Sunday, November 21, 2010

Banquet Time: NIHJA and IHJA Year-End Awards Banquets

The Chicago Equestrian team headed out to the banquets this weekend.

Brenda and Laura were at the NIHJA Banquet on Friday night they had a drawing for a free halter and gave away Chicago Equestrian rubber bracelets! Thanks to everyone that stopped by our table and said Hi.

Laura, Stephanie, Brenda, The Chicago Equestrian Team
Saturday night the three of us, Brenda, Laura and Stephanie,  headed over to the Schaumburg Renaissance for the IHJA Banquet. What a delightfully fun time we had!

The cocktail hour was a big success. We had our table half way down the reception area by the raffle tables and we had lots of interest in the new website. Hope everyone got their bracelets because we gave them all out! It was so much fun to talk with everyone and to check out all the beautiful dresses and hair-dos. 

We donated 2 free Chicago Equestrian subscriptions for the IHJA raffle as well as raffling of a Walsh shipping halter at our table. There were tons of great raffle gifts donated to IHJA, including a very nice bottle of champagne that we would have liked to win! 


The rest of the evening was filled with the awards ceremony. Watching the smiles on the littlest riders all dressed up getting their awards and ribbons was great and some of the perpetual trophies and special awards were beautiful and big! What an honor for everyone that worked so hard during the show season. We were entertained by fun video montages from the past show season and a great blooper video of falls, Yes, Equestrians are a tough group of people! Dinner and dessert were both very good, great conversation at our table and then of course the fun started out on the dance floor. I would say that the evening was a success! 

Dancing the night away!
Full banquet coverage and stories coming to the website soon! Don't miss out on reliving all the fun :)

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