Directors Corner with Chris Bickford

March 2018: As I start my second year as your director I am very enthused about the Arabian horse industry as well as the entire horse community. Our horse shows are up in numbers. I visited the Rally In The Valley and they are up 20% in numbers. The enthusiasm and the positive attitude of all the exhibitors was very very encouraging.
We have a full year of horse shows to come, the AHBAO Show in April is a Region 4 & 17 qualifying show and the AHACO show in May is a Region 4 & 5 qualifying show. In June we have our Region 4 Championship Show and Region 4 Offsite Sport Horse Championship.  Several of our clubs are planning trail rides and other ways to enjoy our horses and our friends.
Purebred Arabian and Half- Arabian registrations are up slightly. This shows the positive attitude of our breeders. More mares are being bred. This allows us all to enjoy spring when the foals start arriving. It is a wonderful time of the year.
We must all do everything we can to interest new people to the wonderful animals we all love and enjoy. To help our industry grow we need to all join together to promote our horses to people from all walks of life.

March 2017: This has been an exciting year. After being vice director many times it is a new experience to be your director. I have had many helpers along the way. The regional show was a great success due to the hard work of the show commission lead by Connie Chapman. Moving the sport horse regionals to Donida Farms had a rocky beginning but thru the hard work of many it was successful. Kelsey Younce was our Youth Director and she attended the Youth Convention held during the Youth Nationals representing region 4. We had Arabian representation at four different expos in Oregon and Idaho. Each of the workers presented Arabians to the public and we all appreciate their efforts.

Now is the time to look to the future to grow our Arabian community. Through cooperation from one owner to another, one club to another, and one region to another we can all succeed in growing. If we all pull together, we can make this a success and love and enjoy our Arabian and Half-Arabian horses in the process.
To contact me chrisbickfordregion4@gmail.com or 503-682-2282, please do not use social media.