The Southern Belle Invitation Awards Steve Meadows With The 2012 Living The Mission Award

November 1st, 2012 7:50 AM | No Comments

Steve Meadows being presented with his Living The Mission Award. Photo courtesy of OQHA and Kirkbride Photography

In what has become a great pairing, The Southern Belle Invitation and AQHA have “joined forces” on many levels to make showing just plain better for everyone. Awarding prizes and monies to class winners, hosting special futurities, and recognizing outstanding professional trainers who reflect the equine industry in a positive light. This year is no exception, and The Southern Belle Invitation recognized it’s 2012 recipient of the Living The Mission award during The All American Quarter Horse Congress Equine Chronicle Masters classes on Saturday, October 27.

There was an increased interest and number of submissions this year for the award, as trainers are submitted to Connie Hill of The Southern Belle Invitation. Submissions share stories and influences that these professionals have had on the industry.

This prestigious award is presented each year in recognition of the professional equine trainer that demonstrates character, integrity and stewardship in their life and business practices. The Southern Belle searches for the professional horsemen and women that they believe are the ambassadors to the community. This includes the individual reflecting the equine industry in a positive light, and encouraging others to become involved in equine events so that they may recognize the positive rewards and impact that horses can play in their lives.

In the true meaning of good character, these are the trainers who do the right thing even when no one is looking; they serve the equine industry and their own communities outside the equine world with heart and look to improve the community around them for their fellow man. These are the trainers who put the welfare of their horse above the win, and appreciate a good ride when they get one.

This year’s Living The Mission award belongs to Steve Meadows, a man involved in many aspects of the industry. He concerns himself with County, State and National Equine Organizations, from the 4H level  judging clinics to judging AQHA and NSBA horse shows. He is on the Professional Horsemen Council, is an AQHA Steward, President of the VA Quarter Horse Association and sits on the VA horse council representing the American Quarter Horse Breed.

We would like to congratulate Steve Meadows on receiving this award, and to encourage others to keep representing the equine industry in a positive way!


Thanks to OQHA for providing the information for this article.

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