Finding a Voice for Change

If you are reading this, you care about the Arabian Horse

Maybe you’re a breeder, a trainer; an owner or a judge.  You are here because you want more.  No matter how you got here, we’re glad you did.

The best for us all is if everyone in the Arabian horse industry helps at some level to create positive change — change that ensures that these magnificent beings are valued in American education and family life; are healing agents for young and old; are ambassadors for inspiring political alliance and dialogue…..and provide artistic and athletic inspiration.

By using our collective intelligence, we can create a sum greater than its parts: a structure that brings the best out of each of us; manages a process for dialogue, mediation and arbitration for our own performance and success; for all of us to envision and chart a course that is sound and just.

We — Breeders, Owners, Trainers & Judges — need a common vision.  We  need  to invent and play by the same rules.  We need to commit to these rules based on fairness, trust,  honesty, and good sportsmanship. We owe it to ourselves and the world of the Arabian horse to move toward higher purpose, including but beyond our financial agenda.

We are inviting you to help create of a new phase for the world of the Arabian horse. This is a call to action, a mission for us to stand together to define and create these changes.

Who will go on record with me in saying that the Arabian horse deserves a system that honors the dignity, grace and beauty it brings to our lives?  That we have the power in our own hands to create the most magnificent system to support, uplift and enhance the Arabian horse and its participation in our lives and the lives of those we touch?

A Survey

We don’t have all the questions today, and we won’t have all the answers tomorrow.  But let’s take a look at where we might begin.  Please take a moment to complete the survey below.  Your voice will join a chorus of advocates for the Arabian horse.  Responses are confidential
and will be reported in the next blog.

Thanks for your time and interest.

– Frank Hennessey, Hennessey Arabians
www.hennesseyarabians.com

Survey:

1. What do you think is the role of AHA?
2. Does the AHA do a good job?
3. Do you believe the breeders of Arabian horses are well represented by the AHA?  By any organization? If not AHA, which one?
4. Do you think having 18 regions of competition is still necessary?
5. Are you satisfied with existing judging policies and practices?  What, if anything, needs to change?
6. Would establishing an independent association for breeders whose sole purpose is to brand, market, promote and educate citizens of the world about the Arabian Horse, be beneficial?  If so, should it be for profit or not-for-profit?  If not, why?
7. If you answered yes to #6, would you be willing to be a founding member?
8. On a scale of 1-10, how important are the following to the success of the AHA? Delegates & Directors, Owners, Trainers, Judges.
9. Open ended: In your opinion, what is the most important change that could be made to improve the industry?

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Thanks so much for your time.