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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 parking.

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!

CONGRATULATIONS.... (6/6/01)
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 615-790-0550.  

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!