Notes from the office.....
WOW what a busy month March has been, I think that this is the most active group of directors and the biggest membership we have had this early since 2008.
The judges, timers, and rodeo secretary meetings in Walla Walla went very well, and the committee is working hard to get all the personnel assigned to the rodeos. Thanks to Dallas Kimble, Jim Creer, Deb Achord, Kristen Hinton, and Randy Rauenzahn, for working out all the details, and making sure we all knew where to go and what time!! Special thanks to JJ Harrison and the Walla Walla Community College Rodeo Team for the tickets for our judges, we appreciate it very much, and it was a great rodeo. Pro-West members did great things, Dakota Eldridge, Garrett Wolfe, Ty McCall, my personal favorite bulldogger, Hailey Jo Hall, Christina Pierce, all placed very high in their events, and I know there were several more so great job to all of you!!!
The memberships are pouring in, and so I wanted to be sure and remind you all to make sure and send in the rookie verification form if you are a rookie, and I will be sure and count your winnings as rookie. Last year, I put a few kids in the rookie standings, even though they had a permit, because I thought that would be an easy way for them to see that if they upgraded to a card where they would be in the rookie race, but hindsight that was not a good plan, because now they will look like they are running for rookie again….my bad!! I will only post eligible to win now rookies from here on out.
Gena McNeil will be taking entries again this year, so everyone be sure and tell her how much we appreciate her so she won’t be leaving us for a long time…..and we all know cowboys are the most polite group of people anywhere, so let’s show her your cowboy hospitality. Also as the year progresses, and it is harder to get up so that you can make it to every rodeo, remember Gena is only doing a job, anything you think is not going right, or things you need help with, should be directed to Janet O’Neil, your central entry director. This will free Gena up to do what she has been hired to do, take entries!!!
The finals are going to be awesome this year!! As you travel rodeo to rodeo, be sure and visit with your event director so they know all the contestants’ desires for the remainder of the $5.00 fee after fees at finals are paid. In the rule that was passed, the money is used to pay all contestants fees, and then the remainder will be used as determined by the event director. This can be more purse money, awards, whatever the event decides, so talk, talk, talk, so your opinion is known in advance and no director has to guess as to what their contestants want to do with their share.
The committee at Asotin is ready to welcome you in less than a month!! Grand Coulee is looking forward to great numbers, and at Dayton the rodeo is the number one attraction this year, so get those horses slicked off and enter up…..it’s gonna be a great year to be a Pro-West Cowboy!!!!
Until next time,