Latest Presidents Report
Hi all I thought it time I put fingers to the key board and give a bit of an update on what’s been happening with the West Coast Reiners.
Well what a year we have had we have been very lucky enough to hold two shows and a Warren Backhouse clinic this year.
In the beginning of the year we had a come and try show which went off really well with lots of new people coming and trying out the sport of reining we were very lucky to get Donnie McLaughlin over to judge for us in spite of Covid. Donnie followed up judging the show by giving lessons, he was fully booked giving lessons for a full week in Coolup and Collie. We then lent him to the West Australian Reining club who took full advantage of his knowledge with every lesson available being booked.
Later on in the year we had the Silver Series incorporating another come and try show, this was also very well supported and was judged by Heather Grobbelaar who I must say did a great job and was not fazed at all by whatever we threw at her. The show attracted a lot of new faces from all disciplines and a lot of fun and learning was had by all. We were very lucky to have some great sponsors for the show the Lindberg, Whiteaker and Coffey families also Tamara and Sasha Smith who donated $500 in cash prizes for the Ian Smith open. Tim and Kirsten Bending sponsored a new event for us – The Champion of Champions which was very well received and was won by a newcomer to the sport of reining. Thank you very much to all our sponsors, without you our shows would not be so successful.
The other big event for our club this year was the Warren Backhouse clinic and what a weekend that was, rain and hail (didn’t snow thankfully) but it’s fair to say everyone had a great time and learnt heaps from this master horseman. It was a fun time and sometimes scary when the riders were asked to step up and give it a go.
The committee is looking at is getting Warren and his daughter back over to do a week’s super clinic as soon as the borders open up. This is something that Warren does over East a lot and the clinics are very are very popular. We will also be getting Donnie McLaughlin back over to do lessons and to judge some upcoming shows that we have planned.
The next exciting news we have is we have started work on our purpose-built Reining arena it’s hoped to be finished by the end of the year. Our club members have worked hard to see this happen so thank you for all your hard work in raising money, it is now fully funded and really happening. This arena will not only be for reining but as our club looks to the future, we will also be holding Reined Cowhorse shows.
On finishing I’d like to thank my committee for all their hard work, it’s easy to get caught up in the negative things that are thrown at you but we have moved on in a very positive way and have grown the club, as we move into our new arena and introduce a new sport to WA I can only see positive things ahead for us.
Kindest regards your president Murray Whiteaker
OCTOBER SHOW 2021
The latest Show was our Slide into Silver show where the winners received a Solid silver coin as part of the prizes. This went down really well. The Show was held as an Open show with a Come and try section for Non Reiners to have a go. This was very well supported by other Disciplines. It was great to see the competitors have a fun time.
Our Judge for the Day was Heather Grobbelaar who said she had a great time and toughly enjoyed herself. The show was rounded off with a Champion of Champion class which was won by Richard Driscoll
WARREN BACKHOUSE CLINIC MAY 2021
We held a 3-day Warren Backhouse clinic which was attended by 12 people and in some trying conditions but everyone was smiling and learning at the same time. We thank Warren for making the journey across to the West and imparting his vast knowledge to all who attended
MAY SHOW 2021
May so our Slide into Winter show judged by Donnie McLaughlin who took the time to fly over from the East. Again another show well received by all competitors and superb feedback given to the Committee.
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