Gem State Members,
We’ve made the tough decision to cancel our May show. As many of you know, we are unable to hold it at the Idaho Center due to conflicts with the Governor’s Stay At Home Order. I worked with the Idaho Horse Park to put together what we hoped would be a compliant workaround. This was presented to the City of Nampa and was unfortunately deemed non-essential. I’m grateful to Andrew Luther and Louri Grover at the Horse Park for their help and support of the Reined Cowhorse community as we worked through the present challenges.
Our board worked together to look into alternate dates and other venues. We’re grateful to many of our local private facilities, including High Desert Station, for being so flexible and great to work with as we explored our options. Unfortunately, our efforts to reschedule or relocate were met with the usual challenges of scheduling, cattle, and show help. We weighed the options and voted unanimously to cancel so we can put our best efforts into an outstanding June show instead of being stretched thin by scraping together a less than ideal May show.
Many of you have expressed how ready you are to get in the show pen. I’m confident and excited that our June show will be held as scheduled. Our other three shows are still on the books and I’m certain this will be another great show season for Gem State. We also have a few outstanding opportunities to prepare for the upcoming shows:
Gem State will be hosting a full day paid reining on May 30th at High Desert! 5 minute slots will be $30 and will be on a time-based signup. This is a great opportunity to get back in the pen in an affordable, low-pressure way and get your horses sharp for upcoming shows. We’ll have sign up available very soon.
Ryan Thomas will be kicking off his clinic series with a rein work clinic on May 23rd at Redtail Ranch. His herd work clinic is tentatively scheduled for June 6th, also at Redtail. The proceeds from these clinics, like last year, will go towards sponsoring the Non Pro Bridle Spectacular Year-End saddle. These clinics were very well-received last year! Look for sign up and full details coming soon.
Thank you all for understanding as we navigate this unprecedented spring! We hope to see you safe and healthy very soon. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
President, Gem State Stock Horse Association