Year-End Banquet Highlights From Minnesota

Take a gander at the year-end champions recognized February 7 by the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Brenda Stevermer, recognized as the MQHA 2014 Volunteer of the Year, was presented the award at the MQHA banquet by Mary Ebnet, AQHA national director. (Credit: MQHA Facebook page)

After a long haul of a 2014 show season, Minnesota Quarter Horse Association exhibitors kicked their feet up February 7 in Willmar, Minnesota, for a festive evening celebrating the fruits of their year-long labors. Among the night's festivities was the induction of Jim and Barb Charpentier were inducted into the MQHA Hall of Fame, as well as the recognition of Brenda Stevermer as the MQHA Volunteer of the Year.

The American Quarter Horse Journal congratulates the following MQHA year-end all-around winners:

Never Secondary, a 2008 sorrel gelding (Vested Pine-Secondary Asset by Investment Asset), owned by Karl and Lynna Grefsrud of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota

Five A Clock Charlie, a 2008 bay gelding (One Hot Krymsun-Heavy Duty Diva by Heavy Duty Lark), owned and shown by Kelly Manner of Hibbing, Minnesota

Select Amateur
Chips Little Blazer, a 2006 sorrel gelding (Chips Blazing Star-Ima Toll Free Baby by Toll Free Tardy), owned and shown by Darleen Gargano of Hibbing, Minnesota

Level 1 (Novice) Amateur
I Cant Decide, a 2008 bay gelding (A Lucky Decision-Hot To Trot Zippo by Hotrodders Jet Set), shown by Valerie Bostrom of Isanti, Minnesota

Youth 13-&-Under
Good Bar Story, a 2009 sorrel gelding (Frosty The Goodbar-Story Brooke Impulse by A Sudden Impulse), owned and shown by Bryana Haluptzok of Tenstrike, Minnesota

Youth 14-18
Ima Blazing Rosita, a 2005 brown mare (Chips Blazing Star-Ima Toll Free Babe by Toll Free Tardy), owned and shown by Danielle Paulson of Pine Island, Minnesota

Level 1 (Novice) Youth
Chip Moves Me, a 2004 bay mare (Seven S Chippendale-Artful Lass by Artful Move), owned and shown by Alexandra Beckman of New Richmond, Wisconsin

Access the full list of MQHA 2014 year-end winners.

Would you like to see your affiliate’s year-end winners highlighted, too? Contact AQHA Internet Editor Tara Matsler at to have your awards banquet featured on's Showing page.

The 2015 MQHA show season gets underway March 12-15 at the Minnesota Equestrian Center in Winona with the Thesing Quarters Circuit, offering six sets of points in four days, plus $4,000 in added money. Access the full MQHA show schedule at