Paint Horse Essay Contest
The Minnesota 4-H Horse Association along with Crowe's Nest Quarter Horses announces the annual "Win a Paint Horse competition, open to all Minnesota 4-H members actively involved in the 4-H horse project.
Given away will be one weanling horse, sound and correct in conformation, of good disposition and bloodlines and eligible for registration (non-breeding stock) with the American Paint Horse Association, donated by Wagon Wheel Farm.
About Wagon Wheel Farm:
Merle and Barb Himle own Wagon Wheel Farm near Mora, MN and have been raising Paint horses since 1963. In 1964 Merle helped start the Minnesota Paint Horse Association and in 2004 he helped start the Minnesota North Star Paint Horse Club which encompasses the northern half of the state. He served as President for the first 8 years and is now on the Board. In the past, Merle owned a mare that was listed in the top 20 in APHA for producing performance point earning foals as well as riding a black and white tobiano gelding to 10th in the nation in calf roping. In recent years they've had horses winning futurities and showing and winning as APHA shows.
Merle and Barb were also active in 4-H as youth and later on as leaders. Their children also were involved in 4-H, particularly the Horse Project and they're now helping the grandchildren to carry on the tradition.
In this world of specialized horse disciplines, they still like to produce a horse that can halter and ride and be an all around horse. They stand a black homozygous Quarter Horse stallion - Mister Crystal Bars and a sorrel tobiano stallion - Zan Par Jingle. Each year they raise and sell 5-10 foals. They are very happy and proud to be able to donate the 2012 Paint weanling to help promote the 4-H Horse Program and the American Paint Horse Association.
What would owning a paint horse mean to you? Submit a typed essay of one page maximum answering this question. Include how you would provide care, the environment in which the horse would be raised, and any other relevant information you wish to share. Send your entry to the Minnesota 4-H Horse Association between January 1 and September 6, 2012. Include a completed Consent and Release of Liability form. Incomplete entries will not be reviewed.
Entries will be blind-reviewed by a comittee from the Minnesota 4-H Horse Association and a representative from Crowe's Nest Quarter Horses and five finalists will be selected. The finalists will be interviewed by phone in September. The five finalists will attend the "Win a Paint Horse" event at the 2012 Minnesota State Horse Show where we the winner will be announced. The winner will take home the horse!
The Minnesota 4-H Horse Association expect the winner to take the properly cared for horse to the 2013 State 4-H Horse Show for exhibit and related special events; successive shows is an option. Previous winners are ineligible. The horse must be gelded in accordance with to the Minnesota 4-H Rulebook.
The 2012 winner was: MaQuelah Schueler
from Kandiyohi county
Mail or e-mail your essay and Consent and Release of Liability form to:
Cathy Giefer / Jordon Giefer, contest coordinators
13248 410th Avenue
Blue Earth, MN 56013
For more information contact:
13248 410th Ave.
Blue Earth, MN 56013