Suzi was very helpful with the clothing section of my Rookie Reiner book. Please see her message below:

Thieves made off with approximately $250,000 worth of chaps and show tops. More than 300 pairs of our popular PMS split leather chaps were stolen; they had been delivered from our customs broker less than 12
hours earlier. No attempt was made to enter our offices; no computers or electronic equipment in the warehouse was taken. The thieves appeared to only be after our chaps and more expensive garments.

My employees and my company are jeopardized by this robbery; we lost inventory, including Limited Edition garments that cannot be replaced, that would provide the cash flow to continue our business operations. We
will survive, but this is a serious setback.

I am asking for the help of horse community members in advising me if they come across ANY strange offers on Hobby Horse apparel. We have not yet completed an inventory of stolen items but will shortly. We will
post a notice on our website at http://www.hobbyhorseinc regarding items that were stolen. A reward will be offered for information in this case.

PLEASE contact me if you suspect someone is sellling our stolen inventory. We will immediately contact our local police for their follow-up. Most thieves are never caught, but Hobby Horse chaps and show apparel is such distinctive apparel to try to fence, we may have a chance of possibly recovering some of our inventory.

I also ask for your patience and understanding as we work through this disruption; we appreciate your business more than ever in this tough time. We’ll do our best to fulfill your orders; we know you count on us!

Thank you, and please share this message with others in the horsecommunity.

Suzi Drnec
Hobby Horse Clothing Co. President
13775 Stockton Avenue
Chino, CA 91710

August 2009 Update HERE.


NRHA Reiner Online » Blog Archive » NRHA Extends Sympathies to the Pipinich Family.

I’ve met Renee and I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of so many people close to her.

We’ve gone through some trying times here recently, I’m reminded that family and friends are very important. Hug them while you can. Love them even when you don’t like them. Be brave and get off Facebook and get face to face!

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I just wanted to let you all know about a great foundation out there. The Rebecca Goss “Boo-Yaah” Memorial Foundation provides financial and logistical assistance to families who have lost loved ones and are facing hardship with funeral and burial expenses.

As I spoke with Martha Goss, Rebecca’s mom, I had a really hard time keeping tears from my eyes. A good friend of mine lost her son several years ago and it changed who I was as a parent. I thought I could do enough to keep my kids safe (I’m a control-freak like that) but in reality there are many, many things outside of our control and in Martha’s case it was another driver on the highway.

The foundation is overhwlemed with requests for assistance and Martha has been writing articles and trying to get press for the foundation and very little is trickling in. I’m sure it has to do with the economy. But death, pain and loss does not stop for the economy. Can you help?

Thanks to Alayne Renee Blickle, Program Director with Horses for Clean Water for the following information that might be of interest to you!

For 501(c)(3) equine rescue groups and sanctuaries that have been hard hit by rising hay prices, farm foreclosures and uncooperative weather, the ASPCA has a program that offers help in terms of Emergency Hay Support grants.

This year the equine-related grants have been given to groups in 40 states, including several to groups in the Pacific Northwest, totaling more than $500,000. Funds are just about gone for 2008 and the ASPCA won’t know how much they have to give away for next year until their board of directors meets in late January, but this may still be an option for some groups to pursue.

If you go to http://www.aspcapro.org and click on ASPCA grants and scroll down to the equine section you can read about the two types of equine grants, which are only for 501(c)(3) orgs.

Thanks Alayne!

That’s The Way To Do It!

I just wanted to highlight my personal favorite run from the 2008 NRHA Futurity. You can call me biased because I know the rider and the owner of the horse, and I can accept that… but when looking for an example of a perfect run, you can’t do much better than Cody Sapergia’s run on The Great Tag, which garnered them Reserve Champion in the 2008 Open Futurity.

The winner of the Open Futurity was Tim McQuay on Shining N Sassy. You can see their run below, also fan-tab-u-lous!

Ok, most reiners know that the difference is whether or not you get paid, right? If you want to be a non-pro, you can’t receive any remuneration (boy that’s a hard word to say) for work done on horseback. You can clean stalls to your heart’s content and bath every horse on the place, but no riding.

But let’s get a little bit deeper than that… why is it that I meet so many non pros that are flummoxed by problems in the show pen and so many pros that take it in stride. What I’d want to be is a non pro that acts like a pro. (And I sure have met some of them, too!)

I was speaking with photographer John Brasseaux (who takes a mean picture) and he said something (rather, he emailed me something) that was applicable to photography or athletic endeavors. (At the time I was bemoaning my case of photographic lack-o-talent.) He said:

“An amateur is someone who practices until he gets it right. A pro is someone who practices until he can’t get it wrong.”

Yes, that’s it exactly, isn’t it?

I often find myself practicing my talents “until I get it right” when what I really need to be doing is practicing them until I can’t get it wrong. How about you?