Club gives out awards
On Sunday, December 5th, Cottonwood Riding Club members met at the
Keuterville Hall at 5 p.m. to hold their annual Christmas Party.
After a wonderful meal, the club announced 2004's All-Around Winners
from the play days that were held monthly April through September, ages
7-9 Boy/Girl, through 25 & Over Women/Men.
In the age group 6 & Under, six riders were awarded special awards.
The requirements were that they had to ride in 4 of the six play days.
They were given plaques with a picture of them on their horse. Those riders
are: Kylie Tidwell and Kodie Tidwell-daughters of Tad and Bobbi Tidwell;
Will and Joel Wimer-sons of Marv and Molly Wimer; Terran Vanator, son of
Jesse and Karrie Vanator. Logan Mozingo of Grangeville was unable to attend
the party, but was also awarded an award.
The All-Around Winners of Cottonwood Riding Club jackets were then announced
for the other age groups. Those winners are: 7-9: Kelsey Tidwell; 10-12:
Chaelena Wimer; 13-15: Bobi Jo Ousnamer; 16-24: Mandi Tidwell; 25 &
Over Women: Bobbi Jo Tidwell; 25 & Over Men: Tad Tidwell. All-Around
Winners: Front left to right: Chaelena Wimer and Kelsey Tidwell; Back left
to right: Bobi Jo Ousnamer, Mandi Tidwell, Bobbi Tidwell and Tad Tidwell.
The Lloyd Campbell Memorial Trophy was then awarded to the rider who amassed
the most points throughout the year of all the different riders. That rider
for 2004 was Kelsey Tidwell, beating her father Tad by 3 points.
Next on the agenda was announcing the Laurie Nuxoll Memorial Trophy Winner.
This trophy is awarded to that rider from the Cottonwood Riding Club that
amassed the most points during the club's annual O-MOK-See that is held
each year in September. The winner for 2004 is Bobi Jo Ousnamer.
We then asked Joe Schaeffer to come to the front of the room. Morris Arnzen,
President of the riding club, then presented to him a Cottonwood Riding
Club jacket and two gift certificates from the Country Haus restaurant
for dinner from the Cottonwood Riding Club and the Cotttonwood Saddliers
and Livestock 4-H club for all the hard work that he has done for the club.
The Special award winners were then announced. These special awards
are given to riders of the monthly play days who have ridden in at least
4 of the 6 play days. They are nominated by club members, who then write
up qualifying statements for the Special Award Committee to take under
advisement. The Special Awards are: Sportsmanship, Most Improved, and Most
Inspirational. Sweatshirts with the Cottonwood Riding Club logo and their
names were presented to these winners.
The Sportsmanship award winners for 2004 are: 7-9 Winner: Jerob Moon, 10-12
Winner: Jack George; 13-15 Winner: Jacob Wimer; 16-18 Winner: Amber Geis.
Pictured Left to Right: Jack George, Jerob Moon, Jacob Wimer and Amber
The Most Improved Winners were then announced: 7-9 Winner: Jacey Langston;
10-12 Winner: Hilaree VanderPas; 13-15 Winner: Alana Kudebeh; 16-18 Winner:
Sarah Murt. Pictured Left to right: Jacey Langston, Hillaree Vander
Pas, Alana Kudebeh. Not Present: Sarah Murt.
The Most Inspirational Award Winners were then announced: Those winners
are: 7 - 9: Hope Vanator, 10 - 12: Kara Guyer; 13-15: Tiffany Schaeffer;
16 - 18: Briana Ousnamer. Pictured Left to right: Hope Vanator, Kara
Guyer, Tiffany Schaeffer, and Briana Ousnamer.
The Cottonwood Riding Club 2004 Royalty were then awarded trophies for
their year's reign. They are Princess Diana Wadleigh, Queen Kayla Uhlenkott.
At this time, four nervous young ladies came to the front of the room.
They were the candidates for 2005 royalty, and they had competed for the
title at the riding club's annual O-MOK-See in September. There, they were
judged on personality, horsemanship and overall riding ability. Morris
Arnzen then announced the winners. Our queen for 2005 will be Mandi Geis,
1st Princess will be Jennifer Enneking, and our two other princesses will
be Hilaree Vander Pas and Brandee Seubert. Pictured Left to right: 2005
Queen: Mandi Geis, 1st Princess: Jennifer Enneking, Princess Brandee Seubert,
Princess Hilaree Vander Pas.
The Prairie High School rodeo team was then introduced, along with
Judy Uhlorn, who had made a quilt for the rodeo club to raffle off as a
fund raiser. The raffle tickets were tossed, and the winner of the beautiful
quilt was Pat Cash from Grangeville. Congratulations, Pat!!!
We then had a break in the festivities with the arrival of Santa Claus!
He came and asked each member present whether they had been good throughout
the year, and then presented each with a present. The piñatas were
then broken, with enough candy for all the youngsters participating for
each to take home a goodie bag full. The Christmas party was deemed a great
Anyone interested in joining the Cottonwood Riding Club can contact
Marie Lerandeau at 208-962-3166 for enrollments. Anyone interested
must have a signed enrollment form filed with the secretary before any
riding can be done in the arena. Yearly dues are $20.00 for family, and
single membership is $10.00 for individual members. Dues must be paid before
riding in the arena for any reason.
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