56/ MARCH/APRIL 2017 THE RIDER The Executive Committee Presidents and Vice Presidents Part one:

A special series written by: Amelia Jaggard Behind every great

horse show is a dedicated

elected executive committee who make it all happen. It is crucial to the survival and success of a horse riding or-

ganization to have an active membership, both on and off of the executive commit- tee.

The elected president

holds a position of responsi- bility in the organizations affairs. The job of a presi-

dent is to provide leadership and direction to the organi- zation. The president dele- gates responsibilities to the

executive committee and oversees their activities. After stepping down as president, the member has

an obligation to serve one term as past president on the executive committee. The elected vice presi-

dent holds a responsibility to provide leadership in the absence of the president. The vice president is re- sponsible for tasks dele- gated to them by the president. Bob Lehman is the

elected president of Big Creek Saddle Club based in Paris, ON. Lehman quickly progressed to president after serving just one year as an elected director and one year as elected vice presi- dent.

When Lehman was

first elected as a director for the saddle club, he was un- sure of what to expect, he recalled, “It felt a little scary.” Now serving his sec- ond term as president, Lehman said he feels ex- cited for the year ahead. Lehman still considers

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himself new in the horse in- dustry. Eleven years ago Lehman was introduced to the horse industry when his two daughters began riding lessons. The Lehman family have now been a part of the membership at Big Creek Saddle Club for the past seven years. In the position of pres-

ident, Lehman said he en- joys the luxury of delegating. Still, Lehman has many responsibilities which can, he said, “Some- times be a little nerve- wracking and intimidating.” Ensuring he and his fellow executive members com- plete all the tasks required to run a successful horse show, is top on his to-do-list, say- ing, “I’m only as good as the people I’m working with.”

What Lehman finds

most rewarding, is seeing the smiles on all of the com- petitors faces, adding, “To have people come up to me at the end of the show and say, ‘As a group you guys did a great job’. They come back again the year after, and they’re bringing friends and family. To see the club do well, that’s what’s re- warding to me.” Lehman explained his

philosophy as president, saying, “It’s about being fair to everyone, and making sure everyone feels like they are contributing to the bet- terment of the club.” His ad- vice

for someone

considering joining an exec- utive committee, is to be fair, be open and talk to everyone, adding, “The club is only as good as the exec- utive.”

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