The President's Blog

1 Mar 2019 12:48 PM | Anonymous

March 2019     

This has been a long time coming…since my first term as a Board Member in 2005, there have only been three of the last 14 years that I have not been on the Board. For all of these years, I was under the impression that a professional was not allowed be the NWSA President - that this was an amateur association designed to benefit the amateur exhibitor. Quite frankly, I was relieved because that meant I was off the hook and never had to step up and take the position! But I never understood the logic behind this. Don’t we all love Saddlebreds, amateurs and professionals alike? Aren’t we all here to promote, support and enjoy our Saddlebreds? Doesn’t my livelihood, as a professional, depend on the sustainability and success of the NWSA? Wouldn’t a professional do everything in his or her power to ensure that the NWSA and the Northwest Saddlebred industry in general, not only thrive, but grow? Wouldn’t achieving these goals be mutually beneficial to both the amateur exhibitors and the professionals? The answer to all of these questions is YES and as it turns out, a professional is, in fact, allowed to be the NWSA President.  
So here I am! I can assure you both my personal and my professional goals align with the mission of the Northwest Saddlebred Association. Having been born into this profession and this organization, I have seen how this breed can bring people and families together. I am fortunate to have been tasked with promoting and supporting a stellar product, the American Saddlebred. 
Speaking of promoting our breed, Social Media is a great way to showcase your Saddlebred. The ASHA has compiled a helpful resource in understanding how to use Social Media as a powerful marketing tool. Click here to find out more: 
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Until Next Month,
Allison Deardorff



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