2017 is going to be a great year!
Do you ever feel it deep inside? We have that feeling. There are lots of good, no, really great things happening. We hope it is the same for you, your barn, your business, your family. Sure there are bumps. There will always be bumps, that's what makes the ride more exciting, right?
There is an abundance of growth and change. The Horse Show Ventures team members are undertaking new adventures and challenges that are not only pretty cool personal events, but we believe it is the stuff that will enrich their lives and by ripple effect all of ours as well.
Personally, I have transitioned from my full time role as a Development Director for a nonprofit agency and revived my personal marketing business, and it is doing well. This is an exciting personal change that affords me more flexibility of time, less emotional drain, and overall improved creative energy and expansion. Good stuff.
Our founding team member and course designer, Chelsea Sundius, has a new baby boy (which means my first grand child!), and is she engaged to her love and partner, John Roche. Their business, JR Show Stables, is thriving, and that success brings an enhanced perspective and scope to Horse Show Ventures - we are blessed by association to benefit from their knowledge and expertise.
While Chelsea's schedule doesn't allow her to be at the shows phsyically, she is always present in spirit. She works closely with younger sister and mentee, Regan, on all the courses. Chelsea has course designed for us even when her business has taken her on international travels. My favorite story is when she stood with her computer outside of a pub in Ireland to get a wifi signal in order to send in the courses. There is always a call from Chelsea at some point during each show asking how it is going, how everyone is doing, and requesting pictures of the rings and the trips. We are blessed that she remains devoted to Horse Show Ventures' success.
Kelly Boltz will graduate this year from UGA and has just completed a bucket list trip to Australia and New Zealand. Kelly is our ray of sunshine in the office and a multi-talented team member that has been with us for 9 years. She is my adopted, "fifth daughter". Look for exciting things in Kelly's future. We are blessed to have her, and we hope that she continues to keep a space in her busy schedule to work the shows and help to make them better year after year.
Congratulations to Regan Sundius on her acceptance to UGA where she will complete her education and get her degree in Advertising. Regan grew up in the horse biz and at the shows. She grew up under an exacting older sister that has shown her the ropes in so many ways. Regan didn't get accepted to UGA on first try, and I have to believe that it is her "inner equestrian" that bolstered her perseverance. Go Reg! So excited for you and proud of your efforts and hard work. You will find Regan ever present on the show grounds. She is my right hand and my rock. She possesses calm beyond her years, a great wisdom, and an incredibly funny sense of humor. She keeps me laughing and always has a great perspective.
Horse Show Ventures continues to be blessed by great people in all of our team members. They "get" Horse Show Ventures. It's about the journey, the customer, and the space we create in this niche. Thanks to all of them, and we are so excited to welcome them back for a wonderful 2017. A couple of our graduates are moving on to real world careers, and we have openings for the right people on our team. Know anyone?
All of this is great, but none of it is possible without our trainers, riders, and sponsors. We so immensely appreciate their continued support. We welcome newcomers and those returning to the family. Horse show weekends are an intense, often hard, long push. A lot is packed into two short days (okay two and a half), but in spite of all that, we find the time and space to laugh and share life's journey with the friends and people that share our passion for equestrian sport.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Abundant Blessings to You and Yours!
Morgan Taylor is the founder, owner and producer of Horse Show Ventures Hunter/Jumper horse shows in the greater Atlanta area. Three of her four daughters competed and showed growing up. For many years she and her daughters owned and operated a boarding and training facility in Milton, Georgia.