10 Years Ago - As published in the March 31, 2011 Leader
Gengelbachs Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
(Left) Gordon and Patty Gengelbach (seated) were honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Association on March 26 for their dedication to the group over the past 40 years. Therese Murray, KCRFTHA President, presented the award. The Gengelbachs have been married 67 years and in the past have been very active in the Plattsburg area with The Saddle Club, 4-H, Community Chorus, Chamber of Commerce and the First Christian Church - just to name a few. (Right) Gordon shares memories of his award-winning horse “Minuteman”with Sue McGarry – “That was the meanest horse I ever had,” he said laughing.
Gordon and Patty Gengelbach, Plattsburg, Mo., were honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Association (KCRFTHA) on March 26, 2011. Areception was held at the Oakridge Nursing Home in Plattsburg, Mo. in recognition of their impact on promoting theMissouri Fox Trotting Horse in the Kansas City area. In addition to the award, Gordon and Patty were also given a lifetime membership to the KCRFTHA.
In 1967, Gordon and Patty attended a meeting at Benjamin Ranch to discuss the promotion of the Missouri Fox Trotter in Kansas City. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Northwestern Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Association was formed. In 1971, formal incorporation papers were filed for the new organization. The organization’s name was changed to the Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Association in 1987. The new name better reflected the group’ growing membership around the Kansas City metro area.
From the very beginning, Gordon and Patty helped shaped the growing organization. Throughout the years, they have held various leadership positions and introduced the Missouri state horse to many new horse owners. Through the years, Patty served as Secretary/Teasurer and Point Recorder. Patty was also responsible for some of the club’s first newsletters. Patty sang the National Anthem at the shows for years while Gordon led attendees in prayer.
Gordon served numerous terms on the KCRFTHABoard of Directors and as committee member. He served as our first Breed Representative for Pony Express Horse Show Circuit (PEHSC) and was instrumental in building the relationships that have laid the groundwork for KCRFTHA involvement in the PEHSC. Through Gordon’s involvement, classes were added for the Missouri Fox Trotting horse in shows all over the Kansas City area.
Gordon and Patty opened their home for club meetings and seminars and are responsible for introducing the KCRFTHA to many of the club’s current members.
The Gengelbachs are the first individuals to receive a lifetime achievement award and membership from the KCRFTHA.
The Kansas City Regional Fox Trotting Horse Association (KCRFTHA) was established in 1971, originally as the Northwest Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Association. The name was changed in 1987 to better reflect its membership. The KCRFTHA has members in six states, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Montana, Illinois and Nebraska with the majority of its membership being from the greater Kansas City area. The KCRFTHA is an affiliate of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association.
(Above) Chris Patterson stopped by to congratulate the Gengelbachs on Saturday. Not pictured - Tony and Paula Crump members of KCRFTHA and Plattsburg residents, also attended the event.
30 Years Ago - As published in the April 4, 1991 Leader
The PHS Brian Bowl team tied for the KCI Conference Academic championship with Cameron. The team won eight and lost only once. Their lone defeat was to Mid-Buchanan.
On Monday evening in Lathrop, Plattsburg was able to avenge their only loss with a 92-56 opening round victory over Mid-Buchanan in the KCI Tournament. Plattsburg faced the winner of Smithville/East Buchanan on Tuesday night. If PHS won Tuesday night they will play for the championship on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. If they lost they will play their third place at 6:30 p.m.
Pictured front row, Kristen Proctor, Robert Romey, Shannon Porter, Scott Baker. Sterling Holman, Dan Stagner.
And the answer is ... Plattsburg's Lesley Cooksey, left, Kristen Proctor and Lisa Roe confer about what answer to give during the KCI Conference Academic Tournament Monday evening. Plattsburg Went on to defeat Mid-Buchanan 92-56.
Great answer... Plattsburg's Shannon Porter, left, enjoys Sterling Holman's correct answer during the match against Mid-Buchanan
50 Years Ago - As published in the April 2, 1971 Leader
Finalist Selected for Horseshow Queen Contest
The Plattsburg Saddle Club held their annual spring banquet Saturday evening at St. Ann's educational building.
Following the pot luck supper for members and guests, contestants for the Horseshow Queen contest were judged by Mrs. Tom Stufflebean, St. Joesph and Mrs. Harold Sallee, Blue Springs.
The judges selected Miss Becky Russell, Osborn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren B. Smith, Miss Jennie Moody, Plattsburg, daughter of Mrs. Joan Moody and Tom Moody, and Miss Linda Roe, Plattsburg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Roe. Miss Susan Wolfe, Plattsburg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wolfe and was named as alternate.
Other entries in the contest were: Miss Debbie McClelland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McClelland, Miss Lynn Hunt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hunt, Miss Gloria Grayson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Grayson all of Plattsburg, and Miss Venus Lucas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Lucas of Holt.
One of the three candidates will be crowned queen of the 1971 Horseshow by last year's queen Miss Cara Boyd. The queen and her court will reign over the show festivities and present awards. The Horseshow this year will be May 14 and 15.
Talent and Fashion Show 'A Hit'
The Fashion and Talent Show presented Friday night, sponsored by the Plattsburg Chamber of Commerce, was attended by approximately 800 people.
The show moved at a rapid and profession pace under the guidance of Raymond Speckman and Charles Hoskins, the two master-of-ceremonies. Local talent provided the entertainment and fashions were modeled by local women.
Award of merit were presented to Earl Walsh, J.B. Halferty, and Larry Fisher. All recipients seemed surprised when their name was called. Appropriate prizes were awarded.
Talent Show winners were in three classes, A, B, and C. There were seven judges using a point system 0-10. Winners were determined by adding the points on the judges sheets.
Group A winners were: Jim Tapp, first; Linda Spiers, Pamela O'Dell, Sally Zehender and Alicia Lee, second; and the "Tiger Paws", Robin Burnside, Brena McLarran, Denise Rawlings, Kellee Downing, Lesa White, Glenda Krumme, Janan Jorn, Beverly Adams, (directed by Mrs. Jim Rosander), won third.
Group C winners were: "The Frost Cousins", Cheryl Taverna, Lori Walters, Jennifer Stoll, Lynn Stoll, Danna Jo Stoll, Karen Frost, Debbie Frost, and Sabrina Frost, first; Debbie Harless, second.
Two acts no presented in competition, were the Male Quartet from Modern Study Club and the "Zippedy Do-Da Singers" from the Ellis Elementary School.
"Magnolia" and "The Villian and the Damsel" provided "light moments."
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