Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Change In Focus

Sarah isn't going to show Baythoven this year in the class A shows.  That means I don't have to keep up all those cumbersome memberships so necessary and vital to the show circuit industry. If Bay isn't showing, as far as I am concerned, there is nothing in those memberships for me. I do plan to keep my ODS membership.  That one always has educational opportunities for members even if they are not into showing.  A primary ODS membership comes with the "Flying Changes" magazine and it comes with a USDF membership which gives me the "USDF Connection" magazine.  Maintaining my connection with ODS will also give me the opportunity to help out at some of the shows.  I'd love to learn to scribe and I am hoping to get that opportunity.

I've decided to invest the money I would have spent on memberships into photography classes.  Of course I am thinking that my photography will take a decidedly equine bent.  I've already signed up for two classes.  One class in photography and one in photo shop.  I am jazzed about this turn of events.  It feels right.  It feels like a big adventure!


  1. I was recently asked to take on the challenge of being the membership chair for our local Arabian club, and while trying to figure out how to attract members I was really struck by how little many memberships offer. For the most part, if you aren't showing there seems to be zero reason to join any of them. AHA doesn't even include a magazine anymore (I think they want an additional $10)! Like come on, at least give me a magazine for those huge membership fees!

    Great idea to put the money into something fun and useful like photography classes.

  2. I highly recommend scribing. I learn so much from listening to the judges. Start with a schooling show -- no stress -- and see how you like it.