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President's Corner

October 2, 2014

Dear Members and Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to get our
first rodeo off and running. I think the weekend was a great success, with no problems, even
with running the new events which included the reined cowhorse, bareback and saddle steer
riding. Also, a special thanks to the parents that helped set up the arena for the reined cowhorse
after a very long day on Saturday.

I would again like to welcome all the new families and transfers from other States who
heard about our great Association and decided to give it a try. I believe you will be satisfied
with the professionalism exhibited at our rodeos. After the first rodeo, many people have already
let me know how happy they are with our Association. I would ask that when you see any of
those good looking Directors, wearing the pretty purple or teal shirts, that you make a point of
also letting them know how much you appreciate their volunteer work. And, please don’t forget
the ladies in the trailer.

As we get a few more rodeos under our belts, our start and finish times will continue to
improve. I would like to ask all contestants (parents) to double check your entry paperwork
before you send it in, to make sure everything is filled out correctly and all necessary forms are
included. This will make check in much faster and easier and will insure that the rodeos can
start on time. Because barrels are our first event each day, the rodeos should begin on time.
As stated at the general membership meeting, all contestants must sell their minimum
required tickets for the Dodge Truck drawing and the Ranger/Saddle drawing in order to compete
at State Finals. We again plan to give away a great participation prize to each contestant who
enters at both State Finals.

The Dodge tickets are exclusively used for National team travel money which means if
you believe that you are making the National Team, and you want to receive a substantial amount
of travel money, YOU must sell more than the minimum amount of Dodge tickets. Last year one
of the National Team contestant received approximately $1,100 in travel money. She did,
however, sell over 80 Dodge tickets. For those of you who only sold the minimum, I believe
each contestant received about $140. So, the amount of travel money you receive is totally in
your control depending on how many tickets you are willing to sell. Please keep in mind that
you cannot combine sibling tickets. This means if you make Nationals and your brother or sister
does not, their ticket sales cannot be combined with your sales. The ranger/saddle money goes
toward year-end prizes.

REMEMBER, IF YOU WANT TO GET INTO THE STATE FAIR FOR FREE THIS YEAR,
YOU MUST PASS THROUGH THE ENTRY ADMISSION GATES BETWEEN 12:00 AND
1:00 P.M. WE WILL ONLY HAVE WRIST BANDS FOR THE CONTESTANTS AND ONE
HELPER.

Till the next rodeo, all be safe
Ride Hard,
Jack

 

 

May 30, 2014


Dear Members:
After a long and stressful weekend of competition, I hope everyone was off and able to
recuperate, relax and enjoy Memorial Day. I want to start this letter by extending a big thank you
to Jay and Mimi Reyes for being the 2 person host committee and raising the necessary funds that
allowed us all to have a wonderful rodeo. The Sonoita Fairgrounds Board and staff were very
pleased with our Association and bent over backwards to try and meet all of our needs. They did
a great job as well.

The Junior Division had a great banquet which was arranged by Mrs. Shay Charles and
Mrs. Lani Hall. My hat goes off to these two overachievers and their helpers for setting the bar
for next year. Makes me think of the famous quote, “Behind every successful women, there is a
powerful man.” Because of the efforts of our entire Association, the Junior High Division was
able to award the top ten in every event, including the contestants that participated in the Build-
A-Cowboy program.

As I promised at the beginning of the year, with the support of our entire membership, the
juniors will always be awarded the top ten or the equivalent of the High School Division. The
results for the Junior High will be posted shortly so that all can see who will make up the
National Team for the Arizona Junior High Division. From what I have seen across the country
and comparing times , I think we have a great chance at seeing some National Champions if they
continue to perform as they did all year and at our State Finals.


From the feed back I received, the contestants and parents really enjoyed the State Finals
participation jacket. As our Association continues to grow, these are the exciting things we are
going to be able to do, so please tell your friends to join our Association so they can become part
of this great tradition.


After a long day last Friday, your dedicated Board met for 2 hours wherein the Board,
and the audience, heard from two qualified individuals that were seeking to win the Board's vote
for our National Director. Don Nahrgang was the incumbent and Mike Oden was running
against him. After each candidate gave a speech and answered questions directed from the Board
and the audience, a vote was taken. Congratulations to Don Nahrgang as he will continue to be
Arizona National Director for the next five years. What this means for our Association is that in
three years, Don will also become the National President. A full one week mid-winter meeting
will come to Arizona in January 2017, where the National Board will conduct week long
business and make decisions that will affect our Association and the rest of the country's
Associations. If any member wants to see firsthand how an organization of this size manages it's
operation, and how the entire country with a rodeo team is included from start to finish, this
would be a great opportunity to learn.

Some people are trying to make plans for the remainder of the summer through the month of
September so, although we have not voted on next year’s schedule, you can probably count on
the fact that we will be in Payson in September, the third weekend of the month. I will try and
secure that spot when I am there for our High School State Finals in three weeks.
I will post the results of the election for next year’s officers, directors and student officers
within the next few weeks.


IMPORTANT UPCOMING REMINDERS
High School Finals -
TO ALL PARENTS, PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE AND PRE-PAY FOR THE
PAYSON RODEO. THIS IS FOR DRY CAMPING, STALLS AND THE BANQUET.
THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS BY PRE-PAYING. OUR ASSOCIATION IS
NOT CHARGING THIS FEE, SO PLEASE MAIL ALL CHECKS TO PAYSON, NOT TO
PENNY. WE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DRY CAMP FEES, STALLS OR
BANQUET. THE FORM IS ON OUR WEBSITE.


1. If you plan on attending the State Finals, please make sure to order your participation
jacket. This is a great gift for all our members competing at State Finals. I think that each and
every one of you will enjoy it and get a lot of use out of this jacket. Please let me know if you
have not ordered but plan on competing at State Finals.

2. Please note, you must have your Saddle and Dodge raffle ticket monies turned in, in
order to compete at State Finals. Announcements have been made at the last several rodeos and
it is posted on the website. I kindly ask that you make sure you have them turned in or have them
the day of check in as they will make no exceptions. If you do not have your tickets turned in, in
order to sign in, you will have to pay $100 on the spot for the Dodge Tickets and $100 for the
Saddle Tickets. Therefore, to avoid any anxiety and/or stress over the tickets, please obtain your
tickets beforehand.

3. Another possible stressor: You MUST turn in a sealed transcripts at check in. If you
do not have this, you cannot compete. These are National rules that we have to follow, and they
will make no exceptions. Again, to avoid any disappointment, please make absolute sure you
have your transcript in hand.

4. Do not forget that the Queen Contest will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Please take some time to support the beautiful contestants. The winner will be representing you
and our State at the Nationals and throughout next year.

5. The prom will be held on Friday night, June 13, 2014, at the casino, and will begin at
8 p.m. Requests have been made to extend the prom until midnight. I have emailed the powers
that be and hope that they will agree. Please take some time to think of your choices as voting
for King and Queen will occur at check-in.

6. An awards banquet will be held Saturday night, June 14, 2014, and immediately
following the banquet sign-ups will take place for the National Team. Remember to pre-pay for
your banquet ticket so that the Payson committee can determine how much food is necessary. If
you do not pre-pay, you will only be able to purchase a ticket if there is enough food left, and the
ticket price will increase. Payson has placed its form on our website.

7. On Thursday, June 12, 2014, following the last event, there will be a general
membership meeting to discuss business needs. One of the topics of discussion and voting will
be the Stock Contractor bid(s). All interested are encouraged to attend.

Future discussions:
I will continue to add to this section as many of these items are ideas that may or may not
make it to a vote in August. We need your input so please continue to send your ideas to either
myself or any other director.

1. With our membership numbers continuing to grow, there has been some discussion of
the possibility of running two (2) goes of the team roping on Saturday and Saturday evenings.
This would ensure that Sunday rodeos would finish at a reasonable hour allowing our families to
enjoy their Sunday night away from the rodeo scene. This is something that the Board of
Directors will be deciding on at the annual meeting. Please feel free to contact me or any of your
directors with any thoughts on the issue.

New Issues:
1. Each year, the May rodeo causes much conflict because of graduations. I believe it is
very unfair to ask a contestant to decide between attending the rodeo or walking across stage to
accept a well deserved diploma. Many out of town grandparents, aunts, uncles and family make
plans all year long to attend and it causes much stress on the parents trying to juggle both events
or miss one completely. I am fortunate that I have never been in this position and never will be
due to the schools my children attend. However, I do see, hear, understand and realize how this
is a huge issue for many folks.

I have been thinking how to resolve this difficult issue and one solution may be that the
April rodeo be held earlier in April, leaving time for our State Finals to occur the last weekend of
April or the first weekend of May. I believe this would alleviate the conflicted issue entirely. It
may cause us to have a back-to-back rodeo, separated by only one weekend, but I think most
contestants would rather have this slight inconvenience to avoid a huge conflict regarding
graduation. I think it is safe to say that most contestants and their families will need to deal with
this issue in any given year. I will need to talk with the other two Associations (Queen Creek and
AJRA) and see if all three of us can work together to come up with a solution. I would love to
hear comments on this issue so again I ask that you express your feelings. This will help me
determine whether this issue is worth pursuing. I am open to any and all suggestions.

Rookie of the Year Junior High Division:
As you are all aware, the staff in the high school trailer was slammed on Saturday trying
to get the results and points done for the Junior High banquet, while at the same time running the
High School Rodeo. This year there was an oversight and the Rookie of the Year was presented
to Drew Smith. Drew is an excellent competitor, was the high point winner for year for new
junior high contestants and, this was his first year with the Arizona Junior High Division.
The Rookie of the Year is a National Award that is presented to a rookie in any grade 6th
through 8th that has never competed at the junior high level. Drew was a competing junior high
member in another State, therefore, he is not eligible for the award. Nationals confirms that he
was a competitor in New Mexico prior to joining us here is Arizona.

The Rookie of the Year goes to Garrett Hershberger who will be awarded the buckle at
the National Finals picnic that is being planned.

LASTLY, GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL CONTESTANTS AT
STATE FINALS AND SEE EVERYONE IN LESS THAN THREE WEEKS!!!

RIDE HARD,
JACK

 

 

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