FRANKLIN SHOW COMING TOGETHER! (6/6/01)
Several board members visited the Williamson County Ag Expo Park last
week to get a look at our next show facility. It is HUGE! The arena
is 150' x 300', but we will probably shorten it a little. The barns are
very convenient to the arena, with the covered practice pen in between.
There are enough stalls in the restrooms to assign a stall to each individual
participant! The ground should be very good. There is plenty of
On the negative side, there are NO trailer hook-ups at this time. (They
do expect to add them in the future). We cannot use cords to go from the
barn electrical to trailers, so anyone wanting to stay in their trailers should
have an independent power source.
Another "different" aspect is asphalt flooring in the barns (stalls
& aisles). This was done to facilitate cleaning and to reduce the risk
of disease transmission. However, additional shavings or straw under the
shavings may be needed.
All in all, I think everyone will enjoy this new facility. It is
definitely a good place to practice before going off to The Tradition for
the Affiliate Championships!
To Don and Cathy Rich on the arrival of their new son, Paul Alexander
(Alex) on May 12. Alex weighed in at 8 lbs., 13 1/2 oz.
To Nathan and Shannon Nelson on the arrival of their new son, Brennan Tyler (Ty)
on June 1. Ty weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz.
To Laura Richey on her acceptance to Purdue University Veterinary
School. This isn't an easy feat, and Laura was accepted after her junior
year--even more unusual! She will receive her Bachelor's degree from
Purdue after her first year of vet school.
ROCKY DARE WILL CONDUCT JANUARY 2002 CLINIC (6/6)
Rocky Dare has agreed to conduct our January 19-20, 2001
clinic. Dare is one of the top-earning NRHA riders, winning just about
every award that can be won. He is well-known for his Freestyle
programs. In recent years, he has been very involved with the USET
program. I need to get more specific information about his career, but
suffice it to say that we are lucky to book him for this event! Thanks to
Brad Pagh for putting it together!
NEW GREEN REINER PROGRAM! (4/19/01)
The "Green Rider" classes are no more! Our new
"Green Reiner" program provides a systematic path for reaching Rookie
status. See the "Green Rules" page for all the details on how
this new program works. We think it's a great improvement!
WE'RE GOING BRONZE (2/21/01)
Plans were finalized this week to have a premier reining event at the
brand-new Williamson County Agriculture Exposition Park in Franklin, TN.
This state-of-the-art facility will be the site of our new show August
25-26. Added money for the Open, Non Pro, and Novice Horse Open classes
will be $1000 on Saturday and $500 on Sunday. There will be a total of 3
Morrison bronze trophies and 8 pewter trophies awarded at this show. This
will be an affiliate-qualifying event, giving us a total of 6 affiliate shows
during our March, May, & August events.
The Tennessee riders, spearheaded by Trish Franks, are lining up sponsors to
make event possible. Vendors in the Nashville area are anxious to get this
new facility off to a great start and are sponsoring the added money. If
you would like to participate as a sponsor, please contact Trish at
This should be an outstanding event. Mark your calendars now!
YOUTH RIDER SCHOLARSHIP (2/21/01)
The Youth Rider Scholarship for the BGRHA clinic will be offered again
for 2001. The Youth rider with the most BGRHA points (combined divisions)
in Youth classes will be awarded free tuition and stall for next year's
clinic. Go for it!