Welcome to the Nokesville Horse Society.
The Nokesville Horse Society is a service organization
committed to the education and promotion of equestrian
activities for the enjoyment and recreation of all residents of
An IMPORTANT message for NHS Members and Friends:
Does NHS have a future? How might that affect the hugely popular and successful
Crystal Crown Series and other events that draw a large crowd? Has the steady decline
of membership and volunteerism finally caught up with NHS? Despite not so apparent to
NHS rank and file, in as much as current and past Boards have “covered/plugged the
holes/filled-in for lack of volunteers, etc.” so that all appeared to be OK…is isn’t!Every
other area club Board is feeling the same pressures and in some cases, barely hanging
on due mostly because of their pure and unselfish love for what we do with our horses.
But, that only lasts so long! Regarding NHS, no single past Board is responsible for
where we find ourselves….its insidiously cumulative. For whatever reasons, the days of
the 50-80+ member attendance at NHS membership meetings with lively friendship, food
and high expectations is long gone. The Jeff and Marlys Shoup era which saw NHS as
what many considered to be the best Club in Northern Virginia is gone. Family and
societal pressures increasing…economic issues surface…and more. The days of the “free
lunch” for those equestrians who choose never to give back to their area Clubs is perhaps
near and end.
You might not know that when the past NHS Board completed their tenure of service and
requests for replacements went out, NO ONE answered the call. For a while, it looked
like NHS was finished. Some of us would not allow that and so here we are, seeking to
hold together a less than optimum volunteer base with the same hardcore supporters that
have ALWAYS stepped up…some for 10-15 years. As an aside, we are steadily rebuilding
the membership? Perhaps it is simple logic…if not enough equestrians care perhaps
there is no need or interest in having NHS. Seems pretty simple to me! And so,
recognizing the issues, we have looked for and found some ways to perhaps save
NHS…but still, not without a more supportive member volunteer effort. Here is what I
am proposing to the NHS Board:
· Regarding the English and Western Schooling Shows…have only 2 shows each, one
in the Spring and one in the Fall. These will be one-day shows only. No series, no
year-end high points and no end of year awards. The English shows are immensely
popular and successful…the Western shows are not but if demand and volunteerism
is there, we will continue. If not, they will be cancelled
· No volunteers for any scheduled activity will result in that event being cancelled
· Concentration on 1-day FUN events such as various Clinics, i.e. obstacle, horse
soccer, jumping, gymkhana, Crystal Crown and other similar events desired and
supported by the membership
I am soliciting any and all comments and/or recommendations…please do not be bashful.
The bottom line is rather straight forward: No volunteers will result in no NHS.
Lastly but important, our Board Vice President position is becoming vacant…we need a
volunteer to step forward. Please contact our Secretary, Kari Boberek at 571-220-9234
or via email or text if you are interested.
Frank Boberek, President NHS