Message from the Chairman: Rebecca Hogan, 2018 Foundation Chair
As I enter my final year as Chairman of the NSBA Foundation, I can't help but reflect upon my time serving this wonderful organization. What I see is the immense growth it has undertaken in the last three years. "Together We Grew" and, with your ongoing support, we will continue to grow together.
Last year alone produced new and exciting programs that translate into more people helped and more people engaged. In 2017, the Crisis Fund saw its largest fundraiser to date at the Tom Powers Futurity and it went beyond our expectations. Ten teams of five riders each brought entire cheering sections to support them at the show. Everyone on the fairgrounds attended and the air was filled with joy and laughter.
Our Equestrians With Disabilities and Heroes On Horses programs also gained incredible momentum last year by offering financial support to new riders at both the NSBA World Show and the Quarter Horse Congress. Donors that Sponsored A Rider, got a chance to meet their riders. My rider sought me out to thank me and, even though I already knew him, I cheered for HIM in each of his classes because he was MY rider. It definitely added a personal touch to the competition. We were honored to host Taya Kyle as she joined the Veterans and their families at the Heroes on Horses program at the NSBA World Show.
Once again, the annual Silent Auction did not disappoint! Winning bidders have shared memories of the items they bought. From Bill & Cindy Cosentino on their trip to Mexico, to the duck hunters on a fabulous hunt provided by Kevin & Amy Gumz, to ACGO corporation’s trip to Las Vegas and the NFR Ticket Experience Raffle, these programs operated as our chief fund raiser for the year and your support and generosity inspires us to carry on.
A new award in 2017, the Foundation Board of Directors sponsored recognition of our youth members for their service outside of the horse community with the Youth of the Year Award. And we told stories of our Donors, Riders and their families in The Way to Go that highlights Foundation activities and others through the new Foundation Feature. All our members can experience and learn about our work through this effort.
2018 will bring other new efforts. The Coaches Summit, a fantastic coaching and professional development workshop will bring together horse industry professional and therapeutic riding centers, peer to peer, to support the work of each other's programs. The Animal Welfare efforts are developing a new program to remind us of the importance of pet care and awareness at horse shows and elsewhere.
Our extraordinary growth is made possible by members like you. I invite each of YOU to join our building progression. Your donations count, and you can always contact me or any member of our Board of Directors for more information.
Thank you for turning our visions into realities.
I want to encourage everyone who has donated in the past to please consider us again this year and ask another person to get involved. We want to continue to grow and we invite everyone to participate.
Coming together is our BEGINNING
Coming together is our PROGRESS
Working together is our SUCCESS
Best of luck to you all and I look forward to meeting you at an NSBA event in the coming year.