New England Morgan Horse Association Person of the Year
Presented by Selina Cloutier
Good Evening. I am honored to be here tonight to present the New England Morgan Horse Association Person of the Year Award.
William Arthur Ward said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Tonight, we will hopefully be wrapping our award winner in gratitude. As with any organization, The New England Morgan Horse Association only exists because of the hard work of dedicated individuals who volunteer their nights, weekends and vacations. We are a diverse group of individuals with many hidden talents. If any of you joining us here tonight have the time or the talent to volunteer, please know that we welcome you with open arms. It takes an army to keep this organization and our Regional Horse Show going. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped our organization over the past year. You are all appreciated. I know that I am using up some of our honoree’s time here, but if you know this individual, you know this person would want me to encourage more volunteers. This person also shuns the limelight. We are lucky that our organization has many dedicated individuals however, one person rose to the top. This person was the crème de la crème of our hard working volunteers. Our honoree is all about the can do attitude.
Ward also said, “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” Our honoree this evening is all about adjusting the sails. The horse show industry and our Morgan Horse community have seen many changes of the wind over the past few years. In her home state, she has served on the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Association Board of Directors and has served as clerk and the membership chair of the MMHA. She is also an active member of the Massachusetts Morgan Show Committee.
Our honoree has been at the forefront of positive changes within the New England Morgan Horse Association. She has served as a Director and has been a member of the Bylaws Committee and the Standard Operating Procedures Committee. She has worked diligently to help revamp the NEMHA website. When the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Association suggested a regional meeting of horse shows to discuss our industry and the combined prize list, she was front and center. She has served as the expediter of the 2016 combined prize list and has organized it this year from start to finish. Her efforts enabled us to whittle down the mailing list for CPL and eliminate redundancies and incorrect data. These changes alone has saved the association thousands of dollars in related costs. Her innovative ideas and hard work have helped to make this year's CPL spectacular. She has been a stalwart member of the New England Morgan Show Committee. This year her family’s business has become home base for the NEMHS Committee meetings. She has spent countless hours at Equine Affair promoting the Morgan Horse and selling items made at her family’s company to benefit NEMHA.
It is said that we always admire a person more after we’ve tried do his or her job. I think we all have a little more admiration for her tonight after learning about her many jobs.
In closing I will say if you need someone to do something quickly? She can.
If you need someone to put out a proverbial fire? She can.
If you need someone to do what seems impossible? She can.
If you want to meet our New England Morgan Horse Association Person of the Year she is…Judy Candage.