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Lowry's Receive Mid-West Hackney Award

Editor's note: The following presentation was made during the recently-concluded Illinois State Fair Horse Show.

Dr. Lowry's interest in Hackneys began at an early age when his parents, Ed and Mariam Lowry of
Pittsfield, Ill., showed Shetlands and Hackneys as a family activity. The broodmare band and most of the stock were sold in a complete dispersal after Ed's death in 1970.  

Following his marriage to Judy, while starting his family and veterinary practice in Davis Junction, Ill., he sought out broodmares from his family's band and started Lowry Stables with Judy and their three children, Jolene, Jill, and Tom.   

Together, Joe and Judy have participated in the Mid-West Hackney Association's Futurity program every year since the mid-1970s. In fact, in 1987, their stallion, Air Jordan, was the winner of the first Two-Year-Old In Harness class ever held.   

Joe served as Vice-President of the association from 1980 to 1985, and was on the Board of Directors for more than twelve years. Judy also offered her talents as social secretary organizing meetings and association events for many years, and enjoyed serving as clerk for the annual pony sale.  

The Lowrys have owned and shown many fine ponies through the years including Ghee Whiz, the roadster pony Tom showed as a juvenile; Sudden Impact, the Hackney Jill showed as a juvenile; Air Jordan; stallion, Well-I-Will; Hi-Note's Melody; Carnation's Sara Ellen; Sweet Liberty; The Buccaneer; The Tiger Lily; and Power of Attorney.

While the Lowrys have undoubtedly provided distinguished service to this organization, the Mid-West Hackney Association's futurity has, in turn, been a wonderful vehicle for Joe and Judy to achieve two things they value highly: breeding, training and showing young ponies, and providing an activity the whole family could enjoy - traveling and working together as a group while developing horsemanship and sportsmanship.  

Tonight, the Mid-West Hackney Association proudly presents to Joe and Judy Lowry this Distinguished Service Award and extends to them many thanks for their efforts on behalf of the association over the years.



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