2018 Miniature Horse World Magazine WINTER 2018 Volume 34, Number 8 - Page 8

FUTURITY World Show president’s message by Joe Kahre A T he AMHA Futurity program offers exciting opportunities for your horse to win money at the AMHA World Show. Find out how your little horses can win big money for you, visit www.amha.org/ Programs/Futurity. 2018 Top Ten Futurity Sires SMO Bolero De Suerte...............................5,110.33 Spirit Thunder Martini on the Rocks.....3,166.98 Modern Candymans Legacy....................3,042.13 Double Diamonds Cheap Trick...............1,708.43 Scott Creek Indi Go 500.............................1,311.65 First Knights Return of the King.............1,157.33 Rivenburghs Jess Let Me Impress..........1,124.27 First Knights Billy Idol.................................1,083.43 Blue Ribbon Bodacious Buzz......................949.89 Rayvik Prime Time..........................................949.34 Overall Top Ten Futurity Sires Sids Rebel....................................................78,117.05 First Knights Billy Idol..............................66,628.91 Glenns General Patton............................51,350.92 Alvadars Double Destiny.......................44,445.06 L & D Scout..................................................38,851.15 Sierra Dawn Unos Monarch..................38,191.16 Sierra Dawn Uno De Mayo....................37,428.21 Little Kings Black Velvet.........................35,893.66 SMO Bolero De Suerte............................29,577.32 First Knights Bit O Hot Shot..................25,314.03 6 Miniature Horse World WINTER 2018 s I sit at this computer screen writing my last President’s Message to you, I am flooded with memories and emotions. I am still amused by those that think the president is a PAID position. It is not. That the President lives in Alvarado and checks into the office every Monday morning, NOPE again, and that the President lives some glamorous life with “special” benefits, no again. As a side note, I DO actively own horses- contrary to some peoples thoughts. I gave three years of my life to the leadership of AMHA, three very trying hard years that often showed me what I was really made of. I am not a fighter. However, I tried desperately to always take a firm stand against wrongdoing, cheating, and unethical behavior. All the while encouraging and supporting the good that is the heart of AMHA. I worked relentlessly for the Amateur in particular; giving them ownership of this association and leading them to step up and take care of it. There are many weighty issues and decisions to face this association in the future. If we are to remain a membership run association, then it is absolutely vital that the members be involved in the growth and welfare of this mothership. You ALL must do your part. One person, whose hands are often tied, cannot do it alone. I hope you all realized this as I reached out time and time again to all enthusiasts. YOU are important! It has been my distinct pleasure to work with some absolutely outstanding individuals with knowledge, history and a passion that have helped propel us through many changes and advancements. To those people, I extend sincere gratitude. There are those extraordinary relationships of friendship that have come out of all this that I so treasure, people that I hold near and dear to my heart. I am so blessed by these people! I thank the office staff: Alison, Quintin, Pam, Brenda, Marsha, Val, Nan, and Melissa for always being so easy to work with, understanding and doing their best for us all. I started as friends with many of these and feel strongly that I leave this position with even a stronger relationship. Thank you! I have many people over this time reach out and offer words of encouragement, the listening ear, the notes, the emails, the messages, the telephone calls. You kept me going and strong. We often get bogged down and overwhelmed with those that wish to be negative and caught up in ill doings, but when you have the support system that I have had, it is easy to see the light, the good, the future. Thank you is more than merely inadequate. Now, I need to try to slip out of this position gracefully, find “Joe,” and get back into the real world if you will. I’m ready to get back in the ring, prepared to stay up late and laugh and tell stories in the barn aisles. I’m ready to get my music studio built back up where it needs and should be. I need to reassert myself into that passion and first love in my life of making music, and sharing that with others. It has most certainly taken a backseat to my duties with AMHA. I have written on many occasions about “HOPE.” Now I close in saying I Hope that as I am leaving this position of President, I am leaving AMHA with a brighter and better and stronger HOPE for the future. That was always my intent, always an integral piece of my passion, always a strong motivation for my relentless efforts. Keep “Hope” alive, and we will continue to flourish. I wish God’s Richest Blessings to each of you! He has blessed us richly with the Miniature Horse, an indescribable little animal that is difficult for us even to explain. Truly a “horse for everyone.” It is our duty to be good stewards of this special gift He has given us. Sincerely and humbly,