She’s the second woman in the organization’s history—and the first mom & grandmother—to be elected president of the American Quarter Horse Association.
And, you guessed it, she’s a Stephens alumna.
Johne Dobbs, who runs an equestrian insurance company in Champaign, is now overseeing the largest equine breed registry and membership association in the world, Illinois’ News-Gazette tells us.
Actually, I didn’t need the News-Gazette to tell me that but it’s always fun to link to external news sites featuring our alumna. I actually interviewed Dobbs last month for our internal alumnae newsletter.
Here’s a little background:
Dobbs basically has been around horses all of her life. Her grandfather bought her and her four sisters ponies when they were children, and her parents bought the family’s first quarter horse when she was 11.
So, like any intelligent horsewoman, she chose to come to Stephens.
Dobbs actually has a unique perspective of our campus. Her freshman year was the last year Stephens had formal rules—dressing up for dinner, curfew hours. When she returned her sophomore year, rules were lifted and students experienced the type of independence they enjoy today. I imagine that was quite an adjustment!
Dobbs has been involved in AQHA for more than 30 years.
“The quarter horse is America’s horse,” she told the News-Gazette. “The breed is derived from the Spanish horse crossed with English. Its name comes from colonial days: The colonists would have races through town, running horses that were sprinters, and most towns at that time were about a quarter mile across. It’s a very versatile breed that’s excellent for cutting and reining, as well as for pleasure, recreation, and jumping.”
And like Stephens women, the quarter horse, Dobbs says, “can do just about anything.”
Way to go Johne!