2019 IBHA Convention Sees Busy Agenda
The International Buckskin Horse Association recently hosted its 2019 convention and annual awards banquet March 14-16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and saw a busy agenda throughout the weekend that included new class offerings and a new division to the association’s registry. “IBHA saw one of its largest conventions in recent history,” noted Deanna O’Keefe, IBHA office manager. “We had members actively participating in discussions throughout the convention and a large crowd for our annual awards banquet. We’re looking forward to a great show season in 2019!” Pictured is the 2018 Miss Buckskin World Alexis Robinson along with 2019 MBW candidates greeting IBHA Convention attendees.
Additional Classes Added  The IBHA standing committees and Executive Committee considered a number of rule changes and approved the following new classes for the 2020 show season:   Miniature Obstacle Driving, Amateur Select Disciplined Rail – Hunt Seat and Amateur Select Disciplined Rail – Western.
Buckskin Bred Program Added  After a lively and enthusiastic discussion regarding a proposal to add a Buckskin Bred division to the registry, the IBHA Executive Committee voted to approve the additional division effective immediately. In order to qualify for this division, a horse must reach a minimum of 14hh and have an IBHA registered sire, dam, grandsire or granddam. Registration forms were provided at the convention, and the first application for a Buckskin Bred registered horse was received while in Milwaukee. The association will consider the adoption of IBHA point classes for the Buckskin Bred division for the future.
Ben Grandstaff Named to Executive Committee The 2019-2020 IBHA Executive Committee includes President Mike Stadler, Colorado; Executive Vice President Ted Handel, Ohio; and Executive Committee Members Ed Anderson Wisconsin; Laurie Kristoff, Illinois; Dolores Kurzeja, Indiana; and Jan Thompson, Iowa. Ben Grandstaff, of Ohio, was named as the newest member of the Executive Committee.
Hall of Fame Inductees Named Barb Beckel was inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame. She was an active member of both the Great Lakes Buckskin Association and IBHA, and would have become the first woman IBHA president at the time of her death. Her son and daughter in law Robert and Frann Beckel accepted the award, pictured right. All Around show horse Vans Mark earned 801 IBHA points, taking the Coop family through their Youth and Amateur competition years. The award was accepted by Haley and Heidi Coop, pictured left.
Stallion Undun Wind made a name for himself both as an IBHA and AQHA show horse earning numerous IBHA Honor Roll awards, but also as a proven sire of IBHA horses. Marlene and Bob Dreifke accepted the award, pictured right.
The Hall of Fame Committee also announced that the late Eugene Zimmermann and the late Fred Thompson will be the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees.
High Point Champions Awarded
All Around Open Horse – Legions Of Angels, Ronald Peterson, Clinton, Wisconsin
                Reserve All Around Open Horse – Kahlua N Ice, Randy & Teresa Coyle, Canton, Minnesota
All Around Youth – Sydni Loose, SS Lucky Willy Too, Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
                Reserve All Around Youth – Torie Opelt & Zips Chocolaty Chip, Greenwood, Wisconsin
All Around Amateur – Kim Turner, Hez Just Blowinsmoke, Holman, Wisconsin
                Reserve All Around Amateur – Amanda Rose & The Classic Rock, Janesville, Wisconsin               
All Around Select Amateur – Lise Graham, Holmen, Wisconsin and One Steady Promise
All Around Miniature – Silver Meadows Great Prophecy, Lori Wilson and Robert and Frann Beckel, Augusta, Michigan
The All Around Open, Youth and Amateur Champions were also awarded the AQHA Alliance Champion trophies.
In addition to the All Around Awards, Superior Event and Supreme Champions were awarded to the following:
Open:      Superior Disciplined Rail – Legions Of Angels, Ron Peters, Clinton, Wisconsin
                Superior Gelding Halter – Legions OF Angels, Ron Peters, Clinton, Wisconsin
                Superior Mare Halter – Jet N Butterscotch, Laurie Kristoff, Durand, IL
                Supreme Champion – Jet N Butterscotch, Laurie Kristoff, Durand, IL
                Superior Western Pleasure – PS Good Bards Buck, Linda Fueger, Lodi, Wisconsin
                Superior Gelding Halter - Gotta Bronze Touch, Kim Larson, Deerfield, Wisconsin
                Superior Longe Line – Sheza Dynamic Dun, Allison Dunne, Holmen, Wisconsin
Youth:      Superior Western Pleasure – Torie Opelt/zips Chocolaty Chip, Greenwood, Wisconsin
                Supreme Champion – Heather Lynn Gallitz/Deluxe Dun Blue, Jefferson, Wisconsin
                Supreme champion – Micah Yaeggi/Top Stuff Babe, Watertown, Wisconsin

Amateur: Superior Western Pleasure – Melissa Baker/Dun A Little Lazy, Oakfield, Wisconsin

In a year of firsts, the IBHA miniature division awarded Knapps Slated To Be Great, Norma Barnes Euresti & Alma Rivera, Grand Rapids, Michigan, the IBHA Supreme Champion Award, pictured left.  
Also an IBHA first was the Ranch Horse Register Of Merits awarded.
2018 had the first group of IBHA 40 consecutive year judges. Attending to receive her award is Carol Craig from Crown Point, Indiana.

The annual IBHA Convention also conducts one of the two Youth Scholarship auctions held to raise funds for deserving IBHA members. The popular donations this year were themed baskets. The members dug deep into their pockets to help raise over $3000.00. The Committee awarded 8 renewal scholarships and 2 new scholarships for a total of $7000.00! Pictured is ringman Dennis Mason selling a basket to Tamie Grandstaff while the queens try to help.

2019 IBHA World Championship Show Judges Announced  The 2019 Warm Up To The World and World Championship Show will be held at C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana. The 2019 World Show schedule and entry information is posted on the IBHA website and will be mailed to members. Officiating the 2019 Warm Up To The World Show, to be held July 22-23, will be Tammy Braham, Pennsylvania; Jacqueline Carter, Ohio; Stephen Goretska, Iowa  and Scott McFarland, Hawaii. Judging the 2019 World Championship Show from July 23-27 are Paul Adix, Iowa; Sally Jo Freund, Washington and Lori Gordon, Pennsylvania.  

The World Show awards saddles to the high point All Around Amateur, Amateur Select, Youth 13 & Under, Youth 14-18 and Open Horse. Reserve All Around buckles will be awarded to the same divisions. All Around Awards will also be awarded in the Miniature, Youth Walk Trot and Ranch Horse divisions.

The World Show will also feature NSBA Dual-Approved classes as well as added money classes for Green Western Pleasure, Green Hunter Under Saddle, Miniature Obstacle Course, 2 Yr Old Western Pleasure, 3 Yr Old Western Pleasure, Versatility, Buckskin Bred All Age Mare Halter and Buckskin Bred All Age Gelding/Stallion Halter.

Registration on the grounds will be available only on Monday, July 22, 2019 for acceptable horses.

For additional information about IBHA or its events, please contact the IBHA office at (219) 552-1013.

HALL OF FAME: (1) Connie Lechleitner reads the presentation for George & Marilyn Anders, (2)accepted by Tamie & Ben Grandstaff. (3) IBHA President presenting the HOF awards for Scooter Gulch to Alexis and Barbara Robinson with Committee member Michelle Zimmerman.

ALL AROUND TITLES:

2018 IBHA Convention was somewhat “unconventional”……….

The 2018 IBHA Convention started as usual with Committee Workshops to review proposed new rules, changes and clarifications. Next came the Committee Meetings where the committees accepted or rejected these proposals. Those accepted were sent to the IBHA Executive Committee for final approval. New for 2019 is: An Adult Walk Trot division which will start with the following classes: Walk only Showmanship, Walk Trot Western Pleasure and Walk Trot Horsemanship. The exhibitor must declare a walk trot membership and cannot show in performance under saddle classes unless the walk trot membership is renounced.

Saturday morning started off with a recap of the previous days accomplishments then went into the featured speakers for the day. First was Linda Kuczer, a certified Show Steward with AMHR, who taught the members how to correctly measure the height of a miniature horse. After learning the proper technique people got the opportunity to measure “hands on” with two miniature horses in the hotel foyer! Jamee Bornstein brought two miniature horses into the hotel and allowed the members to stand the horses the right way and use the measuring stick. While it was a lot of fun, it was also quite the unique learning experience. Next up was Ashley Furst from the American Horse Council, who conveyed the importance of the Council to the horse industry. They work hard to represent the needs and concerns of equine businesses and enthusiasts. She also spoke about the Unwanted Horse Coalition and the work that they do. The final speaker was Dan Grunewald, who presented a power point presentation on the Ranch Horse. IBHA approved Ranch Horse classes will be offered for the first time in 2018. Dan has judged the ARHA World Show and shared his knowledge with the IBHA members.

The IBHA Youth Scholarship Auction started the evening festivities and raised over $3000.00. IBHA is proud to have awarded over $220,000.00 over the years to many deserving youth members. The Hall of Fame Committee then made their presentation to Doug LaSota and his two horses, Leona Eclipse and Smooth Swen Miss. They are the 21st, 22nd and 23rd inductees into the IBHA Hall Of Fame. The 2017 Superior Event awards were then presented by IBHA President Mike Stadler and IBHA Queen Kate Memmen, along with the Honor Roll Awards and finally the All Around Awards. The Convention ended with celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of 2017!

Seminar and Auction photos:

Far Left: The first ever miniature ROM was presented at this year's IBHA Convention!! Congratulations to DUSTY LANE VEGAS BET A BUCK and owners Johanna or Lori Wilson. The Dun Factor ROM was earned on 8-22-15.


Left: The first year of approved miniature classes proved successful. Pictured are Lori Wilson and Bob & Frann Beckel proudly showing their many Honor Roll Awards.

Lead Line Certificates: Irelynn Lucas & Chloe Zweifel       Walk Trot Certificates: Delany Lucas, Reagan Lucas and Cassidy Vincent

2015 SUPERIOR EVENT WINNERS:

Mare Halter: GOSSIPS LUCKY CHARM - James Meffen  accepted by Tina Vincent  

YA West Horse & YA H S Disc Rail:

CHLOE VOSTERS/IM IMPECCABLE DUN

accepted by Sandy Anderson  

AM Hunter Under Saddle & AM H S Disc Rail:

SUSAN DUFFY/KCEES LETHAL RODEO

Bottom Row: Superior Western Pleasure GUCCIS ONLY LEXUS, owner Cayley Peters wth Ed Anderson; Superior Dun Factor GOODMORNINGBLUEBREEZE, owners Judy & Clyde Pletcher; Superior Amateur Disciplined Rail SUSAN DUFFY/KCEES LETHAL RODEO

Another historic moment for IBHA.......

2015 Lead Line and Walk-Trot Winners......our future......

Each year IBHA holds a National Convention to address the business of the Association. Committees made up of members and Executives review and vote on new rule proposals. We hold many educational seminars & meetings, most of which are open to IBHA members. In conjunction with the convention meetings is a yearly banquet to award the Honor Rolls, Reserve Honor Rolls,  Supreme and Superior Awards. A scholarship auction is held and scholarship recipients are announced at this banquet. The Hall of Fame ceremony takes place at the convention.

IBHA CONVENTION

P O Box 268 * Shelby, IN 46377    (219) 552-1013   ibhainc@sbcglobal.net   M-F 9:00am-3:00

Supreme and Superior Awards presented by IBHA President Michael Stadler:

        The 2017 IBHA Convention reaped the benefits of many hard working individuals. The Committee meetings were very progressive and many new and exciting things developed this year. The following is a recap of the major developments:

        Beginning April 1, 2017 the registration requirements for the miniature horses was relaxed to include grade horses with a heighth affidavit from an approved AMHA or AMHR Steward. Beginning January 1, 2017 the use of the pull turn will be eliminated from the showmanship classes. Also taking affect next year will be the addition of Youth Western Showmanship and Hunter classes in the Miniature division. Their will also be four Ranch Horse classes: pleasure, riding, trail and conformation. The new complete rules and changes/clarifications will be on the "members" page by Dec 31st.

        After the business of the Convention is over, the fun begins! Saturday evening begins with the Youth Scholarship Auction. The donations were awesome and the bidders had a great time bidding for their favorite items:) The Hall of Fame Ceremony honored the horse Scooter Gulch and members George & Marilyn Anders. Many members received awards for their accomplishments in IBHA. 

Pictured above left to right: HR Youth McKenna Williams/Legions of Angels, Res HR Youth Chloe Vosters/IM IMPECCABLY DUN accepted by Ed & Sandy Anderson, HR Amateur Kara Vosters/ZIPPOS NATURAL SPARK accepted by Ed & Sandy Anderson, Res HR Amatuer Ann Grotzke/DUN GOT A GATOR, HR Am Select Kathy Neander/JUST CALL ME MR T, Res HR Am Select Carol Sgarlotti/KT DUN A LITTLE, HR Performance Horse ZIPPOS NATURAL SPARK/Keri Vosters accepted by Ed & Sand Anderson, Res HR Performance Horse DUN GOT A GATOR/Ann Grotzke and HR All Around Horse ZIPPOS NATURAL SPARK/Keri Vosters accepted by Ed & Sandy Anderson

Thank You Patty Baughman from Twin Pines Photography for the Convention photos.

Top Row: Supreme Champion DUN GOT A GATOR, owner Ann Grotzke, Superior Disciplined Rail BE DUN SMOKIN, owner Janice Fleckenstein and Superior Dun Factor DYNAMIC IN PLEASURE, Tamie & Ben Grandstaff