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AHASFV President's Message — October, 2014

The AHASFV Club seems like “the little engine that could”! Our nomination process was a success, and the candidates were elected by acclamation (view our October Newsletter for details). I want to thank all of the club members that responded to our e-mail blast asking for help and participation. I have no doubt our 2015 leadership will bring renewed energy to our club and a host of new and different club activities.

I believe most of us reading this newsletter are more than ready for Fall. After living through one of the hottest and driest Septembers on record the thought of a cooler October is a welcome notion. Perhaps we can start to enjoy our horses and get back to riding and spending time at the barn. I am personally looking forward to the U.S. Nationals in Tulsa this month. Each year the show grounds seem
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somewhat improved upon and the weather is usually great. For any member showing at Tulsa make sure to send in your brags next month. I have a 3 year old in the Country English futurity, so hopefully West Haven Arabians will have something to brag about.

I want to encourage club members to attend the “Foal Festival” in Santa Ynez on October 4th and 5th. Attendance at this event is not only fun it is also a way to support the Arabian horse breeders of our Region. New foal registration has been below 3,000 nationwide for the last several years. Quality horses in our breed are becoming hard to find due to the drop in breeding. Attendance at the Foal Festival is a way to let our Region's breeders know that we appreciate the risk and work that goes into producing a quality foal crop each year.

On November 2nd AHASFV will host the Halloween Haunt fun show. The show will be held at Ventura Farms and managed by club member Meaghan Shaffer. We are looking for show committee members to help put on the show. As a volunteer you and your family members are still welcome to show. In 2015 our club hopes to sponsor 3-4 fun shows a year. Putting the shows on means we need volunteers beyond the AHASFV Board. Please contact Meaghan or myself if you can serve on the show committee.

Taking the Reins, a non profit equestrian program, is open to girls in the Los Angeles area. I happen to be the Executive Director of the program and we are having an Arabian horse demonstration, small show for young children and fundraiser on November 9th. Most of the horses used in our program are retired Arabian show horses. Taking the Reins (TTR) also hosts Hippology and Judging training open to all AHASFV youth. Please visit our website for more information at takingthereins.org and plan on attending the “Harvest and Horse” fall event.

Jane Haven

AHASFV Mission Statement

The Arabian Horse Association of the San Fernando Valley is committed to bringing together people interested in advancing and promoting the Arabian and Half-Arabian horse by conducting, encouraging, and aiding exhibits or shows, clinics, and trail rides, and to cooperate with other organizations to improve general equestrian activities.