Feedbag Fashion at the Cap Gun Circuit

The Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association’s Nutrena feedbag fashions help raise funds for Wisconsin youth members.

From the Wisconsin Quarter Horse Association

Robert Schmitz and Katie Kosobucki model the winning Nutrena feedbag design. (Credit: WQHA)

The Nutrena team recently collaborated with the Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association at the Cap Gun Circuit in Madison, Wisconsin, to help raise funds for the youth association. Youth members teamed up to create “feed bag fashions” using recycled Nutrena bags and highlighted the bags as part of a fashion show held in conjunction with the Saturday night exhibitor’s party.

Youth members had two days to create their designs using a colorful array of Nutrena SafeChoice bags, along with miscellaneous twine, lacing, ribbon, paint and other embellishments. As part of the challenge, participants had to recruit a model and showcase their design throughout the grounds, collecting donations as “votes” for their design. From flirty frocks to fitted two-piece suits, these designers truly had their models dressed to impress. 

The top three designs (based on funds raised) were awarded the coveted gold, silver or bronze trophy – but the real winner was the Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association, which raised more than $929.58 in donations. The Nutrena team offered matching funds for a total donation of $1,859.16 to the youth association. Congratulations to the top models and designs:

  • Robert Schmitz and Katie Kosobucki – gold trophy
  • Frank Graceffa – silver trophy
  • Alec Martin – bronze trophy
Feedbag Fashion at Cap Gun Circuit as Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association fundraiser

From left: Frank Graceffa, Denim Wellhouse, Sydney Bishop and Jen Drinkal model their Nutrena designs.

“This was a neat opportunity to showcase the youth exhibitors’ creativity and support a great cause,” said Danyelle Gabbert, business development manager for the Nutrena brand. “We are always looking for fun and unique ways to support youth within the horse industry, and it was great to see members engaging with exhibitors and spectators to ‘sell’ their design and talk about why they should support WQHYA.” 

Funds will go toward supporting WQHYA members participating in the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show and the National Youth Activities Team Tournament at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.

Special thanks to the Nutrena team, the Cap Gun Circuit and all the designers, models and volunteers that made this fundraiser possible!

About the AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena
Cargill manufactures and markets a complete line of Nutrena brand feeds and supplements that help horses and all classes of livestock maintain optimal health throughout all stages of life. Using the highest-quality ingredients and the most up-to-date nutritional technology, Cargill is committed to the health, well-being and safety of its customers' horses, livestock and pets. For more information on its Nutrena brand products, visit www.nutrenaworld.com

Feedbag Fashion at Cap Gun Circuit as Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association fundraiser Feedbag Fashion at Cap Gun Circuit as Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association fundraiser

Denim Wellhouse along with her feedbag accessory

Jen Drinkal draws a crowd with her stylish feedbag design

Feedbag Fashion at Cap Gun Circuit as Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association fundraiser Feedbag Fashion at Cap Gun Circuit as Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association fundraiser

Models Frank Graceffa and Alec Martin sport skirts to take home the silver and bronze trophies

Model Frank Graceffa sweet-talks Minnesota trainers Eric Petersen and Mark Baus into donating

Feedbag Fashion at Cap Gun Circuit as Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association fundraiser Feedbag Fashion at Cap Gun Circuit as Wisconsin Quarter Horse Youth Association fundraiser

Robert Schmitz and Katie Kosobucki model the winning Nutrena feedbag design

Alec Martin