Dorvan Solberg * Photo from AQHA, background from Pexels

Dorvan Solberg, Avid Showman & Breeder Passes Away

Dorvan Solberg, 89, of Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Ray, North Dakota, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2024 ,at the Sanford Fargo Hospice in Fargo, North Dakota. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston, North Dakota, has been entrusted with arrangements. His memorial service and burial will be held in spring 2024.

Born May 20, 1934, Solberg was an AQHA director emeritus and a 30-year cumulative breeder. 

Solberg had earnings of $15,728 as a rider, $1,109 as a breeder, and $104,250 as an owner according to EquiStat.

He was inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame and was a North Dakota Cutting Horse Association director emeritus.

The following information is from his hall of fame biography: 

“He was one of the individuals who signed on the original Articles of Incorporation of the North Dakota Quarter Horse Association on January 13, 1969. Upon incorporation, he was also listed as one of the initial directors.

“Solberg grew up in Ray, North Dakota, and graduated from Ray High School. He attended North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. He has been a rancher all his life and is a member of the Ray Lutheran Church Council and Williams County Farmers Union. For 20 years, he was president of the board of directors for Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative and also served as secretary-treasurer. From 1999-2008, he served as a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 2.

“Solberg has successfully competed in the cutting pen for 50 years and, in 2016, stood in the top 15 for the NCHA Senior World Tour. He is known for always taking time to help and encourage his fellow cutters. For over 35 years, he has served as a judge for the American Cutting Horse Association and American Paint Horse Association events. He has judged throughout the USA (including Hawaii), Canada and Europe, and judged major events such as the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show and the American Quarter Horse Association Select World Championship Show.

“As an AQHA director, some of the positions and responsibilities that Solberg has assumed are: past chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee, member of the Public Policy Committee, member of the Nominations and Credentials Committee and member of the Ranching Heritage Committee. Solberg also served AQHA in Washington, D.C., lobbying Congress on issues of importance to the Quarter Horse industry.

“Solberg and his wife, Eileen, have four daughters. They split their time between homes in Ray and Rio Verde, Arizona.”