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Obituary - Everist F. Speltz

The horseshow industry lost another one of its greats on May 4, 2008, when Everist F. Speltz, age 80, passed away. Owner of Whitewater Farm in Stillwater, Minnesota; he was a Saddlebred breeder, owner, exhibitor, and an active horse-show announcer in the upper-midwest for over 40 years.

From the time he purchased his first Saddlebred upon his college graduation, he began a successful, life-long commitment to horses, at one time owning twenty Saddlebred broodmares and standing three breeding stallions. He enjoyed finding a convenient seat on a tree stump, watching his newborn foals romp in the fields.

Ev’s dedication to horses showed through mostly clearly in his announcing. He had a unique ability to involve the spectators, and helped the newcomer develop an eye for the finer points of showing. Exhibitors and spectators alike will never forget they way he called for "RRRAAAACCCKKKK ON…..!"

Ev’s accolades for his support and promotion of the horse industry included: 1986 MN Horseperson of the Year; Washington County Fair- 40 Years of Service, TriState Horsemen’s Association Board- 20 Years of Service, Tristate Horsemens’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award; MN All Arabian Horseshow- 25 Years of Service; and in 1988 he was recognized for his gifts of time and talent to the MN Arabian Horse Breeders Association.

Between horse shows, Ev had a successful career at 3M Company; and owned/operated "More Antiques" in Stillwater, MN. A kind and generous man, he was often a silent benefactor, performing his good deeds for others anonymously. His spirit will live on through those who appreciate the beauty of horses, and the camaraderie of the horse show.

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