Prancing Horse Volunteer Luncheon and Annual Meeting
Prancing Horse Honors Volunteers
Prancing Horse hosted a luncheon at Filly and Colt’s restaurant to honor all the volunteers who make the magic happen! Attending were volunteers who serve as host and hostesses for the October Horse Farm Tour, volunteers who help with the Spring Barn Dance, volunteers who work at the tack shop, A Bit Used, and the program volunteers who help with the riders and horses in the arena. Guests enjoyed a social hour and delicious lunch. After welcoming the volunteers, executive director Judy Lewis recognized the various groups of volunteers and guests Chuck and Beth Younger who graciously lease Prancing Horse time at Muddy Creek Farm. Due to the icy weather, the other two barn owners were unable to attend.
A brief annual meeting followed. The finances of Prancing Horse were presented by treasurer Nancy Piscopo who pointed out that Prancing Horse completed another successful year financially. She stated that the program had “over achieved” and earned more income than was projected in the 2015 budget. She also presented the budget for 2016. In the next order of business, Program Director Claire Pollard recapped the very successful fall session which included the addition of a new school group and ten new private riders. After, Nancy Schoephoester presented candidates who are seeking election for positions on the Prancing Horse Board of Directors. Ann Lawson, Rosemary Weber and Gee Johnson were all elected to the board and Judy Lewis and Nancy Schoephoester were re-elected to serve another term. In closing, Schoephoester reminded everyone to save the date for the upcoming Spring Barn Dance on April 7th at the Pinehurst Fair Barn.
Finally the moment all awaited…the naming of the volunteer of the year! Because Prancing Horse operates at three locations, a volunteer is selected as for the Kenneth P. Westcott award for outstanding service at each of the barns. Cathy Renner was selected at Muddy Creek for her dedication to the classes and students there as well as her years of help with the Horse Farm tour. Claudia Cole was the recipient at Seven Lakes Stables for her hours of devotion to the classes and for her service at the tack store, A Bit Used. Dorrie Kayser received the volunteer of the year award for her work at McLendon Hills Equestrian Center where she is always on hand to get horses ready for class and ensure that classes begin on time.
Three years ago Prancing Horse initiated an award for a non-program volunteer of the year. This award recognizes an individual who has given their time to the organization in ways other than working in the arena with the students and riders. This year’s recipient was Letty Baker, who has put untold hours of work into the tack shop, A Bit Used. She oversees the management of the store, prices items, and covers for volunteers who cannot be there. The shop was not even open a full year, yet was responsible for 12% of the income in 2016. Concluding with great celebration, the meeting was closed.