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On the Spot News JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2014

325 Spring St. Wrentham, MA 02093


WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS APPALOOSA ASSOCIATION, INC. WEBSITE: www.westernmaapp.com

E-MAIL: massappy@verizon.net

PRESIDENT

VICE-PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

TREASURER

Mary Bourdon 33 Fairgrounds Rd. Cummington, MA 01026 (413) 634-0227 mebbourdon@yahoo.com

Katie Griffin 673 Mill St. Feeding Hills, MA 01030 (413) 335-3874 Kategriff17@gmail.com

Sue Cormier 640 Prospect St. E Longmeadow, MA 01028 (413) 525-9170 s.cormier@charter.net

Darlene Dehman 325 Spring St. Wrentham, MA 02093 (503) 883-1722 imintrigued88@verizon.net

DIRECTORS Cindy Artioli 99 Arthur Pease Rd. Middlefield, MA 01243 (413) 623-5892 Driftinfarm@aol.com

Scott Artioli 99 Arthur Pease Rd. Middlefield, MA 01243 (413) 623-5892 Driftinfarm@aol.com

Kelsey Bourdon 33 Fairgrounds Rd. Cummington, MA 01026 (413) 634-0227 kbourdon595@gmail.com

Laurie Jean Ellis 15 No. Westgate Rd. Harwich, MA 02645 (774) 212-3018 spottedhosses@yahoo.com

Denise LoMascolo 672 Prospect St. E Longmeadow, MA 01028 (413) 525-3485 denise@prospectbuilders.com

Kim Lussier 111 Farrows St. Putnam, CT 06260 860-208-9132 buzz_karate@yahoo.com

Krissy Przybyla 64 Middlefield St. Chester, MA 01011 (413) 354-1042 Pissykrissy926@msn.com

Lynn Wentworth 162 Thompson Hill Rd No. Grosvenordale, CT 06255 (508) 579-9436 timberwind@sbcglobal.net

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

ApHC DIRECTOR Territory V, Zone B

Darlene Dehman 325 Spring St. Wrentham, MA 02093 (503) 883-1722

Chuck McWhirter 56 Paulinskill Lake Rd. Newton, NJ 07860-5111 (973) 383-3766 chucksvg@aol.com

imintrigued88@verizon.net

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...THIS IS YOUR LAST NEWSLETTER UNTIL YOU PAY YOUR 2014 MEMBERSHIP DUES! Send your membership in today. Don’t miss the circuit rules in the March/April issue. WMAA'S MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVE DRIVE Did you know you can earn a free membership? That’s right; all you have to do is bring two new members into WMAA in 2014 and your 2015 WMAA membership will be free. The new members cannot have been members (individual or part of a family) in 2013. A family membership will count as one new member. Free memberships do not include any nomination fees. To receive credit for new members you bring to the club, be certain your name is written in the Referred By section on their membership form. Only one free membership may be earned per year, per household. If you have any questions regarding the membership drive, please e-mail massappy@verizon.net.


THE WMAA BULLETIN BOARD Welcome Back to Member… Cathy Demick of Lanesboro, MA

Get Well Wishes… To Pat Grass who will be having her hip replaced the end of January. Ruth Ahola who is fighting breast cancer.

Congratulations… To Janice Carroll who has a new show pony. A very colorful and pretty mare named Chips And Color.

General Info for our Members… Effective for 2014 memberships, starting with this issue, the newsletter will only be available in an electronic format, we will no longer offer a paper newsletter. Attention regional circuit members - at the Awards Banquet in March, if you’re unable to attend the banquet, we will not bring your award to the banquet, instead you will receive your award at the Yankee Color Classic in July.

Yankee Color Classic Update… WMAA has a proud history hosting one of the top ten regional shows in nation. We know it’s one of the best run shows in the country because we hear this from our judges every year. All of you should be very proud to be a part of this, BUT the reality is the Yankee Color Classic is serious trouble. In 2013, our expenses for this show were significantly higher than our income and for the first time in close to 20 years, WMAA experienced an overall financial loss. In the past five plus years, despite the poor economy, shrinking entries at all our shows and declining memberships, we continued to make a overall profit through the board’s careful management of our expenses; unfortunately, it caught up with us. We can no longer sit back waiting for the economy to improve, hoping that will save us. Our first objective is to bring in more exhibitors and horses, but we are already drawing just about all the Appaloosa exhibitors showing regionally in New England. This means we have to bring exhibitors in from the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic states and the


Midwest. Entries at other regional shows in the northeast are increasing while ours are shrinking and our exhibitors are increasingly complaining about the cost of our show. We agree our show is one of the most expensive regional shows so the decision has been made to change the fee structure to be competitive with other large shows. Our new flat fee will give Youth and Non Pro exhibitors the choice of up to three riders showing one horse or one rider showing up to three horses. As a member of WMAA it is important you understand the risk involved with this change because it’s huge. Changing the flat fee structure is going to reduce the amount of income from each exhibitor. If we significantly increase the amount of exhibitors and horses we should be fine, we may even turn a profit, but if our exhibitor base stays the same, we could be looking at the end of the Yankee Color Classic. Please understand the board has looked at every option to lower the cost of hosting our regional show including moving to another facility or going to a two day format. The cost difference of other facilities was minimal and no facility in New England draws exhibitors like Eastern States. Dropping to a two day format would necessitate making deep cuts to the class list because W. Springfield has a city ordinance which prohibits us from running classes beyond midnight. We need to keep a full class list to appeal to exhibitors who would have to haul in from long distances. The board is working on fundraisers and we’re making changes everywhere to bring the club back to profitability, but we can’t do this alone. During the years we had a large treasury it was easy for the board to run the club with little input or effort from our members, but now things have to change. Your attendance at our regional show is very important and absolutely appreciated, but it simply isn’t enough anymore. If the Yankee Color Classic is important to you and if the ability to show at a top ten show in your own back yard is important to you then you’re going to have to help us keep it going. When you go to App shows outside of New England, would you take flyers for our show with you and distribute them? Talk to other exhibitors about our new fee structure; tell them how great the facility is and its accessibility to restaurants, hotels, etc. Tell them what a great show we run, about our paybacks, our beautiful high point awards and the diversity of our classes and divisions. Please ask your trainer to become a silver or gold show sponsor or to buy a full page ad in our premium book. If you can sell a premium book ad to a tack shop, your grain store, your farrier, your hair stylist, your vet, or the company you work for, that would help to increase income for the show. There are a myriad of things you can do to help WMAA succeed. We can accomplish a lot if we just work together. If you have questions or any ideas to share, please e-mail us at massappy@verizon.net or call any one of the officers or directors.


Midwest. Entries at other regional shows in the northeast are increasing while ours are shrinking and our exhibitors are increasingly complaining about the cost of our show. We agree our show is one of the most expensive regional shows so the decision has been made to change the fee structure to be competitive with other large shows. Our new flat fee will give Youth and Non Pro exhibitors the choice of up to three riders showing one horse or one rider showing up to three horses. As a member of WMAA it is important you understand the risk involved with this change because it’s huge. Changing the flat fee structure is going to reduce the amount of income from each exhibitor. If we significantly increase the amount of exhibitors and horses we should be fine, we may even turn a profit, but if our exhibitor base stays the same, we could be looking at the end of the Yankee Color Classic. Please understand the board has looked at every option to lower the cost of hosting our regional show including moving to another facility or going to a two day format. The cost difference of other facilities was minimal and no facility in New England draws exhibitors like Eastern States. Dropping to a two day format would necessitate making deep cuts to the class list because W. Springfield has a city ordinance which prohibits us from running classes beyond midnight. We need to keep a full class list to appeal to exhibitors who would have to haul in from long distances. The board is working on fundraisers and we’re making changes everywhere to bring the club back to profitability, but we can’t do this alone. During the years we had a large treasury it was easy for the board to run the club with little input or effort from our members, but now things have to change. Your attendance at our regional show is very important and absolutely appreciated, but it simply isn’t enough anymore. If the Yankee Color Classic is important to you and if the ability to show at a top ten show in your own back yard is important to you then you’re going to have to help us keep it going. When you go to App shows outside of New England, would you take flyers for our show with you and distribute them? Talk to other exhibitors about our new fee structure; tell them how great the facility is and its accessibility to restaurants, hotels, etc. Tell them what a great show we run, about our paybacks, our beautiful high point awards and the diversity of our classes and divisions. Please ask your trainer to become a silver or gold show sponsor or to buy a full page ad in our premium book. If you can sell a premium book ad to a tack shop, your grain store, your farrier, your hair stylist, your vet, or the company you work for, that would help to increase income for the show. There are a myriad of things you can do to help WMAA succeed. We can accomplish a lot if we just work together. If you have questions or any ideas to share, please e-mail us at massappy@verizon.net or call any one of the officers or directors.


JP NORTH TACK AUCTION WMAA will be sponsoring a JP North Tack Auction on Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Jewett City, CT. This is a fundraiser for your club, so if you are close enough and can attend, PLEASE DO. If you cannot attend, please spread the word to all your friends and acquaintances. The auction will be held at VFW Post 10004, 263 Taylor Hill Rd, Jewett City, CT. Very easy access off exit 85, Rte 395. Previewing the merchandise will start at 12:00 noon, with the auction starting at 1:00 pm. JP North offers all kinds of things, from buckets to bridles, shampoo to saddles, and everything in between. We will be offering lunch as well as other goodies. We will also have a raffle or two so you can try your luck. Please contact Kim Lussier at 860-208-9132 if you have any questions, suggestions, need directions, can donate a raffle item, want to talk to your newest board member, etc. We really hope to see you there.


WMAA BOD Meeting November 16, @ 1:00 PM @ Kate Griffin’s Meeting was called to order at 1:20 with 12 members present. Mary Bourdon, Kate Griffin, Sue Cormier, Darlene Dehman, Denise LoMascolo, Krissy Przybyla, Scott Artioli and Cindy Artioli, Laurie Jean Ellis, Kelsey Bourdon, Lynn Wentworth and Kim Lussier. Regional Show Discussion: Darlene presented estimates on three facilities for discussion to see if there is a facility that could accommodate our show that would save the club enough money to make it worthwhile to move. After lengthy discussion, weighing pros and cons of each venue, a motion was made and seconded to stay at the Big E Fairgrounds for, at least, one more year and try to find other ways to cut costs, so we do not continue to lose money each year. The idea was brought up about cutting our regional show to a 2-day show, as a way of cutting some of the fees for the showgrounds. This discussion will be tabled to our next meeting. Our shavings vendor, Feed Warehouse, has gone out of business, so Sue has found another supplier at a reasonable rate. Open Show: Darlene will get in contact with the manager of the Westfield Fairgrounds to see what dates are available for our 2014 summer open show series. Banquet: All members present agreed that we would like to have the awards banquet at Tony & Penny’s in Ludlow, MA, as we did last year. Darlene will give them a call and see what dates are available. New/Old Business: Due to increased expenses all around and making less money in our fundraising attempts, WMAA’s account is slightly lower than this time last year. Motion was made and seconded to reduce the funds, slightly, for year end award allowance. Jennifer Whitmore has resigned from the Board of Directors to further her education. She will be heading to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. We wish her well in her endeavor. Kim Lussier has been nominated to fill Jen’s opening as a director. Welcome, Kim. Krissy presented information from the Open Horse Show Association (OHSA). This is an organization that any exhibitor can become a member of and earn points nationally. It is separate from WMAA. Krissy was asking if WMAA would be interested in having our open shows be pointed shows for OHSA. Krissy will contact the director of OHSA to find out more about this. Equine Affaire report: The Appaloosa breed demo was well represented The music was a little loud, which bothered a couple of the horses slightly, but overall, it was very nice and well attended! Thanks to our exhibitors for their participation. WE REALLY NEED EVERYONE’S HELP COLLECTING SPONSORS FOR THE 2014 YANKEE COLOR CLASSIC!

IF YOU WANT US TO CONTINUE WITH PAYBACKS, HELP

US OUT BY EITHER SPONSORING THE SHOW, OR GO OUT AND GET SOMEONE TO SPONSOR THE SHOW!!! ALL INFORMATION AND SPONSOR FORMS ARE ON THE WMAA WEBSITE.

http://www.westernmaapp.com th

Our next meeting will be held Saturday, December 14 at Bentley’s Pub II in Sturbridge, MA. Meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Sue Cormier Secretary


Western Massachusetts Appaloosa Association

2013 YEAR END AWARDS BANQUET Saturday, March 1, 2014 Socializing @ 6:30 PM, Dinner @ 7:00, Awards to follow

Tony & Penny’s Restaurant 18 Canterbury St., Ludlow, MA Easy access from exit 7 off the Mass Pike; please see their website www.tonyandpenny.com for complete directions.

Tony & Penny’s is well known for its delicious food and wonderful service. Dinner buffet featuring: Salad and Fruit Cup Baked Haddock, Roast Chicken and Roast Beef Stuffed Shells Oven Roast Potatoes and Mixed vegetables Assorted desserts, coffee and tea Adults $26 & Children $13 (age 10 & under) Please join us as we enjoy the company of friends, celebrate each others’ achievements, and escape the winter blues with a great meal and our…

SILENT AUCTION!

50/50 RAFFLE! CANDY SALE!

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WMAA 2013 YEAR END AWARDS BANQUET Reservations must be received no later than Februay 21st and no reservations will be accepted without full payment. NAME:

#

______________________________________ PHONE: ( adults @ $26, #

) ________ _______

children @ $13 (age 10 & under) Total enclosed $

Please make checks payable to WMAA and mail with this form to: Darlene Dehman, 325 Spring St., Wrentham, MA 02093 Table reservations can be accepted for groups of eight or more by attaching a list of people in your group with your reservation. This helps us to eliminate duplicate reservations.


Once again we’ll be holding our silent auction and horse blanket raffle at the Year End Awards Banquet on March 1st. Our auction always generates a lot of interest and fun at the banquet as members constantly check their bids against each other. Plus, there’s the excitement of who will win the blanket generously donated by Schneiders Tack. Interested? Then you need to know that the only way you can get blanket raffle tickets is to donate to our auction. It’s that easy! For every unused item you bring to the auction, we’ll give you one raffle ticket. So the more items you donate, the better your chances to win that beautiful blanket! We accept horse or non-horse related items; our only stipulation is that the item(s) must be unused. Whether you donate just one item or five, WMAA appreciates your contribution. Please complete and bring a bid sheet (on the reverse side) for each item you are donating. Good luck to all!


Silent Auction Bid Sheet Please complete the item, donated by, and approximate retail cost sections of the form.

Item: Donated by: Approximate Retail Cost: Bids must be in whole dollars: Bidder’s Name

Amount of Bid

Thank you for your generosity!


WMAA BOD Meeting January 11, 2014 @ 12:00 PM Bentley’s Pub II 362 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA (Meeting initially scheduled on 12/4/13, was postponed to today because of snow)

Treasurer’s Report: Darlene reported that the deposits have been sent to Tony & Penny’s for the banquet, the hall for the tack auction and to ESE for the regional show. Regional Show Discussion: Discussion was held to decide if we could feasibly go down to a 2-day show, to try to offset some of the costs of running the regional show. If we were to do this, we would have to cut approximately 20 classes out of our show schedule, and make use of the outside arena for trail and jumping classes. In the end, it was voted upon and we will remain a 3-day show for, at least, one more year and hope we can come up with ways to bring in more money to fund this show. Discussion was held on changing our fee structure for the blanket fee. Rules for the blanket fee we have held for many years, was on the horse and any exhibitor could ride that horse for the one fee. A suggestion was to change it to one youth/non-pro exhibitor and one horse for the blanket fee and an additional horse could be added for a small fee. Another suggestion was to increase the blanket fee slightly, but allow three horses to one youth/non-pro rider OR three youth/non-pro riders to one horse. It was voted upon and in an effort to keep continuity with some of the other shows in the area, we have decided to go with the latter suggestion, for 2014, and hope we do not suffer a loss, by doing this. Therefore, the blanket fee for this new fee structure, will increase from $150 to $165. We hope our exhibitors are pleased with this change to try to make our show more affordable for them. As in the past, exhibitors must show in one open class if showing under the blanket fee. Stall fees and shavings prices will remain the same. Kate will look into hiring judges for the regional show. Open Show: Darlene has been in contact with the manager of the Westfield Fairgrounds and we will have a definite answer on securing our dates for the 2014 open show series very soon. The requested dates are 5/11, 6/15, 9/21/2014. Krissy will look into hiring judges for the open shows. Banquet: The deposit has been paid for the upcoming 2013 awards banquet being held at Tony & Penny’s in Ludlow, MA on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Watch for the banquet flyer with all the details in our next newsletter. Fundraisers at the banquet will be: Silent auction Candy sales 50/50 raffle Ticket sales for a roughout work saddle raffle (drawing will be at our regional show) New/Old Business: Motion was made by Sue and seconded by Denise, to increase membership fees by $5.00 and eliminate the paper newsletter. Nomination fee will not increase. Members will receive electronic newsletters. Kate has done a ribbon inventory and Darlene will order any ribbons we need for the rest of the year now, so we can get the largest discount.


Kim has set up with JP North to have a tack auction for a fund raiser. The Tack Auction will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014, from 12:00-5:00 pm at the VFW, 263 Taylor Hill Road, Jewett City, CT. Please pass the word!! Krissy will look into organizing a clinic as another fundraiser. She will get back to us with further details. WE REALLY NEED EVERYONE’S HELP COLLECTING SPONSORS FOR THE 2014 YANKEE COLOR CLASSIC! IF YOU WANT US TO CONTINUE WITH PAYBACKS, HELP US OUT BY EITHER SPONSORING THE SHOW, OR GO OUT AND GET SOMEONE TO SPONSOR THE SHOW!!! ALL INFORMATION AND SPONSOR FORMS ARE ON THE WMAA WEBSITE. http://www.westernmaapp.com th

Our next meeting will be held Saturday, February 9 at Kate’s. Meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Sue Cormier Secretary


YANKEE COLOR CLASSIC HORSE SHOW July 25 - 27, 2014

Premium Book Ads Dear Members: If you read the Bulletin Board in this issue, you know we need your help. The income from ads in the premium book helps to offset the costs of the regional show. Feed stores, farriers, vets, and tack shops are great sources for ads, but we also have them from insurance companies, accountants, hair stylists, contractors, etc. Any place where you do business is a great place to start asking. You can also buy an ad yourself! Full page, half page, quarter page/business card ads are available in the sizes listed below.

New for 2014, for every $500 you sell in Premium Book ads, you will receive a free stall at the Yankee Color Classic! Please direct any questions to: Sue Cormier 413-525-9170 or e-mail massappy@verizon.net

Deadline for ads is May 1st ---------------------------------------------------------------------------Please make checks payable to WMAA, Inc. and mail to: Sue Cormier 640 Prospect St. E. Longmeadow, MA 01028 PREMIUM BOOK ADS (Return this coupon along with payment and ad) Business Name: Address: Seller’s Name:

Advertising space is available as follows: Full Page Half Page Quarter Page / Business Card

7 ½ “ x 4 ½ “ $100.00 3 ¾ “ x 4 ½ “ $ 50.00 2” x 4 ½ “ $ 25.00


FOR EVERY UNUSED ITEM YOU DONATE TO THE SILENT AUCTION AT THE AWARDS BANQUET ON MARCH 1st ,YOU WILL RECEIVE A RAFFLE TICKET FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A SCHNEIDER’S BLANKET!


Western Massachusetts Appaloosa Association’s Sponsorship Program Appaloosa Show July 25th – 27th 2014 GOLD SPONSORS – Donation of $500.00      

Vendor space at the show Full page color ad in our show booklet Sponsor’s Banner displayed in the arena Sponsor’s advertising material (flyer, business card, etc. displayed at the show) Announcements – multiple times each day naming sponsor Sponsor’s logo and name on WMAA’s website home page for one year, beginning in July, and link (if available) from WMAA website to sponsor’s site  1 year (6 issues) of full page advertisement in WMAA newsletter  1 stall for the show weekend

SILVER SPONSORS – Donation of $250.00      

Vendor space at the show Half page ad in our show booklet * Sponsor’s Banner displayed in the arena Sponsor’s advertising material (flyer, business card, etc. displayed at the show) Announcements – multiple times each day naming sponsor Information about sponsor on WMAA website and link (if available) from WMAA website to sponsor’s site  1 year (6 issues) of half page advertisement in WMAA newsletter **ANY EXHIBITOR THAT BRINGS IN $500 IN SPONSORS, GETS A FREE STALL AT THE** **YANKEE COLOR CLASSIC**

*Add $50 to the Silver Sponsor to have your half page ad appear in color! Questions regarding this program should be directed to: Sue Cormier (413)519-9154 MassAppy@verizon.net

ADS NOT RECEIVED BY MAY 1, 2014 WILL NOT APPEAR IN OUR PREMIUM BOOK



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