Ann Bennett selected as Iowa Horsewoman of the Year
Ann Bennett of Windrush Hill Farm, Mt. Pleasant, is the 2013 Iowa Horse Council (IHC) Horsewoman of the Year.
Criteria for the award are that the recipient should display the highest attributes of sportsmanship and their careers should be marked with honesty and a genuine effort to improve the conditions of horses and horse people.
Bennett was backed by an impressive nomination package of letters, photos and remembrances of her life’s work. Many of the people she has helped achieve a better relationship with their horses cited Bennett’s commitment to a better life for them and their horses.
She trains both horses and riders at Windrush Hill, using classical horsemanship techniques. In addition, she donates generously of her time and energy as president of the Friends of Shimek State Forest Equestrian Trails.
In addition, she is past president of the Great River Classical Horsemanship Association which supports and educates riders of all disciplines in southeastern Iowa and southwestern Illinois.
Bennett was presented with her award at the annual IHC meeting in Ames Jan. 19. In addition to receiving a plaque, her name along with past IHC award recipients is on permanent display in the clubhouse at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona.
She was nominated for the award by the Iowa Trail Riders Association and the Great River Classical Horsemanship Association.