State Director's Newsletter

Brad and Pattie Marshall
6800 Risner Dr
Plainwell MI 49080
616-292-5674

Hello Everyone! Barrel Season has begun. Brad and I would like to thank everyone for their kind words welcoming us into the new position of Michigan NBHA State Directors. Diane Loosenort did a wonderful job building Michigan NBHA into what it is today. Thank you Diane for 26 years of hard work and your extreme dedication.

Brad and I had a great time attending 4 out of the five District awards banquets. There were some amazing awards and so many great ideas. We got to enjoy the company of so many wonderful friends, old and new. We have found out quickly that this isn't an easy job. Brad and I have been trying to make some changes while always keeping in mind what we believe is best for Michigan NBHA as a whole. If you have seen the schedule for the spring All District show you saw we will be running on Sunday. There are some other changes we were exploring but in the end weren't able to make happen right away. We have been checking into some other nice arenas in Michigan. We might add a show in the fall at one of these facilities.

We're excited about another change we are making. With all of the many barrel show producers these days we were in constant competition on any given weekend. So instead of making the barrel racers pick and choose where to compete and with who we will be working together this year with Michigan IBRA, On The Road With Dawn And Clea, and Brooke Braska & Rhonda Read’s The Rise Above Tour. We are truly hoping that we can all work together to do what is best for barrel racers as a whole and all of the organizations involved. We will again be adding The Michigan Barrel Futurity to some of our bigger shows. Please stay in touch with all of the District schedules and points on our MI NBHA website (www.michigannbha.com). We couldn't ask for a better person to keep us all updated than Diane Fenby. With that being said Diane can't do her job unless all the District Directors do our part. Please send her all of your show schedules, results, and points as they come in before you post them anywhere else.

Diane Loosenort wasn't the only director to take a step back this year. Theresa Kanous stepped down after State Finals last year as she is helping her daughter Danielle get ready for college. Your new MI 01 Director is Allison Dagenais. Brad and I weren't able to attend the MI 01 banquet, but we've been in touch with her and plan on going to one of their shows in the U.P. (after ALL of their snow is gone). Allison has a great crew helping her at shows, meetings and with the year-end banquet. Matt & Julie Strawn stepped down from being the MI 04 Directors to be with Julie's mom. Please keep them all in your nightly prayers. Taking over as your new MI 04 Directors are Eugene Perry & Ivy Allen who are both very knowledgeable horse people with great ideas. When Brad and I agreed to take over the position as State Directors Billy And Becky Holden agreed to be the MI 05 Directors. This is going to be a good change not just for MI 05 but for all Michigan members. Billy has found out so much about what the Charlie Horse Program can do that we haven't even begun to use. He's been working on the part that we started to use at State Finals last year. Be watching, because you'll be able to use your phones soon somehow someway. Please welcome all of these Directors. Help where help is needed and let’s have the very BEST barrel season we possibly can. And as always from BRAD....

GET A DEEP SEAT AND FARAWAY LOOK!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all this summer!