Remembering Maggie Howell

Posted: February 21st, 2022

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association is saddened to announce the passing of Maggie Howell after her longterm battle with brain cancer. Howell of Baltimore, Ohio was an up and coming horse trainer who graduated from the University of Findlay as an Equestrian major in 2012. She was a long time assistant to Ohio Quarter Horse Associations Director, Missy Thyfault. Maggie was a well known youth and trainer among the Ohio Quarter Horse Association.


Maggie's Obituary from Hoskinson Funeral:

Maggie Howell was someone well loved by those around her. She could make anyone laugh, whether she was crowd surfing and waving at you at warped tour, or telling the pushy guy at the horse show that she doesn’t need his binoculars because she is blind, or by sending you goat stuffed animals for years without telling you it was her. Maggie wanted the best for everyone she knows.

Maggie loved animals. When she was very young, she asked her parents for a horse. She asked many times. They got her lessons, and still she wanted a horse. They got her a dog, and she almost instantly had that dog trained… and still she wanted a horse. She finally got them to realize that this was going to be a major cornerstone of her life and her parents got her first horse, Freckles.

Not everyone knows what they want to do with their life at 6, but Maggie did. Maggie graduated from Liberty Union in Baltimore, Ohio, and then went on to graduate from the University of Findlay. Along the way, she made many amazing friends who she loved dearly. After college she worked as a horse trainer and taught lessons and opened her own horse training business. She was a member of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the National Snaffle Bit Association.

Maggie loved to travel, she loved to laugh, and she loved to help those around her. After her initial diagnosis, Maggie raised money yearly for the American Brain Tumor Association. Do not cry, for Maggie handled her diagnosis with grace. She continued to thrive and keep up with the things she loved, horse shows, traveling with her circle of friends, being everyone’s bridesmaid, and her loving tri-dog Daisy. She learned to play poker and played with her mother and grandmother with their poker buddies every Saturday. She became a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.  Don’t cry for her, she didn’t want tears. She wanted you to try something new, to laugh, to dance on tables from time to time, and to live with purpose.

Maggie Marie Howell (born August 24, 1990) passed away in her childhood home surrounded by family and love in the early morning hours of February 20, 2022, after valiantly fighting against cancer. Maggie is preceded in death by her grandfathers: Willie Howell and Tressie Sermon. Maggie is survived by her parents: Harold and Linda Howell; her siblings and siblings-in-law: Josh Howell and Amber Lappin, and Stacey Howell and Adrienne Monica; her grandmothers: Naomi Sermon and Yvonne Stevens; her niece and nephew: Cassidy Howell and Asher Howell; and her beloved animals: Daisy, Cat, and Freckles.

Maggie chose not to have a funeral. Instead, please laugh, enjoy time with a dear friend, and remember the joy she brought to you. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Maggie’s memory to the Ohio Quarter Horse Association Foundation and specify that the gift is for youth programs in memory of Maggie Howell (

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Words from Maggie's best friend, Jarrod Bush:

Maggie Howell grew up on her small family horse farm Tinbrook Stables in Baltimore, OH. Maggie graduated from Liberty Union High School in Baltimore, OH in 2008 and from the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH in 2012.

Maggie showed 4-H and Open shows growing up and eventually graduated to AQHA shows in Ohio afterwards. Maggie was an active youth and aspiring young horse trainer in the Ohio Quarter Horse Association.

After graduating from the University of Findlay in 2012, Maggie went to work for Missy Thyfault in Shelby, OH for 5 years as an assistant trainer. Maggie had dreams and goals of going out on her own as a horse trainer back at her family in Baltimore, OH. Unfortunately, her long-term battle with brain cancer got in the way. 

Maggie was brave, courageous and resilient in her battle and always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by many.