IMG_8743October 2019 – Autumn greetings everyone!  I hope that everyone’s show season went well this past year!  I know that mine did and I couldn’t be happier with my little pony and her accomplishments at this year’s Washington State Championship Show!  I am getting back into the groove of school again and that means we are a short couple months away from our Annual Convention in Bellevue, WA.  I have loved Convention for as long as I can remember.  It sometimes was the best way to get a four-day weekend!  I am looking forward to my first Convention as Washington State Horsemen President, to the memories to be made, smiles to be seen, and the fun “afterglow” or “party” Saturday night after our banquet dinner and awards.  I hope everyone gets registered to attend their respective meetings, attend the banquet dinner, and have a weekend of fun.  

Be sure to read through this issue of the Canter thoroughly and bring it along with you to Convention as we are continuing to utilize it as the Convention program rather than printing a separate program. It contains rule change proposals for the major divisions and financial reports. Be sure to join us for the Friday evening Board Meeting at Convention (all are welcome). We will also be holding a Board Meeting on October 12 at the Kittitas Valley Event Center (Ellensburg Fairgrounds) beginning at 10:00 a.m. Again, all are welcome to attend!

I want to just take the rest of this moment to share a few things with you and have a real “sit down” with your President.  Being president of a state-wide organization at a young age (while attending college and working), you’d think it would be way too hard…I would like to think otherwise.  I have had a wonderful team behind me; Lisa Gardner as Vice President/ Horse Show Director, Cheryl Moriarty as Secretary, and Jean Garcia as Treasurer. I want to thank my mother, Jessie McLaughlin, who served as the 2012 and 2013 WSH President and continues to serve as the Canter Publisher/Editor (and more). Our other major division directors, Zone Presidents, and Board Members have been super helpful this year as well and I cannot thank each of you enough. I’d also like to thank all my other relatives, NEZ members, and members throughout the State that had my back this year and supported me keeping everything in our organization moving forward.  I cannot wait to continue looking forward with this organization.  See you all super soon! #wshlifestyle – – Emma McLaughlin