2015 High Score Awards Presented

And the winners are…

Congratulations to all our winners and competitors in ESAHA’s 2015 High Score Awards!  Results were officially announced and awards presented at  the Empire club’s  Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner, held Saturday, January 16th at Cavalry Club in Manlius, NY.

This year, 105 entries vied for championship awards in 39 different categories, with Supreme Championships awarded in each division.  Taking home Supreme Championship honors were:

Brooke HammersleyIMGP4634
Supreme Champion Junior Exhibitor

Major Edition GA
Dr. Lori and Roxanne Sopchak
Supreme Champion Halter Horse

CF Wild Bill Bently
Alissa Donnell
Supreme Champion Amateur Performance HorseIMGP4649

CF Wild Bill Bently
Alissa Donnell
Supreme Champion Open Performance Horse

Amadeus KM
Sally Borden and Morgan Hunt
Supreme Champion Sport Horse

For a complete list of 2015 High Score winners, click here.


AHA National Convention
Empire Delegate Report
AHA Delegates
Empire delegates Marcia Schwartz and Gaylon Medley joined the R16 delegation in representing all of us at AHA’s 2015 Convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma in November.

Presentations and speeches made at this year’s convention can be found on AHA’s  Convention Presentations Page including AHA President, Cynthia Richardson’s State of the Association address and EVP Glenn Petty’s reports.

The Convention Resources page provides the 2015 Approved Resolutions, Results of the 2015 Elections and more.

Region 16 Survey Results

Region 16 fielded a survey in August asking for feedback and input about the 2015 R16 Championship Show, interest in a “pre-show”, participating in R16 meetings, clinics, and other questions.  Thanks to all our Empire members who participated in this survey!  Compiled results were presented at the R16 Fall meeting, held October 10, 2015 at The Century House in Latham, NY.  Click the video below to view the presentation slides.



Meet the Candidates

This year, four Director positions are up for election to ESAHA’s Board of Directors.  This year’s candidates are:

NicoleNicole Wynne Bartholomew — Nicole is Barn Manager for RGB Training and Sales located in Skaneateles, NY, and is employed as Parts Manager with DJ Gincola Exports, Inc. She and her daughters currently own and exhibit an Arabian and Half-Arabian in multiple disciplines. As a member of ESAHA’s board Nicole says she will work to “promote the Arabian shows, increase attendance, add classes and demonstrations of interest, and possibly introduce one day shows. I want to incorporate my management skills and make this board and association profitable for the continuation and future of the Arabian horse.”

NYRU executive director Bruce Carpenter (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)Bruce Carpenter — Bruce and his wife Cindy currently own and operate Watching Hawk Arabians in Rome, NY. He has been involved with the breeding, showing, promotion and sales of Arabians for over 20 years. Bruce is currently a member of ESAHA’s Board of Directors. He also serves on the Region 16 Sport Horse committee and National AHA committee for Hunter/Jumpers. Bruce says, “I bring to the Board a lifetime of experience in both the profit and non -profit sector of business operations.  I am committed to the future of the Empire State Arabian Horse Club and will do my best to ensure prosperity and for future generations.”

SparkyandJasminJasmin Kenny — Jasmin has been a member of ESAHA for 15 years, competing in multiple disciplines as a junior and adult amateur. She holds a Masters in equine exercise physiology and nutrition, and is employed with Fairmount Animal Hospital. As a member of ESAHA’s board, Jasmin says that, in addition to her “many business related skills such as marketing, networking and social media… I feel my passion for the Arabian horse and its breed awareness, especially on a local level, would bring a fresh, energetic dynamic to the ESAHA.”

ShelleyShelley White — Shelley has been a member of ESAHA for 25+ years, showing in multiple disciplines. She current competes in the Sport Horse division at Arabian and open shows for dressage, in-hand and working hunter. Shelley is a current member of ESAHA’s Board of Directors also serves on the National AHA Sport Horse committee. For ESAHA, Shelley supported development of the club’s new website and coordinated the 2014 Western Dressage clinic. Going forward, she says, “I’d like to highlight our diversity and work towards bringing in new members, especially youth. I’m interested in expanding our activities, to have fun and try new things, even outside our traditional Arabian activities.”

2015 ESAHA Annual Membership Meeting

ESAHA Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 8,  2015 | 1:30 p.m.
Wegman’s Demonstration Kitchen
@ the NYState Fairgrounds

All ESAHA members are invited to attend our 2015 Annual Membership Meeting.

Agenda topics will include announcement of ESAHA Board of Directors election results.

The meeting will be held in the Wegman’s Demonstration Kitchen, located in the lower level of the Art & Home Center at the NYS Fairgrounds.  Need directions?  Click here.

ESAHA General Membership Meeting

ESAHA General Membership Meeting
Saturday, October 3,  2015 | 1:30 p.m.
Wegman’s Demonstration Kitchen
@ the NYState Fairgrounds

All ESAHA members are invited to attend our upcoming General Membership Meeting.

Agenda topics include:

  • Introduction of candidates running for election to the ESAHA Board of Directors;
  • Nominations from the floor;
  • Discussion of plans for the 2016 Empire State Arabian Horse Show.

ESAHA member and Territory Manager for Patterson Veterinary Supply, Inc. Jasmin Kenny will also give a special presentation on Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome — including discussion about what an ulcer is, how horses develop them, diagnosis and treatments available.

The meeting will be held in the Wegman’s Demonstration Kitchen, located in the lower level of the Art & Home Center at the NYS Fairgrounds.  Need directions?  Click here.

Special Meeting on Proposed Improvements to NYS Fairgrounds

Attention all horse enthusiasts! There will be a special meeting held at the NYS Fairgrounds — May 6 at 6 pm — regarding the state’s allocation of $50 million for improvements there, including state-of-the-art equine facilities (possibly including climate-controlled buildings and stabling for up to 1,000 horses.)

It is critical to have as many horse people at this meeting as possible, and show the governor’s committee that we support their vision for this exciting new equine venue!  Please plan to attend, and if possible wear something identifying you as as equine supporter.
If you can not attend, please send letters of support to:

Troy Waffner, Director, NYS Fair
581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse NY  13209
You can also email him at troy.waffner@agriculture.ny.gov.

Click here for more information and to hear Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney talk about dramatic improvements to the fair including an equestrian park.