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 Northern Virginia.
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
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