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Important Information - Midland Fairgrounds

We have had several requests from members about stalling two horses in the same stall when trailering-in for horse shows at the Midland County Fairgrounds.  After discussions with the fair manager and several NBHA members who are on the fairboard, they advised me that this is not allowed due to the high possibility of damage & injury plus the insurance liability. 

Also, with the current health situation in the horse community - multiple horses in a stall can increase the risk of disease transmission through direct contact which at this point is what we are trying to avoid in order to maintain a safe and healthy atmosphere for all.

In addition, please have a current negative coggins paper in your possession for any horses on the grounds and a current NBHA membership card.  These will be checked when you check-in and are assigned stalls.


Diane Loosenort

March 9, 2015 
It is Spring! FINALLY! I have a whole new respect for the NBHA barrel racers in Michigan, after being here only 1 week & dealing with the winter of 2014-2015! But now it is time to get those horse's shoes on & horses in shape for a great NBHA barrel racing season! The NBHA Michigan Director’s meeting went great with just a few new things. They have been really busy with your banquets & getting some great shows scheduled for 2015! We have some new arenas & some great old ones & lots of added $’s to put in the mix!

First & foremost Michigan NBHA would like to thank MI01’s Dee Dee & Jarrod Meier for a great year! Forming a very successful new district & getting it off its feet and running! I saw a sampling of MI01’s awards for the banquet & their new show schedule, it is awesome! We were sooo  lucky to have had Dee Dee & Jarrod! On a sadder note you saw I said “had” yes they are retiring, BUT NOT LEAVING MI01, due to many family commitments they can’t make all the shows. But they are leaving MI01 in very capable hands: Stephanie Bahrman will be the new director & her right hand woman will be Theresa Kanous!  Meeting both of them at the director’s meeting you (MI01) have a great set of directors who are willing to promote NBHA barrel racing even further in the Upper Peninsula! Thank you again Dee Dee & Jarrod & Stephanie & Theresa for volunteering for a really hard but fulfilling job!

Also a huge thank you to your directors for taking time away from their families & horses to come to the Director’s meeting to get everything organized for 2015! The directors also brought a sampling of your awards for your banquets they really went above & beyond & it was really nice to have them share ideas between the districts for next year’s banquets!

We also discussed & approved having the American Paint Horse Association sanction some of our shows. The first shows will be the 2015 12th Annual NBHA All-District Show & the NBHA Midland Blast. These shows will have a $175 added side pot incentive for paint horses. You must be a member of the APHA, must be enrolled in the PBRIP (Paint Barrel Racing Incentive Program), & most important have a Registered Paint Horse.  You can become a member at the show or you can go online to the American Paint Horse Association  WWW.RACING.APHA.COM
We are again NPBA (National Pole Bending Association) sanctioned. Their World Championships are in Cloverdale, Indiana, June 5-7, 2015 .To attend you just have to attend 2 NPBA approved shows. If you need information, sanction form, or a membership form get a hold of me or go to  www.polebending.org. We will have this information at the shows also.

ALSO (thank you Brad & Pattie Marshall) we will be having BBR (Better Barrel Races) approvals to our shows! They have their finals in Oklahoma City sometime in April, for  Information, visit their website     www.betterbarrelraces.com

We will not have any WPRA approvals at our shows this year due to lack of entries.

The Can-Am show this year will not have saddles for the average BUT even better will have a buckles & CASH! ALSO there will be WILDCARDS to 3rd place in every division in the Open (every day), Youth & Seniors even if you have already qualified for the NBHA World Shows they are a valuable asset, and can be sold! Remember you must be a member for 1 year in order to use a Wild Card you bought!  Also pack you’re dancing “BOOTS” MI02’s Tim Droptiny found a great band! We discussed & approved not getting the dance started till 9 that way everyone could get their horses & stomachs taken care of before the dance! Sounds like there will be shuttle service to the dance!

Also MI03’s Jeri Witzel had a great idea on how to expedite expo barrels, we will be using it at the 2015 NBHA All-District show.  Remember that the earlier you take your expo run the better.

Yes, there will be a Red, White & Blue! But we are working on details mainly grounds & hosting districts. This information will be announced as soon as we know! If you have any constructive input, contact your district director.

Tentatively,  Jeri Witzel MI03 will be having a new show & a great exposure opportunity for NBHA Michigan. Michigan Horse Festival will be in Greenville at the fairgrounds on Friday, August 28! Look for more exciting details to follow on this show also!

Stalling at NBHA Michigan State Championships was again discussed.  The first 400 stalls we sell will be $45 each, and then we will be setting up temporaries at $80 each. What I’m saying is get your entries in early if you want the cheaper rate. Also voted on, at NBHA Michigan State Championships there will be a 60 second rule on expos so everyone will get a chance to do an expo.

We are again having Brent Puhl as our photographer & videoer and Lenell Dean as our announcer! We will again be having a Silent Auction so remember to bring your gently used items or new items to State! This usually raises at least $1,000 in added $’s! If you have any questions on the silent auction contact MI01 directors Stephanie or Theresa!

Remember you can get your stalls & entries & camping free if you get sponsors for the program & you will be putting more added $’s in the “pot” to run for! Contact either me or your directors or the 2015 sponsor form is available here. Last year we had $25,000 added to NBHA Michigan State Championships  plus gave out 10 Alamo saddles, 11 Gist buckles, 10 5 Star pads & lots of other prizes! Let’s see if we can get $30,000 this year! But we do need saddle & buckle sponsors & ads for the program! We paid out just about $45,000 last year! Not bad for little ol’ Michigan!

Remember to patronize & thank our sponsors as they are the ones that made the $25,000 possible!

Your District shows will be posted on the Schedule tab soon so remember to look for pre-enter dates, we will try to remind you but again sometimes it doesn’t work out!

Thank you again for being a NBHA Michigan member & making it the great organization it is! If you have ANY concerns or questions please contact me or your district director! As Lil says “We can’t fix a problem if we don’t know about it!” That is why we are here, to make NBHA Michigan the best it can be!

Stay Warm & enjoy this nice spring weather we are getting! See you all April 24 & 25 at the All District Show!                                  

Diane Loosenort
1950 64th Street
Byron Center MI 49315