Hey GSSHA Members,

Thanks to everyone who came out to show, support, and help with the June GSSHA show!

We’re proud to say that our entries for the May show were double last year’s, and our June show was nearly triple. I’d like to recognize Nikki Francis for the excellent job she is doing as our show secretary. Putting on a successful show hinges on the “behind the scenes” efforts. Her ultra-efficient system is helping drive the growth we are seeing.

A bit of business to address: someone leaving the show had an accident with their trailer, resulting in significant damage to a light pole, its wiring, and the overhead lights. The damage was to Idaho Horse Park property. Unfortunately, Gem State Stock Horse Association is responsible for the cost of repair unless the driver is willing to come forward. We understand that accidents happen and welcome any information about this incident.

We are expecting our July show to be another record breaker. This NRCHA-sanctioned derby and horse show will be held at the Horse Park 7/27-7/29. It include $15,000 in added money plus prizes and a futurity pre-work with a $155 entry fee (can’t beat that!). We’ve also decided to add a paid reining practice Friday morning—keep an eye out for full details coming soon.

I am putting together a signup sheet for help with the upcoming show. There are too many tasks for the few board members when shows get this large, so we’ll be reaching out soon to ask for your participation. We understand that everyone is there to show and are working on ways to divide tasks into manageable assigned timeslots to help you find a job that will work with your show schedule. Gem State is a non-profit, so volunteering counts as community service…enlist your teenagers!

There has been some great input from members this year, so keep the feedback coming and look for some new ideas being implemented. We’ll keep answering your questions in Lisa’s wildly popular “New to Showing” blog!

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the rest of your board members for their efforts. Everyone is working hard to get to the show early and staying late for set up and tear down. There’s lots of long days leading up to shows, and I’m grateful to have such an outstanding team.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone again in July for 3 days of big added money classes and some great cowhorse competition.

See you soon,
Brian Lesher