SUBMITTED BY TAMMIE COOPER
The end of April finds me writing May\’s newsletter, and today was the first time if felt like spring. It has been a testing spring preparing for the 2011 show season, horses with very thick coats to shed, weather complicating everything but we are now just weeks away from our first show. For those of you who have not yet got your paperwork in order for the Lloyd spring show better hurry as time is a ticking away. You can find all the information you will need at http://www.saskpainthorseclub.com/ under our show page. So much new and exciting for the Lloyd show on May 21 and 22. Watch for the new and exciting Adult Walk/Trot! I got my walk trot card and am excited to ride in walk trot at the Saskatoon show as I will be missing the Lloyd show (in more ways then one), till then cheer on my fellow new breed show riders in the walk trot classes.
The spring show in Lloyd will also be very important for our youth, with the youth numbers growing it is time for our youth to organize and form the Saskatchewan Junior Paint Horse Club. A formation meeting will be held at the Lloyd show on Friday May20th at 8:00 to 8:45. It will be an exciting time being able to be a founding member and help in deciding how the club will be set up and have a voice in upcoming events. You all have voices, come to the meeting and use them. The first 20 members will receive a custom “Dana’s Doodles” founding member print. We will end the meeting with our first official fun event. So everyone make sure your show chores are done, and come down to the famous SjPHC table for 8:00. I would like to say a huge Thank you to Dana from Dana’s Doodles for her huge support of our new club. She has also done up a custom print for us to raffle off at the show, so make sure to check it out in the show office.
More news for the Lloyd show will be that our speed events have been combined to all ages. Prizes are being added to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in barrels and poles. Placing’s will be determined by combining the fastest times of the two days. In the event of a tie, there will be a run off to determine the winner. Prizes will be awarded immediately after barrels and poles have run. To enter any of the speed events (barrels, poles, western riding and reining) it is mandatory that all competitors pre-enter by May 10th, this is also the stall deadline. If there are not three or more competitors for these classes, they will not be offered at the show and all monies paid will be returned to the competitor.
I do have some bad news to pass on, this pass December the Paint Horse world lost a great station, Clayboy. Our condolences go out to LisaHuynh, from Win Huynh Ranch, Tracy and Jason of Katawasin Performance Horses and Lionel and Trena from Treeline acres. These lucky few had the opportunity to have Clayboy in their herds. My family is one of few who are lucky to own one of his babies. On a special page dedicated to Clayboy on Katawasin Performance Horses website, Tracy has said “For some time I became fixated on “replacing” Clay with his perfect replica. But horses are like people, they are meant to be irreplaceable and unique. So for now, I just enjoy those special small moments when I see glimpses of him in his offspring and when I walk into our pasture and they all come running over I can feel Clayboy all around me… and those moments will always bring a smile to my face.
So that’s about it for me for the month of May, I would like to thank Gwen Kinnee for taking on sharing newsletter for the club. You can contact either of us to share your news. Our contact information is on the website under membership. Till next time, spend lots of time showing, riding and enjoying the best horses in the world.
~ Tammie Cooper
SPHC Vice President
SPHC Youth Leader