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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2022
|Jan 1, 2023||Membership Renewal||Membership Renewal is due Jan 1. Click here for membership form.|
Sat, Jan 7, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Annual Meeting at the Tap Room in Jordan, MN, again.
|Fri, Apr 28 - Sun, Apr 30, 2023||MN Horse Expo||See details in message below.|
|Fri, May 19 – Sun, May 21, 2023||2023 Season Kick-off/Camping Event||Wild River State Park, May 19-21, 2023.|
All Event details in message below
NEWS & OTHER EVENTS
Message from Lynda Zimmerman, MAPFHA President
November 20, 2022
Message from Lynda Zimmerman, President
MAPFHA news and Annual Meeting
Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Thank you for your friendship and support of MidAmerica Paso Fino Horse Association all these years! I am truly grateful for your friendship and your membership in our organization! To those of you who are friends on the fringe or former members, I appreciate you, too, but I hope you will consider joining or renewing in support of our Paso Fino breed regionally. The association exists to support Paso Finos locally; however, members do not have to own a Paso Fino.
ANNUAL MEETING will be held Saturday, January 7, 2023, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Tap Room in Jordan, MN, again. We met there at our last annual meeting in 2020, before Covid hit and changed many events. MAPFHA will provide the lunch for members. Guests are welcome and can apply for membership at the meeting or before.
MEMBERSHIP is still on the calendar year so renewals are due January 1, 2023, or before. Last year’s application is attached (no changes); please fill out and mail to Treasurer, Chuck Hauser’s address which is on the form.
2023 MINNESOTA HORSE EXPO will be return to its traditional weekend, April 28-30, 2023. MAPFHA Board of Directors has decided not to attend/perform next year due to unavailability of horse and rider participants.
2023 SEASON KICK OFF/CAMPING EVENT will be held at Wild River State Park, May 19-21, 2023. Members who wish to participate should make their own camping reservations, and MAPFHA will reimburse members for their camping costs that weekend, whether one or two nights. Day riders and guests are also welcome. A potluck will be held Saturday night at one of the campsites. Reservations can be made 180 days in advance through the MN DNR parks website.
In OTHER NEWS, I am moving to Oklahoma the end of this month! Bob and I are purchasing 10 acres in east central Oklahoma, 20 miles or so from Ft. Smith, AR. I’m thrilled that my horses will be able to live on the property with us, and we’ve heard reports of lots of riding opportunities and milder winters! At this time, we are busy downsizing and packing items we will take with us when we head south on Nov. 29. Once there, we will have many modifications to make to get ready for the horses, which will ship a week after we close. We decided to relocate there after seeing the green, hilly area when we helped my daughter move there in Sept. She and her husband will live only half an hour from us. Bob and son-in-law, Jason, are looking forward to fishing several reservoirs in the area together, with boat purchase on the agenda.
Due to my absence from the area, I plan to resign my position as MAPFHA President effective with the Annual Meeting in January. If anyone is interested in running for the elected position, please contact Treasurer Chuck, Secretary Jan Meyer or Director at Large Sharon Gallagher. The Board position is relatively light duty as far as time commitment (few meetings but more involved with Expo-related participation), but it does require maintaining current PFHA membership, good communication, outreach and oversight skills. We are an official region of PFHA, not just a local club of enthusiasts. Although absent from the region, I plan to maintain my membership and stay in touch!
Chuck, Sharon and Jan have been awesome members and leaders for many years and will continue to manage the organization. I appreciate their service, input and investment in MAPFHA! They truly have been dedicated to maintaining the association through difficult times as we have seen horse associations in general across the country experience declining numbers.
I will miss seeing you all at the annual meeting and the riding event next spring. We had a great time at Bartels’ farm in August, riding and also socializing with a few former members who came for the potluck. The Spring camping event will help to get our social riding calendar on track. Thank you again for your continuing membership support, and I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and a most joyous holiday season!
With fond memories and thoughts,
Lynda Zimmerman, President
Mid America Paso Fino Horse Assn.