On March 9, 2013, the WWHA held our annual march membership meeting at Hi-Way Harry’s in Johnson Creek. Everyone gathered to enjoy good company, eat delicious food, discuss new club business, and to listen to a guest speaker. Denise Berkeris did an amazing job organizing and setting up the meeting and Marianne Springer captured the memoires with her camera.
New club business discussed was the new website and the show sponsorship forms. The WWHA has been working on revamping and updating their website. There are many new features and more information. You can check it out at www.wisconsinwalkinghorse.org.
Have you ever wanted to support a show but wasn’t sure how? Well the new WWHA Show Sponsorship Form is a way to do just that! There will be five shows that the WWHA will be hosting this year. We are looking for sponsorships for each show. There are four different levels of sponsorships and each have different benefits. They are as follows:
- Bronze Level $25 – Announcement during the show and listing on our show program
- Silver Level $50 – Announcement during the show, listing on our show program, and a three month half-page ad in our monthly newsletter
- Gold Level $100- Announcement during the show, business card listing on our show program, six month full-page ad in monthly newsletter, and a link to your website through the WWHA Facebook page and website
- Platinum Level $150- Announcement during show, business card listing on show program, twelve month full-page ad in monthly newsletter, and a link to your website through the the WWHA Facebook page and website
Sponsors aren’t limited to just a business. If you have anything for sale – horses, tack, etc, or have a service you wanted to advertise, become a sponsor! You can use your monthly ad for items for sale, services offered, anything! A sponsorship form can be found on our website.
The guest speaker at our March meeting was Bill Heiser, who among many of his talents, is a trainer, judge, and clinician. The topic for the night was “What you see from the center ring” explaining to the members a judges perspective along with some tips that will help exhibitors in the show ring. Here are some of the highlights:
- When you enter the ring, you only get one chance to make a good impression
- Judges will notice your attitude both inside and outside the ring. Yes, they hear and notice the people screaming at each other and having a bad attitude
- How you enter the ring tells the judge how prepared you are
- Step outside your comfort zone, always keep learning and try new things
- When you’re inside the ring, always ride your horse to their best advantage
- When showing, don’t ride just on the rail, go off when needed
- Manners should be first
- Your attitude plays a big part
- Respect each other and their horses
- Always put your horse in a discipline where he/she belongs
- Practice showing at home
- When making a pass in front of the judge, ride like your proud
- If a judge asks for it, they will judge it
The most important message Bill wanted us to have was showing should be fun, if not, your spending a lot of money to have a bad time!
If you have a walking horse or love walking horses, we urge you to join! There are so many different aspects to our club and even if you don’t have a horse, there are many ways to get involved! Information and upcoming events can be found at our website www.wisconsinwalkinghorse.org or like us on Facebook!