Kansas Western Horseman’s Association Honors Top Riders For Year

Highpoint winners for the 2022 season of the Kansas Western Horseman’s Association (KWHA) were honored at a banquet in Salina.

Saddles were awarded to Colby Kriss, highpoint junior, and Matt Park, highpoint senior, announced Renee Nichols, KWHA secretary.

Donna Clouston/Pat Deines Western Pleasure Legacy Buckle was awarded Tammy Clouston as the highpoint woman Western pleasure rider.

Tammy Clouston (center) was awarded the Donna Clouston/Pat Deines Western Pleasure Legacy Buckle as the highpoint woman Western pleasure rider in the 2022 Kansas Western Horseman’s Association show season. (KWHA photo)

Lead line buckle for five and under contestants presented in memory of Wyatt Windholz by Garett Windholz went to Nash Tucker.

Lead line buckle for Kansas Western Horseman’s Association (KWHA) five and under contestants presented in memory of Wyatt Windholz by Garett Windholz (shown) went to Nash Tucker. (KWHA photo)

Age group yearend award winners included:

One to nine:  Ava Graf, champion; Kyland Vanover, first runner-up; Harper Truan, second runner-up; Kelly Owens, third runner-up; and Colton Sharp, fourth runner-up.

 10 to 13: Kim Tucker, champion; Tylie Batson, first runner-up; Stevie Batson, second runner-up; Jeffry Smith, third runner-up; and Kelsey Jo Thompson, fourth runner-up.

14 to 17: Colby Kriss, champion; Alaura Crockett, first runner-up; Jarret Riedel, second runner-up; Jensen Miner, third runner-up; and Emily Cheek, fourth runner-up.

As top riders in the Kansas Western Horseman’s Association (KWHA) 2022 show circuit, saddles were awarded to Colby Kriss, highpoint junior, and Matt Park, highpoint senior. Kelly Forell, KWHA president, made the presentation. (KWHA photo)

 Women: Terra Blackwill, champion: Camisha Stevenson, first runner-up; Shannon Pettijohn, second runner-up; Darcy Settrini, third runner-up; and Vinita Baker, fourth runner-up.

Men: Jeff Boeger, champion; Brian Kuntz, first runner-up, Jared Scheck, second runner-up; Triston Boxum, third runner-up, and Kegan Vanover, fourth runner-up.

Senior women: Tammy Clouston, champion; Pamela Thompson, first runner-up; Renee Nichols, second runner-up; Gina Riedel, third runner-up; and Sandi Tucker, fourth runner-up.

Senior men: Matt Park, champion; Ross Clouston, first runner-up; Perry Owens, second runner-up; Doug Mermis, third runner-up; and Gregg Tucker, fourth runner-up.

Highpoint saddle clubs in order were Krazy K, Walker Wranglers, BTR, SCHR, and Oakley Range Riders with only two riders.

Scholarships for high school students were presented by Linda Sanders to Colby Kriss, $700, and Rylee Conlin, $500. Higher education scholarships went to Cameryn Kinderknecht, $700, and Hailey Sharp, $500.

Receiving Kansas Western Horseman’s Association (KWHA) scholarships at the recent yearend banquet were Rylee Conlin, Colby Kriss, Cameryn Kinderknecht, and Hailey Sharp, not shown. (KWHA photo)

Five numbered buckles, one through five, recognizing KWHA’s 75th anniversary next year were auctioned by longtime KWHA member Verl Clark. Top bidders in order were Ron and Jackie Schreivogel, Perry Owens, Jared Scheck, Jessica Crockett-Armijo, and Jaiden Pavlu.  “There will be an opportunity to purchase more buckles that are not numbered at a later date,” Nichols said.

Five numbered buckles, one through five, recognizing the Kansas Western Horseman’s Association (KWHA) 75th anniversary next year were auctioned by longtime KWHA member Verl Clark at the recent KWHA yearend banquet. (KWHA photo)

Officers elected for 2023 include Kelly Forell, president; Shawn Kohr, vice president; and Norleen Knoll, treasurer. Renee Nichols was appointed as secretary by the president.

Two-year board members are Kelli Basgall, Camisha Stevenson, Benton Hrabe, Toma Griffey, Alaura Crockett-Armijo, and Jared Scheck.

Heather Vanover and Troy Cooley were elected one-year board members. Matt Park, Perry Owens, Jason Amlong, and Garett Windholz will continue serving as board members next year.

Junior representatives are Jarret Riedel and Colby Kriss.