pic of Norm from Lyle COMPRESSEDNorm and Rita Van Sloun, Colleen's parents, moved to Texas from Arizona in 1998 and their lovely home is situated right on the farm.

Norm, a Navy veteran, is retired from the newspaper and printing business, and his expertise in business management has had a huge impact on McQuay Stables. As the overall farm manager, Norm oversees the entire operation and serves as financial advisor.



~ Rita Van Sloun ~


May 19, 1931 ~ Minneapolis, MN

Passed Away

April 11, 2010 ~ Pilot Point, TX

Rita is preceded in death by her parents Matthias and Beatrice Hansmann. She is survived by her loving husband Norm Van Sloun of Tioga, TX.

Five daughters: Colleen McQuay (Tim), Tioga, TX,Peggy (Bob) Vanderlinde, St. Boni, MN,Terri Van Sloun, St. Lois Park, MN,Bess (Steve) Bouley, Long Lake, MN,and Jeannie Bolton, St. Lois Park, MN.


Two Sisters: Mary Ann (Ed) Etzel, Plymouth, MN,and Kay (Mike) Anderson, Plymouth, MN.


Seven Grandchildren: Chad Vanderlinde, Waconia, MN, Mandy McQuay-McCutcheon, Aubrey, TX, Danielle Vanderlinde-Merseth, Eden Prairie, MN,

Jenna Bouley-Deets, LaCrescent, MN, Nathan Bouley, Goldon, CO, Trevor Bolton and Jada Bolton, St. Lois Park, MN.


Seven Great Grandchildren: Cade McCutcheon, Will Deets, Cameron Merseth, Carlee McCutcheon, Peyton Merseth, Ella Deets, and Jonathon Deets.

Norm and Rita

Rita Mae Van Sloun

May 19, 1931 – April 11, 2010


Born in Minneapolis, Rita grew up on her family farm in Plymouth, MN where her lifelong love of horses began.  She lived with Aunt Ernie and Uncle John Hansmann while she went to school at St. Margarets Academy, graduating in 1949.  She also attended St. Catherines College.

On July 14, 1951 Rita and Norm were married at Holy Name Church where Rita was also baptized and confirmed.  Shortly after their marriage, Norm was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval base where their first daughter, Colleen, was born.  Being a “single mother” of sorts, Rita gave birth to daughter number two, Peggy, in Minneapolis while back on the farm, as Norm was in Korea.  During their time in California, daughter number three, Terri, was born at the San Diego Navel Base, then back to Minnesota where daughters number 4 and 5, Bess and Jeannie, were born.

While she was supporting her girls with their endeavors at school, horse shows and their various sports,  Rita pitched in as needed at the birth of Medina Ballroom, was a contributing writer to the Star Tribune, the editor of the MN Hunter and Jumper magazine, worked at Molded Products,  gave riding lessons and held riding camps.

Rita and Norm were instrumental in the founding of the Minnesota Hunter and Jumper Association, and the Minnesota Fall Charity Horse Show. She was also active in the Long Lake Hounds where she was a member of the hunt staff.

In later years, her love of horses continued as she followed her granddaughter Mandy’s career in the hunter and jumper circuit, while tutoring her during her senior year of high school. She also supported and followed the reiners, and was able to enjoy Tim and Mandy’s futurity wins.


enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity to venture throughout Europe twice, once with her daughter Terri, and once with her sister Mary Ann.

Rita also loved to golf, and was quite good at it, traveling to many events in MN, and AZ. She was a very active member at Burl Oaks in Minnetrista, MN and in Arizona at Sun Lakes Cottonwood Country Club where she was the president of the Ladies Golf Association during the years of retirement they spent in AZ before moving to Texas.

Rita could prepare a feast fit for royalty, and she did just that many times throughout the years, including the holidays for anyone that would not be home with their own families. She had exquisite gardens and was an expert seamstress, sewing the wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses for her daughters. In recent years she worked for Monica Hicks (Just Stitch It), sewing blankets, halters, and even finals pads for the NRCHA. Some of you may have received the leather pillows she made.

Rita was able to know and enjoy her great grandchildren, taking great pride in being their great grandmother, and they were able to know and love her.

Rita’s passions touched many lives, she will be dearly missed.