Awards

AWARDS PROGRAMS

 

Gold Coast AHA Achievement Awards Program

The Achievement Program was initiated to encourage the use of the Arabian, Half Arabian, and Anglo Arabian horses by amateur members of the Club. The program has been expanded to allow associate members with other breeds to also earn points while joining in on Club sponsored events. Points can be earned in competitive and non-competitive events, clinics, trail rides, fairs, and other activities allowed by the rules of the program.

Volunteer Recognition Program

Our club would not be successful without the help from our volunteers, from manning promotional booths, helping at shows and guiding trail rides — we would not be able to do it without you!  Gold Coast AHA appreciates you very much! In 2010, Gold Coast revised the volunteer award program to acknowledge a larger group of volunteers. Four to five individuals who volunteered during the year are selected by the Club President. These volunteers are given a Thank You card and an appropriate gift or gift certificate in gratitude for their service given to the Club.

  • Special Thanks
  • to all our
  • Volunteers!
  • We couldn’t do it without you!

 

Arabian Horse Association

Club Level Service Award

Every year in September Gold Coast AHA nominates a member from the Club for the Arabian Horse Association Club Level Volunteer Service Award.  The individual nominated is someone who has done exemplary service during year, contributing notable time and effort to make a difference in the Club.  The award recipient receives a lapel pin and letter of commendation from AHA which is presented ceremoniously at the annual Club membership banquet.

  • Congratulations to the 2017 Recipient
  • of the AHA Club Volunteer Service Award
  • Georgia Randle

 

Gold Coast AHA Club

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award was established in 2006 to acknowledge that special member who year after year continues to be very involved in the day to day functions and activities of the Club. The award is for an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of a volunteer and is a driving force for the club in all aspects. This award is reserved for special nomination by the Board of Directors.

  • Congratulations to GCAHA
  • Lifetime Achievement Recipients
  • 2006 – Michelle Gagne
  • 2012 – Dian Forbes

 

Vanessa Forgnone Sportsmanship Award

The Vanessa Forgnone Sportsmanship Buckle is awarded every year at the Gold Coast Double Header Show in memory of youth member Vanessa Forgnone who lost her life at age 16 in an automobile accident in 2002. The Roberts Family, Jim and Tami along with their daughters Jacqui, Christi, and Nikki (GCAHA members), came up with the idea to sponsor the buckle in memory of Vanessa. Fred and Kathy Forgnone (Vanessa’s parents), friends of Vanessa’s and Gold Coast Show Staff who remember her, play an important role in determining who best exemplifies Vanessa’s pleasant and positive attitude towards others. It didn’t seem to matter whether Vanessa was winning or not.

On Friday and Saturday of the Gold Coast Arabian Horse Show several people observe the field of youth exhibitors, who in most cases were unaware of the award. Every year here is always one particular youth that seems to stand out and be worthy of the award. The 2014 winner was Cory Carlson.

2012 marked the tenth anniversary of Vanessa’s memorial. A heartfelt thanks to the Robert’s Family for their support in keeping Vanessa’s memory and her show spirit alive.

  • Congratulations to the 2015 Recipient
  • Vanessa Forgnone Sportsmanship Award
  • Allison Mimbs