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Hello PSHA Family!

Welcome to last chance weekend. This is such an exciting weekend for people to go out and cheer each other on and chase those elusive last times to complete or improve your averages.

As you look at those averages posted on-line. Be sure to give our Times Keeper Candice a big THANK YOU! And know the large amount of work that has gone into making this possible given all our challenges over the last 18 months.

With that, I want to remind everyone that as we close out the competition year and look for invitations to show up in the next week that we have a couple of Covid rules that will make things look and feel a little different – Big surprise!

  1. Remember that we froze all PSHA age groups to birth dates as of 8/1/2019. This means that we’ll see a few older members in lower age groups.
  2. Interstate froze the Junior ages as well, as long as that person was a member in the 2019-2020 season.
    1. This shouldn’t affect many, but it could. Please know this as you look at averages and you receive your invites.

Thank you all for your heart, spirit and understanding as we navigate our way out of these restrictions and into the exciting championship weeks ahead.

I can’t wait to see you all soon as we come together at State Finals!

Jamie

Oct 23-24 Annual Meeting – Campbell’s Lake Chelan Resort- 800-553-8225 Traditional Rooms 118.00 and Deluxe Rooms 133.00. Group # 614171 We have 25 rooms saved at this price, which is an excellent price. So please reserve for a fun time in Lake Chelan. Any questions e-mail lbland@televar.com.

July Presidents Notes:

It’s hard to believe that it’s the middle of July. As you read this, there are two weeks left in the season. Where did it go?

In just 4 weeks, we’ll be in Wenatchee competing – as a family – at State Finals. I am incredibly thankful for that thought. Just a few months ago, I wasn’t sure it would happen. I am really looking forward to it!

As we head into the last couple weekends, updated averages are on the website. Remember a few things as you take a look.

1.      The age groups may not be perfect.

a.      Remember that we froze age groups to reflect ages as of Aug. 1, 2019.

b.      We are still getting some of the adjustments made. But we should have it dialed in very soon.

c.      Also, if something doesn’t look right, you should try to fix it now. Don’t wait!

2.      Last chance weekend falls on July 31 and August 1. On years like this, August 1 counts toward this year.

a.      It’s been a while since this has happened and I know that there has been a little confusion.

b.      Look at the rulebook. Page 66 Section 12 letter B.    

As you head into these final couple weeks. Keep competing. Keep riding. Cheer each other on like crazy, because it’s great to be back!

Princess Tressa: Please keep supporting Princess Tressa in her efforts to become Interstate Queen. She’s been a busy little Princess.

Convention: Another reminder that Convention is October 22-23 at Campbell’s Lake Chelan Resort. It would be great to get rooms reserved by this week to ensure the discounted rate. Traditional rooms are $118 per night and deluxe is $133 a night, group number is 614171.

Officers: Speaking of convention, it will be a big year to fill officer positions, rules committee, historian and more. If you’re interested in helping run this great organization, you should let us know. Certainly, reach out to Kirk Weinz as the leader of our nomination committee!

I hope you all finish the year with a flourish and get the averages you hoped for.

See you in Wenatchee!

Jamie

State finals rides whether it’s hot or not so I hope you all are ready! 

Our last state was a wet one! The sky broke open during flags and there was a massive downpour leaving everyone running for cover. Just proves that “anything can happen” is sometimes an understatement! I mean, just look at 2020…. Yikes. 

2021 state finals will pick up where we left off in 2019, we will award championship buckles at the arena and the winner will get their photo taken. Awards 2nd-6th for Friday and Saturday will be handed out Saturday evening. Sundays awards 2nd -6th will be handed out before the awards ceremony on Sunday. 

All around and Individual High point saddles will not be handed out at the show as leather and hardware has become a hard thing to come by and I didn’t get them ordered early enough to be awarded at State finals so we will award those at convention. 

Please let me know if you will be interested in having a health certificate and coggins done at state for Interstate. We need to have a minimum of 30 horses signed up for the vet to come out. 

Please keep a close eye on the website (the PSHA and Interstate sites) for more updates on State Finals and Interstate. Lesa Bland – lbland@televar.com has graciously volunteered to be a contact if there are any members with questions.

NEWSLETTER June Presidents Notes:

What a difference a year makes. As I told you, before I write these notes, I look back at past months and previous years to see what was happening in June of 2020, 2019 and more.

As you remember, this time last year, we weren’t running. The world was trying to figure out what direction to go. Last year I wrote about the best and worst of times and was doing my best to find the best of things.

Welcome to June 2021. While things in the world are far from “Normal”. I do have some better news.

In our little world – the arenas around Washington that we compete – things look fairly normal. This is where we can all take a moment and say a prayer of thanks.

It is so good to see smiling faces back in the arena. It’s great to see my PSHA family doing what they love. And because of it, I think there seems to be a little more appreciation for that time in the arena as we all missed it. I think there is a reminder to enjoy what we have and make the most of it. Enjoy stomping between runs and the conversation time with friends. Have fun and enjoy every ride. 

Website and Technology: Our new website continues to evolve and grow. Still a long way to go before it is up to what we’re shooting for. But it’s exciting to see the information populate. I hope you’ve had a chance to check it out.

Also, we’re seeing the use of computers evolve in the timer’s shack. The program is evolving, and people are really getting the hang of it. Thank you to Nancy and Larry LeSueur for all their expertise to make the spreadsheets more user friendly and dynamic. Thank you to those that have been open to learning something new. I have heard several comments about how easy it is. We’ve even had some younger members interested in timing or helping out because it’s a computer and they don’t have to write. Thank you for working at it!

Convention: Remember that Convention is at Campbell’s Lake Chelan Resort on October 22-23 this year. If you know you’re going, it would be good to get your reservation in. PSHA needs to commit to a number of rooms by July 24th. So, the more we can get locked in the better. This is also the deadline for the reduced room rate. For our group, Traditional rooms are $118 per night and deluxe is $133 a night. Our group number is 614171. You’ll still be able reserve rooms after July 24th. But may not be able to get this rate. You can reach out to Lesa Bland with questions: lbland@televar.com

Princess Tressa: Princess Tressa has hit the road and is likely coming to an arena near you. Look to support her the best you can. Make sure she does arena runs and answers lots of impromptu questions!

2021 PSHA Senior Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Emma Hardin our 2021 Scholarship winner of $2200.  A huge thank you to the Eaton Family-Extra Mile and Chevron for adding the $1000 to our scholarship fund to make this the most ever awarded.

Emma lives in Maple Valley with her parents Tom and Paula Hardin and sister Kelsey.  She is graduating from Tahoma High School and plans on attending Renton Technical College in their Automotive Technology program.  In this program she can achieve her Associates in Applied Science in Automotive.

Emma has been riding for 9 years starting out as a Buckaroo and also began with lots of loaner horses until she has found her true mate Poker.  Her first State Finals competition was in 2015 when she was 12 and first Interstate in 2016, Bareback Relay and Rescue Race.  When Emma isn’t on her horse, you can usually find her working in the arena, with her timer’s card and her willingness to help out anywhere needed.

This paragraph taken from Emma’s winning essay; “Over these last nine years, I have been challenged by different horses and myself and these horses have changed my life and made me find who I am as a person.  Horses have affected my life so much that I am not sure where I would be if it wasn’t for falling in love with them at such a young age.”  She also listed in her essay how appreciative of all the members that helped and encouraged her to become the horse person she is today. 

7A: We have our first 7A achievement of the year. Congrats to Rhonda Getter and Buddy!

That’s all I have for now. I hope you’re all enjoying the season. See you in the arena soon!

Jamie

⭐️If you want to reserve a golf cart for state finals I need to know ASAP. There are 4 available and we can get a better rate if we take them all. Please contact Shannon Fadden via text or email to reserve. DO NOT USE FB MESSENGER.

⭐️Please don’t forget that we have awards fees in place this year. Your fees must be paid BEFORE you can ride at state.

⭐️Interstate riders will need health certificates and coggins to travel into Oregon. We can set up to have a vet at Appleatchee on Friday but we need at least 30 horses for him to come. Coggins will be $40/head and health certificates are $40 (families can all be on one health certificate) please let me know if you would be interested in this and I’ll get a list started!

State Finals: We have been working to secure buckle sponsors, it has been a little tougher this year. We are so excited to be able to be planning State though! Keep riding for fast times and we’ll see you in August!! We will be needing a Grand Entry Coordinator if anyone is interested in handling that. Kelbi is running the parking/camping and Paula is handling secret pals. I believe Interstate Princess Tressa will have a fun Saturday night planned for us, bring your dollars and your daubers!!

Interstate Update:

Interstate is moving forward and gearing up for a great weekend at Brasada in Powell-Butte, Or. There is a new, minor change, the committee has decided that it’s time to have riders pay for their runs at Interstate like they do at any normal show. $5 a run fee will be starting this year. Also note that Camping and Stall prices will be different than in years past, we will be giving a more in depth update soon. Keep in mind that we are traveling across state lines and health certificates and coggins are required by state law. There may be a possibility of doing a group coggins and health at Sate Finals, please see the note above or check the PSHA fb page. We do need at least 30 horses signed up to make that happen.