Congratulations to Our September Q Horse Heroes, Christine St-Jean, Todd Bailey, Cheryl Norris, and Laura Siebenthal-Baxter
Christine’s devotion to riding quarter horses began as a 15 year old girl when her mother
purchased a quarter horse for her. Christine showed local shows for a few years, until she got
the bug to attend the Ontario Quarter Horse Circuit.
Christine’s remote northern Ontario location does not stop her from trailering her show horse
12 hours one way to exhibit in western pleasure, showmanship and trail. Christine is proud of
her horses, and the foals that she has raised, breeding to top Quarter Horse Stallions in North
America. Christine is a Director with Ontario Quarter Horse Amateur Association (OAQHA)
maintaining the Facebook page, and engaging in various fund raising efforts.
Christine travels 50 minutes one way to Timmins and District Hospital, where for the past 30
years she is employed as a Laboratory Technician. Her job is covers emergency department,
microbiology department, and the main laboratory. Timmins and District Hospital is a full
service hospital for Northern Ontario residences, partnering with Lakehead University,
Laurentian Medicine.Over and above Christine’s position as a Laboratory Technician and position with OAQHA,
Christine was the founder of “Horses for Hoof”. This initiative raised 10,000.00 dollars through
clinics, and various other horse activities for the emergency department at Timmins and District
Hospital and Northern College.
CQHA honours Christine St-Jean as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.
Cheryl Norris is one of those dedicated equestrian volunteers. She is no stranger to the Quarter
Horse show circuit operation and exhibition. Her specialty on the Quarter Horse Circuit was
Hunter Under Saddle and Pleasure Driving.Cheryl has assumed the position of President of Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association (EOQHA) currently for eleven years.
Decisions to cancel all events for 2020 due to Covid-19 did not stop Cheryl from engaging EOQHA members in a virtual clinic with renowned trainer and futurity prospect, Brian Isabell. Cheryl is well respected as the anchor of EOQHA, at the Summer Sizzler 2019 the board of director’s presented Cheryl with an recognition award. In Cheryl’s words: “It was very kind to be recognized” The recognition award read, “we should acknowledge that Cheryl has been president for 10 yrs now and without her dedication EOQHA would not be where it is today. “
Cheryl’s love for the horses spills over into the miniature show circuit, where she exhibits in halter, roadster, single pleasure driving , tandem hitch as well as multi hitch classes , cones, and . . Another
fun class is barrels (yes while driving your fastest mini)
Cheryl’s story does not end here. For the past 25 years Cheryl has been employed at Kemptville District Hospital in the Dietary Department. Kemptville District Hospital is a fully accredited healthcare facility
committed to building healthier communities.
During her career, Cheryl was on the award winning team to receive: Regional Unit of the Year by Morrison, the healthcare division of Compass Group Canada, the hospital’s food service provider. The KDH unit was chosen from healthcare organizations all over the region, which encompasses Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.(excerpt from Kemptville District Hospital)
CQHA honours Cheryl Norris as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.
Todd Bailey certainly is no stranger to the equestrian world. Todd juggles his time between
family, saddle maker, trainer and horse show judge.
Todd and his wife Peggy have carried on the long family tradition of saddle making for 38 years,
learning the trade from his father Don Bailey, founder of Bailey Saddles. Todd’s talents go
beyond saddle making. For the past 34 years, Todd is one of the most sought after judges,
holding multiple judging cards; and during this pandemic, Todd has judged virtual shows and real
time shows across Canada.
Todd has been an active director and president on various boards including Alberta Paint Horse
Association, Area 2 Quarter Horse Association, Ontario Paint Association, All Equine Show in
London, Ontario and London Fair Board.
Todd extends his kindly manner to everyone he meets, and he’s been gracious to assist virtual show managers and competitors alike this year, by donating his judging fees and giving exhibitors constructive feedback on their video entries.
CQHA honors Todd Bailey as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.
Laura is currently in her twelfth year as letter carrier, employed by Canada Post in the Province
After completing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Work, Laura took a position
with a Police Service and also worked as a Emergency Medical Technician on a rural ambulance.
Juggling a career and family, Laura enjoys equestrian activities with her daughter and
grandchildren. Volunteering with Canadian Pony Club, Equine Assisted Learning and rescuing
horses which keeps the family busy.
Laura enjoys riding her Quarter Horse / Appaloosa cross mare “Dixie”, volunteering with
Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit which is a proud alliance partner of the Canadian Quarter
For being an essential part of her community, CQHA honours Laura Siebenthal-Baxter as a 2020 Canadian Quarter Horses Association Q Horse Hero.