The mission of the Midwest Fjord Horse Club (MWFHC) is to promote high-quality versatile Fjord horses, encourage their use in any discipline, educate people about the Fjord horse, and promote fellowship amongst Fjord enthusiasts.
The MWFHC is a Code 504A Domestic Non-Profit Corporation. It was registered in the State of Iowa as corporation #202667 on January 10, 1997, under the name Midwest Fjord Horse Club.
Note: A 504A non-profit is not tax exempt, so donations made to the club are not tax deductible.
MWFHC Bylaws, effective March 2010 (PDF)
Membership in the MWFHC is open to all interested individuals, whether they own Norwegian Fjord Horses or not.
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Officers & Executive Committee, 2017-2018
|President:||Denny Redfield||[email protected]
|President-elect(Vice President):||Andrew Hinrichs||[email protected]
|Past President:||Kay Van Natta|| [email protected]
|Secretary:||Karen Hansen||[email protected]
|Treasurer:||Jessica Reuterskiold||[email protected]
|2018 Spring Meeting:||Jessica Reuterskiold
|[email protected], 608-921-5102
[email protected], 616-403-3282
[email protected], 507-459-2534
|Parliamentarian:||Andrew Hinrichs||[email protected]
|Club History:||Laurie Matson||[email protected]
|Membership:||Ramona Redfield||[email protected]
|Website:||Sarah Weyker||[email protected]
|Tidbits:||Jessica Reuterskiold||[email protected]|
|Including:||General membership meeting minutesExecutive committee meeting minutes
|In memory of Jim Hovre
(submitted by Denny and Monie Redfield)
Jim faced many tribulations in his life losing his first wife at a very young age. Leaving him to raise a son, daughter and set of twin boys. All while milking cows and running the farm. Vicki and Jim were married in 1989. There were two more tragedies, the loss of his son Jimmy, one of the twin boys in 1991 and the loss of his daughter Becky in 1997. Vicki was there to help Jim through these difficult times. They would have been married 28 years on June 24. She shared Jim’s passion for Fjord Horses.
It was an awesome sight to see the heard of Fjords grazing in the hillside and their beautiful stallion Stone trotting around in the fence by the yard. Jim would call to the horses in Norwegian and they would all come running to the barn.
We met Jim at the Midwest Fjord Horse Show. It can get hectic with harness switching from class to class but when we looked up and here was this fellow hooking up a trace, with a big smile, “need some help!” This was the start of a long friendship. We will miss that smile.
The Hovre’s had showed at the Midwest Fjord Horse Show since 1992 and at other county fairs for years with the help of grandchildren. Their horses were always in the top of the class.
They routinely drove a team of fjords in many local parades including Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA. They also gave rides at nursing homes, picnics, and weddings, and the Sons of Norway Youth Camp. Jim was very proud of his Norwegian heritage. The table prayer was always said in Norwegian each day. He was an active member of the Sons of Norway, where I’m sure there was many conversations in Norwegian and a few jokes too.
He will be missed at the horse auctions and shows and his friendship over pie and coffee.
Rest in peace our dear friend!
(Submitted by Pat Holland)
First and foremost Jim was a gentleman, his stoic and unflappable essence was much like the Fjord horses he so successfully bred, raised and showed.
Jim had an incredible “eye” for a well put together Fjord. He was the one to beat when it came to conformation and form to function horses. It was very rare when his “Iduna Acres” horses did not take Get of Sire and Produce of Dam, and they always stood at the top of the line individually, from weanlings to aged. 67 horses stand today with the influx of his great “eye”,