First off, I would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 High School Rodeo Season, and to all the new members, welcome to High School Rodeos of BC!! It has been a very hectic start to the Season with our new online National Memberships and the updating of our Website, so I would like to apologize for not having the Newsletter out to you all a little bit sooner! It’s a long one, lots to cover and a few pages containing the information you will all need.
Our first Rodeo of the Season in Prince George was a great success, we had a super turn out, a great rodeo and we lots of fun was had with the steak dinner on Saturday night. I would like to congratulate the Prince George Committee for doing a super job and managing to put together a Co-Approved Rodeo with next to no expense to the Association! Thank you to Christine Jones and Niki Hinton and your families for all of your hard work. Also, to BCHSRA Alumni, Dawn and Lainy Proctor who stepped up and did a tremendous amount of work! We love our glee club!!!
We have since had the South Region in Falkland and North Region in Hudson’s Hope as well as Langely for the South and Chetwynd #1 for North. I do hope that everyone enjoyed and had some successes. Coming up this weekend South will be in Peachland and North has Chetwynd #2. Thanks to the leads for putting on these events and we wish you all fast, clean runs and personal bests.
There are a few things we would like to go over ….
Our new members often have a lot of questions and concerns about just how things work in HSR. Director at Large, HSR Mom and former HSR competitor Diana Marchiel have put together a Welcome Wagon package. This includes frequently asked questions, a list of things you need to know as well as who to contact if you have questions or concerns. If you would like to receive one of these packages by email please contact Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get one off to you.
And further to Welcome Wagon, I would encourage each and every returning member to please go out of your way to make our new members feel welcome, show them the ropes, be a mentor and a friend. It’s not easy being the “new kid”, so please, do your best to be that positive, inviting person who makes everyone feel as though they belong! Always do your best to be kind, encouraging and friendly to everyone. We can all use a little encouragement and a friendly face. There is zero tolerance to bullying in BCHSRA, so if you see something that you are uncomfortable with or you are having any issues, please see one of your Director’s or come with an adult you can trust and we will help you to address any problems … we are here to help!
As we head into the winter months, it’s easy to put High School Rodeo on the back burner and forget the importance of FUNDRAISING!! It takes a substantial amount of funds to produce a Rodeo and we as a group need to be proactive on our fundraising and seeking our sponsorship. There are many things we can do over the winter months to raise money for our Association. There are Safe Driving programs, bottle drives, event clean-ups, event security, raffles, coin drives, a number of different programs that allow you to sell products, Mega Lotto etc., etc. So please, if you have an idea, share it with one of the Directors and we will do our best to help you make it happen. There are Sponsor Packages available to take to local businesses or individuals who may be interested in helping. No amount is too big or too small!!
DIRECTOR’S ELITE TEAM:
For the past five years, we have had a program that recognizes our Members for excellence in FUNDRAISING/SPONSORSHIP. Any member who brings in $1000 in Sponsorship or Funds before February 1st will become a member of the DIRECTOR’S ELITE TEAM. Each member meeting the criteria above will be presented with a Director’s Elite team shirt, with their name embroidered on it. As you gather up sponsors and funds, please make sure that our Treasurer, Lynn Peck knows that you have brought these funds in, she will keep track of the amounts and add you to the team as you become eligible.
PLANNING AND SPRING DATES: The next couple of months are very important to HSR of BC for planning the spring dates for rodeos and finals. We will update as our Calendar is planned out, and we hope to have most of the dates finalized before the New Year.
Here are a few dates you can mark on the calendars:
JUNIOR PROVINCIALS – MAY 16-18 BARRIERE, BC
HIGH SCHOOL PROVINCIALS – JUN 12-14 FORT ST JOHN, BC
JUNIOR NATIONALS – JUN 21-27 DES MOINES, IOWA
HIGH SCHOOL NATIONALS – JUL 19-25 LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
CANADIAN JH/HS FINALS – JUL 31 – AUG MERRITT, BC
AQHA HORSE OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS:
Each of you has a profile on the NHSRA Membership Management System, on that profile, you will find a tab at the top of the page that says HOY NOMINATIONS. Click on the tab, you will need your AQHA member number, the horse’s AQHA registration number, then fill out all of the information, including all of the events you use this horse in. At Provincial Finals, that horse will be tracked, all the points made by that horse will be added together and the Nominated Horse with the most points at the end of Finals will be awarded the AQHA Horse of the Year breast collar, sponsored by Western Horseman and AQHA. The contestant nominating and riding the horse receives a $250 scholarship from the National High School Foundation. Horses you Nominate must be registered with AQHA, a nomination must be signed by both the Owner and Contestant if they are not the same person, and only points earned by the contestant who has Nominated this horse while on said horse will count. The deadline for Nominations is Feb.15. All Provincial/State Horse of the Year winners are then eligible for National Horse of the Year which is determined at Nationals and Junior Nationals. (if you do not own the horse you are nominating, you may have to print the forms from the NHSRA website and send them via email or snail mail so that the signatures required are included)
We are actively looking for Grade 11 Families to volunteer to take on the Cowboy Prom for 2020. We need a Lead from the North Region and a Lead from the South Region to do some planning. Fundraising, decorating, meal planning, venue etc. will be items that need to be attended to. I’m sure that Sharon Jackson would be happy to lend some advice, contacts etc. as she looked after our Cowboy Prom 2019. Please contact the Secretary if you would like to head this up and perhaps coordinate a committee.
We are also actively looking for a North Region Sponsorship Coordinator. This person(s) does not have to be a director, needs to be willing to distribute sponsor packages and sponsor letters, reach out to the membership regarding sponsorship and answer questions. (with the support of the Board of Directors) Angela Kosick and Ashala Carlsen have taken on the South Region and we will be working together over the winter months to update the sponsor package and do some planning for future sponsorship drives. Again, please contact the Secretary if you are interested in this position.
GRAND ENTRY: We have had to touch on this subject throughout the years and here we are again with the same old issues as before…
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PACKING YOUR FLAG WHEN YOU ARE ON THE GRAND ENTRY LIST. IF YOU CANNOT PACK YOUR FLAG YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR FINDING YOUR OWN REPLACEMENT!!! FINDING REPLACEMENTS IS NOT THE GRAND ENTRY SECRETARY’S JOB OR RESPONSIBILITY …. IT IS YOURS! IT IS ALSO YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LET THE GRAND ENTRY SECRETARY KNOW THAT YOU ARE SENDING A REPLACEMENT AND WHO THAT PERSON IS.
**Parents, please be aware of the Grand Entry list and be sure the have your child be accountable and show up!**
The flags are advertising for our Sponsors… Without our Sponsors, we simply CANNOT produce these rodeos. You should be proud to showcase their flag at the beginning of the rodeo as a way of saying thank you.
We will be asking the Grand Entry Secretaries to send a report to the Secretary after each rodeo with the Grand Entry list, they will be checking off names as you arrive to collect your flag, if there is a replacement sent, that will be noted, if you are a NO SHOW, that will also be noted. We are going to come up with some sort of consequence for repeat offenders so get up, dress up and show up! (and to stop any rumors… no – you cannot lose your points, but perhaps garbage detail, toilets or shoveling manure would be the incentive needed to do grand entry)
CINCH TEAM 2019-2020
(see nhsra.com for Cinch Team Process to see selection explanation)
THE 2019-2020 HIGH SCHOOL CINCH TEAM:
RYLEY RAY WILSON
BREKAN LOEWEN (captain)
LAUREN KONASHUK (captain)
THE 2019-2020 JUNIOR HIGH CINCH TEAM:
SHAYL JARDINE (captain)
WYATT BONDAROFF (captain)
- CINCH TEAM MEMBERS, PLEASE GO TO NHSRA.COM OR CINCH OFFICIAL WEBSITE TO LOOK AT THE CINCH SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION…
- APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON-LINE BEGINNING OCT 1/19
DEADLINE TO HAVE APPLICATIONS TO CINCH IS
DEC 31/19. SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED FEB 1/20