Come and Enjoy the Fun!
Well 2022 was another great year for all our Northwest members. We were able to spend time with loved ones and spend time with our fellow equine friends in and out of the show ring. It was so nice to see everyone out enjoying themselves and spending time with their equine partners.
We had another great Area VIII show and we appreciate all of our sponsors and exhibitors for coming out and supporting the show. Our membership keeps growing and we were so happy to meet a lot of new people this year. Our industry has also seen many members retiring from the show arena and pursuing new adventures. And although we hate to see our members leave our horse show family, we are so grateful for all the wonderful memories we have shared. We wish everyone many great adventures while you look to a new chapter in your lives.
Our office and ring staff were fabulous and we want you to know how much we appreciate you all. We hope to see everyone out enjoying their equines again this year and are very excited for the New Year. This year we are hosting the Area VIII National Show and have moved the show to Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake Washington.
2023 has started out with mild weather, which has many members dreaming of clipping their equine show prospects. We had a very cold December and I know a lot of us were wondering if January would bring the same. But with the milder temperatures and the sunny days, everyone is eager to spend more time outside with their equine partners. We hope all of our members and their families continue to have good health and happiness as we head into spring. We hope our members will find lots of fun events to participate in. There are always members that enjoy, trail driving, drives on the beach and of course visiting schools and retirement/nursing homes. If you have an event or would like to join with some of our members to visit the schools or nursing homes, please reach out to each other.
2023 is going to be a fun filled year for NWMHSPA. We hope to see many returning members, along with seeing some new faces this year. Please be sure and click on the link for our membership application. Our club has been hard at work looking for ways to entice new and old members alike to join our all-inclusive club.
The decision to move the show to Moses Lake was based on many factors, but most of all it was a financial decision that the BOD and membership felt was the most fiduciary decision we could make for the continued success of the Club as a whole. We hope everyone will continue to support ALL the local clubs in our area, either through entries and attendance or a generous sponsorship. Without our wonderful sponsors and exhibitors our clubs would not be able to offer these great venues and shows.
We will again, be offering the Amateur High Point program this year. There were only two members that participated in 2022. Both members received a beautiful hand tooled weekender bag. We enjoy giving back to our members and acknowledge their hard work and dedication. Hopefully more members will participate this year.
There will be a high point for all three divisions, miniature A, miniature B and Shetland. It will be open to all members of the NWMHSPA. All you have to do is let us know prior to our show in June that you would like to participate. We will count points from both of our local shows, NWMHSPA Show in June in Moses Lake and Evergreen Miniature Horse Show in Elma. You will need to keep track of your placings and submit them by August 31, 2023 to be eligible for these awards.
We will also offer an All Around Amateur, which will be a one horse/handler in each division. For the All Around Amateur Award you will need to nominate your horse prior to the NWMHSPA show in June. There are no fees for this, but we will not be accepting nominations at the show. Nomination form can be found on our website.
If you are not able to participate in these programs we would love to have you help sponsor them. The more sponsors we have for this program the bigger the prizes. We hope you will attend as many local shows as you can, to help support the clubs in this area.
The NWMHSPA Stallion Sweepstakes is also being offered again this year. If you have a stallion that is in this program and had foals born in 2022, please make sure you contact Syndi Kanzler. There is a 50.00 foal nomination fee and all money from these nominations goes into the pot and is paid out to the winners in this class. We also have sponsored awards for these foals. So don’t miss out on this great program. If you have a stallion you would like to nominate, we are happy to have new stallions in the area participating. It is a lifetime nomination fee of 200.00. All resulting foals can be nominated in their weanling or yearling year, prior to the show for their yearling halter class held at the NWMHSPA Show.
We will continue to offer mentoring to newbies. Several of our long-time members are offering their expertise, advice and guidance to new people entering the world of small equines. So if you have always wanted to join a club and come out and show off your horses, join now and plan on attending the show.
Thank you for your continued support of the NWMHSPA. See you all down the road. Safe travels and best of luck in 2023.