Contacts

2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Alison Gilham

alisongilham@gmail.com

Vice President: Wanda Walker

feet2paws4@juno.com

Secretary: Ann Craig

ascrai@aol.com

Treasurer: Becky Giacomazzi

becky@bgiacomazzi.com

Communications Director: Deborah Holmes

deborahh40@yahoo.com

Members at Large:

Mary Graff

jandmgraff@Comcast.net

Melodie Schones

Kelly Comm

 

ARENA DRIVING TRIALS

Organizer & Volunteer Coordinators:

Linda Thomas and Ann Craig

Secretary & Competitors Contact:

Frances  and Carol Bowersock

Beesock@colton.com

BOARD MEMBER PROFILES

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Alison Gilham: President

Mykonos’ Mom

“In search of a trainer for my young Friesian to start driving 2 years ago, a friend advised me to attend an Arena Driving Trial. When I arrived at Linda and Norm Thomas’ facility and began to mingle, I was surrounded by friendly and supportive people who were passionate about their equines and were genuinely happy to meet a fellow enthusiast. I whispered to myself, “I have found My People!” Promoting the sport of driving to fellow horse owners and exposing horse lovers to our world is my personal mission.

I love the sport and one of my goals is to support Driving in the Northwest and that was the reason to get involved with Western Whips & Wheels. It’s main focus is to support drivers. I’m also on the CDE@Inavale Committee as volunteer coordinator and will be calling on our members to volunteer at events to keep the sport alive.”

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Wanda Walker: Vice President

“I am a happy driver and owner of a couple of Welsh ponies. I love our driving community and would like to help keep the ball rolling for WWW. I feel that we would not have nearly the educational opportunities without our club”.

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Ann Craig: Secretary

Ann Craig has had at least one or more horses in her life since a small child. “I grew up riding horses and competing in Jr. Rodeo in Colorado until 18.” When she came to Oregon in 1972 to attend college, the horses were out of sight, but not out of mind. After graduation and getting married, horses came back into her life. In 2000, Ann discovered the joys of miniature horses, and along with her daughter, spent several years showing in the AMHR breed shows, 4-H and high school EQ team. “A dream of mine has always been to drive a pair and then learn to drive a team.” She successfully competed 2 pairs of VSE last year at NW CDE’s, with her friend driving one and Ann driving the other pair. In 2010, the 4 were put together and are now being driven as a 4 in hand. “The journey has been incredible and members of WWW have been an influential support in this dream coming true.”

 


No automatic alt text available.Becky Giacomazzi: Treasurer

“I have a fjord who doesn’t drive and a miniature horse Chase who does.  Chase has been teaching me. I decided to join WWW in hopes that I would meet other people to learn from. I am a licensed CPA in Oregon, so the Treasure position seemed like a natural position for me to volunteer for”

 

 

 

 

 

 


Image may contain: one or more people, horse and outdoorDeborah Holmes, Communications Director

Deborah has been riding since she was 10 years old. Her first equine was a welsh mountain pony, and she has been a pony lover ever since. Deborah and her husband Tom share a 30 acre farm with 3 ponies, goats,  sheep, dogs,  cats and chickens. Dedicated to the sport of driving, she has learned so much by volunteering at all the NW driving events, taking clinics, lessons and reading all she can get her hands on. “The driving community is so welcoming and inclusive. I feel fortunate to be a part of it.”

 

Members at Large: (Bios to follow)

Mary Graff (former treasurer)

Melodie Schones

Kelly Comm
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