Thayne Miner of Freeland, Michigan was a member and a good friend of MQHA. He lived most of his life in Midland County where he was raised. He became interested in horses at a young age, and was active in the Michigan Quarter Horse Association as a youth. Thayne was successful at training and showing horses, and as an MQ member, devoted much of his time to youth activities.
In 1980, MQHA President Clinton Raines, MQHYA Director Mike Havens, Youth President Mike Carroll, and the MY Board instituted the "Thayne Miner Memorial Trophy," to be awarded annually to a Michigan Youth in memory of a great horseman who was loved by all who worked with him, showed with him and knew him.