cow, or it is the challenge of having to be able read what the cow is going to do, before it does it. Whatever it is, I think anyone can agree that watching any event that involves riding a horse and working cattle, is addictive.
This past weekend was the debut of the Michigan Reined Cow Horse Show organized and put on by Deena Dunkle, in Midland, Michigan. Equestrians from all over gathered to either try something new or show in something they are passionate about. Reiner’s, Cutters, and Cow Horse enthusiast cheered one another on in each of their classes and just had a grand ol’ time. Reined Cow Horse consist of three events that riders show in throughout a few days. The scores from each event is added up and a winner is declared on the final day. The events are as follows…
Reined Cow Horse is to show how the lightest touch of the reins could control the horse, and the grit and speed the horse possessed to go after the rankest of cattle. Formed in 1949, the National Reined Cow Horse Association set out to preserve this and be able to share it with equestrians today and educate them about its history. Seventy-one years later, it is still a popular event and practice that keeps everyone on the edge of their seats.
Friday morning kick-started the weekend with reining classes, with Bill Thomas of Bill Thomas Performance Horses, Bill Brown of W. Brown Performance Horses and Jarid Walton of Walton Performance Horses taking the top three places in the Open with scores of 72.0 and two 71.5s. Herd-work was next on Saturday with high-scores of 73 and 71 being laid down by some very talented horse and rider teams. Sunday concluded the show with fence-work, my favorite event of it all. Stephanie Gilliland of Gilliland Horse & Cattle Co was our top rider in the Open Bridle laying down a score of 71!
Horses and riders gave it their all as the worked the cow down the fence and circled it. Tired from busy weekend, horses, riders, and cattle gave everything they had in the final event. Those who watched sat on the edge of their seats holding their breath at every cow that got by and cheering when horse and rider would take control of the pen. The top composite score for the Futurity Week was a 216.5 by Lyle Frederickson of Triple F Ranch; and just like that, the weekend was over, and everyone left talking about next year’s show.
Children and adults, young horses and seasoned horses all came together for a weekend of fun and excitement. Good times were had by all and everyone helped one another out, regardless of if they knew the person or not. It was like being at one big family reunion, with riders cheering each other on and lending helping hands when needed. It was a great weekend and a beautiful way of introducing reined cow horse to Michigan.
Get up and go chase some cows now!!
The proposed Michigan Equine Promotion Fund began in 2018 with a meeting with 44 leaders from all segments of the Michigan horse industry. If passed, the fund will work towards research and promotion of the equine industry, and to increase its current $2.6 billion economic impact on Michigan’s economy. This website includes information on this proposal.
Following are a couple of commonly asked questions.
How will members of the commission be appointed?
The proposed commission members will include government appointees from various segments of the equine industry.
What programs will be supported through the fund?
Possible areas of support include youth programs, equine-assisted programs, camps, rescues, unwanted horses, zoning/land use, trails, show industry, and more.
Who supports EPF?
EPF is not a legislative effort of the Michigan Horse Council, though the Council does strongly support it. EPF was developed by a 25-person ad hoc committee of individuals who are known leaders from all segments of the horse industry - associations, equine businesses (feed, vets, farriers, trainers, breeders, riding instructors, boarding barns, etc.), recreational trails advocates, shows and competitions (such as competitive / distance trail riding, rodeos and racing).
Why does MHC support EPF?
MHC provides financial support in various avenues including grants, scholarships, and other programs, as well as the occasional emergency needs. If enacted, this bill will provide the stable financial underpinning for the entire horse industry it so badly needs. If the the EPF is enacted there is likelihood that it can provide five times the financial impact that the MHC could provide on an annual basis.
Where can more information be found?
Visit the EPF website at https://www.michiganequinepromotion.com/.
RequireThe Michigan Horse Council is seeking additional individuals to fill two open Director positions on their board. Directors will be responsible for the following aspects of Michigan Horse Council...
Requirements include that you must be a member of a qualifying Orgnization that holds a current membership with MHC. Additionally, this Orgnization must support your intent of serving as a director on the MHC Board.
If interested please complete a short letter of interest and upload below by October 18th. The current Board will review and be in contact with further direction. Thank you for your interest.
The Michigan Equine Legislative Day was started three years ago by Colonel Don Packard, Michigan Horse Council President. The mission for this event is to educate our state leaders about the diversity of the Michigan equine industry by showcasing the variety of equine professions, associations, businesses, and educational and therapeutic opportunities.
The 2020 event was held exclusively on the Capitol lawn stretching from the parking spaces in front of the lawn up to the Capitol steps where attenders could enjoy country music and dancing. Presentations from Michigan equine leaders took place under the tent from 9 - 11 am and 1 - 3 pm. From 11 am - 1 pm our equine vendors and leaders visited with our Michigan legislators about various aspects of the equine industry. Two media groups were on site to capture interviews to further help promote the equine industry. Thank you to Mi Farm Bureau's Janelle Brose for being onsite and developing some fantastic media pieces featuring equine issues which you can see on their MFB Mi Farm News 5 Facebook posts on Fridays and their weekly MFB email newsletter. We also thank Doug Damon with Davidson Blake Production and Bill Hall from Podium Video for taping interviews to develop a 15 min documentary on the Mi equine industry.
The Michigan Horse Council would like to thank these individuals for helping us present a diverse glimpse of the economic impact, opportunities, and blessings that horses provide to Michigan youth, families, associations, businesses and communities.
Michigan Horse Council Board and members:
We also thank our attenders from various groups who were on hand to visit and network with our Michigan leaders sharing your passion about horses and your associations.
Thank you to Tracy Mohnke with Tribute Feeds, Brighton Trail Riders and Jenny Cook with the Mi Equine Trail System for their financial support towards the 2020 Mi ELD event. We look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021!
One of the steps that the Michigan Horse Council is taking to invest in the future of the Michigan horse industry is to hire on a part-time administrator who will assist with membership, event planning, meetings, promotions and networking.
Tammy Tyler’s roots run deep within the Michigan Horse Council and the Michigan Horse Expo. Tammy has grown up in the equine and western industries through her family’s 55 year old business, Tom’s Western Store located in Ovid, Mi. Tammy has been active in the show industry through the MQHA, CMHA, LMHA, MIHA, 4H and open show circuits herself as well as her daughter, Kaitlyn. Tammy has been a MIHA coach and a 4H leader.
Most recently she just completed three dedicated years at Michigan High School Rodeo competitions where her daughter has competed at the state and national levels. Developing and enriching equine organizations is a skill set Tammy has learned from her parents, Tom and Sharon Tyler, who were founding members of the Michigan Horse Council and Expo.
Carrying on the torch as the Michigan Horse Council Administrator is an honor for Tammy as she partners with our Michigan equine leaders, associations and competitors throughout the state and nationally. Michigan has a strong equine community and Tammy is here to help you be a part of the Michigan Horse Council!
September 28, 2020
Michigan Horse Council
Colonel Don Packard – President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Michigan Horse Council Cancels 2021 Michigan Horse Expo
It is with regret that the Michigan Horse Council Board of Directors announce that the Michigan Horse Expo scheduled for 2021 will not be hosted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions set upon venues able to host this event.
With this announcement Michigan Horse Council will continue to provide individuals and organizations with a central authority that will support, encourage, supplement, and coordinate the efforts of those presently engaged in the constructive conservation, development, and promotion of the horse industry and horse community in the state of Michigan.
The Board understands and recognize the tremendous commitment that the Expo had to all the vendors, participants, visitors, and sponsors that have been loyal for the past 38 years. To continue this strong partnership Michigan Horse Council is working quickly and carefully to develop a potential online format where vendors, participants, visitors, and sponsors can join virtually and support one another.
Michigan Horse Council continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and will adjust accordingly.
We genuinely appreciate the continue support, partnership, and excitement for this event over the past 38 years and cannot wait to see everyone again in 2022!
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As cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) continue to rise across Michigan, state officials are taking action to inform and prevent future cases. Click the below link for additional information including aerial treatment plans and FAQ's...
You're invited to a virtual facilitated session Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 1-4 p.m. to collaborate with others on the DNR land strategy revision process.
To participate, please use the following link from Microsoft Teams. You do not have to have Microsoft Teams on your computer to join. This link is specific to this meeting and only will be active during this session. If you don’t have access to a computer you may call in using the phone number provided.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
or call 248-509-0316
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If you have trouble joining, please contact Kerry Wieber at 517-643-1256
As part of the strategy development process, we’ve been asking to hear what you think about Michigan’s public lands – including the 4.6 million acres managed by the DNR. This meeting is another chance for you to weigh in and be heard.
An updated public land strategy, which must be submitted to the Michigan Legislature for consideration and approval by July 1, 2021, will explain why a public land base is so important and provide goals, strategies and measurable objectives to guide the DNR in:
We will be discussing these goals and more information about the proposed revisions at this session. Draft sections of the land strategy have recently been added to our website, and additional information will be available for your review prior to the meeting. Please visit the site to prepare for the facilitated discussion.
During the meeting we also will be using an interactive presentation tool called Mentimeter that will allow you to answer questions, provide feedback and interact with us in real time. This won’t be required for attendance, but it does allow you to participate in the meeting as if we were all in the same room together.
To use this tool, go to Menti.com a few minutes before the meeting with your smartphone or computer. The facilitator will provide the meeting code for access during the presentation.
We’re looking forward to your participation and an active conversation about the land strategy.
Please look for future communications from us and visit Michigan.gov/PublicLands for information and updates throughout the process. Thanks for playing a part in helping the DNR leverage the power of public lands.
This year’s Michigan Horse Council Volunteer of the Year award goes to an individual that has played a unique role in the development of the Michigan Horse Council as well as Michigan Trails. Through adversity, growth, and accomplishments this individual has continued to be at the forefront with her unwaivered willingness to help.
The Michigan Horse Council is proud to award the 2020 Volunteer of the Year award to Sue Armstrong.
Sue’s initial involvement with the equine industry started with the Michigan Trails and riding for the past 30 years. At the age of 35 Sue would own her first horse. Her dream was to always camp and ride with her horses and husband and this was achieved through the Michigan Trails.
Sue has been the President of the Pinckney Trail Riders for the past 10 years. Her passion for trails has been driven by seeing improvements and advances with the facilities of trails throughout the State of Michigan.
Throughout the past ten years Sue has become more involved with the Michigan Horse Council with recently serving as a board of director as well as serving as treasurer currently. Sue has been very active with the Michigan Horse Council through implementing modern accounting programs. Through the implementation of these programs it will set the Council up for future success.
Her passion for the Horse Council is driven by the cohesive voice that the Council has to provide within the equine industry along with the benefits it provides to the individuals within the industry such as trails, scholarship opportunities, and various other segments.
Sue is thankful for all the individuals that have done so much and would like to specifically thank Colonel Don Packard and Jean Ligon for their continued leadership and wealth of knowledge that has been provided to the Horse Council. Sue is also greatly appreciative for all industry partners that have influenced her success.
Sue would like to thank her husband of 41 years, Ray Armstrong for his continued partnership and supporting her through all the various projects.
Congratulations to Sue Armstrong, 2020 Michigan Horse Council Volunteer of the year award!
Join us for the 2020 Michigan Equine Legislative Day on Tuesday, September 22nd to help build awareness about the economic impact, community enrichment and personal benefits of the Michigan horse industry.