Waldner is 2020 Horseperson of the Year

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Richard Waldner of Brookings was selected as the 2020 Horesperson of the Year by South Dakota Horse Council.

He has been active in the South Dakota horse industry since 1959 and is still working on the state and national level, according to a news release. He is a charter member of the state horse council and now serves on the board.

As a member of the council, he supported the inclusion of horses as livestock for hay procurement during the 1970s drought and has been successful at the South Dakota Horse Fair.

Waldner has been active in several breed organizations, including the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association, the South Dakota Paint Horse Club and the South Dakota Palomino Exhibitors Association. He’s a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association and has been involved with other groups, including as an officer, committee member, youth judging team coach, exhibitor and judge.

The Waldners were recognized as a 50-year legacy breeder of quarter horses by the American Quarter Horse Association in 2012. They have also been recognized as a legacy breeder by the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association. Waldner was the 13th American Quarter Horse Association supreme champion and also earned an all-around award from the organization, according to the release.

Now, Waldner is working to revitalize the South Dakota Paint Horse Club and serves as president. He received the group’s distinguished service award in 2004.

Waldner has also served the 4-H program and is a member of the Brookings County Extension Board. He received the Brookings County Friend of 4-H Award in 2016 and worked as superintendent of horse development at the state fair for several years.

Richard Waldner on Two Eyed Scoot, South Dakota Quarter Horse Association All-Around Horse. Waldner was named South Dakota Horse Council Horseperson of the Year for 2020.