I feel honored to be recognized as the 2010 Horseman of the Year.
Howard is from Cummings, North Dakota, where he resides with his wife, Colette. He is a semi-retired farmer and still maintains his hobby farm, raising livestock and horses. Howard and Colette are the parents of five children, Ben, Adam, Grace, Andrea and Joshua. Their eldest son, Ben, was tragically taken in a vehicle accident in October of 2009. Adam and Sarah reside in Mandan, North Dakota with Jaylin, twins Klaire and Delaney, Avah and Blaise. Grace and Eric live in Hillsboro, North Dakota and are the parents of Morgan and McKenzie. Andrea lives in Bismarck, North Dakota and Josh in Beulah, North Dakota. Howard's family and his grandchildren are his greatest joy.
Howard has raised and shown horses all of his 66 years, starting with registered Shetland ponies in the fifties, to Arabian, Appaloosa, and at present Quarter Horses. He has 10 mares and stands an own son of Doc's Wrangler. He has always subscribed to the premise that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.
Howard has several ponies to aid in the development of his grandchildren, Buttons and Bows, Munchkin, Billy and Millie. Howard has been a past educator, a 4-H leader, a member of several horse clubs and organizations over the years from AQHA, ApHC, International Arabian Club, American Shetland Pony Club and many local clubs.
Howard's father-in-law, Harold Artz, always said, "Any child that has a pony will turn out to be a constructive and productive person." Howard fully agrees.