Maynard Smith Award
The Maynard Smith Memorial Award was established in 1980 by ASH to honor the memory of Maynard Smith who passed away suddenly in 1979. Maynard served as Alaska's Zone Chairman for USEF for many years. He worked hard and diligently in our interests to see that we were represented on the national scene, and to secure certain exceptions to the USEF rules that covered our unique geographical situation.
The purpose of the award is honor Alaskans who have contributed to the horse industry in Alaska and have worked to promote horses and horsemanship.
The ASH Board of Directors chose Marvin Slaughter as the first recipient in 1980. Thereafter, the ASH nominating committee nominated one person, and ASH members were also allowed to nominate by mail-in nominating ballot, including a short biography on the nominee not to exceed 300 words. Recipients of the award do not have to be ASH members, but receive honorary member status upon being chosen for this award.
Final selection is by ballot at the same time the Board of Directors is chosen, with the winner to be announced at the Annual Awards Banquet in January.
1980 Marvin Slaughter 1995 Bob and Gerti Clark 2010 Sigurn Robertson
1981 Margaret Adams 1996 Julie Eaton 2011 Joe and Madeline Kornegay
1982 Ken Brown 1997 Ralph and Sally Clampitt 2012 Linda McQueary
1983 Henry Ferguson 1998 Drs. Julie and Joe Grohs 2013 Alaska State Fair, Inc.
1984 Verne France 1999 Jill Cornforth 2014 Kerri Gephert
1985 Sammye Seawell 2000 Dennis Mugas 2015 Beth Theisen
1986 Nadine Kringle 2001 Deana Johnson 2016 Dr. Sabrieta Holland
1987 Dick Tozier 2002 Susie Kaiser 2017 Virginia Bosveld
1988 Bill Chamberlin 2003 Mary Dodge 2018 Jaimie Thurman
1989 Joan Koponen 2004 Mary Kay Hession
1990 Marge and Dick Seidler 2005 Debbie Erickson
1991 Bill and Kati Long 2006 Sandra Shacklett
1992 Annie Mabry 2007 Marion Sindorf
1993 Bill Turner 2008 Dana and Britta Eaton
1994 Mary Cary 2009 Bert and Sandy McQueen
Marvin Slaughter Junior Sportsmanship Award
Purpose: To recognize outstanding sportsmanship among Junior ASH members. In 1991, this award was renamed the Marvin Slaughter Junior Sportsmanship Award. Mr. Slaughter, who died unexpectedly in 1991, was a long-time fixture at Alaskan horse shows and award banquets, and a favorite with all the juniors.
Eligibility: Any current Junior ASH member.
Selection: Nominations to be submitted by a current ASH member along with a written biography of 100 words or less describing how the nominee has displayed exemplary sportsmanship with emphasis on the most current year. Final selection is by ballot at the same time the Board of Directors is chosen, with the winner to be announced at the Annual Awards Banquet in January.
1990 Dana Eaton 2001 Britany Kaiser 2012 Aimee Ritter
1991 Stacy Poythress 2002 Erin Downey 2013 Erienne Norton
1992 Sarah Salzer 2003 Abby Wangstrom & Kati Hackenberger 2014 Madison Horwatt
1993 Andy DeVeaux 2004 Britany Waltz 2015 Megan Graham
1994 Jordan Olive 2005 Shelbie Fredenhagen 2016 Madelynne Dey
1995 Katherine DeVeaux 2006 Sally Marinucci 2017 Hannah Haghighi
1996 Brienne Mabry 2007 Kristyn MacDonald 2018 Jayden Houston
1997 Amanda Stransky 2008 Rachael Denis
1998 Lauren Agni and Beth Carter 2009 Ross Alexander
1999 Devon Nathanson 2010 Emily Geppert
2000 Mary Plummer 2011 Sadie Smith