Montana State Horse Show Association Board Members

Our board has been recently updated!  Please join us in welcoming our board members and thank them for their work with this organization.

Interested in becoming more active with MSHSA as a board member or officer?  Please contact us to learn of available positions.


President, Tawnya Clark Dykstra

Tawnya was practically born on a horse!  She comes from a family who has been actively involved in the Arabian Horse Show arena for many years.  Tawnya continues to be active as an exhibitor, trainer, and teacher.  She is a person of vision and enthusiasm and an avid supporter of our organization!

Tawnya is married to Lee Dykstra and has two sons, Tristen and Dawson.  Se is the daughter of Cheri and Claude Clark.


 Vice-President, Bruce Allen Backman

Bruce fell in love with horses at the early age of nine.  He became engaged with 4-H Club early on, and over the years, his love of horses has become intense, and his professional involvement in showing horses has grown!  Bruce's involvement with M.S.H.S.A. has been over the course of many years.  Bruce has served the profession as a judge, trainer, and exhibitor. He brings to this organization energy, vision, and enthusiasm.


 Secretary/Treasurer, Jay Pontius-Backman

Jay came to Montana from Tennesse five years ago.  He knew nothing about horses!  Over the course of those five years, he became introduced to the horse industry through involvement with M.S.H.S.A. His love for the industry has continually grown.  Jay has worked in various capacities behind the scenes on the local and regional levels of horse shows. He not only serves on an administrative level but is frequently the voice that you will hear from the announcers' booth!


Board Member Karlissa Dagel 

 Karlissa is an amazing girl!  She was introduced to the world of horses comparatively recently, bus she is a natural horsewoman, and has blossomed to become an excellent exhibitor! Karlissa shares an enthusiasm for the industry that is contagious. She brings energy to the Board that is beneficial!

Advisor, Cheri Moore Clark

Cheri brings to our Board a wealth of experience!  She has been a movable force in the horse industry for many years on a Local, Regional, State, and National level. We are pleased to have her as a stabilizing force on our Board of Directors as we continue to grow as a viable organization.