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President Shawna Crawford 1st Vice

Shari Irwin Affiliate

2nd Vice Marianne Ramey Area 1 Area 1 Area 2 Area 2 Area 2 Area 3 Area 3 Area 3 Area 3

Ken McLellan Todd Bailey Pete Hammer Jamie Simpson Rick Fleetwood

Ontario Quarter Horse Association Inc. 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pamela Cuddihy Janine Domingos Rob Rivait Jodi Malette

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Director At Large Amateur President

Amateur Vice President Brent Tupling Youth President

Youth Vice President

Jessica Mosley Cairncross 705-322-5795 Sheryl Chillson 613-348-3906 Paige Carter Tiana Domingos Be sure to check out our website for the latest information pertaining to our association! OQHA 2011 AGM and Awards Banquet

January 14th, 2011 marked the date of the OQHA Annual General Meeting and awards banquet. The parking lot of the Arden Park Hotel in Stratford was packed with dually trucks and many OQHA mem- bers traded in their jeans and cowboy boots for some fancy clothes and dress shoes. Although Friday seemed like Mother Nature would once again make driving a challenge for this event, for the first time in a number of years, albeit a bit chilly, the sun was shin- ing.

Saturday morning was an early start with the Ontario Amateur General Meeting, followed by the well attended OQHA Annual General meeting. One of the main topics of conversation was the ruling for the new Ontario Quarter Horse Breeders Futurity pro- posal. With a few minor changes, the membership voted unanimously in favor of continuing with the new futurity with its exception beginning this coming fall. All in attendance were treated to a tasty lunch, mean- while the Youth met for their Annual General Meet- ing. Following the rest of OQHA business, the new OQHA directors were nominated and voted on and the 2012 executive was chosen. Meeting was adjourned at 4pm.

The evening got under way in the banquet hall at

5:30 with cocktail hour. How impressive it was to walk into the banquet hall that was adorned with an impressive awards table; covered with trophies, plaques, jackets, headstalls, buckles, portraits, stall bags and show halters. The Ontario Quarter Horse members should all be proud of their accomplishments in 2011. Indeed we have a number of talented horses and exhibitors. Congratulations to all!! Following the youth awards presentation, a delicious buffet dinner was served and enjoyed by all. After dinner, the remaining awards were presented to the amateurs and open exhibitors as well as the OQHBF 3 year old Halter Award and Sire and Dam of Excel- lence buckles. One of the memorable moments of our awards banquet as always was the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees.

After the presentations, the music began and everyone enjoyed an evening of dance, vis- iting and bidding, having the opportunity to bid on a number of great items donated to the annu- al silent auction.

ning the banquet, to Sharon Hammer for the great job at awards, to everyone who donated and supported the silent auction and to all the exhibitors, trainers and family members who attended the AGM and banquet! Congratulations to all the award winners and to the families of our Hall of Fame inductees!

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OQHA Hall Of Fame Inductees George Egerton

June 28/1946 - January 26/2008 The Ontario Quarter Horse Indus- try lost a large part of its’ heart in 2008 . We can honestly say very few people will leave an impression on us like Big George. When you speak of quarter horse racing and specifically the small family in the QROOI, was there an indi- vidual that was more passionate about the sport. Anyone involved with the OQHA scene has had some association with the imposing figure that was George Edgerton. The industries’ racing wing at Ajax Downs was most recently where you would see this mountain of a man, with a heart as big as the truck he drove. His image is the one many relate to when you mention Ajax Downs- Picov Downs.

George was a key figure in many aspects of the OQHA scene. Added to positions George held on the executive of the racing association dating back many years, George was associated with virtually every facet of the industry. He was a perennial figure at major Quarter Horse Shows, Quarterama show, man- ager for over 25 years, Tri Chairman of the same show for many years. He proved himself as the Ring manager of the Canadian National Exhibition show for over 25 years. George was also one of the Presidents of the Area Three Quarter Horse Promotional Club. When not involved with racing or a show, he would often be found helping anyone who asked for his aide, be it hauling a horse somewhere, providing his expertise and knowledge, or just plain providing a helping hand in any way. George raced barrel horses for many years and did well with that sport and still had time to go to the racetrack, which was his second greatest love. His first love was his wife Gloria and their two children Kelly and Denise, and granddaughter Chantal.

Retired from the Toronto Fire Department, George kept active in his profession as a volunteer fire fighter. His expertise and experience in this regard was often drawn on at the track.

Valerie Love introducing George Egerton

With his knowledge of the Quarter Horse breed, George was a key person in the history of the OQHA. He will indeed be missed.

be: George’s thoughts on this would

May my soul always smile at the sound of a gentle nicker. Let the scent of fresh hay and a new bag of grain be sweet to me. Let the touch of a warm nose on my hand always bring a smile. I adore the joy of a warm day on the farm the grace and splendor of a running horse, the thunder of it’s hooves makes my eyes burn and my heart soar, let it always be so. For horses are harnessed wind, and can be flighty, let me not frighten or harm them. Instead show me natural ways to understand them.

raised four children, Joanne, Bonnie, David and Christopher. Today the Hoskins clan has grown to add 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Even though most of his grandchildren never had the opportunity to know their grandfather, they have all grown up

Joseph R. W. Hoskins Joe Hoskins and his wife Isabelle

hearing the stories of his passion and dedication to his family and the Quarter Horse industry.

Joe’s involvement in horses was not of his own choosing. Isabelle was the catalyst for the entire family going in this direction. The families first horse was an Arabian called Red Desert Wind. Soon Joe and Isabelle met Jean and Dale Purdy whom they purchased their very first registered Quarter Horse from. Around this time they started to dabble in the show ring as many people did including life long friends Ron and Linda Durham.

Joe owned and operated a very successful high end appliance retail store “Falkner Electric” in Toronto, Ontario from 1977 to 1987. His business took him all over the world from Italy to Japan. Joe cherished his children and the

1978 Gold Coast Circuit in Florida was among their more treasured memories with friends such as Gord Wadds & Mike Leppard.

Although Joe was not one to lead or ride a horse in the show pen, Joe loved to attend the OQHA shows and made many wonderful life long friends including close friend and fellow Hall Of Fame inductee Harold Mather. Where ever Joe was, fun was sure to fol- low. He would often be seen making the rounds from trailer to trailer with cohortssuch as Ralph Pearson or Ray Storey.

In those days there was only the Ontario QHA Shows and members had to travel from one end of the province to the other end to be in the running for year end awards. Joe and Harold Mather first came up with the idea of dividing

The Hoskins Family. Photos by Sarah Saccomanno

horses allowed him to stay in touch and involved in his children’s lives. Joe and Isabelle moved the family to the farm on the 2nd line in Campbelleville, Ontario, were they bred, raised and showed Quarter Horses from 1970 until 1993. From this farm, they showed notable horses such as AQHA Superior Western Pleasure Stallion Lakeview Popular, Superior Youth Horse Touch O Class and Head Waggon in the OQHA and WHA show circuits‘. The 1977 and

Ontario into areas in the late 70’s. The idea was to enable Ontario QH enthusiasts to be able to go for a high point award with out breaking the bank to do so. They drew Ontario into 6 areas and presented their idea. By 1980 Area 1,2,3,4,5,6 had been born.

Joe was the founding member of the Area 3 Quarter Horse promotional club and was the very first President.

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