President's Message January 2018

First and foremost, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope your holidays were wonderful and that you are surviving the extremely cold weather. Please stay safe as you go about your daily chores both at home and at work.


Congratulations are in order to all of the Champions, Res Champions, and ribbon winners at our annual banquet and awards presentation. Everyone worked hard to achieve this recognition and I am proud of you all.


Mary Ellen (Mulligan) Whitlow was presented the Golden Horseshoe Award which is given to a deserving member of not less than 5 years of membership who has continuously served the best interest of the healthy growth of the NYSMHS through active participation and leadership. We are proud to honor Mary Ellen with this award.


2018 looks to be an exciting year for the NYSMHS. We have a new Treasurer, Tamra Lynch, in whom I have the utmost confidence. She is replacing Linda Burke, our long time Treasurer, who has served us with outstanding dedication and efficiency. Our new Western District board member is Donna Fox who will replace Nicole Gorecki and Suzanne Evans will represent  the Central District while Patty Casler will fill out the term vacated by Mary 

Neidlinger. These women complete the capable and hard working BOD of the NYSMHS.


By the time this Newsletter gets to the membership, I believe the SSA will have already taken place. There were many wonderful Stallions to bid on and I am sure the evening was a grand success. Congratulations to the bid winners and we wish you continued success with your breeding program.


The NY Regional Morgan Horse Show has a new Chairperson. Diane Garrow has assumed this position and along with her committee is hard at work putting the entire show together. We are looking for volunteers to help during the actual show so if any of our members are interested, please contact Diane at: 724-301-1409. Marion Gaigal has agreed to revamp and improve our Combined Prize List and has added some very exciting new fea-

tures that I am sure you will enjoy. We hope to have the CPL available as soon as possible. 


We are looking for someone to coordinate our Youth of the Year contest at the NY Regional , a contest that has been very successful for the last several. If you have any interest in working with our Youth and chairing  this contest, please contact me (Coby Holowacz) and I will put you in touch with people who can tell you exactly how it works.


Our Promotion committee is at it again!!! Due to the successful showing and promotion of our Morgan Horses at the 2017 NY State Fair’s World of Horses, they have decided to “take the show on the road.” Our Morgan horses will once again participate at the NY State Fair and also at other equine venues and Fairs throughout NY State during the summer. Once again, if you would like to participate, please contact Marion Gaigal at lagiag1@aol.



On a disappointing note, I need to make you aware that our Eastern District Morgan Show will NOT happen this year. Due to some rather disturbing unrest within the NYSSHA group, to which we did belong, both Jackie Ross and myself with the approval of the BOD decided to withdraw from that Association and to suspend the 2018 show. Hopefully we will be able to join a new group that is being organized as we speak and then perhaps rein-

state our show for 2019. I am sorry that this move had to happen but, in the best interest of our club and exhibitors, it was necessary. 


Our Trader has been a great source of information that we need to get out to the membership. Please use it to your advantage. News articles are welcomed from barns, youth clubs, special events that may be of interest to others and a calendar of our shows, trail rides and meetings. Please 

help us make our Trader the best it can be by submitting articles, pictures and classified ads. The new schedule for the Trader is as follows: Jan/Feb, March, April, May, June/July, August, Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec. This adds an additional month to our publication. The deadline will remain the 15th of the month prior to mailing.


Please remember that this is YOUR club and it is only as successful as its members make it. We want your participation and suggestions and your help in any area you feel passionate about. I am looking forward to a fun and busy 2018.


Our mid year meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 5th in the Central District. More details and exact location will be forthcoming.


I am wishing you all a fun and safe winter and I look forward to Spring and the excitement of horse shows and trail rides and love for our beautiful Morgan Horses.




Coby Holowacz, Pres.