February 2013 - Due to water well issues, colic, lousy weather, and many other club and Regional duties, we let Barb DuBois off this month from her usual job of poking jabs at variousclub members....all in fun, of course. See her next month
January 2013 - Well, 2013 is finally here...it's time to get out the grease can and give the ol' walker a shot of oil and see if it'll creak again or freeze! You "old" members out there will remember how I used to pick on people when they didn't know I has honing in on or watching them, hopefully in embarrassing moments...well, I think I found one to start off with!!!! At the 2012 BBQ our "Nook" winner was Amanda Jolly (friend, client? of Kathy Callahan-Smith - who looked fabulous strolling down Colorado Blvd. as one the "outwalkers" (a hot walker?) for the Region One Arabian entry.) Well, at the 2012 Christmas Party, Amanda bought raffle tickets and lo and behold, she won!!! Then she won again!!! I'll have to go on record in saying if she "don't join the club she ain't gonna win no more!!" Of course she may never join now.
More winners at the Christmas Party were Kathy "C.S.", Cyndee O'Brien, Leslie Smith, Tamara Wald, Jamie Sutton, LaVesta Locklin, Stacie Lyons, Debra Moss, Scott LaVesta's table!), Tamara's friend (!), Michael Harris and many more. Beckey Downing was pulling out the tickets, calling 'em off and was so quick and efficient that I couldn't get all the names on paper fast enough (sign of old age!). Meantime two volunteer AHA/Club Membership Awards were given out for service to the club ... Marsha Bustin for not being able to say "no" when asked to do a job, and Jenny Morgan for the unenviable chore of keeping track of members for renewal and pursuing new members plus assisting at all functions with raffle tickets. Congratulations!
Creak, creak, groan, the hot walker is done!
We had a great turnout for the January 2013 General Meeting on January 22nd at Richie's Dinner in Murrieta. Bill Melendez talked to us about his experiences on the Judges Education and Evaluation Committee for AHA and explained quite a lot to us about how our show judges are trained, what they look for in each class they judge, and where you can get the information in the USEF Rule Book to see what the specifications are for every class you enter. It was VERY informative.We had great raffle prizes and the winners this time were Denise Nelson-Finster, Janice and Alan Tavener, Faye Hall, Janie Sutton, Beckey Downing, Debra Moss, Mike Naquin, Margaret Rich, and Kristal Raiger. Please welcome 3 New Members: Bill Melendez and Kristal Raiger (adults) and Ryan Melendez (youth). Welcome back to Janice and Alan Tavener!Margaret Rich reviewed the proposed schedule of events for the year. Margaret plans to focus this year on involving younger members in the day to day activity of the club and to expand our Youth Membership and their activities. She would like to find someone to lead our Youth group and include more for them. (At press time, Margaret Succeeded! See Breaking News on Page 2 in the newsletter) She would like to see younger members of the club become more active in committees, day to day operations, and even running for the various offices.A comprehensive outline of the All Breed Horse Fair planned for April 21st at Green Acres Ranch - Horses, Head to Hoof was given The plans are very impressive. The committee is working hard to put together Demonstrations in different disciplines; Demonstration Riders in as many disciplines as we can get; entertainment for kids; Breed Booths; Vendor Booths; Fund raisers and Silent Auction for RCAHA; Scavenger Hunt; and much more. They are taking flyers to local schools to invite "kids from the neighborhood" and their parents. Local Horse clubs are invited to bring in horses of all breeds to this event. The hope is to educate new potential horse people about horses of all kinds. Your help and participation is important!Lets all get involved!
2013 Rose Parade Arabian Group:
Our own Kathy Callahan-Smith participated in the recent Pasadena Rose Parade and we asked her to fill us in on the details. The Region One group was invited to an Equestrian Reception at the Will Rogers Museum Friday night before the parade and got to hang out with all the other equestrian groups that would be performing.
The Region One Arabian group participated in the Equifest held at the LAEC on Saturday where each equestrian group in the Rose Parade was introduced and did an exhibition that was open to the public. That was a 2 hour program. Thanks to Barb DuBois for the materials and set up and Kathy's husband for manning the booth, we had a booth there and handed out 6 boxes of Arabian horse materials to many interested kids and their parents.
Kathy said their group was assigned a spot on the closed 210 Freeway for the night before the parade with their horse trailers. They spent the night in their trucks and partied (froze their fannies off) on the 210 with all the other equestrian groups in the parade!
She said most participants paid their own expenses to get there, stay over, house their own horses and feed themselves. They did have sponsors for some of the flowers and Region One paid part of the insurance required. Nancy Harvey did an untold amount of paperwork to get our Arabians accepted to participate.
One more notable fact is that every Native Costume that paraded down Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena was crafted by an RCAHA member, Lynne Chevallier! What a tribute to our horses and the talents of our members!!
The TV coverage was spectacular.
Well, Beckey learned the ropes at convention this year!!! Another person that now knows it is work for your delegates! It seemed like every time we went to eat we were tossing out $20 bills like confetti... let alone that the shuttle to the hotel from the airport was $35 plus tip to get there, but fortunately Beckey checked and we got one for $21 plus tip to come back! As for the membership resolutions (3 of them) the info on them is as follows: Res. 1-12, Membership Restructure by Calendar Year.....Disapproved by delegate vote. Res. 2-12, Name Change on Competition Card to "Premium Insurance" card (U.S. residents only)... Withdrawn and referred to committee for 2013. Res. 52-12, Membership Dues Restructure to be club friendlier (sure, my comment!!!). This was withdrawn as it was way too confusing and actually wasn't that club friendly!!! So I am sure that in 2013 there will be some Membership Resolutions back on the program and maybe less contentious and confusing. All in all it was a good convention . Our own former Region 1 Director, Nancy Harvey, was voted in as Vice President of AHA, and Cynthia Richarson from Region 8 was voted in as President...women power!!!! There were 309 delegates out of a potential 457 (close, can't find notes) considering that the hotel room rate was kind of "steep".
Tack Sale At Green Acres...coming up on Dec 8th is the tack sale at Green Acres Ranch. Marsha Bustin is handling that project and you can reach her at 951-302-6045 for detailed information on booth accommodations etc.
New Newsletter Editor for 2013...this is my last harrah doing this task. It's been a love affair for me that has lasted 25 years — I've seen people come, people go, board members change, and all the things that make up a "family" of members. However, you will be in good hands with Victoria Hardesty Naquin . She will be at the party and you all can meet her then. She is computer literate, that will be a plus — no more crooked lines or misspellings (I think)! Remember, I went from the old rubber cement bottle to the glue stick to the electronic method of paste up (the latter of which I did not have much success with!!!!). I will retain some "editorial" privileges in that I will write a "As The Hot Walker Turns" column periodically just to torment you guys. Thanks to all of you for all of your support these past years.
U.S. Nationals Results...
From Tamara (Tozer) Wald...she writes that she and ER Picabo got three Top Tens this year in Reining! AAOTR Limited, AAOTR Intermediate and AAOTR Primetime Half Arab Reining. She also sends a special THANK YOU to Jessica Bein and Roy Rich for all of their help. I think that Tamara has found her second wind and is showing Reiners how it's done!! Congratulations and I know she had a ball doing it.
From Katherine Rich @ Green Acres Ranch, Inc.
Juadita Amore BPA+
Owners: Katherine Rich and Tyler Elzig
National Champion H/A Saddle Pleasure Mares 4-6 with Troy White
Supreme National. Champion H/A Saddle Pleasure Mares 4 & over with Troy White.
National Champion H/A Saddle Pleasure Mares AAOTH with Patty Rich.
Green Acres Acclaim
Owners: Katherine Rich and Tyler Elzig
Nation Top Ten H/AStock Hunter Geldings 4-6 with Troy White.
National Top Ten H/A Stock Hunter Geldings AAOTR with Patty Rich.
A very impressive showing by Katherine and Tyler's horses, and congratulations to them all for those placements too....not bad you all!
As we say in newspaper, news reporting, "that's 30" for the last time...a great tide.
Only two more months and 2012 will be "in the books" for this year. The club put on 2 successful horse shows, stabilized membership and had some well attended social functions. We will end the season with our "annual" (missed last year) Christmas Party which will be free to members. A minimal charge ($5) for guests and $1 for the refreshments....it will be a potluck style affair with Marsha Bustin cooking the Turkey and Jon Darrin baking the Ham for entrees. When you call to make your reservations Marsha will ask you if you'd like to volunteer a side dish and will have a suggestion list to make it easy for you to pick from in case you'd like to bring something. It's not mandatory, only your company to make it a festive evening unless you have a specialty dish you want to make, then by all means, do it. There will b plenty of raffle prizes to pick from too. So make your reservation early and we will see you at the GlenOaks Community Center on DePortola.(we have had several functions there.) Put the flyer on your refrig, wall, door or barn wall so you won't forget!!!! I will say that casual dress is fine as opposed to "dress is optional"! (Have fun with that one you all....)
Nominating Committee Officer Slate...the nominating committee has a slate of officers and directors for you to vote on at the Christmas Party. Joan, Marsha and Leslie Smith did a good job of finding members who wanted to serve the club as board members. It is a thankless task and until you've been on that committee you will never know how hard it is!! "Maybe next year" runs a close first when a committee member calls to see if " would you be interested in running?" The following are the members who are running for officers and directors:
President — Margret Rich
Vice President — Anne York
Secretary — Vandi Reeves (incumbent)
Treasurer — Jim Sutton
Director — Debra Moss
Director — Lynne Chevallier
The other 2 director positions carried over for 1 more year are Leslie Smith and Marsha Bustin. Per the by-laws there can be nominations from the floor also. So, come on out, have some good food, vote for your board and enjoy the last meeting of the year for us.
Board Meeting Info...the main discussion in October was the planning for the "Party" and a preliminary report for the September Fall horse show. Margaret gave a short recap that we did very well at the new facility, even though the cost for that facility was more than our last venue. The exhibitors were really happy with the change and there were some good suggestions for next year's schedule of classes. The possibility of having some on Saturday afternoon will be discussed in the pre-planning time, along with the potential of having a "social" event with a showing of Arabian Horses at Liberty, etc on Saturday Evening. Checks were given to the delegates so they could have a jump on convention costs in registration. The board voted to increase the stipend from $500 each to $600 each as the horse shows were so successful. That covers the registration, packet, plane fare and part of the hotel bill. The rest comes "out-of-pocket" and you do work hard at these conventions. The Treasurer's Report showed that the club was (and is) financially secure for 2012 and we will be getting a head start on tax preparation by giving the tax man the first 3 quarters of club financial reports in November.
Tack Sale at Green Acres Ranch...on December 8th Green Acres will be having a tack sale and spaces are available for the public. Please call Marsha Bustin at the ranch, 951-302-6045, for more detailed information. Maybe more than 1 ranch (person) could go in with another and get a space together?
General Newsletter Information...I am sure that most of you have noticed that there are a few more typos in issues lately (I'm being generous to myself!). All of this is due to a new typing board which is laid out slightly different and my little finger hits the wrong keys...but also it is due to old age which brings about eyesight that doesn't want to see as well as it should (age 40?). I have done this blasted (affectionately said) newsletter ever since Fredy Jenkins turned it over to me in 1980 or 81 (except when some member named Michael — Joan knows who I mean — that did it for 4 months and gratefully gave it back to me!). All of this is preparation for a new Newsletter Editor coming in for 2013... ,.I have been talking to Victoria Naquin about doing it as she did Sierra Empire's when she was a member of that club and did a super job. She is now a Rancho member... I will present this to the board at the November 6 meeting and hopefully it will happen. She is very computer oriented (yea). I'll still do the mailings to help and possibly a "column" so I can rag on all of you without fear now. We'll see what the board feels about this also. Until next month however.... Barb
Well, the Fall horse show is over... and what a great show the club had. The weather actually was good to us considering it could have been 100 degrees with no breeze and no shade. The feedback from the exhibitors on the venue change was very positive so it looks like we will be back at Galway next year. The staff and volunteers all did a super job and everywhere you looked you could see Don Downing, our barn manager, in his electric "power" cart going all over the grounds handling everyone's little problems. That cart, by the way, was generously loaned to us by Paulie's Equipment Rental in Temecula!! The show manage, Margaret Rich, also deserves kudos for handling such a successful venue change with her usual calm and all went well in spite of the "normal" show snafus. The show was a financial success and there were no accidents, horses or riders. That's great. So, look forward to next year and hope to see you again at Galway downs. For those of you who sponsored classes the club thanks you for your generously...that was a major part of our success. And, Bill Melendez (yeah!) won the TV!!!! He was so excited...I checked a day or two later and he said it was up and running and really worked great... good color, sound and picture!!
Regional Meeting...the meeting on October 6th was the last one of 2012 and before the AHA convention. A lot of the meeting time was spent in looking forward to 2013 and cleaning up some old items still pending. One sad bit of news was that Mike Villasenor passed away last month. There will be a Celebration of Life for him on Sunday, November 11th at 5 p.m. at the W.K. Kellogg Library, to secure parking they ask that you please RSVP by Monday, November 5th to 909-869-4988 or email Karen@scupomonaa.edu, This was quite a shock when Bill Highes told us.
Board Meeting Info...it was decided to cancel the San Diego Museum Equine trip due to lack of people that signed up for the bus trip. This was done the week prior to the meeting but formalized at board for the minutes. So, we opted to have a Christmas Party and that we would vote for club officers at that time. The slate will be in the November Newsletter and voting will be done on December 4th, when it was decided that would be a good date for the party also. More information will be next month's newsletter. Also, the party committee is working hard to make this a great party for us too. The nominating committee is working hard to have a good slate of people to vote for. Being involved in your club can be both fun and rewarding. Membership was reported holding steady at 106 adults, 33 youth and 4 associate members. Jenny Morgan sends those who need to renew a 30 day advance notice via email to help you remember. The minutes from last month's board meeting are printed in this issue also. The Treasurer's report for the year to date showed we were in good shape as bothhorse shows were successful and membership stayed steady in these times. The bulk of our operating monies come from our shows and membership so all of your support of these isgreatly appreciated.
Scholarship...this year Goeff Wacker of Norco won the club scholarship. He is a first year student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and we wish him well in his studies. Goeff showed during high school in local shows, Regional's and at the Youth Nationals in his show career. Congratulations.
One more "work task" (September horse show) to complete for some of us and then it's gonna be some fun stuff to do, like the bus ride to Balboa Park for an outing! Sit back and leave the driving to "us" sounds great! I am sure that a lot of you would enjoy seeing that wonderful exhibition that is being put on in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the United Arab Emirates and the Canadian Museum of Civilization just to name a few. "The Horse Exhibition" consist of 5 different subjects: The Introduction, The Evolution of Horses, Horse and Hunters, Domesticating Horses, and The Nature of Horses. We have to pay for the Tour Bus of course which means we need to charge a small fee of $10 total for the round trip...the tip for the driver will come out of that too, so this is really a cheap way to go and not pay high gas prices or wear and tear on your car! The club will pick up the difference. We will be limited to a load of 45 so please call ASAP (before September 17) as if there aren't enough response we need to cancel the bus or lose our deposit!!! We get group rates at the Exhibition hall of $14 for adults, $9 for Seniors, and $8 for 17 and under (JTR!!!!). The bus will leave locally and a time for departure (probably 9-10ish) and return (probably 4ish is a guess). Details will be in the October newsletter. This is an adventurous event for the club to take on which is not only educa-tional but lots of fun! Anyone who wants to get on the list can call me
(767-7601) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org until someone is assigned the job of taking reservations.
September Horse Show...Margaret Rich reported at board meeting that things were going along to have a great day at Galway Downs. It will be the first one for us there so staff is trying to make sure that everything runs smoothly. We are all hoping that the weather won't be a HOT day but there are lots of trees for shade and the barns are covered so the sun isn't directly on the stalls. Also, there is always a breeze...the food "shack" is located very near the arenas and barns and that is a plus, and there are ample port-a-potties with water conveniently located for all. The Show Office is close too. We hope to see everyone there in less than 2 weeks, which leads me to
Sponsorships...I am sending sponsorship forms in the newsletter to make sure that you all got them or can't find them from last issue!! The cost to sponsor a class was reduced to make it easier on the budget, so we need to really try to help out. Remember that you do get a chance to win at 32" flat screen TV set...1 ticket for Regular class or 2 tickets for Championship. Feel lucky!!!! All sponsors will be listed in the show program also and announced during their designated class or one that is assigned for them. Take a chance...
Tid Bits...mark your calendar for January 1, 2013 to view the Rose Parade!!!! Or at least tape it. Region 1 will be represented once more by a group of riders from the clubs from the region and will be all in Native Costume!!! This will be a spectacular sight and I'm sure the TV camera will be on them for sure. "NOOK" winner at the BBQ last month was Amanda Jolly, who was sitting at Kathy Callahan-Smith's table... she was so happy she skipped all the way back to their table! Good for her as she was really happy. Arab Racing started up in June in Pleasanton this year and went on to Santa Rosa through August. Then it is now at the Pomona Fair at the Fairplex Meet through September 25th if you want more info on Arabian racing go to www.calfairs.com.
U.S. Youth Nationals Results...from Garrett Training Concepts — David and Brigitte Garrett. David said they only took 3 girls and 4 horses and ended up with 9 Top Tens and 2 Reserve National Championships! That's an excellent showing and the kids and horses were probably pooped when it was over, but very happy.
SOLEI DU COLOR and Natalie Laser
Top Ten HA Native Costume JOTR 14-17
Top Ten and Reserve National Champion HA Gelding Saddle Pl.
SPARTICUS and Kira Garrett
Top Ten HA Hunt. Pl. Walk Trot 10 & Under
AM LIBERTY PARADE and Kira Garrett
Top Ten Hunter Seat Equitation 10 & Under
MONTERO SL and McKenna Ray
Top Ten Purebred Gelding JOTR
Top Ten Purebred Gelding JTR
Top Ten Purebred Native Costume JTR 14-17
Top Ten and Reserve National Champion
Purebred Native Costume JOYR 14-
Congratulations to all for such a great showing with only 3 riders and 4 horses...they all deserved lots of carrots (and ice cream!)
Wow, Whiz Bang...wondering what is causing that outburst??? It's the July 14th BBQ "special" raffle prize!!! Besides our regular raffle prizes, which by the way will be done by Beckey Downing and will be very useful prizes, is an "NOOK color" e-Reader!!!! The" NOOK" is similar to the Kendal-Fire as it has a 7" screen, books, apps, web, email and much more....the main difference is the memory... it's 8GB rather than 16 GB. See the flyer enclosed in the newsletter for all the rest of the BBQ information and come out and have a very pleasant fun-filled time. We will have music with a DJ and you will be amazed by the art and will also enjoy "Honey Bee's" tricks. Bring your friends too. Just be sure to let Marsha know by July 11 as she has to get the "fixin's" to barbeque! Walk-ons will be accepted of course!!!!
Board Happenings...the June board meeting minutes are in the head of Vandi Reeves as of yet! Poor Vandi was still having problems from her concussion so her doctor and her Grandmother (LaVesta Locklin, El Camino Ranch) put her on a plane to Hawaii for 2 months-to get her away from all of the pressures of the ranch to get her well!!!! NO, that doesn't mean if we overload ourselves we can go to Hawaii and LaVesta will pay for it, but it does mean maybe we have to take a deep breath and get some order in our lives and not over extend our selves!!!! Particularly after having a concussion! (Take note Leslie Smith...yes, another one of our board members got clobbered by her horse and that resulted in a concussion too!!!)
Scholarship Notes...no activity in this area so guess no one wants any help with books etc in school...this was (is until July 30) open to both youth and adult club members. If you feel so inclined send an email to me and I'll mail you an application since Vandi (Scholarship chair) is lounging on a beach!!!! Bummer)
September Horse Show...Margaret Rich gave a report that things are falling into place. She was meeting with Robert at Galway shortly to be sure we have everything coordinated. The Sponsorship form is enclosed and we will be offering a 32" HD TV again for a prize, so stay tuned. The BBQ and the Fall Show are the last two events we ask you to support for 2012!!
Show Braggin' Rights News... We have a couple of local training facilities„ namely Garret Training Concepts (David and Brigitte Garret) and Green Acres Ranch (Katherine Rich) who turned in their Region One show results. Because of room constraints I had to edit some of Green Acres input, but Katherine did a super job and gave me all of the details. It just wouldn't fit so I had to edit it. Here are the great results however and I can add the details next month if she wants with no problem, but at least we have the horses and all the owners
Green Acres Ranch and Katherine Rich would like to congratulate their 2012 Region One winners!
Garett Training Concepts reported their great results at the show...They had 11 Championships, 9 Reserve Championships and 20+ top fives" in their barn!! Looks like they had one heck of a show also.
Congratulations to both training facilities and to their trainers, horses, owners and riders... Remember to send in your next show(s) results also — anyone is welcome to boastful!
Looks like we are heading in to some warmer weather for the end of June, so everyone be sure to look out for those snakes that have been sleeping all winter!!!! Also be doubly cautious as to fire hazards and get your place as fire-proof as possible....fire season is approaching. There will be some literature on prevention at the BBQ also. This is the next club event for us all ....
It's BBQTime!! This year it will be at Green Acres Ranch and have the menu of food, entertainment, a program featuring a Trick Pony (courtesy of Vandi Reeves, your club secretary) and also we are seeking some music entertainment to boot. It'll start at 6 pm (to ???), with food, beverages, some great raffle prizes (thanks to the success of the Spring horse show), and should be fun for us all....tickets are $15 which will include food, 1 raffle ticket and I "drink" ticket too....more information with better specifics in next issue... mark your calendar!!!
"Stuff" item...lt seems that a couple of our members have had some bad experiences lately and ended up with concussions!!!! Vandi Reeves and Leslie Smith both "hit the dust" and hit hard on their heads. The bad news was it was serious, but the good news is they are recovering (and all MRI's and scans have shown the grey matter in their head is really is brain). I can only joke about it now because they are recovering from a serious happening and I personally am relieved.
Promotion Happenings...the Vail Ranch Endurance Ride: the club handed out 92 packets of information containing our club bio, membership form, AHA brochure, colored picture of the Arabian horse, the Arabian "Parts of the Horse Identification" cutaway, and a copy of the fire prevention info gotten from the last AHA Delegate convention in Canada. Then we did the same thing at the Half Arab show on July 25th to the 27th, AND the same at the Region 1 show and added the Regional Flyer to that package. At least we are getting coverage and hopefully give our club and the versatility of the Arabian some exposure. I appreciated the help that Jenny Morgan gave me at Vail and Region 1 and to Diana and Pal Bein for bringing the material not taken at Region 1 back to me when the show concluded. Thanks to all.
Show "Bragging Rights"...Cyndy Bevier is on cloud nine as her stallion Nugghat VF was Champion Stallion Breeding, 2 and over Open class and ATH class at the SCHAA show at Galway Downs May 25th-27th.. Phillip Chavez (yes, we have found Phillip again!!!) was on the lead in the Open class and Austin Garret was the handler in the ATH class!!! Great results...also, Cyndy thought that Galway Downs will be a great venue for our when we hold our September show there this year. Every person the show committee talked to thought it will be great and any "kinks" that occurred at the Half Arab show should be worked out by our show...
Scholarship info...there has been so much going on that I was remiss in not putting information in last month's issue about the Scholarship application for this year. The deadline to submit one back to the club was June 30, but that has been moved back to July 30th... if any one is interested please call Vandi Reeves or myself and one of us will send you an application quickly. Phone numbers on on the front of this newsletter under Officers heading. You must be a member to be eligible.
September Show Sponsorships...the show committee decided at their last meeting to have another 32" Flat Screen TV as the raffle prize again for class sponsorship participation!!! Because Vandi and I won the raffle prizes at the 2011 Fall Show and the 2012 Spring Show both Vandi and I will not accept it if our tickets are pulled!!!! We have been the butt of many jokes, as you well can imagine. The premium will be finalized this month and should be out for all to get on the web site by mid July. There will be an E-Blast Flyer sent out reminding everyone about the show with more specific data the closer we get to the premium finalization. For those who need to know any info before then you can call Margaret Rich, Show Manager, at 951-302-6045.
BOD Minutes...it's been a while since I have published the minutes from our board meetings as they are posted on our web site, but I have room to do it this month and thought you might like to read them. We are always a month behind in printing them as they are not read and approved until the next board meeting. Gives the secretary time to get them typed up. So enjoy and `bye for now from the editor...
Holy Cow!!! My computer may have a virus as the only way I can get to my documents to type or correct is via the "back door" and I don't even know what that door is but it's working so I'm not turning this blasted thing off until I'm done with this issue!!! Here goes....
Ice Cream Social "Event"...even though attendance was low the folks there had a great time...we all sat around Margaret Rich's pool, ate ice cream with lots of different toppings, andjust had a "social afternoon" We even got a new youth member Rylee Williamsm and also met her parents as a bonus! Marsha Bustin worked her "you know what" off getting everythingready for the day and she deserves a public "Well Done" for an outstanding job. The left-over ice cream was enjoyed by those at the ranch for lunch since it was in Margaret's freezer. Next event coming ujp is the July annual BBQ and that involves delegate electrions, so try NOT to miss it if you can help it. Time and place next issue!
Up-Coming Club Promotions...the packet for the Vail endurance Ride on May 12 is ready to hand out to all of the entrants on May 11th at the location. Jenny Morgan (Membership chair) will be at the site handing them out to make sure each entrant gets one. The packet contains the Club Background, membership form, the "horse parts 1.0." sheet, the AHA brochure and some info on what or how to handle a barn fire problem. This packet will be labeled with a "courtesy of......(our club name). This same packet will be at our Region One show also.
Membership Renewals...for some of you getting this issue you will find a letter and a membership form enclosed. This is to let you know in case you have forgotten that your membership has expired that you have other options to remain in our club "information" loop" if you don't renew your AHA membership. We have previously said that the club now has an "Associate" membership for $20 but you may have forgotten. Contact Jenny Morgan (club membership, 951-767-7601 email email@example.com) for further information.
Youth News...AHA has a new educations program currently going called the 2012 Arabian Horse Judging Educational Resource series! This 2012 Series is to be used as an outreachresource for 4-H. FFA, and collegiate judging teams as well potential carded Arabian judging candidates. A series of four-horse classes with official placing and critiques will be madeavailable throughout 2012. If you go to the following web site
you will watch a Half-Arabian Gelding class and is set up like other practice judging videos you will see four views of four horses (plus some traveling) and then will be asked to place theclass. The second part of the video gives you the placings according to a carded judge and offers some critique. This is something that our youth can do at home in the evening (besides their homework!!!!). For further info contact Angela Mannick at AHA 303-696-4504.
Arabian Racing News...the following is some great news for Arabian horse lovers and for the promotion of the Arabian horse....
"Abu Dabai, capitol of the United Arab Emirates, will join with Pimlico Race Course to host a Grade I race for purebred Arabian horses on Preakness Day, Saturday, May 19th. This race will feature the $75,000-added The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, a Grade 1 race for Arabian horses"...
This follows on the heels of last year's running of one Arabian race at the Kentucky Derby which was such a success. And there will no doubt be a third one next year at the Belmont if all goes will. So be sure to tune in and see if I'll Have Another can repeat his win in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday, and catch the Arab race also.
Some Fun "Doings"... I checked the complete AHA membership roster for our club this year and discovered we have 3 members over 80 or over!!! Iris deZara, myself, and Margaret Haverstock don't care who knows it as it's an achievement we made it this far in this world of today I'm thinking!! BUT, in July we will have company... Chuck Brooked!!! Now how many thought Chuck would last this long after watching him show halter years ago... running through that heavy dirt with his little hat on??? Poor Barbara (wife) would stand at the rail with her hands oily from grooming and hope he wouldn't trip. Right now Chuck probably wishes he could get his hands around my neck, but for those of us who were around in those daysremember his infamous hat... Chuck, I do love you and you will be allowed one kick in my behind for the above!
Club member Rocksanne Pieters has a flyer out and would like to invite us to her place on May 20th for a Barn Foal Party from 2 to 6 pm. She is expecting a foal that is due May 7th at her ranch by Ever After NA X Ala Jazira Bey, There will be a Presentation of Horses at 3:30 also and there will be appetizers, snacks and beverages provided! Sounds like fun. (If my computer will cooperate you might get this newsletter in time to go....) RSVP to Racksanne at 760-789-6218 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
September (Fall) Horse Show...there will be a meeting for the 2012 Show Committee on May 15th at the Pizza Factory. Margaret Rich will be going over all of the areas that need to be addressed and started so things run smoothly and get done on time, particularly since we will be at a new location! It's like putting on new shoes and hope they don't pinch in case of a problem....or it's a problem if they pinch after you bought them!!!! Whatever....I'm obviously showing some signs of stress from my computer misfiring!!! If anyone "out there" has a brilliant idea on what to have as a "great" prize for a class sponsorship raffle (like last year) please let Margaret or a board member know soon. We want to stay on top of future electronics that might be on the market in late summer too.
Club "Business"...Club Delegate Count...the club has a total adult membership count to elect 3 people to serve as club delegates for 2012-13. These delegates are elected based on the adult member count as of June 30 and will attend the 2012 convention. They also are expected to attend all of the quarterly Regional meetings prior to convention. One requirement in our by-laws is that the delegate attend our club's monthly board meetings except for 2 unexcused absents, and they can't miss more than 4 total. The club does budget some monies to help with expenses for the convention but as a rule of thumb, one can count on paying for the delegate "packet" and enough food money for the 4 days...the hotel bill and airfare is usually picked up by the delegate. If you are interested in running please contact me directly (email email@example.com, phone 951-767-7601) and I'll send you a copy of what the by-law description requirements are for delegate. We need to know who is running by then and so names can be in the June newsletter along with a short bio on your reasons for running and your qualifications. The by-law info is helpful!!! At election time the top 3 with the highest number of votes be the delegates and the next in line becomes the alternate in case it is necessary at the convention.
More business... the 2012 taxes for the club will be done and mailed to the ol' IRS and California Tax Board on time. The Non-Profit California form S-100 (cost of @40) will be filed by me next month for August review by the State. It's rather easy and only costs us $10 to re-file.
Even more business... Beckey Downing reminded me that the board needs to be thinking about a nominating committee for officers for next year. Which means that you all should think about if you might want to submit your name to the board for consideration. They will be forwarded to the committee as soon as it is formed in June. This year we need to see some energy into running for office... I remember back when we actively campaigned to the club membership and asked for your vote in person! I realize that we all seem to be overloaded but maybe that's because our priorities need to be revisited or perhaps we get too much on our plate (for lack of a better word) and a change would be good. GOOD GRIEF, this newsletter is starting to sound like my old "As The Hot Walker Turns" column - there's a few people out there (like David Garrett, Marci Haggard, Cindy Johnson, Margaret Rich Chuck Brooker, Diana Bein, Iris deZara, Elizabeth Giles, Sheri West, to name a few)) that remember that part!!! Boy I think nostalgia is setting in... better quit and hope that my computer doesn't goof this up — I can't correct it because I can't get back in to it!!!! I've re-read it on screen, found the "red" underlines and fixed them, but hitting the check spell button won't work. I'll end with a note for
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Well, I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to begin this month's issue and thought that the Ice Cream Social seemed like a very tasty subject! All things were coming together for a field trip to Laura Cronk's new place for a potential embryo transplant potential, but with her just moving to a new place and not having any mares that were "on schedule" ready at this time it fell thru. So the Club decided to have a good old fashioned Ice Cream Social and make it a time for all of us to get together, renew our friendships since the last meeting in January and what we've been up to since!!!! A replacement program is being worked on also. The date is still April 21st (a Saturday!),
from 2 to 5 pm at Green Acres Ranch, 35750 DePortola, Temecula. Cost is $5 and there will be great raffle prizes. The next "event" after this will be our annual BBQ/voting scheduled for July, so keep in touch by coming to all of them!
Spring (March) Horse Show Report...What a great show said Margaret Rich, show manager, and all of her staff!! In spite of the rainy weather on Sunday causing a rescheduling of the Dressage Classes, everything went pretty darn smoothly. Horse count was up by about 50 and the classes were of good size for all but a very few....very satisfying. No one got hurt, no horses were injured and the volunteers all survived! The winner of the Sponsorship Raffle Prize of an iPad was El Camino Ranch!!!! Congratulations to them for their good luck. Next one up will be at the Fall (September) Horse Show, so save your $$$ for that "surprise" Prize. A big "GOOD JOB, WELL DONE" to all who are shown below as the volunteers from out club who made this show a success in staying on schedule.
Endurance Ride — Local Area...The May 12 Endurance Ride (AERC scantioned) will be at Vail Lake just south and east of Temecula! It will be a 25/50 mile ride and juniors pay half price! For all the particulars contact Janet Worts, Ride Manager 760-685-2706 or email: JanetWa@hotmail.com. Beckey Downing says that volunteering for helping on these rides is lots of fun and gives you some idea of what they are all about. And, they always can use volunteers — another way to spend an adventuress outing in your local area!
Regional News...Eventing Law suit Tossed Out...at our Regional meeting in January Inge Schuler reported on a law suit filed by the family of a rider killed in a fatal fall while competing at Galway Downs CC!** in November 2006. The family sued the eventer Kristi Nunnink for wrongful death, the insurance company, and also USEF, USEA, and the event organizer RELIEF. On January 30 of this year California Judge Reimer threw the cases out citing "no facts or evidence or proof" of wrong-ful death or negligence. The family claimed that the horse wasn't fit to ride in the event though a vet and the trainer agreed as to its soundness.
Also, the first efforts have been completed as of this month (April) on the feasibility of having a company in Washington state do a revised 2012 Regional Membership Directory. We have another Regional meeting on April 14th so we should have some idea of how it is progressing.
Membership...Jenny Morgan has been working on letting members know if they have forgotten to renew their membership and one of the ways is to put a Membership Form in their newsletter! I usually keep a "member" on the mailing list for a month or two for that very reason... so if you see a form in your copy this month you know that you have been "tagged"!!!! BUT, if you have renewed via on-line to AHA don't fret as AHA has been late in getting names updated to Jenny so there could be an overlap...
Don't forget the Ice Cream Social and send in some news for the newsletter...show results, new foals, interesting tid-bits?
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