President’s Message

Lowanda McDowell, Asheboro, NC

2019-2021 PHBA President

Hello PHBA!

The year 2020 has certainly offered its share of challenges and PHBA has handled each and every challenge with the vision of moving forward to show our golden horses with our horse show family. Thank you to each of you that have supported PHBA in so many ways.

We came together and held a successful World Show with several youth and amateur activities in a beautiful facility. In addition we were able to hold our 2019 awards presentation in a casual barn setting.  Many things were a little different, including how we could socialize and playing who’s that behind the mask.  I am very thankful that we were able to hold our World Show and all the activities that it offered in Springfield.  To all of you who jumped in and did whatever it took to make things run smoothly, I can’t thank you enough.  It was a great team effort and I hope that everyone that was able to visit Springfield had an enjoyable time.

We have lost several PHBA members this year and my prayers have been and will continue to be with their families for comfort and peace.  One of the members we lost was an Executive Board member.  Howard Rea was a very passionate advocate for PHBA and he left some large shoes to fill.  On October 7, the Executive Board approved my appointment of Patria Maulden as interim President Elect.  I would like to thank her for agreeing to fill this vacant seat until we gather for our next convention.

October presented us with a change in our office staff.  Jan Glover-Hallum, our receptionist, made the decision to retire.  Her sweet voice and kind personality will be truly missed.  Her continuous support of PHBA over the years is so appreciated and I wish her the very best in her retirement.

Plans are in process to hold a PHBA National Convention in 2021.  COVID-19 protocols and availability of venues are being investigated.  Please watch our website for dates and location. Some of the committees have set up conference calls to work on items from 2019.  I would encourage the chair of each committee to take a look and see if there is any business you can handle now via conference call.

As the Holiday season is coming up quickly I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and a Very Merry Christmas!!!

See you soon!

Lowanda McDowell

2019-21 PHBA President