A large part of SANA (Stewardship Awards of North America) and the Akhal-Teke Association of America is education. SANA West was not your typical horse show; it is for endangered equine breeds, it is about education and historical breed qualities, not fancy clothes or trainers. We had several clinics going on during the show, which gave participants an opportunity to try some new skills before doing an actual class. We had clinics in: Jumping, Dressage, English and Western, Obstacles, both In-Hand and Ridden, and an In-Hand Presentation clinic. All the clinics were well attended and everyone had a great time learning (or tuning up) their skills. We had lots of positive responses from the attendees, who found these very valuable.
Demos and "Meet the Breeds"
Besides the clinics and classes, we had corrals set up outside the Rare Breeds Barn, for a rotating docket of breeds meeting and greeting the public. Owners got to talk to people, horses got to smooze, and it was a big success. We also had demos running during the show with different breeds and horses during the entire show, everyone got a chance to participate!
Most Versatile Rare Breed Horse: Dream Boy Kurt, ridden by Naomi Driscoll
We have to thank our fantastic sponsors, who made this show and the great awards and little gifts we gave out (T-shirts!) possible. Here are the Most Versatile Sponsors:
Most Versatile Rare Breed Pony or Cross-sponsored by Penny Thom, JPT Gingerbread Li'l Gypsy Cobs, LLC, Carson City, NV
Most Versatile Rare Breed Horse- Sponsored by The Irish Draught Horse Society of North America.
Most Versatile Rare Breed Cross Horse-Sponsored by Steadfast Farm, Tuttle, OK, Boutique Breeder of Select Hackney Horses and Hackney Crosses for Sport, Please follow us on FB @ www.facebook.com/steadfastfarm
Most Versatile Purebred Akhal-Teke - sponsored by Silver Hill Akhal-Tekes, Billings, MT
Most Versatile Akhal-Teke Cross- sponsored by Susan Greer and Ricardo Viteri, Lafayette, CA
We also need to thank our largest sponsors, who made all those little extras possible:
Diamond Sponsors: Deb Bowker, CA, anonymous, CA, ATAA
Gold Sponsor: In honor of Wepaly Gulki, standing at Esler Arabians, CA
Silver Sponsor: Chris Chenery, The Cadfael Group, in honor of the Akhal-Tekes that spurred my love of the breed: Senetir and Oliva
Another huge thank you to our staff and volunteers. This show was the culmination of over a year of hard work and it was most definitely a team effort.
Tish Saare: Event Coordinator and all around super woman
Cathy Leddy: Event Assistant Coordinator
Victoria Tollman: EST SANA Liaison and Breed Coordinator
Yorke McGillivray: Volunteer Coordinator and Show Program editor
Asia Freeman: Demo Coordinator
Kevin Matthews: Barn Manager
Caroline Dudkowski: Jump Course Design
Matthew Harris: Technical Wizard
Tina Haas: Show Secretary
Donna Hanna: Show Announcer and Show Mom
Mattie Tucker: Show Photographer
Black Jack Grill: BBQ Caterer
Sofie's Equine Design: MV Cooler embroidery
and Many Others!
A full write up will be coming in the ATAA Summer Newsletter - watch for it in early July!