The annual meeting was at the home of Ellen and Jack Alden. After a social hour, business included a review of the 2016 budget with thank yous from the MSPCA and USEA Area 1 for sponsorship of a fundraising ride and the UNH XC improvements. Also new this year are PayPal and a redesigned website, including online membership renewal and entry forms.
Raffle winners Ralph Williams and Ralph Marrone (a good year to be named Ralph)
Volunteer of the Year is Liz Russell for her contributions to MA Horse and ring stewarding at Pipestave Hill Horse Trials
Lifetime Achievement recognition goes to Cindy Foote who mows, both adopts and fence judges and is a former member of the BOD.
Members voted on our year end donations to the amount of $2500 to various local charities.
Elected were new members of the Board
Peter Clark and Amy Bresky were elected for continuing terms and VP.
Other business included suggestions from Claude Maina and Susan Beliveau for easier cross-country course management (more details on this coming in a later e-mail).
A number of topics for informative talks this winter include
yoga for equestrians
Nutrena Representative, Jacqueline Gagnon on nutrition/obesity
Natural horsemanship with Ben Lard
Barn emergencies lecture
In 2016, the Club was also able to refurbish Ring One, thanks to Scott Laffey who donated time, and a new event, a Derby Cross organized by Jane Cleveland to benefit the UNH XC improvement fund. Adventure Trail raised money for the trail fund donated to ECTA while the Pipestave events raised monies for Club function and our year-end donations. A big thank you to all our volunteers who make this possible.