Letter from the president

May . 2019

                  President’s message; 

WOW! Our show season is off and running. The Good To Be Green, May show, was our biggest to date; what an outstanding way to kickoff our 10-Year Anniversary as an NRCHA affiliate. I always enjoy seeing familiar and new faces at the first show. I tried to meet as many new members as possible and I look forward to meeting more members at our next show. 

We had almost 300 entries and our classes were bigger than ever especially our green classes. Congratulations to Alex Morency, she was the winner of the weekend Green Rider Championship buckle as well as the Saturday Stockman Challenge Champion.  Frank Prisco was the winner of the Saturday drawing.  

Thank you to all our exhibitors for having patience with us as we experienced growing pains.  The show was so large that we ran till 12:30 am on Saturday night. The board is working on ways to make our next show move faster. To start, we are moving paid warm-ups to Friday evening; and hoping for good weather so we can utilize the outdoor arena as a warm-up pen. More information on these plans will be on Facebook and our web-site soon. 

It takes a lot of people to put on a horse show and we couldn’t do it with out help from our NYRCHA team.  Jared and Terra Ellis, Hoss’s Ridge, deserve a big thank. for supplying us with a great set of cattle. I heard many positive comments about them including from our judge, Sam Rose. Sam, a director on the NRCHA board, endured a long weekend judging our never ending show. Cindy Pfeifer keeps everyone organized and the show running smoothly. Dave Casey did a fantastic job announcing most of the show but had some help while he rode from Robin Waite, Lisa Sykes & Jen Decker.  Billi Hill and Wendy Kuhn handled the scribing. Scott Waite and Ray Stephens ran the gate and setup the ranch riding. Jacob and Lauren Partridge for keeping the footing worked up, scribing, checking bits, riding turn back for everyone, and anything else I asked them to do. Jack Minteer for doing the bit checks for the open bridle class, Holly Shockro for keeping entries moving at the in gate, and a huge thank you to Lisa Sykes for all the things she does as the show manager. It really does take a village! 

Because of the success we are adding money to Saturday as well as Sunday at the June 8-9, 2019 show.   

Thank you to all our sponsors and a big welcome to our newest Silver Spur Sponsor, Karen Black with Clark Performance Horses. 

I don’t want to fail to mention that our Darren Bilyea Clinic and our Team Green Clinic were both a big success.  The Darren Bilyea clinic was a successful weekend of working cattle and even though the weather didn’t cooperate, the cows did!  The Team Green Clinic, held May 3 at Fonda, couldn’t have been done without our volunteer coaches, Karen Black, Holly Shockro & Lauren and Jacob Partridge.  I have heard only great comments about both clinics.  

Please thank our board members at the next show for working so hard to provide everyone with an opportunity to show our cow horses here in the Northeast. I look forward to seeing everyone at our next show, the Silver Spur Classic, June 8-9, 2019 in Fonda.  Remember to use the online entry forms on our web-site to help make the office run faster on show day. 

Joe Decker