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Presidents Notes For July 2020
Howdy PSHA Family.
The misadventures of 2020 continue. While we started the discussion of what
the 2020 season would look like about 4 months ago. Not much has changed.
We continue to hold our ground and have dreams of what the coming season will
bring. In the meantime, a lot of the world around us seems in chaos and
confusion. Despite all that swirls around us our organization remains active and
has things to celebrate.
While many of us would love to be in the arena competing – and some of you
have found a way – others are taking advantage of the time away from
competition to do many other things.
My family has built new stall for the horses. We can now feed without dodging
the rain as much!
Randy and Jackie have made good friends with the Doctor. Randy has lost
weight and put new sand in the arena and walker. Way to go!
Tracy Two Bits enslaved his family into creating fancy new digs for his ponies.
Amy DeBoer decided she should pursue a new career as a pony chariot racer …
I feel like she re-enacts the chariot race from Ben Hur as much as she can.
How long before she hooks Tater up and tries rescue race?
Others have graduated High School or College. We are proud of our
accomplished youngsters that are moving forward to the next steps in life.
Thank you for your patience and efforts to make the most of this season. Thank
you to the executive team and Board for providing good direction and working
to have foresight into an uncertain environment.
Stay safe, sane and healthy!
Until I see you again,
Hello PSHA Family.
I feel like we’re living a Charles Dickens novel right now. It might be great if it
was A Tale of Two Cities. Then along with the worst of times, we’d be able to
talk about the best of times too.
Alas, the good news feels like it’s few and far between. But let me take a shot at
it. First though, let’s recap where we stand for this year.
The summary is this. Shows are on hold until show chairs know their county is at
least in Phase 3. It is the show chairs responsibility to know their phase, their
insurance and execute a plan in compliance with regulations. We’re rolling our
times over into a combined 20/21 year. State Finals and Interstate are canceled.
In the grand scheme of all that is happening across the country and the world, it
seems like small potatoes. I know that each show and each ride matters. I also
know that we don’t exactly know when the next one will be. But there will be
one. It’s just a matter of time. And I think that is where the good news starts.
You will get to ride again. We will be together as a family again. We will share
times, experiences, laughs and tears again.
Something else you should take pride in is the leadership throughout this
organization. After all of these tough decisions, I wrote a letter of thanks to
your Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Here is why. The team that
supports me and represents you lead from the front. They were patient. They
did the best they could to collect the facts, monitor other organizations and sit
on the phone – on hold for over an hour – with the governor’s office. They
passionately discussed and laid out all the options. They came to tough decisions
that protected the organization and exhausted every opportunity to save the
season. Then they presented thoughtful proposals for the Board of Directors to
help make a decision. The result is that we have guidance and a plan that will
direct us for the next 18 months.
This team leads from the front. For that I am thankful. I am appreciative. I
applaud them for leading, not chasing. Because of that and because you, our
family, respect those hard decisions and efforts, we are aligned. We may not like
the circumstances. But we are moving forward. As a team. As the family that we
And that, my friends, is the best of times right now. Respect. Unity. And a love
for family. That is what makes PSHA different. It makes me proud of us.
Look forward to seeing you soon.
Don't forget to still support our juniors. They are working on a cookbook to sell
as a fundraiser. Please email recipes to email@example.com. Thanks
NEWS FOR THE SEASON
I am writing you to give you an update on things as we move forward.
I think it’s important to give a lot of thanks to our Executive team. We are – I
am – lucky to have Amy, Lauren, Shannon and Lesa helping guide this
organization. There have been many hours put into the thoughts, suggestions,
and efforts to keep this organization operating. There are a lot of factors that
play into making sure the members of our family remain safe and our
organization sustainable for years to come.
We have decided for many reasons that we need to cancel the 2020 State finals.
There is too much uncertainty about ability to compete and develop averages.
And Appleatchee is unlikely to book shows until September.
The Executive team came up with 8 proposals to put to a vote of the PSHA
Board of directors for guidance for the coming year. We know there will be
questions, and to be honest we still have some too. We forgot to write in the
Pandemic exception into the rule book! I’ll do my best to address some of the
questions and comments at the end.
The vote was unanimous to move ahead with the following adjustments to the
1. We will combine this competition year with the 2021 competition year,
making a combined year 20/21.
2. All times that were/are run during 2020 will roll into your 2021
3. We will roll the awards fee to count towards 2021.
4. We will extend the Supreme horse times for this occurrence one year.
For example your supreme times can be 2018, 2019 and 20/21 combined.
5. We will cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting in Lake Chelan and roll our
commitment to Lake Chelan to 2021.
6. We will roll our 2020 officers into 2021.
7. We will extend judges and timers cards to be good through the 2021
8. We will approve PSHA shows once your county is in Phase 3 or 4 for
the combined year 20/21.
a. It is up to the show board to monitor the phase and meet the state
Additionally, we are also looking at freezing age groups for one year. The
consensus was that we would do this as long as we can align with Oregon and
Interstate to make sure things go smoothly. This is a little more complicated, so
we don’t expect this to get resolved until later this summer.
With the cancellation of State Finals, this weekend does become available for
having a show, as is the rest of August, if your county is open and you meet the
Please be diligent to make sure you understand what Phase you are in and know
what is required of you. There is a lot of risk for you, your club and the people
within the organization. I can’t emphasize enough to understand your insurance.
Understand that 50 people includes spectators and non-riders. We know that you
are all capable of figuring out how to do this.
It was suggested by one board member that you try to get a permit from your
Officers: All officers will retain their current position in the organization if they
are willing. Rules Committee, including Jack, will remain in their position for one
What about interstate?: It was announced last night that Interstate has been
canceled. Our deposit has been moved to next year.
Thank you again for your patience in this process. We appreciate you all. We
hope that this guidance will be helpful as we forge ahead through the next 18
I look forward to seeing you all soon.
FROM THE INTERSTATE COMMITTEE:
As of today the Interstate committee has made the difficult decision to cancel
the 2020 Interstate Championship Meet. While not a single member of the
committee likes the idea of canceling, we must remember that the competition is
Oregon (WHO) and Washington (PSHA), without one team or the other it is not
In all probability, Washington will be canceling their State Finals due to the
inability to have qualifying shows. PSHA will be lucky if shows can be held by
July because of the limitations imposed by the State of Washington. Since they
only had a couple of shows last fall, there are no competitive averages, thus no
fair way to pick a team for Interstate. Although the committee deeply regrets
having to cancel Interstate it is the correct decision during a time of so much
uncertainty with no way to pinpoint the progression of the State regulations
allowing Washington to have shows.
In addition, our main way of funding Interstate is at a standstill. As a committee
we want to put on the best show we are capable of, the kind of show you have
come to expect when you come to Interstate.
Sincerely your Interstate committee