First and foremost, I want to wish everyone heading to Tulsa at the end of the month the best of luck. I hope it’s a great show for our affiliate, and everyone has a safe, fun trip.
A couple of changes to our Saddle Series and Year End Awards for 2020. As you know, STRHA is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization. We rely entirely upon donations and fundraisers for the money needed to maintain the affiliate and run our awards program. It’s been a crazy year, and our coffers reflect that. We have less than half of the money needed for our normal budget. We also have to retain a small amount for the NRHA fees we pay at the beginning of each year. For this reason, we are forced to scale way back the saddle series as well as year end awards for 2020.
Saddles will not be awarded this year. Instead, we have the good fortune to have had our saddle series sponsors agree to award to the winner of both the non-pro and rookie “saddle series” competition, a TRAVIS STILLSON HEADSTALL. Travis is a true artist and leather craftsman. He has been making custom head stalls, chaps, and spur straps for many years. Perhaps you remember seeing his spur straps in our last fundraising auction. Travis was kind enough to donate them, and continues to be a supporter of STRHA. His exquisite tooling and engraving are works of art! Be sure to check out his FaceBook page if you are unfamiliar with his work!
Unfortunately, we must also cut back on year end awards. This means that we will be awarding a buckle to our first place winners only in each of our 19 classes. There will be no prizes for second through fifth place, as we have done in previous years.
I hope next year we can get back to an award level that allows us to recognize more of our members efforts.
Stay safe and happy trails!