I hope you are just as excited as I am to get together and watch some fabulous two and three-year-olds in Corydon, IN on Saturday!
Just a couple side announcements. We will have two raffles going on the day of. A 50-50 raffle and a raffle for this handy Classic rope bag pictured below. Please see Cheryl Yelch the day of for your tickets. They will be $1 each or 6 for $5.
Also we will be having a silent desert auction. If you would like to donate a dessert to that please message me here on Facebook or see me the day of and I will get you squared away. I know a couple people have already mentioned what they will be donating and I can’t wait to bid on the delicious treats.
See you all Saturday!
Hello KRHA Family!
In all my communication with you I strive to be clear and concise with my wording and make every attempt to be respectful of your time. This update may not be as concise as I would prefer, but every effort is being made to be as clear as possible while giving you important information.
What should have been the midpoint of our season would be a natural time to give you this update. With the heat related cancellation we had in June, following the bitter cold in April and storms in May, we are beyond the midpoint, with 2 shows remaining. After 3 consecutive years of Mother Nature smiling on us for most of our shows, the odds finally evened out and caught up with us this year. Despite that, we are working and planning to finish the year strong.
We strive to be transparent with you letting you know where we are financially, any upcoming or proposed changes and the overall direction of our organization. This is our effort to do just that.
First the good.
Our show entries, despite early weather challenges remain fairly strong. Had we not had a significant number of late day scratches in April and May we would be averaging at or above 2021 entry levels. 2021 was a record year for us with an average total entry count of 396 per show. As would be expected, our entry fee income has remained strong. We are down slightly from 2021’s average of $9,094. If not for the weather issues in the first half of the season, we would likely be on another record setting pace.
Next the not-so-good.
Just like all segments of our economy, inflation has had a profound impact on our expenses. Some expense items were anticipated, some were not. The major impact to our show expense has come from 2 items.
In addition to these two principal expense items, we have had increases in facility fees, judges’ fees, and payouts. None of these items have had the impact of the primary two listed above, but the cumulative effect adds up. Incidental fees at Shelby County Fairgrounds for horses being tied to trailers in the grass area, increased judges’ fees across the board are part of the incremental expense increase we’ve experienced.
So where does this leave us?
Fortunately, we have a strong cash balance. As of today, we have a cash balance of $18,336. $1,489 of that is allocated to the Johnny Gammon Challenge event. We have been able to carry forward healthy cash balances from prior years. Each of the past 4 years has been able to start with a larger cash balance than the year before. We can move forward and continue offering the Ranch Horse Show experience we all want.
Where we face one of the largest areas of concern relates to Year End Awards. Over the years the goal has been to pay back to our members, in the form of year-end awards, a substantial amount of the show profit while leaving a cash balance to start the next year. There were years early on where the target was $5,000 as a starting balance for the next year. We’ve been very fortunate that the next year’s starting balance has been increased each year. This year we are reaping the benefit of that practice. Unless we have a strong turnout for the remaining shows, we may be faced with scaling back the amount spent on year end awards. The Awards Committee has been unequaled in their ability to find award items that are valued and desired by our members. Every effort will be made to continue that tradition. The reality is that we may not have the available resources to spend at the level we’ve grown accustomed to without a strong finish to the year.
How do we get there?
For the remainder of this year there are several things we all can do. Your Board has committed to taking on some of the staffing tasks we have paid for in past shows. Additionally, we are refocusing on getting the correct balance of pre-entry estimates and adequate cattle order counts. This is one of the highest priority items for us.
Come out and support our September and October shows. The days are getting shorter, and the shadows are getting longer. Let’s fill up the classes.
Your help in volunteering with some of the set-up, show day tasks and post show take down will help greatly. The adage “many hands make light work” comes into play here. We have two outstanding office staff members in Kim Cornelius and Robert Snelling. They are the glue that holds the office process together. Where we need volunteer help is assisting them; running documents to the announcer stand, score sheets to the judges, keeping the order-of-go lists posted and updated at the entry gate and other associated tasks.
Plan to attend the general membership meeting and Fundraiser this fall. The date, time and location will be announced soon. The response and results of this event has made a great contribution to the stability and growth of KRHA. Spread the word about our spring clinic. The clinic has brought new members in each year and has helped start each year in a stronger financial position. Point potential sponsors our way. Our members are loyal to our sponsors and take their business to them.
What does this mean for the future?
None of us has a crystal ball, but indications are that the inflation we’ve experienced isn’t likely to abate any time soon. Fuel prices have softened a bit, but other areas remain suffocating. We are taking a realistic look at our fee structure and our expense items to better plan for next year. We are committed to having much of the hard work done before a new officer group and board takes place next year. Facilities are being evaluated, entry fees from similar organizations are being reviewed. The reality is that if economic conditions remain as they are we will likely be faced with increased fees. My commitment to you is that we will exhaust every effort to be financially responsible and do all that we can to continue to offer you a high quality, affordable Ranch Horse Show experience.
We were left a legacy by those that started this organization and saw it through the tough start up years. What they started, and you are continuing, is unique in the show world. Its worth the effort to preserve that legacy. There have been some changes made in the last 4 years. Some have worked, some have not, and some have yet to have their results determined. All of them have been made in good faith with the best interest of KRHA in mind.
As always, I appreciate your support of KRHA and your encouragement to me.
I hope you're having a great July and most of all, I pray that you got some of the rain we've received the past few days. We are just under 4 weeks away from our August show. I sure am ready to get back together.
Following the postponed June show, your board met several times to sort out possible reschedule dates, facility availability and judge's schedules. As you well know, August through October are full of scheduled equine events, this year more than usual. With the resurrection of the NAILE Quarter Horse Show in November, that presented conflicts as well.
Following a thorough review of options, the most workable resolution is to double judge our October show and award points based on scoring/placings from each judge. That will give exhibitors showing in the nominated divisions the equivalent of six full shows worth of potential points to earn.
We still have 3 shows on the books and the Challenge Event in October; most division races are up for grabs! Lots of fun ahead and memories yet to be made. I hope you will join me in finishing up the show season stronger than ever.
We've had several questions regarding the qualification process for the 2023 NRSHA Championship Show. Below is some clarifying information. Please let us know if you need further information. This is still very new for us and as we go along through the remainder of the year, we will get more comfortable with the process and more familiar with how best to work with them.
See you soon!
"Your members can now qualify to compete at the 2023 NRSHA National Championship show. Qualifying is March 1, 2022-February 28, 2023. Any shows held during this time period count as qualifying shows.
Only shows that offer the core all-around stock horse classes (cow work, reining, trail and pleasure/ranch riding) count toward NRSHA National Championship Show qualification. Shows that only offer a portion of these classes do not count. For example, a rider showing in AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse competition, they must attend an VRH All-Around show for the event to count toward qualification. Shows offering individual ranch classes but not the All-Around classes are not considered qualifying shows.
A rider is not required to show in the all-around to qualify for the national show. Competing in any NRSHA event in at least one class will qualify that rider to compete in any NRSHA classes at the National Championship Show.
Qualification is based on the horse/rider combination in all divisions except Open, where qualification is based on the horse only."
In light of the extended hot weather this past week, the forecast for an extended period of hotter weather next week and conversations with our stock contractor the Board has voted to postpone the June 25 show. Each forecast update consistently shows temps at 95* or above with high humidity.
As always this was not an easy decision. That said, the welfare of the livestock and horses has to come first.
We sure miss our friends and can't wait to get back together. Our hope is that when we do it's without the added stress of having to worry about endangering the cattle and horses.
We are already working on alternatives to make up this show. As soon as arrangements are worked out they will be posted on Facebook, here on the website and via email.
This is a follow up to the information shared in the most recent newsletter. We discussed some concerns regarding the lower number of cattle class entries resulting from a higher than usual number of late day scratches in the cattle classes.
Weather was certainly a factor at both shows. However, several members voiced concerns regarding the late start in cattle classes, particularly the youth divisions. It's hard to determine exactly the primary reasons for the number of scratches. Realistically it's likely a combination of several things. The weather we can not control, other things we can.
The decision to move the ranch riding and reining classes ahead of the cattle classes seemed like a great idea and many have commented that they like the change. I believe it was the right time to try this arrangement and feel that it has merits going forward.
As I stated in my newsletter article I strongly believe that the cattle classes are the heart of what we do. Your board feels the same. We have had several discussions addressing this and have voted to do the following beginning with the June 25 show in Corydon.
1. The cattle classes will follow the Ranch Riding, Walk- Trot and Lead Line classes. A revised show bill will be posted shortly.
2. Reining will follow the cattle classes.
3. At the Corydon facility we will use the two gates on the west end of the arena. The center gate will be used for entry into the arena and the corner gate will be used for exiting the arena. Please be ready and enter the arena as the preceding exhibitor is heading toward the exit gate. At the Shelbyville facility there is only a center gate. Please enter the gate as soon as the previous exhibitor finishes their reining pattern and is heading toward the gate to exit.
4. We will not be dragging the arena following a prescribed number of reining runs. This happened at the last show due an oversight and miscommunication on my part and slowed the show down considerably. The footing at Old Capitol Saddle Club is very good and stable. We will drag as needed; before the show starts, before working ranch horse and before reining. Other times as needed depending on conditions.
We are committed to offering a quality, affordable ranch horse show experience. This adjustment in the showbill schedule is part of our continuing effort to do just that.
Thank you for your continued support of KRHA.
Congratulations to April High Point and Reserve winners! For those new to KRHA, at the next show you will be able to pick up your High Point or Reserve rosette ribbon. You will also be receiving a check in the mail in accordance with your placing if your Division had the required amount of class entries.
High Point: Jerry Chee and Badgers Sean Dean
Reserve: Nick Golden and Pep Classic
High Point: Mary Johnson-Simmons and Obbies A Fancy Badger
Reserve: Lisa Jones and Hes A Cool Dual
High Point: Callie Coulter and CSevyn Stylish Holi
Reserve: Ange Reed and Boone
High Point: : Kelli Kamousi and Badgers Sweet Vixen
Reserve: Morgan Askins and Jewels A Diamond
High Point: Teaya Brewer and Tonnob Gun Chic
Reserve: Adam Evans and Easily Nifty
High Point: Haylee Truman and Made Ya Look
Reserve: Alyssa Glover and Chilled Cookie
YOUTH 13 & Under
High Point: Landon Tingle and Talk About Ready
Reserve: Olivia Dillman and Rona Lady
REINED COW HORSE
Champion: Brad Wessel and Pop the Clutch 008
Reserve Champion – Mark Burnette and Kit Lik CD
Third Place – Brad Wessel and Cowboy Badge A 390
KRHA kicked off the show season with an incredible show at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Despite the unseasonably cold wet weather there was a tremendous amount of participants. The overall class count came in at 399 entries, with the cattle count sitting at 168 entries.
We want to thank everyone for coming out and bearing with staff as we get back into the swing of things! Thank you to all of the board members, volunteers, and everyone involved for putting on a great show!
Registration for the KRHA Cattle Clinic being held March 12th at the Fairgrounds in Shelbyville KY opens at 8am on Monday February 7th. To sign up you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include which clinic (Beginners or Advanced Beginner Working Ranch Horse). After we receive your email, we will send you a response that includes next steps to complete the registration process. Watch your email for a follow-up on how to complete the sign-up process!!
We will not accept requests prior to 8am on Monday.
There will be a waiting list if needed. No group sign-ups will be allowed. One sign up email per participant is required.
This year our Beginner Cattle Clinic is going to be shaken up a bit! We will still be holding the usual beginner portion of our clinic in the morning, with our arena spilt and two groups working on learning about how to handle cattle. But in the afternoon we are going to open up the arena and hold an Advanced Beginner Working Ranch Horse Clinic! Wyatt Faith with WF Livestock will be our clinician in the afternoon and we have a great group of clinicians lined up to help get everyone's "feet wet" in the morning.
Can't wait to see everyone and have a great time!
The Awards Banquet is scheduled for February 26, 2022. We are holding the banquet this year at an awesome new venue! (best part is we can all hangout and we don't have to put away chairs and tables )
If you plan to attend you need to let us know by Feb 14th so we can plan accordingly. Please use this link below to reserve your spot. Checks can be mailed to KRHA PO Box 88 Simpsonville KY 40067 or via PayPal by using email@example.com.
If you are unable to attend please make arrangements for someone to claim your awards or reach out to me about picking them up at our first show
Even if you didn't end up in the top ten of your division for the year we encourage you to join us for a good time!
And before I forget the address for The Barn at Southern Grace is
325 Kirchdorfer Rd Brandenburg, KY 40108