Sunday, July 1, 2012

NAN tagging party

For each of the past four years, I have donated a saddle set toNAMHSA to sell in the NAN Auction or Raffle.  Since this year's event includes neither, I decided to donate something else--my time.  

Yesterday the kids and I drove down to Colorado Springs to help NAN registrar, Jim West, prepare leg tags for the big show.  Along the way, we were able to catch a glimpse of the Waldo Canyon fire.  Although no longer threatening homes, this fire continues to eat away at the mountains West of the city.  

Jim's house is a fair distance from the burn area, but it has been engulfed its own unnatural disaster--a virtual tidal wave of NAN paperwork.  
Signs of the invasion are everywhere...
The door bell rang moments after our arrival.  Just look at what the mailman brought--another NAN card!
In addition to his other duties, Jim has spent a lot of time helping NAN entrants fix their incorrect and incomplete entries.  Can you spot the (very common) error on these cards?
We spent most of the afternoon peeling labels and affixing them to tags.
It doesn't sound like much, but with over five thousand horses entered...  It's a big job. 
Once assembled, the tags were placed in a baggie with the exhibitor's name on the outside. Eventually these baggies will go in the each entrant's show packet.
Prior to yesterday's visit, I hadn't realized exactly how much work the NAN Registrar does.  I hope we were able to lighten the load just a little bit.  If you are attending this year's NAN, be sure to find Jim and thank him in person!


  1. HUGE thanks to Jim, and also to you, Buxton family!!

  2. What a wonderful thing for you and the boys to do! Thanks!
    I have helped a couple of times when Sue Stewart was registrar...BYO was a NAN tag party along with performance....Lots of tags!

  3. 5000 horses! Wow that's a lot of work. Fantastic to see though!

  4. WOW! That sure is a lot of paper work!
    Good job!


  5. There's no need to thank the Buxtons. Honestly, it was a pleasant way to spend the day. Plus, as far as the kids are concerned, the chance to play with Jim's Lego is reward enough for any task. Holy moly, that man has a lot of Lego!!


  6. ...and of course Jen brings these stoopidly delicious cookies for which are now all gone.

    Yes...I pretty much ate them all myself as I'm the only one here.


  7. Those cookies were my penance for forgetting to sign BFF's NAN card. Also, by giving them to Jim, I prevented myself from eating them all!

  8. A hugh thanks to Jim this is my first NAN!!