Wow how exciting to be celebrating the 25th ANNIVERSARY for the ABRA finals!!! How special it is after the last 18months that we have all gone through. I am so grateful that we can all be here this week to spend time doing what we all love!

I have 3 sets of people to say THANK YOU to:

Firstly, a HUGE thank you to the ABRA Board members. They are all VOLUNTEERS and have put in so many extra hours over the last year, far exceeding what is normally requested of them. Without them we would not have been able to race the little bit we could the last year and we certainly would not be here in Ponoka this week.

The staff of the ABRA also deserves a special thank you. They all went above and beyond to make jackpots happen over the last year. A BIG thank you to Jill McDougall our Office Manager; the countless extra hours and brain power time you invested in getting jackpots to happen despite the pandemic is nothing short of incredible.

Third the thank you goes to all of you the members!!! Your loyalty to this association during tough times and the great times does not go unnoticed. This organization is nothing without all of you and I am so incredibly happy that you are all here at the 2021 FINALS!

We are halfway through the finals already this week and I hope those of you that have already ran made some great memories, achieved new personal goals, had happy horses and more than anything you had FUN! For those of you still to run this week, I wish the same for you as you head down the alleyway at the Calnash Ag Event Centre.

As the Finals is the closing to our 2019/2020/2021 season we also look forward to the 2021/2022 season. I welcome all new members joining our association and thank all the members joining us again for another 12 months of fast horses and fun!

Charlene Humphrey

ABRA President

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