2006 Van Ness Award to Glen Eaton

Glen Eaton, of the Minnesota Horse Expo and Minnesota Horse Council, was awarded the 2006 Van Ness Award at the American Horse Council (AHC) Awards Luncheon on April 4th.

This award is named for Marjorie Van Ness and is given annually to a person in the equine industry who embodies the dedication and service of the late Mrs. Van Ness. Her tireless dedication to the betterment of horse industry in New Jersey was vital in the formation of that state's horse council and the formation of the AHC's State Horse Council Advisory Committee.

Eaton has made a tremendous contribution to the horse industry in Minnesota using the Minnesota Horse Expo as his primary vehicle. In 1988, he was appointed Exhibit Director, and in 1991 he also took on the title of president of the Minnesota Horse Expo. Under his direction, the Expo has become one of the largest educational horse expos in the country.

Glen Eaton, Van Ness Award Winner; Jay Hickey, President, American Horse Council.


The Minnesota Expo is not only educational, but is the main fundraiser of the Minnesota Horse Council, of which he is a member of the Board of Directors. During his tenure on the Board, the funds generated by the Expo have been used to fund handicapped riding programs, 4-H programs, Western saddle clubs, county fairs and Western heritage programs in Minnesota. In addition, these funds have helped create scholarship programs for young people.

"While he enjoys the challenge of making the Minnesota Expo a yearly success, his greatest satisfaction comes during the Minnesota Horse Council annual meeting when the profits from the Expo are distributed in grants and scholarships to help Minnesota horse programs and young people," said Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council, in presenting the award.

As the national trade association representing the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and investments. Organized in 1969, the AHC has been promoting and protecting the industry before Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.

The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers, and state horse councils.

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