IMG_8743January 2021 – Happy New Year Everyone!  What a year 2020 was.  With COVID and gathering restrictions, I’m wondering how many of your 2020 resolutions were accomplished. Well this year’s resolution for me as WSH President is to help get all our major divisions back up and running and having a somewhat normal show season. Let’s keep doing our part in keeping ourselves safe as well as those we love so that 2021 is a much better year for all of us and we can get back into the arena.

As a reminder, it is time to send in your 2021 dues. The 2021 membership forms are available on the WSH website if you are joining non-club. Those that are club members are encouraged to contact their Club Secretary ASAP to arrange for payment and renewal. This year’s dues are the same as last year and are an incredible bargain for 12 months of fun! Your continued support of WSH is truly appreciated!

Although we were not able to meet in person for the 2020 WSH Annual Convention, I want to thank those that attended virtually! The ability to do so from the comfort of our front rooms made attendance so easy. It was wonderful seeing so many faces on the Zoom calls! Additionally, the Games Division was able to host an in-person division meeting, luncheon and awards. A big “thank you” to Melissa Stockman for the loan of her indoor arena for the event. I would also like to thank Jessie McLaughlin for coordinating the Zoom meetings for the weekend. The hope is to be able to meet again in person for the 2021 WSH Convention. The hotel we had originally scheduled for 2020 was so gracious to roll our deposit over and honor all of the pricing so that we can hold this year’s convention on November 12-14 in Spokane at the Airport Ramada Inn.

At Sunday’s meeting, Terri Lehnertz was elected as Vice President. The following Zone Directors were ratified as well – Kamie McDowell (Cascade), Terri Lehnertz (Northeast), Stephanie Price (Prairie – 1 Year Term), Teri Blair (Puget Sound), and Bonnie Schuchman (Zone One). Staying on for the completion of this year’s term as Zone Directors are Tammy Call-Jones (Canal), Arlene Marquart (North Central), and Kelvin Plagerman (Northwest Border).

At the January Board Meeting, we hope to ratify the following members to the positions listed: Jessie McLaughlin (Treasurer), TBA (Olympic Zone Director), Dan Moriarty (Enforcement), Mary Brady (Historical), Rich Parnell (Legislative), Kamie McDowell (Membership), Jessie McLaughlin (Publications / East Side Youth Merit Chair), Shane Laib (East Side Zone Coordinator), Tammy Call-Jones (West Side Zone Coordinator), Cheryl Hayward (West Side Youth Merit Chair), Gloria Marley (Awards), Jessie McLaughlin (Convention), and Mary Jane Lowry (Royalty).

We still have some openings on the WSH Board if you are interested in serving and learning more about this great organization we belong to! Please contact me should you have an interest in being a part of our amazing team. Washington State Horsemen is the only multi-discipline, multi-generational equine organization in the State of Washington. Be sure to invite your friends and those you come in contact with to join WSH. New members (for 2021) can join their ENTIRE FAMILY for the cost of an individual membership! I look forward to seeing all of your posts on Facebook on what you do this winter to keep your horse in shape!  2021 is only going to get better with the members working together by making it a safe and fun year!  See you real soon —

Emma McLaughlin