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Meet Our New Regional Director: Kristen Fears POAs have been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. For over 20 years, I have been riding, showing, raising and loving POAs. During that time, I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in the breed from nearly every aspect – as an owner, youth exhibitor, adult exhibitor, trainer, breeder, board member, committee member, and a judge. I believe in the POA organization and what it offers to youth, to families, and to the breed. There is no better starting ground for youth riders. Participating in POA events as a youth helped me acquire the skills, knowledge, and abilities to achieve my goals in my life -- both in and out of the show pen. Showing POA’s has taught me that success is a long-term process that requires persistence, practice, education, and devotion. Over the years, I’ve earned numerous State, Regional, International and World championships in every event from halter to gymkhana. Highlights include winning the McClaren Futurity, the International High Point Junior Pony Saddle, over 25 World Titles, Two Year Old Youth Futurities, High Point JPFC at the International Futurity, and National High Point awards in both halter and performance. While horses remain my passion, I am currently the billing manager for a trucking company and am working towards a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I enjoy staying involved with the POA organization and am currently serving as co- chair of the International Futurity Committee. In the past, I’ve served on the state level as an inspector and board member and served two terms as the vice president of the Texas POAC. I’m also currently working with the Reichert Celebration which is billed as the largest multi-breed futurity and horse show in the nation. Last year marked the debut of POAs at this show; the ponies and the riders were the talk of the show. This year’s show offers more opportunities to promote our breed. POAC offers a very marketable product and even though we are in a tough economy, we have the ability to grow and thrive. This requires taking advantage of the opportunities presented to our organization and to continually look for ways to bring in new members. POAC has the potential for tremendous growth, and I would like to see that opportunity maximized and used to improve our membership numbers and in return offer more to our current members. There is no doubt in my mind that the POA organization is the premiere organization for youth riders and offers the best arena for creating tomorrow’s champions. My long-term association with POA provides me with a working knowledge and appreciation of the organization. That coupled with my passion for promoting this great breed makes me someone who has an interest in the future of this great organization. As director of the Mid-America region, I will work to support the desires of the members and will work with the board of directors to build a stronger organization.
Texas Youth News Hello all of my POA friends! We had several Texas Youth showing at the Reichert Celebration in September, which includes Hayley Sims showing Cowboy Notes, Lucas Phillips showing Stars April Fool, Kylee Phillips showing Chips Are Smooth and I showed my pony Chips Obvious Dreamer. We had many other participants this year. It was a good show and everyone did a good job. Our September 23-24 show was lots of fun and many had fun learning more about jumping at the Hunter Hack Clinic with Anne Hedge. Our High Point winners were Sadie Hinz riding her pony Cinnamon and Kylee Phillips riding M&M in the 8 and under, Haylee Sims riding Cowboy and LaKayla Phillips riding Dreamer in the 9-12 and Calli Taliaferro in the 13-18 riding Charm. A special thanks to all the staff at Hopkins County Civic Center for the great arena and friendly helpers.. (Jerry - YOU ROCK!) ~ LaKayla Phillips
National POAC News In this video from Rural TV, Lizzie Iwersen from Horse Talk Live interviews POAC National Director Pat Burton and POAC Youth Advisory Board Member Christina Blomquist about their involvement with POAs.
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A Brief History of the POA Breed and POAC In 1954, Les Boomhower was a Shetland pony breeder and a lawyer with his own practice in Mason City, Iowa. A neighbor offered Les an Arabian/ Appaloosa mare who had been bred to a Shetland stallion. She was due to foal that spring. Les waited until the foal was born before he bought the mare. The little colt born of this union was white with what looked like black paint smears all over his body. What intrigued Les the most were the spots on the colt’s flank that formed a definite black hand. Another idea was forming in Les’ mind as he watched the colt he named Black Hand. He called his Shetland breeder friends to his Memory Lane Ranch to discuss his idea, and the Pony Of the Americas Club was born. Les’ expertise in the law set up a solid foundation for this new breed registry. The standards Les and his friends set up were a real challenge to any breeder. To be registered as a POA, strict guidelines were followed. The pony had to be between the height limits of 44 inches to 52 inches. The head was to be small and dished as the Arab; the body was to be muscled as the Quarter Horse; and the coloring had to be Appaloosa, visible at 40 feet. This was to be a breed for children to ride and show. Adults could only show the animals at halter or with a cart. So these equines must also be gentle and easy to train. From the original national POA Club came state clubs, state shows, regional shows and sales, a world class international show and sale and a world championship show. The registry went from Black Hand POA #1 in 1954 to 1996s registry of over 40,000. The height limit of the breed increased to 46 inches and 54 inches in 1963. It was about this time the Shetland began to disappear from the POA breeding program. Larger ponies like the Welsh and small horses like the wild mustang and the Arab were combined with Indian ponies, Quarter Horses and Appaloosas by the breeders to achieve that “little horse” look. The membership voted in 1985 to again raise the upper height limit to 56 inches beginning in 1986. The age limit of a child showing went from age 16 in 1954 to 18 in 1973. In 1987, 19 and over riding classes were added with a limitation for the POAs under saddle to be only 2, 3, and 4 year olds in training. In 1988, the first national POA Convention was held. In 1990, a Hall of Fame for POAs and POA members was begun. Read Full Article on the POAC Website: CLICK HERE
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Become a Sponsors of Texas POAC LEOPARD SPONSORS $1,000 Donation - Benefits include posting your banner at all shows, premium website recognition and in each newsletter produced, acknowledgement of you, your farm, or business name over the PA during various classes for the entire show year (first come, first choice). BLANKET SPONSORS $750 Donation - Benefits include posting your banner at all shows, acknowledgement on the web and in each newsletter produced, acknowledgement of you, your farm, or business name over the PA during 5 classes of your choice for the entire show year (first come, first choice). FROSTED SPONSORS $500 Donation - Benefits include a posting small banner not to exceed 3â€™ X 3â€™, acknowledgement on the web and in each newsletter produced, acknowledgement of you, your farm, or business name over the PA during 3 classes of your choice for the entire show year (first come, first choice). SNOWCAP SPONSORS (SHOW SPONSORS) $250 Donation - Benefits include acknowledgement on the web and in each newsletter produced, acknowledgement of you, your farm, or business name over the PA during various classes for the entire show year (first come, first choice). FEWSPOT SPONSORS (CLASS SPONSORS) $25 per show, per class sponsored. Class sponsorship entitles you to an acknowledgement on the web and in each newsletter produced, and acknowledgement over the PA during the class that you have sponsored (first come, first choice). Texas POAC is a Non-Profit 501 3 (C) Organization.