What an unexpected honor! The following is from the IALHA's facebook page about the 2018 IALHA National Show being dedicated to ME!!!!!! I never dreamed I would receive such a privilege! This was also printed in the 2018 National Show Program:
Photo Credit Lesley Harrison
In 1992, I was in Barcelona to experience the Olympics when I accidentally stumbled across the first Andalusian I had ever met in person. I never imagined how my life would change as a result of that meeting! Since, then, I have had over 425 Andalusians, a few Lusitanos and Half-Andalusian horses. in my possession as a breeder or owner and many of the best experiences of my life involve the horses and the IALHA.
When Donna Hecht was President of the IALHA, she called and indicated there was a need in my Region on the Board of Directors and asked if I was interested and willing to participate. Again, little did I know I was on the Board for the next 4 or 5 years, then served as Vice President for 3 years and then as President for 3 years. I served on the Registry Board for 6 years. Many of the people I consider the dearest to me became friends through the IALHA. I strongly urge everyone to take their "turns" to get involved and keep the IALHA moving forward.
I served on the show committee and for 16 years beginning in 1993 when we took two weanlings to the National Show in Abilene, my horses showed at the IALHA Nationals. I was never big on personally wanting to be in the ring. One of a horse owner's greatest joys in life is to watch one's horse in the show ring. The IALHA shows, particularly Nationals, always provided a wonderful environment for me and my horses. My family members, particularly my parents but also nieces, nephews, sisters and brother, loved coming to the National Show as much as I do and my father had a special drawer in the bedroom with his t-shirts from each of the 17 horse shows he attended. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming to my family members which made my Show experiences that much more wonderful. I only wish my parents were still here as they would have been as overwhelmed as I am by this show dedication honor.
Now that I am at year 26 of my obsession and ownership of Andalusians, my herd is a bit smaller but by passion for the horses no less than it ever was. With what breed of horses would a person feel safe handling a stallion during collection from a wheelchair as I did last year with my two stallions? My life would simply be unimaginable if I did not have my horses and specifically, this breed. My group of horses constantly tippy-toe respectfully around me due to each individual's innate kindness. My ability to continue with our breeding program here at Herradura Andalusians is due to nature of these horses and the endless energy and allegiance to both me and the horses by my partner in all this horsey stuff, Valente Reyes.
When I learned of this year's dedication of the show to me, I am just reminded of how fortunate I am and have been. I cannot count all the wonderful times I have had related to the IALHA and at Shows. I plan to have many more years of loving and breeding my horses and being committed to and registering with the IALHA. I am very grateful and humbled by this honor and will certainly never forget that my devotion to the breed has been so acknowledged."