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.

Organization structure

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.

Apply for or renew your membership…

Connect with Fjord friends on social media: join our Facebook group! 


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]


Committee Contacts

2018 Spring Meeting: Jessica Reuterskiold


Andrew Hinrichs


Sue Plein

[email protected], 608-921-5102

[email protected], 616-403-3282


[email protected], 507-459-2534

Parliamentarian: Andrew Hinrichs [email protected]
Merchandising: open
Club History: Laurie Matson [email protected]
Membership: Ramona Redfield [email protected]
Website: Sarah Weyker [email protected]


Tidbits: Jessica Reuterskiold  [email protected]

Meeting minutes and other records

Including: General membership meeting minutesExecutive committee meeting minutes

  • Fjord promotion grant
  • Horse Show handbook
  • Financial statements

Newsletter archive

  • MWFHC Horse Show results and reviews
  • Newsletters (mailed publication), 2003 – 2011
  • Tidbits (email newsletter), 2007 – 2013
In memory of Jim Hovre 

(submitted by Denny and Monie Redfield)

Iduna Acres Fjords all started with Asbjorn and Algot in 1992 in the rolling hills of Wisconsin on Jim and Vicki Hovre farm.  Jim was a draft horse man but those two geldings took him in a new direction.  Soon there were mares and a stallion, and Fjords being sold all over the United States even in Alaska.  A lifelong farmer with an outstanding heard of registered Holstein cows after selling the cattle he embarked into a new hobby raising and showing Fjord horses.  His transition to breeding horses pairing their mares to the right stallions was a success.

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 enjoyed trips to Nordjordeid, Norway; Denmark and Holland to view horse shows and also made many friends along the way.

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.
If he can read this in heaven he will be smiling and his blue eyes twinkling.  He was a  funny and  amazing man.  Jim had many one liners like “Don’t forget to drain your carburetors” before getting in the car to go home.

Rest in peace our dear friend!

(Submitted by Pat Holland)
Jim Hovre will always be remembered by his quiet nature and endearing smile. His and Vickie’s presence at our Midwest Fjord Horse shows gave us all a sense of family and friendship.

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”,
“WH Stone” with 63 progeny was Reserve Champion stallion at the 25th NFHR Anniversary show and “Hog Tussa” with 8 progeny and the outstanding NFHR Evaluation conformation score of 85, will make a long standing impact on the North American bred Norwegian Fjord. 
With Jim’s passing we are left with memories of the big shows and competitive classes that gave us the remarkable Fjord horses we see today. We are in debt to him and those who so enjoyed the breed.
Thanks Jim, your legacy lives on.