Q-Racing Blog: I Don’t Want To Hear It

It's time to step up and join the do-ers.

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It’s time to step up and join the do-ers.

It’s time to stop complaining and start acting. If you are an active member of your local Quarter Horse association and/or horseman’s group and are planning to go to the AQHA Convention, you are on the proactive track.

This year’s AQHA Convention is at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It will be held on March 11-14. For additional specifics, go to www.aqha.com/convention.

Just going to Las Vegas as a tax write-off may be enough of an inducement to go. However, there are more important incentives.

Attending the AQHA Convention gives you the opportunity to meet with other horsemen, pick their minds, add your input and learn. Attend open meetings and, even if you sit in the back on your hands, you will benefit. The Racing Committee meets on Saturday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, at 8:30 a.m. There are numerous other events that may help you and the complete schedule can be seen at www.aqha.com/media/9642/convention-schedule.pdf. Print it out and look it over.

Try to meet the Executive Committee members. They ultimately call the shots and are dedicated to doing what’s best for the American Quarter Horse.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for outgoing president Dr. Glenn Blodgett. In the past year he continued to oversee the horse operation at the legendary Four Sixes Ranch and dealt with severe injuries sustained by his wife in a car accident (she is recovering, by the grace of God) while maintaining his duties as AQHA President. Dr. Blodgett is a tremendous role model.

Introduce yourself to new AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. A good guy with strong credentials.

If you aren’t a member of your local Quarter Horse association and/or horseman’s group, join up and show up. A prime example is how the horsemen in Texas are bonding together to keep the fight going against strongly funded ultra-conservative politicians. A tip of the hat to our friends in Texas.

Speaking of politicians, if there is any function in your area with local politicians, especially at the state and national level, attend. Meet them and tell them that you are one of the many voters in your area involved with horse racing. Follow up with an email. I promise you will be added to his/her email list and be able to do a better job of staying in touch.

Be sure to keep up with the actions of your racing jurisdiction’s governing body. Go to every meeting that you can and read the minutes of every meeting (they should be posted online). Meet the board or commission members. Do not depend on word-of-mouth gossip about any meeting or action. It’s odds-on to be wrong.

In addition to involvement in your local Quarter Horse association, join your local Thoroughbred association. We are all in this together and need to build bridges. The folks in Florida have a strong relationship between the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred groups. It’s a working model.

I credit the following statement to Woody Allen, but he probably took it from someone else, “Ninety percent of success in showing up.”

Show up. It’s your business.

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