Dear Illinois IBRA Member(s),
As most of you know, our long-time director, Donald Hutchcraft, announced plans to retire from directing at our 2020 State Show. With remorse, I'm sharing with you that he has done so. However, I am honored and excited to announce that I have accepted the challenge of filling these large empty shoes. Beginning February1st, I will take hold of the reins as Illinois IBRA director.
As I mentioned, I have large shoes to fill. Donald Hutchcraft was instrumental in bringing IBRA to Illinois and has been crucial to the growth of barrel racing in Illinois. We are extremely grateful to him for the work he has done to grow the sport we love. Unfortunately, it has become difficult for him to continue filling the position as director, but I hope he will continue be a part of our sport as he is able. I hope to glean as much from him as I can.
I hope to make the transition as seamless as possible. We will continue to have great shows through the year and will continue Donald's vision for Illinois IBRA.
For those of you who don't know me, I was born in the Shawneetown area and have been around horses all of my life. My grandpa and uncles participated in speed events at county fairs and horse shows growing up. I spent summers at local race tracks with my grandpa helping him with his quarter horses. I am now the father of 5 daughters who barrel race along with their mother. A Christmas pony for my 6 year old twins quickly turned into barrel horses and late Saturday nights traveling to shows. Fifteen years later, barrel racing has become a major part of the Smith family life, and those we barrel race with have become extended family.
As you can see, I am deeply invested in barrel racing, and my family has been IBRA members for 13 years. I am looking forward to the future of Illinois IBRA and helping continue barrel racing in Illinois. I can't wait for warmer weather and fast horses for the second half of the 2021 season.
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