Message from the Chairman: Amy Hassinger, 2019 Foundation Chair
As the seasons change and the gavel is passed on, I can’t help but feel a sense of excitement and purpose as I reflect on the past accomplishments of the Foundation and look forward to celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2019! This is both an honor and a privilege to be able to lead the Foundation in service to our NSBA members in this anniversary year.
We all have our own dreams and aspirations of success with our horses. Their health and wellbeing is always on our minds. Our NSBA Foundation is committed to helping to sharing the dreams and caring for as many equine enthusiasts as we can. Your support allows us to continue to offer funding and development of personal and professional opportunities for our NSBA Community.
2018 was a monumental year of growth for the NSBA Foundation. My friend, Rebecca Hogan, led our Foundation on the platform of Together We Grow. And yes, we grew.
Your belief in and financial support of the Foundation allowed us to ensure the rider based NSBA Boot Camps continue well into the future. These unique opportunities for NSBA members and other horse enthusiasts to come ride with our industry's top instructors in a multi-day riding clinic at locations across the U.S. are second to none.
Connecting therapeutic riding industry leaders with our show horse community stakeholders provides an inclusive environment of collaboration to ensure all riders are made aware of the competitive platform NSBA offers. Our first Coach’s Summit event did just that.
The three day professional development event featured instruction from industry professionals, post-secondary educators, therapeutic riding instructors and business professionals to explore opportunities for engagement and the expansion of riding programs and learn about NSBA competitive events that celebrate the inclusion of Equestrians with Disabilities and US Veterans who use horses as a form of therapeutic riding. The 2nd Annual Coach’s Summit will be held this coming March in North Texas. I personally invite each of you to come join us to at any of the special events NSBA offers.
The Foundation will continue to seek financial support and industry wide participation to increase educational opportunities for new professionals to ensure their success within our industry ensuring the show community is here for generations to come. Developing a professional program that will provide education, access to top industry professionals, business advice and all of the tools of the trade that ensure tomorrows horsemen are successful is a top priority for the NSBA Foundation. Safeguarding the community of show horse enthusiasts exists in for future generations is at the heart of the NSBA Foundations goals.
The Youth Scholarship program continues to grow as it supports the collegiate aspirations of our NSBA youth members. With your financial help, we can continue to help NSBA families defray some of the expenses of higher education! Looking after the needs of our future starts with the support of our youth.
Supporting the Equestrians with Disabilities and Heroes on Horses program will remain a top priority as well. Your donations to our grant program for riders and their horses to attend and compete at the NSBA World Show is one that makes such a difference in the lives of so many. We also fund and support the EWD and Heroes on Horse at the Quarter Horse Congress as a partnership with the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. If you were at either of those events, you may have seen or participated in the “Parade of Flags” that honored not only our competing US Veterans, but veterans across the globe that serve so we can ride. Many of you have family members that serve and the NSBA Heroes on Horses program recognizes the sacrifices each and every service member makes together with their families, to keep our country and our freedom safe.
The Equestrians With Disabilities and Heroes On Horses classes had a special meaning for each and every one who contributed to provide grants for these riders to attend our world show! I had the honor of presenting awards and can’t begin to count the number of hugs and “Thank-You” comments received from excited winners and their support teams. I look forward to providing this experience to EWD and Veteran riders again in 2019 and hope that you will join me in this rewarding experience.
And finally, the Trainer’s Crisis Fund continues to bless to those NSBA professionals who may experience an unexpected hardship. We are a family, we care about others and we are here to lend a “helping hand” when it is needed. Perhaps the most silent of our recipient, I have seen how your personal donations and support make a difference in the lives of our fellow members and assure you, the Crisis Fund saves lives.
We have a BIG year ahead of us in 2019 as we celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary! Our board is working together to promote “Sharing the Dream” and “Inclusion of all Competition Riders” in the NSBA community through exciting efforts aimed at supporting our membership based on NSBA goals and purposes.
I personally invite you to reach out to me or any board member and become involved. With your help we can Share the Dream and make wishes come true for others. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing that just a little of your time or financial support can make a huge difference in the life of another. I have experienced it first hand and invite you to experience it as well.
With humble gratitude,
2019 NSBA Foundation Chair
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.