NHHC HORSE PERSON OF THE YEAR

All mailed nominations must be returned to the NHHC.
Download Nomination form >>>>
Please mail nominations to:
NHHC HPOTY, 249 Holden Hill Road, Langdon, NH 03602  
The continued success of this program depends on YOU! If you nominated someone in the past who was not selected, please try again.


Past Horsepersons of the Year

2015 / 2016 / 2017 No nominations
2014 Teresa Paradis of Gerda's Equine Rescue
2013 Patricia Morris, Esq.
2012 Kim DiPietro of New Boston NH
2011 Karen Dodge
2010 Julia Webb, Chester, NH
2009 Joan Ganotis, N. Hampton, NH
2008 Debbie Briscoe, Brentwood, NH
2007 Grant Myhre, DVM, Rochester, NH
2006 Clifford McGinnis, DVM, Pembroke, NH
2005 Cher Griffin, Candia, NH
2004 Ron Levesque, Epping, NH
2003 Isabel McDaniel, Temple NH
2001 Hannah Howard, Epping, NH
2000 Joanne Gelinas, Goffstown, NH
1999 Mary Ann Davis, Somersworth, NH
1998 Ruth Ferland, Cornish, NH

Nomination Procedure

Nominations to be submitted by November 1st
Each year the NHHC asks the public for help in identifying and recommending those very special unrecognized individuals dedicated to helping, promoting and unifying New Hampshire’s horse community; a person that made a difference to New Hampshire’s horses during the past year!

Nominees must fulfill the following requirements:
1. NH resident for minimum of three years.
2. Nominee does not have to be a NHHC member. The “Horse Person of the Year” program began in 1998, and Ruth Ferland (Cornish, NH) was our first winner. This program came about as a way to give recognition to the many individuals in New Hampshire who have given unselfishly to making our horse industry better.
As you know, the horse industry is a diverse one. It is made up of many different breeds with many different performance disciplines. It encompasses all the age groups and economic sectors. It spans agricultural, social, business, recreational, horse welfare and therapeutic areas. You may know a deserving individual, who has made a difference by reaching across many disciplines to help bring unity to our horse industry. This person has gone beyond expectations in his/her achievements with 4-H or Pony Club, high school teams, horse organizations, therapeutic riding, and horse shelters, trails ambassador/maintenance or helping other horse owners. It may be a professional person who is active in one of the various breeds, disciplines, fundraising, preserving open space or involved in horse education. We’re looking for the individual whose stable operation exemplifies high standards in both horse health management and farm management. This person is a leader, a teacher, a role model for the NH horse industry you would be proud to recommend. If you have someone in mind that meets some or all of the criteria shown below, we invite you to submit a nomination.
Be sure to tell us why you feel your nominee should be selected. Our panel of judges may need to rely solely on this portion of the nomination form in the event other criteria for the candidates are evenly matched.
After considering all the nominees the NHHC Board of Directors will present a beautiful engraved hardwood plaque to the nominee they feel best fulfills the suggested criteria.

Selection Criteria Guidelines:

  • In what way has this person made my involvement (or others) with horses more meaningful?

  • Farm/stable owner with excellent horse health management & farm management practices.

  • Leader or active participant in a horse-related organization

  • Active in local community horse-related activities

  • Active on a state level in the horse community

  • Active on a national level in the horse community

  • Is a professional horse person volunteering in other disciplines. (i.e., a farrier or maybe a trainer who is active with fundraising, animal shelters, trail conservation, agriculture awareness or education.)

  • A person that exemplifies and promotes the true meaning of sportsmanship in every sense of the word

  • Feel free to expand your explanation (see last question on Nomination Form) in areas not mentioned when considering someone for this nomination.

Remember: “The Horse Person of the Year ” winner and the person who submitted the nomination will receive a free one-year membership to the NHHC. The continued success of this program depends on YOU! If you nominated someone in the past who was not selected, please try again.


All mailed nominations must be returned to the NHHC no later than March 14th.
Download Nomination form >>>>
Please mail nominations to:
NHHC HPOTY, 249 Holden Hill Road, Langdon, NH 03602