State Director's Corner

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We just learned that our own Tim Droptiny will be the recipient of the 2014 Top Hand Award at the NBHA Open World Show at the end of the month. Congratulations Tim!

October 14, 2014

If you are going to the NBHA Open/Senior World Show you can now rent stall mats through Elite Stall Rentals. All pre-ordered mats will be in your stall upon arrival. Rentals will also be available on-site. To pre-order call 855-MATS-200 (855-628-7200), 530-477-2556 or visit their website (www.stallmatrentals.com). I called and was told the cost is $95 each. For an additional fee they will spread your shavings and disinfect your stall. If you have questions please contact Elite Stall Rentals directly.

October 8, 2014

Well just got done writing to the Barrel Horse News about our terrific NBHA Michigan State Championships! Can you believe $25,000 in added $’s? Thank you to all those who came up with ads for the program & sponsors! Without you there would be no way we could do this! Jim & I were talking today & fantasying about all of our 600 members just getting $50 in ads & having $30,000 in added $’s! Wouldn’t that be awesome? We had a payout of $44,195 total & had over $15,000 in prizes including 12 Alamo Saddles & 13 Gist Buckles! Yes we did go 4-D this year across the board, in the Open, Youth & Senior! Which meant 2 more saddles than previous years, BUT it went really well thanks to your District Director’s generosity in donating the additional 2 saddles. Our Saddle sponsors were Conlee Oil, Brad Marshall Logging, Crusecom Technology Consultants LLC, Burt Watson Chevrolet (Who also provided the beautiful Chevrolet to introduce the directors), Split Pine Acres, Wildwood Rush Zip Line, Marshall Meadows Barrel & Race Horses, Seder Farms/Hank’s Restaurant & Lounge, Doug’s RV & Camper Repair, & Rick James Electric Motors. Our Buckle sponsor: Curt & Renee Yerger donated the Target Buckle which was won by Christina Butt leman. Other Buckle sponsors included Micheleen & Rob Pierce, Midway Chevrolet, Londo TV, Diehl Dairy, Torch Lake Farms, Seder Dairy, MI05, & Curtis Brothers Construction. NBHA Michigan would also like to thank Bader & Sons John Deere for providing the tractors for finals, The Sullivan Family for providing the additional Reveal 4 in 1, Saginaw Valley Vet for being there all weekend to take great care of our horses & proving us with the great chicken Bar-B-Q, also Beadle Lake Large Animal for also being there for us & providing a bucket full of T’s, arm band, mug & gift certificates for vet services for all the Champions! Got Bling by Melisa provided the “Pink” awards won by Miranda Wells, Mark Witzel, Pam Averill, & Ally Barga. Barry Reed donated the fast time handmade bronc halters won by Open: Kali Carpenter, Senior: Sheri Oakey, & Youth: Kali Carpenter. Congratulations to our “Volunteer of the Year” Denise Jones who won a rolling travel bag donated by NBHA Michigan. We would also like to thank Running Hard Tack for donating Lubrisyn, Back on Track, & Iconoclast Products.
Without your NBHA Michigan District Director’s time & work this show would not be possible, AND without the members jumping in & volunteering to set barrels, do the gate, timing, office help, & driving tractors (wasn’t the ground absolutely excellent?) & many other things to make the show run smoothly this $44,195 payout would not be possible. Many hands make light work just 1 hour of your time at state makes a HUGE difference! Thank You from all of us!

We would like to thank Lenell Dean for coming up from South Carolina to announce & keep our State Championships running smooth, doing a great job on the Calcutta, & giving the 6 & under stick horse riders a chance to win by knocking over a barrel! What a great announcer!

We are so lucky to have Brett Pulh from Ohio as our photographer & video man this year! It was so nice to be able to see our photos & videos & take them home with us! Wow! Great job Brett we really enjoyed having you & thank you!
A fixture of NBHA Michigan is Ellie Mays Concession! We are so glad Ellie was there & what a great breakfast on Sunday morning for the cleanup committee! Look out next year, Ellie is getting a new & larger rig! She has all kinds of great plans for new foods!

Ok just a few details of NBHA Michigan 2014 State Championships! We had $25,000 in added money, over $15,000 in prizes, 395 Open entries, 129 Youth entries, 93 senior entries, 33 maverick entries, won by Nicole Maystead, all received buckets of goodies donated by MI02 & MI05, fast time trophy donated by the Bekins Family, & 7 riders in our 1st annual stick horse races (not counting Lenell) bags of goodies donated by Conlee Oil. What a great turn out & show!

Just a few housekeeping details: We have some outstanding hat fines ($15), please send the $’s to me ASAP or B/4 you run the next show so you will not be suspended: Elizabeth Coe, Deb Stults, Terri Forrest, Amy Korreck, Jacqui Greco, & Holly Pummell. Thank you!

Also Jacqui Greco won a free entry to the 2015 State Championships by staying in our host hotel; The Fairview Inn! Congratulations Jacqui! She was the only one who turned in her receipt!

Also thank you members for bring “things” for the Silent auction; our grand total was a $1,011 profit! Not bad for things we were not using!!!!!
What about that Calcutta? Nice job Brad Marshall for putting it together! We made over $400 BUT the winners made 1-D over $600 Tom Dunlap, 2-D $549 Diane Loosenort, 3-D $367 Carrie Mullaney, & 4-D over $200 Randy Curtis!

Congratulations Winners! Thank you to Team Tim Droptiny for delivering sawdust to our stalls, it is so nice to have your sawdust delivered! Thank you to Renee Yerger & Judy Stopyak for greeting everyone at the gate! Thank you to Michelle Wells for coordinating the “1st annual Stick Horse Races” & also helping with the timing! To Dee Dee Meier for taking care of the silent auction! Jeri Witzel & Lil Rasmussen for jumping in wherever we needed help,  the Walkie Talkies & coordinating the t shirt sales & Lil for donating to our awards! Thank you Pattie Marshall for the use of her “Charlie Horse Program”  for inputting entries, & Mandi Kincade, Nita Post & Kit Bounds for coming to my house & putting this State Championships together!
Congratulations to all Champions & finalists! You are all Champions! Thank you all entries for your great support of the greatest Barrel Racing Organization in the World! Speaking of World, see you all there safe travels & good runs!

Happy Trails to you all.

Diane Loosenort
1950 64th Street
Byron Center MI 49315