Catching Up?

I realize today’s “bloggers” aren’t supposed to have big gaps in their postings, but let’s call it a test to see if anyone missed me. Apparently not, but posts will go on! The Youth World and National Show in Tulsa were definitely highlights of the summer show season. Thanks to everyone who participated or supported those who did. I continue to be impressed with and proud of our Appaloosa Youth Association members. Always enjoy the speech contest and the team competition as well as the “regular” show activities. The Journal will feature plenty of great photos to help you experience it all again.

The Chief Joseph Trail Ride had early challenges with new logistics of a week-long campsite in West Yellowstone and several cases of basic equine influenza. Dr. Dave did an outstanding job of monitoring and dealing with the situation. Riders made it into the park Wednesday-Friday and had a great time. We had one medical emergency which was handled professionally and effectively. Park Rangers, Forest Service officials and all the locals were great to deal with. Chef Norm performed his usual magic and fed everyone better than any typical trail ride. Riders were gracious and patient as we worked through various issues and by all reports had a super week.

Now we’re closing in on the final week of World Show qualifying and managing all sorts of details relating to the October event in Fort Worth. Hope to see most of you there. Don’t forget the World Sale on Oct 31st. If you have a late consignment or two, hustle and get the paperwork done asap!

Other things for your list:

Help us remind your regional club folks that September 10 is the deadline for updated membership lists and World Show qualifying results and nominations for shows held in August;

National Championship Endurance Ride is coming up September 15th in Prineville, Oregon;

Stallion Service Auction (at World Show and online);

Performance Permit Sale continues through December 31st;

Check out the candidates list for this year’s Board of Directors election and watch for more details about online voting – with options.

From the “I already knew that” department…USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service reports the acres of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures harvested for hay as of August 1st were down 2.1 percent compared to 2011 but tons per acre yields are 14.1 percent below last year. So combine the two numbers and we find overall hay production is down 16 percent compared to 2011.

Stay tuned. More to come on a more regular schedule.


  1. Richard Lankford Said,

    August 21, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Steve: did miss the Blog.

  2. Dana McNaught Said,

    August 21, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Well, you WERE missed and it is always good to hear about the updates and happenings that involve our organization.

  3. Norman Said,

    August 23, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I have been checking and had not seen any updates…Yes I did miss the updates!! Glad you are back at it!!

  4. Gail Smith Said,

    August 30, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    You were missed.

  5. Sarah C. Said,

    September 1, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    I do check this blog every day. I’m glad to see the updates again!

  6. Penny Whitehaed Said,

    September 2, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    You were missed by many of us and not a happy thing to sometimes read comments that you weren’t doing your job. Most of us know you are doing just that and hope not to many more gaps!

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