Letter from the president

January 2019

Happy New Year

    I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season. NYRCHA had a terrific 2018 show season. Entries were up and we saw a lot of new faces competing.  

     In 2019, we have another Green Rider High Point Saddle up for grabs.  The 2018 Green Rider Saddle will be awarded at our upcoming banquet to Erin Gendreau.  (Thank you to PC Saddles for helping us purchase this saddle again this year)

    Our annual general membership meeting and year end awards banquet is March 2nd at the Ramada in Geneva, NY.  It should be a fun night and is at a great location. Even if you're not a member, but have been thinking about getting involved, the banquet is an opportunity to meet the board and learn about Reined Cow Horse. Don’t forget to bring your silent Auction item.  Be sure to get your reservations in to Robin Waite as soon as possible.

    A reminder for members, four positions are up for election this year: President, Secretary, Youth director, and Director. If you're interested in running, please contact one of our board members to get nominated (nominations will also be taken at the meeting).   

    Our 2019 show season will be here soon. Your board of directors has been working very hard to get all our show dates set. All of our shows will take place at the Fonda Fairgrounds, Fonda, NY.  We will be having five two-day-NRCHA-sanctioned-shows this year. Along with our herd-work, bridle classes, ranch horse and green classes we will be offering a new novice youth class too.

    New in 2019, Green Riders, will not be allowed to cross enter into a fence class.  The Walk/Trot divisions, Youth and Adult, will not allowed to cross enter into a loping class with the exception of the ranch horse classes.  

    Again this year, NYRCHA will have a booth at WNY Equifest in Hamburg NY on March 23rd and 24th.  Stop by and say hi and ask some questions about reined cow horse.   If you are interested in volunteering contact Robin Waite.

    Don't miss our first event of the year, a clinic with Darren Bilyea from Ontario, Canada. Darren is an accomplished trainer who most recently won the Northeastern Regional Championships in Open Bridle/Limited Open Bridle and Limited Open Hackamore. The clinic on April 27th and 28th will have entry level and advance sessions. Currently all rider spots are filled, but it is a chance to audit and learn from one of our area professionals.

    Thank you to all our 2018 sponsors.  If anyone is interested in sponsoring in 2019 or knows someone that would like to support NYRCHA please contact lisasykes@yahoo.com.

    I believe we offer a class for every level of rider, so make this the year you try Reined Cow Horse. I look forward to seeing all our members and hopefully new members at our shows this year. Good luck to everyone!

        Sincerely your president,

                Joe Decker