Dear GSVRHA Members,
Show season got off to a great start with the Running T Roundup in Ione. Results and some fun photos are in this issue. We were honored when prestigious ranch horse judge Fielding “Bozo” Rogers was willing to share what he looks for in a ranch horse for this publication. Stay tuned to future issues for more from the illustrious Mr. Rogers. Do you ever wonder how Golden State is financed? Transparency is the name of the game and Treasurer Kelly Saunders provides the data for your perusal. The Central Coast Ranch Horse Classic will be three shows in one-AQHA, Ranching Heritage, AND Western States. Don’t miss it. Check out the calendar of events (it’s going to be a great year), and finally, the Quote of the Month.
Dawn Poston, Editor
Report from the Treasurer
Have you ever wondered how Golden State acquires revenue and where it goes? Looking at 2019 numbers, income sources are as follows:
*show fees are paid by show managers
We’re a thrifty organization–two thirds of the income returns to the membership in the form of end of year awards and luncheon. The web master is our only paid employee, everyone else is a volunteer. Expenses are as follows:
Running T Round Up
Ione Show Knocks it Out of the Park
Great weather, great venue, great management, great prizes, and FIFTY-ONE competitors, made the Running T Roundup a huge success. Way to start the 2021 competition year Stephanie and Tim Lewis!
All of the divisions were highly competitive with many of the All Around awards coming down to the Cow Work scores. Congratulations to everyone who competed and the following winners:
Champion Sarah Clifford
Reserve Sarah Clifford
3rd Bill Sanguinetti
4th Chris Bugenig
Advanced Amateur Division
Champion Dawn Poston
Reserve Nicole Ditmars
3rd Jennifer Harden
4th Kelly Saunders
Champion Renee Jackson
Reserve Kim Donlon
Champion Mary Nelson
Reserve Bev Sparrowk
3rd Jody Smith
4th Ashley Jones
Champion Kim Smoot
Reserve Doug Walsh
3rd Meghan Carr
4th Jessamyn German
Champion Lynn Tuffli
Reserve Susan Atkinson
Champion Taimane Faiaipa’u
Reserve Kensley Hennessy
Reserve Kelly Saunders
Ranching Heritage Horse
Its Remedy Time (Sarah Clifford)
Reserve Outta Tune (Mary Nelson)
Stylish In My Boots (Heather Bryant)
Reserve WFR Little Boon Doc (Lydia Lawson)
High Scoring Cow Work
Clearly a family event! Tim Lewis (husband of show manager Stephanie Lewis) and sons Jack and James, drug the arena regularly between goes. Made for nice ground and tuckered out the little ones. Dragging an arena is hard work!
The setting for the Running T Roundup venue is simply gorgeous. Here Jessamyn German employs a unique approach for moving stuff from one place to the next.
Lydia Lawson & Boomer, Jody Smith & Zander enjoy the sunshine and beautiful surrounds at the Running T Roundup. All four had a good show.
The Clifford Cowgirls and Cowboys had a great Running T Roundup. Pictured left to right, Christian Scanlan, Bev Sparrowk, Kensley Hennessy, Olivia Bethe, Dawn Poston, Peter Smoot, Kim Smoot, Suzanne Dorrance, Jen Harden, Sarah Clifford. Not pictured Kim Donlon and Kelly Saunders.
The future of horse showing is assured if these youth are any measure. L to R, Taimane Faiaipu’a, Christian Scanlan, Kensley Hennessey, Olivia Bethe
Quote of the Month
Buster Welch, Legendary Cutter
“You have to let them think. Quiet down when you work them. It takes a lot of slow hours to train a horse.”