“Hall of Fame inductee” and “humble.”
These two phrases aren’t usually associated with one another. However, humble is a perfect word to describe one of this year’s Minnesota Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees.
Lloyd Anderson of Milaca was inducted into the MQHA Hall of Fame during the 2014 MQHA Convention and Banquet earlier this year.
Having grown up on a farm north of Cambridge, Anderson has always worked with horses Anderson started riding horses when he was six and started training when he was about 10.
His family worked with registered Arabian horses and grade horses — horses not from registered parents.
However, Anderson started to train quarter horses in 1948, a few years after the breed became registered.
Anderson started working with quarter horses because they are mild and easy to get along with, he said.
“Arabians are more excitable and the quarter horse tends to be a quiet-minded horse,” Anderson said. They’re “bred that way,” he said.
Ever since 1949, when he started giving riding lessons, Anderson has been working with horses and the people that ride them. These days, he spends most of his time training young riders to compete at horse shows.
For someone who has spent over 60 years of his life giving riding lessons, Anderson says it is still a great feeling to help people and to help people become winners.
“It is really a great thing in helping other people develop some skills so they can go on and compete and have a great time, because it’s a family kind of thing,” Anderson said.
Anderson, who in 2009 was named the Minnesota Horse Council’s 2009 Horseperson of the Year, was shocked when notified he would be inducted into the Minnesota Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
“I had no idea that it was happening,” he said.
Anderson said that when Connor Crook, also from Milaca and one of Anderson’s students, got up at the MQHA Banquet and started describing the winner, he had a feeling he knew who it was but was ultimately surprised at the induction.
And even through the entire process, Anderson remains down to earth.
Miki Backes, an area rider whose children take lessons from Anderson, couldn’t say enough about how humble and kind Anderson is.
Anderson works with riders of all age groups — children in elementary school, teenagers finishing their time in high school, and even adult riders who have worked with him for years. However, he said that working with youth is especially rewarding.
“It’s a great thing to do for these young people because in order to go and compete and do well, they have to dedicate their time to it and their skills that they have so that they are really involved and not wondering what they should next,” Anderson said.
“I think the people who really work at it tend to be better people because they’re so dedicated to doing something,” he said.