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The 2019 Banquet was held on Saturday, February 2, 2020 at Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale. In keeping with our Mardi Gras theme, the room was decked out with the colors and symbols that could only represent that famous New Orleans party! The night began with cocktails and appetizers giving everyone a chance to check out the amazing silent auction! After heading into the ballroom, attendees dined on a delicious buffet dinner.  Once dinner was competed the fun really began.  Since we had such a great response to Ran'D Shine's performance last year, we decided to bring him back for an encore performance - and he did not disappoint! By the end of the show he left us all wondering "How did he know her mother's name?"

Next up was the awards portion of the event where we kicked it off with Pat Johnson honoring her long-time friend, Nealia McCracken, with the prestigious Gwen Stableford Memorial Trophy. Continuing the celebration, we handed out the High Point Awards, State Awards, Ambassador Awards, Horse of the Year and Tournament Awards. Finally, I'd be remiss to not thank a few individuals who, without their help and guidance, this Banquet could have not run so smoothly! To Nealia and Mark McCracken who answered endless questions from this "horse show mom" who is just learning how these high points work. To Theresa Scott who, as points secretary, is tasked with the daunting job of calculating our members points ensuring their accuracy and providing the list of winners. To Jason Molback who thankfully is so much more tech savvy than I will ever be and ensured that the technology of the evening worked perfectly. And to Julie Butler, who stepped in at the last moment to hand out all the awards and smile for all the photos!

Finally, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the evening so successful! Whether you attended the event, donated auction items, or "Raised your Hand" to support Jersey Classic, the evening wouldn't have been so successful without you! And speaking of Jersey Classic... Our "Raise your Hand" Campaign raised a record amount of dollars! Be assured that every dime of that money will be used to support & enhance the Jersey Classic Horse Show on June 5 - 7, 2020!  Hoping you will all come out and show at the Horse Park of NJ!  Remember it is our only Triple Pointed Show!

Article submitted by Kathy Stewart, Banquet Chair  

Note: Plans are underway for a virtual banquet to be held in 2021.