As we come to the end of another exciting year for POAC, I have many things to be thankful for during this holiday season.
First and foremost, I am thankful for the opportunity to work for a great organization and promoting such a family versatile equine. We have some of the most competitive horses and riders in the industry, and our graduates have gone on to be some of the most influential trainers and competitors all over the world. Our horses, whether show stock, trail, therapy, rodeo, ranch and farm, breeding stock, or just pasture scenery, are beautiful in stature as well as mindset.
Behind any great organization is a great staff that makes it all work. The girls in the office do amazing work to keep this organization running for the membership. When you call the office, please be sure to give them a kind word, as they work countless hours for you!
I am very proud of our current National Board of Directors. Often times, decision that they make are not “the crowd favorite” but they analyze each situation carefully and make decisions for the good of the breed. These individuals are volunteers, yet they travel to meetings across the country and volunteer their time to assist with shows and events in order to promote our breed. Their service to POAC is vital to the entire organization.
Finally, I am very thankful to you, the membership, for loving POAs, encouraging others to join this great organization, supporting our youth and adult exhibitors, sponsoring awards and events throughout the year, and supporting our leaders and staff on a daily basis! We could not do what we do without you.
Now for the future of POAC...You don’t want to miss the 2020 POAC National Convention, February 20-23 rd , in Indianapolis at the Airport Crown Plaza. Check our website, www.poac.org for registration information. Our theme is “Making our Mark on the Future” and we need your help. We will be collecting monetary donations during that weekend for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, as we plan to deliver cowboy hats filled with toys for some of the residents. Please help POAC to make a difference and “Make our Mark” in February!
Remember that starting next year, you will be receiving a quarterly newsletter and a final “Year in Review” POA Magazine with your paid membership. This was one of those decisions the Board had to make for the good of the breed. We hope you find this change positive and informative.
Until next time, hug your kids and your ponies!